Capacity up to8 people
Area up to10 m²
CompanyIMPERIAL COLLEGE&npsb;(0.5km / 0.31mi)
MuseumsNATIONAL HISTORY M&npsb;(0.4km / 0.25mi)
Concert hallROYAL ALBERT HALL&npsb;(0.7km / 0.43mi)
Mall and Shopping CentreWESTFIELD&npsb;(2.5km / 1.55mi)
StadiumSTAMFORD BRIDGE&npsb;(1.4km / 0.87mi)
Special tourist areaKENSINGTON GARDENS&npsb;(0.7km / 0.43mi)
The hotel is on the Cromwell Road, which is a busy road so I asked for a quiet room, which I got. I could almost not hear the traffic below from the 1st floor. However, the air condition was in fact noisy. Room was small but clean and bed comfortable. Nice staff with a smile. Am happy to stay again when travelling on my own.
Since I am on my own, I stayed at The Solo for two nights. The room was small but spacious enough for a person. Staff members were friendly and energetic. I was happy to have my check-in procedure done in 5 minutes. They explained everything very clearly.
On booking this hotel on the Accorhotels web it was clear that this Ibis hotel was just reopening after an extensive refurbish. In fact we didn't see any of this and the room we got although with nice balcony overlooking a pretty garden, was kind of oldish in its appearance and functionality.
The problem is the building and what Ibis have done - or not done - with it. It's an old property that seems to have been run as a hotel, and then Ibis put their name on the door without any refurbishment. The room was cramped, the sink was tiny, the bed headboard was worn out, the decor was both poor design and very old. The bed was so-so. In other words, nothing like the Ibis Styles I'm used to. So this damages their brand and makes me question whether to stay loyal. They won't be able to make a hotel to their usual standard out of this without pulling it down and starting again. They will make money at this hotel, but they will lose brand value.
Apart from a too soft bed, the hotel was comfortable. It was spotless clean, the staff were polite and helpful and the location was excellent. It was good value for money. I recommend the hotel for a sightseeing trip in London.
ibis Styles London Gloucester Road
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