Boy did I get lucky. A few days ago, I wrote about my experience using Expedia’s Unnamed Hotel feature. Well, here is the result. I got a three-night stay at the gorgeous Town Hall Hotel in Bethnal Green in London. Now, for someone like me, who loves East London and the 55 bus, the location is perfect. BUT! If you are here for the shops and restaurants in West London and you want to walk out the door and have London right there in front of you, The Town Hall is probably not for you. But check out my room! It is awesome. Seriously beautiful. What’s not pictured? A WASHING MACHINE. Yes, I was able to do laundry, TWICE. (I had arrived from Chicago on Saturday morning, but I was in the Bahamas up til late Wednesday night, so I was still a little behind on things. Plus, I know my other hotels won’t have washing machines so lest I get swindled at $6.50 a pair of drawers, best to arrive with all clean laundry. I made good use of this washing machine.)
What I liked…
- I loved my room. It was super-spacious — unbelievable so — and I appreciated the kitchenette and the washing machine. Honestly, I might not even call the kitchenette a kitchenette. It was very functional. The bathroom was gorgeous. I took a ton of pictures so that when I make the millions I deserve, I can reproduce this box of white and glass.
- Free bottled water (still AND sparkling) and lots of it. I vaugely remember that Town Hall has a natural spring on site, but don’t quote me on that.
- Free wifi.
- The design-ness of it all. This is a really beautiful property.
- My dinner at The Corner Room. Delicious, delicious lamb.
- The cool bar area and Filipo from Florence who I spoke to at length in the bar.
What I didn’t like…
- The wifi was super-slow. Trying to upload the video above took about 90 minutes.
- Dearth of nearby amenities, restaurants, cafes. Everything was a short bus ride away.
- My server at dinner at The Corner Room. Kind of a jerk. Seemed surprise that I wanted to sit down and actually EAT.
So in short…would I stay here again?? My heart says yes, my wallet says yes, but the logical person inside me wants to be closer to a Boots (the UK drugstore chain that has everything you can ever imagine). Does that make sense? I am on the fence!
The Money Situation…
- What I paid all in, using Expedia’s Unnamed Hotel Service: $215 a night, USD.
- Price of the hotel the day I booked it all in, for the same room and same nights: $321.22 USD.
- Price of the hotel for the actual room I received (upgraded to a suite) as of the day I checked in: $393.84 USD.
- Overall savings: 45.41%