Before I started writing this post, I had to look back at the images of my trip (It was only a week ago) because it seemed like a year ago. Life does that to you sometimes. The fast pace we live in almost makes a person forget what they did the week before, scratch that, for me, I almost forget what I did the day before. That’s the beauty of images, a stand still feeling. It all came back to me the moment I clicked on the folder ‘London June’. The satisfaction of being content while traveling. Now, I get to write about it with a bit of jealousy of my past self, wishing I was back there. On my last trip to London, I stayed at Double Tree by Hilton Hotel London – Tower of London. It was a press trip organized by The Hilton. We spent 4 days touring the city, getting to know the people behind The Double Tree and other Hilton brands with a wonderful welcome dinner at The Trafalgar and a farewell dinner at Gavin at Windows at Hilton Park Lane.
It never gets easy saying goodbye to new friends and old feelings in London. London has that affect on me. I didn’t even try hiding it. I just gave in to her.
Location The 2 most convenient ways to get to the hotel is by car which is one hour drive from the airport – Or, if you are taking the tube, you stop at the Tower Hill station and from there it is a 3 minute walk. That was one of the greatest advantages.
Site Seeing – From the hotel, it’s a five-minute walk to Tower of London and Tower Bridge (also BOOTS for those strange addicts like myself) near St. Paul’s Cathedral, The Shard, and a three-minute walk from Tower Hill underground station, Tower Gateway and Fenchurch Street train station.
Rooms- The King size room was a comfortable space size, fitted with iMac entertainment system! It was a great touch to add to a simple room. The upgraded technology really made the room look hip. My room was facing inwards so did not have much of a view, but I was out from 8am to 10pm so I didn’t notice much. But if it’s a view you are after, then make sure you ask for it. We had a chance to view The King City suite, which had a separate King Bedroom & Living Room and 2 bathrooms with a beautiful partial view of Tower of London and London Bridge with windows from ceiling to floor. (Def should have stayed in that one) Great for business meetings too.
Why we love it – The location location location. Absolutely loved how close by it is from tower of London and South bank. We would walk in the mornings (after a Yoga class close by) around, have breakfast at Kitchen Natural at the hotel, outdoors. iMac entertainment systems in every bedroom and complimentary wireless Internet in all rooms, suites and social areas. The small touches like a 24/7 fridge kiosk opened for guest at any time of the hour, the library, the meeting bar and last but not least, the welcoming chocolate chip cookie at every check in.
Cons – The hotel’s breakfast area could be improved by offering more healthier choices such as gluten free and maybe a wider choice. You also have to get down early or you may face waiting in a queue for couple of minutes before being seated.
Recommended for – Tourists, business travel, photographers and cookie lovers.
Dining in –The Sky Lounge is very popular during sunset hours and evening dinner and drinks. The popular Natural Kitchen is also a fantastic place to dine in.