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Yes I know we both live in London, so you are probably wondering why we would choose to stay in a hotel in London. Firstly, London is huge and we live on the outskirts and two, the current state of trains in and out of central London currently makes staying a hotel a whole lot easier. Oh and we were also celebrating my birthday. With a massive city on our doorstep, there isn’t always the need to get on a plane, I am completely in the ‘staycation’ fan club, but of course, London Hotels are pricey, however Hub Hotel by Premier Inn is challenging that with their new compact hotels that are popping up around the city.
We opted to stay in the Tower Bridge Hub, a stone’s throw away from London Bridge and the Tower of London, the perfect location for historic sightseeing. The idea of this hotel to me is convenience – convenient location, convenient pricing (rooms start from £69) and minimal hassle due to being able to control everything through an app on your phone. The app allows you not only to check in but control the in-room lighting, TV and even order your next morning breakfast. We also heard that some rooms have a wall map which becomes interactive when the app is used alongside, however, we seemed to have missed out on this with our room. But, do not worry if you do not have a smartphone everything can still be controlled without.
So what about the room? As I mentioned it is compact and reminded me a lot of the airport hotel chain Yotel, I would personally say it is better suited to a weekend break rather than a longer vacation, purely as I think you would be pushed for space, however saying that there is a fair amount of under bed luggage space. All rooms as standard come with a flat-screen TV, free high-speed Wifi, air-con and a Monsoon shower, my favourite feature of the room? They all come with the trademark Premier Inn Hypnos bed aka the bed of dreams – seriously you will be pushed to find a comfier mattress.
The downstairs of the Tower Bridge hub you will find a small lounge area as well as a seated Kitchen area for breakfast – the cheese toasties went down a treat the following morning and the fresh fruit pot was a cute touch. Hub also offers unlimited Costa coffee for all guests, needed for a long day of walking in the city.
Overall Hub hotel is exactly what is needed in Central London – affordable accommodation for those that do not want to stay in a hostel. I am a fan and hope more appear in other locations in Europe (there is one already in Edinburgh) as they would be the perfect weekender accommodation for budget travellers.
Blogger transparency – We were guests of The Hub Hotel but as always all thoughts are our own.