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Ever wondered what the best value hotel in London is?
I’m writing this more as an ‘opening bid’ than a definitive answer (there are so many variables when it comes to calculating ‘value’), but I reckon I’ve got a serious contender to share: the Ibis London Excel Docklands!
Now, before you think my mind has melted into a puddle of ‘travel hacking’ mush, let me explain, because I think I’ve got a pretty compelling argument (alternatively, I may have genuinely lost the plot – either way, let me know in the comments!):
Is it any good?
Yes – but remember this is about ‘value’, not luxury. That said, for me to consider any hotel ‘good value’ it still has to hit some minimum standards, regardless of price: clean, safe, comfortable, well-maintained, decent service, good location/transport links, etc.
This particular Ibis delivers all of those (and more) easily.
The new Ibis brand standard is actually very solid, and the Excel Docklands is no exception. Rooms are a reasonable size, well designed, and ours had a nice view across the river.
The beds are very comfortable, and the cleanliness and maintenance of the rooms and public areas was good. Dare I say it, but the Lobby/bar/cafe area is actually relatively stylish too!
All the staff we interacted with were very friendly – and they were fantastic with my son, which goes a long way in winning me over.
The hotel is literally 2 minutes from the Emirates Cable Car (great fun and very convenient for the O2!) and next door to the Excel Centre. It is 1.5 Miles from City Airport and takes about 30 minutes to get into central London by DLR/tube.
So, tell me about the money…
Ah yes, well, it’s cheap – often REALLY cheap!
Standard rates start at about £50-£60, which is ok but not great.
The real trick is that thanks to Accor’s brilliant ‘Happy Mondays’ offers, you can often book for just £25. Remember that Happy Mondays now covers weekdays too!
Wait – this is London, Happy Mondays is £40 per night here, not £25?
For other London Ibis hotels that’s right, but the Ibis Excel Docklands prices at £25 – which is why I think it’s ‘the best value’, rather than just one of the best value hotels in London.
£25 for a comfortable, modern hotel in London (with good transport links to the rest of the city) is amazing!
Other Accor hotels that participate in Happy Mondays, like the Ibis Blackfriars and Ibis Kings Cross are great too, but are £40 (which obviously can still be worth the extra depending on where you want to be in London).
I’d also say there’s an argument for the Novotel Blackfriars (£60 when it’s on the Happy Mondays list), primarily because it’s got a pool.
Best value hotel in London using hotel points
InsideFlyer has mentioned the Hilton DoubleTree Greenwich before as being, perhaps, the best value use of hotel points in London these days, but Hilton has since got rid of the old ‘Points and Money’ awards, which has damaged the value a bit. If you can get it for 20,000 Honors Points, that’s still a very good deal – but not as good as £32 + 8,000 Points which used to be available.
Is the Ibis Docklands Excel the best value hotel in London?
If you can book it for £25 (and you often can), then I’m really struggling to see what could beat it – though don’t hesitate to let me know in the comments if you’ve got some other contenders!