January is a long month.
It can also be a pretty miserable one – payday was ages ago, the weather isn’t summery, and people are struggling to stick to their resolutions.
So when Hotels.com offered up an amazing January sale, it seemed rude to ignore the opportunity for a bit of luxury to help the journey to the end of the month.
Doubletree by Hilton, Docklands Riverside is a beautiful hotel. I’ve stayed at the London Ealing Doubletree before, and have to say my second visit to the hotel group was no disappointment.
The hotel comprises of two of three separate buildings, right by the river, joined by tunnels that feel like you’re on a luxury cruise ship. The communal areas are huge, with enormous windows letting in natural light, complete with exposed brick walls and wooden details.
My reservation was for a Queen room, and I have to admit I was unimpressed to find a bed you’d barely call a double in the room. On returning to the check-in desk, it was confirmed the booking had been downgraded to a double because the hotel was over-booked.
I had no problem at all with the room itself, but was a little fed up I’d been downgraded without being told about it. Breakfast was then added to the booking as an apology, which I was more than happy with, and the member of staff who sorted this was friendly and helpful.
Another bonus on checking in at a Doubletree by Hilton is the freshly baked chocolate and walnut cookies. It’s the little details that make the difference!
The room itself was spacious, and had a little balcony running alongside it. There was plenty of storage, and a bright, pretty bathroom.
There’s something so special about a night in a hotel in the city you call home. It feels like a real escape even if you’ve travelled no distance and got a good deal.
It was the most relaxing stay, aided by a check-out time of 12noon, which is later than at many places.
The breakfast is well worth a mention, with the biggest buffet spread I’ve seen for a while, including omelettes made to order and huge fresh muffins.
If you’re travelling to London and need a place to stay, this hotel combines luxury and accessibility.
The nearest tube stop is Canada Water, on the Jubilee Line, and a stay at the hotel includes unlimited ferry travel to and from Canary Wharf, from right outside the hotel building.
It was a truly lovely place to spend the weekend, and I got home feeling refreshed and relaxed.