The search for reasonably priced accommodation in London during the peak tourist season resulted in a two night stay at Premier Inn’s London Archway Hotel.
While the hotel wasn’t glamorous, it delivered what Premier Inn promises – a good night’s sleep.
The hotel is next to the Archway tube station resulting in easy access to all of London’s major attractions. Given the quality of the room and ease of access I would again consider staying at this property on my next visit to London.
What: Room 518, Premier Inn London Archway
Who: Jenny Burns
When: July 5 and 6, 2017
How Did It Rate
Marketed by Premier Inn as a `new hotel’ the room was modern and clean. Facilities included a king-size bed, work desk and chair, 40″ flat screen TV television said to have 80 channels (something I didn’t test), tea and coffee making facilities, hairdryer and a good size bath with an overhead shower. The air-conditioning was quiet and efficient. There was no fridge or phone in the room but I didn’t miss either. The hotel features a restaurant/bar area which I didn’t use during my stay.
All of Premier Inn marketing highlights their Hypnos beds- and yes they are very comfortable. I certainly slept well. However, like many European hotels, there is no top sheet on the bed- only a duvet – which I am not a fan of!
While I heard my neighbour a couple of times the room was remarkably quiet, especially given the hotel was full on both nights during my stay.
There is free wi-fi (together with the option of upgrading to paid wi-fi which is said to be faster). I found the free wi-fi fine for my needs – i.e. checking emails and searching for directions.
The hotel is located next door to the Archway tube station ensuring easy access to London’s major attractions. It took around 14 minutes to get to Oxford Circus by tube. There are also plenty of buses which go into central London.
All check-ins are done via a machine and there’s no chance of checking in before 2pm as the machines are closed. On my arrival at noon I could store my bag. On returning later that evening a helpful young staff member helped me negotiate the several challenges the machine provided. Australian residents, for example, can give their Australian address but the machine won’t accept an Australian postcode- so it’s probably a good idea to come with a UK address or at least a postcode!
Archway is an inner North London suburb and as such is residential rather than tourist orientated. There are a few cafes etc. but it’s not an area you’re likely to spend much time exploring. The local MacDonald’s restaurant, which is located below the hotel seemed popular with groups of young locals and at around 10.30pm this was slightly disconcerting.