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After staying two nights in the Westbury Mayfair Hotel, we moved to a hotel further away from central London. Townhall hotel and Apartments is located in the Bethnal Green district of London. If you look at the tube map, this area is mapped as zone 2. The property is all suites, so the guestrooms are very spacious, a rarity in London.
The hotel is easily accessible by bus, underground and overground. It is also very convenient for travel to and from Liverpool Street station, which we took advantage of during our day trip to Cambridge. The location of the hotel is fairly close to Canary Wharf and London City Airport, where is a great convenience for us as we flew out of LCY days later.
The hotel itself is converted from an old townhall (thus the name), so it has an elegant exterior and very spacious interior. The interior design was beautiful, with a marble grand staircase in the lobby and chic design throughout.
The check-in experience was great, and the agent was very helpful. I was given room G08 just on the ground floor. And it was a short walk from the lobby to my room.
The hotel is also pet-friendly, gracefully shown by this sign by the entrance:
One thing to note if you were looking to stay at this hotel is that most of the guestrooms are King bed only. To include a rollaway, the hotel charges over 100GBP per night. So if you were looking for more than 1 bed, make sure that is in your reservation. In the end, I paid an additional 300GBP for three nights of rollaway for my travel companion.
As this is an all suites property, the rooms are definitely very spacious. Walking into the room there is a small corridor with the bathroom to your right, bedroom to your front and a separate living room on your left. The room also has a working desk by the bed facing the shower suite.
There are coaches and a dining table in your living room. The living room is very spacious and kids can easily play around in the area. The TV is quite small but otherwise usable. The dining table is great for a family meal together or just as a working desk to get some work done for the adults.
There is a full kitchen in your living room that is fully equipped with oven, microwave, plates and utensils, it even including dishwashing soap. And of course, the standard coffee makers. When you enter the living room, the kitchen is hidden behind this sliding divider. This design is very useful to avoid children messing around with the cabinets or hurt themselves by bumping into the oven handle.
The toilet is quite spacious. It has a sink with a platform on top of it but does not feature a bathtub. In the cabinet at the side of the Bathroom, you can find the laundry bag as well as a washing machine. There is ample space in the room, so you can definitely wash your own clothes and get it dried inside your room. You can find soap and laundry liquid in the bathroom cabinet provided for you.
One of the great things about this hotel is that it has a swimming pool. The pool is on the basement level together with the gym. The pool is not huge but I would appreciate the existence of a pool itself since we are in London. The gym is well equipped and satisfactory.
I did not have breakfast at the hotel and does not recommend having breakfast at the hotel. There are many food options nearby and multiple cuisines to choose from, I would definitely head out for food.
Overall, the room is big and spacious and the additional facilities such as a washing machine made this room a great fit for family travel. Kids can play around in the living area and you can cook your own food and do your own laundry in the room as well. But do note the atrocious price for a rollaway. I am unsure about the price of a crib but I assume it should be free. The pool is also a great amenity due to its rarity in London hotels.
In Conclusion, I would recommend this hotel any day. This hotel is one of the cheapest Marriott/Starwood hotels in London and offers excellent value for money with its big rooms and diverse hotel facilities.