Oh So London reviews The Hampton by Hilton hotel in London’s Waterloo. It’s simple, stylish and convenient, with excellent views over the city…
It’s great to take a staycation in your own city now and again. Knowing you’re just a few miles away from home, yet you don’t have washing/cooking/general admin to deal with, forces you into relaxation mode. And it means that you get to see your city through a fresh pair of eyes. So I was really looking forward to a one-night stay in The Hampton by Hilton Hotel in London’s Waterloo.
We had Taste of London on that day and I’d wanted to eat in the hotel’s restaurant – Assado by Cyrus Todiwala – for some time. It was Sunday, so Mr C and I both had work on the next day. I needed to be in London Bridge for the Spark Your City event and he needed to be in Holborn. So staying here meant we’d both have a short commute the next day and could kill many birds with one stone, so to speak.
It wasn’t until very recently that the Hampton hotels were on my radar. I guess you could describe them as a more affordable and convenient version of the Hilton group which you’ll find all over the globe. And as you will find out from my stay, they’re an excellent option for those visiting on business, as well as anyone who’s in London for a spot of sightseeing. Because you’re within walking distance of all the main sights. And you don’t have to fork out a small fortune for the privilege.
You’ll find the Hampton by Hilton on Waterloo Road. It’s basically a few doors down from The Old Vic, so perfect for any theatre-types who want to tick a show off their list.
We arrived to a bright and stylish entrance of oversized lampshades, sleek wooden partitions and various low level coffee tables with armchairs and sofas where you can peruse the newspapers, make a work call or plan your sightseeing for the day.
Sky News was on a large wall mounted TV and there were long benches with power sockets for those who want to set up office for the afternoon. The feel is informal and fuss-free, practical and well thought out.
You’ll also find some subtle nods to the capital with brightly coloured prints of London buildings, taxi cabs and scenery which I loved.
After a warm and cheery welcome we were pleased to hear we could check into our room before midday. I also thought it was quite apt that our room had the word ‘travel’ below the room number. (I am quite superstitious sometimes so it can only mean I should be travelling more, right?)
The rooms were similarly simple and fuss-free, but have everything you need for a comfortable night’s stay. It had sleek wooden furnishings, a deep purple velvet armchair in the corner, and matching purple London artwork on the wall. The bed was spotless, with starched white sheets. And the room had a safety deposit box, hairdryer, tea and coffee facilities and widescreen TV. They also have free wifi with brilliant connection (VERY important) and if you don’t want to sit at the desk, those with their lappies can use the ‘lap desk’ provided. Handy eh?
Our room was a Queen room with city view, so the floor to ceiling windows made it feel bright and airy and offered great views out to the Shard building.
The bathroom was spotlessly clean and brightly lit. We didn’t have a bath, nor did we have the stash of toiletries you normally get, they had those large hand-pump shampoos and conditioners that so many hotels are starting to use these days. So if you like your quality bathroom products, bring your own. But you’ve got to give the hotel kudos for their eco-friendly efforts. And for me, the most important factor is the shower. If you don’t have a hot power shower to wake me up in the morning, then we might as well stop there. Here, it was both of those things, which would make the 6am start the next morning that little bit easier.
After unpacking our bags, we were straight back out to Taste of London and then back in time for a table at Assado – the hotel’s restaurant – for our evening meal. It had been quite a full on weekend, so that night, it was a case of flopping straight into bed and lights off rather than hitting the town, which we might have done had we really been on holiday.
The pillows – I have to say – were a little bit on the lumpy side (I do like a firm pillow) but the bed was reasonably comfy so it offered a good enough night’s sleep.
Had it not been Monday morning, we might have taken advantage of the fitness room, and perhaps enjoyed a leisurely breakfast like the many American visitors who were up at the crack of dawn and planning that day’s sightseeing over their croissants and cappuccinos.
But all staycations have to come to an end. So after some cereal, fruit and pastries from the breakfast stations (all self-service), it was out of holiday mode and back into Londoner mode.
We weren’t really on holiday, but it’s good to have 24 hours to pretend.
Until next time x
Huge thank you to the Hampton by Hilton Hotel for hosting Oh So London as part of this review. All views are my own. Find more information here.
Hampton by Hilton Waterloo, 157 Waterloo Road, London SE1 8ZA