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Premier Inn London County Hall Hotel
Ranked #140 of 1,076 Hotels in London
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 10 April 2008

I stayed here for 3 nights in early April. I examined 2 other Premier Inns in London as well. Both were half the price but twice the distance from town. So for a short stay, this hotel will save you a lot of time. For a longer stay, a bit of time on the subway every day will save you a lot of money.

This is the 5th Premier Inn I have stayed at and they are all pretty much the same. Rooms big enough for a family of 3 with no problems, 4 are a squeeze but possible. They provide you a kettle and some instant coffee and tea, a hairdryer, and not much else. They all have internet access to the rooms for a fee, this one had computers in the lobby with internet, for a fee, and all have a bar and a restaurant in the location.

Breakfasts cost 7.50 GBP per adult, kids are free. This is an all you can eat deal and if you are a big breakfast person, this is really worth it. Every day was good with a wide selection.

From this hotel there was a Starbucks and a Subway (sandwiches) right across the street along with several other places to eat nearby, including a small shop where can buy water and things like that.

The only reason this hotel is worth 100 GBP a night without breakfast is the location. You can walk to the London Eye in about 2 minutes. You can walk to Parliment or Westminster Abbey in less than 10. You can walk across the new pedestrian bridges and be over the river towards Trafalger Square in about 15 minutes. And Waterloo subway station is about 1 block away. We were able to pack a lot into every day without spending time traveling back and forth.

The fire alarm did go off one day at 0830. Made a lot of people mad. There are around 30 businesses in this building and the systems are all connected.

I would stay here again for a short visit. But it is too expensive to stay here for a long time, for what you get.

  • Stayed: April 2008, travelled with family
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Reviewed 2 April 2008

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Do not stay at this hotel. In fact do not go to London unless you absolutely have to .. more on this later ... This is the crappyist hotel I have ever stayed in.. worse then any motel 6 .. Sauder furniture, old and crappyist, smoke alarms go off EVERY morning because the fire alarm is super sensitive and taking a shower can set it off. In fact there is a sign on every bathroom door that says to please keep the door closed or it will set off the fire alarm.. Im not kidding.. sad but true. vending machines don't work ... you will be disappointed I assure you.... for us, the heater in the room never worked and the brought in a portable. no big deal if the building wasn't 200 years old and drafty as hell.. its just very old and super crappy ...And there is no need to ever stay in the middle of London as everything is a Tube/Subway ride anyways ... and the tube goes everywhere.. largest in the world .. As for London it is exactly twice as expensive as the US, Big Mac value meal is $12, fish and chips $35 .. and it is cold as can be, rains every day, the sun never ever shines, its just a miserable place. Plus all of the sites can be seen in one day as they are all in the center of the city. Also, Big Ben, the house of parliament and West Mister abbey are ALL THE SAME BUILDING .. they left that out of the brochure. I hated England.. freaking 20 degrees, $12 McD's, people are rude, hotels sux and cost a fortune.. Ill repeat, dont go to London unless you absolutely have to.

for questions or pictures of this sucky room just email me... [---]

  • Stayed: March 2008, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 31 March 2008

Third time we have stayed at this hotel and it continues to deliver value for money. Two adults and two children (12 and 10) plus breakfast for around £100 per night just next to the London Eye and across the river from Westminster is exceptional value. We spent four nights in a quiet room and enjoyed the spacious bar and excellent self-service breakfasts with all manner of choices. The staff are all so courteous and friendly.

The room was a bit cramped because of the extra bed for our youngest but what can you expect. If I was staying for my main holiday I would want a larger room or a second room. But this was a short break and a little less space is a price worth paying for the location. In 7 minutes you are by the Houses of Parliament or going the other way Waterloo is 5 minutes walk. We needed a central location for visits to Imperial War Museum, Adelphi Theatre, Cabinet War Rooms/Churchill Museum (do go it's a great experience), British Museum for the Terracotta Warriors and the O2 Dome for Tutankhamun. There is also plenty of choice for nearby restaurants at the South Bank, especially useful when the feet are tired and a trip back over the river would be one journey too many.

At the price the Premier Inn cannot be faulted - it delivers what it says it will. We are already thinking of a return trip to the world's greatest city

  • Stayed: February 2008, travelled with family
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Reviewed 31 March 2008

We recently stayed in the Premier Inn County Hall For one night (a Saturday night). The location is brilliant- directly opposite the London Eye, within walking distance of many tourist attractions and the tube station.
We all know what Premier Inns are like- no they have no character, but if you are in town for a night and don't want to blow a load of cash on a room, this is an excelent choice- We only needed a room for the night as we had plans for the day, so views and fine firnishings were not important to us- which is usually the case when staying in cities.
The rooms are fairly large by city standards, well appointed with a very clean bathroom, the bed was extremely comfortable and we were able to enjoy a good undisturbed night's sleep right in the heart of the city.
We had a very enjoyable stay & next time we have to stay overnight in town, we would not hesitate to stay at this Premier Inn again.

  • Stayed: March 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 March 2008

Most of the reviews here have it spot on. Absolutely perfect location, good price, clean, comfortable hotel with friendly staff.

I stayed here for four nights over the Easter weekend with a friend. On arrival I said I had a reservation for a twin room; they had allocated us a double. I said we really wanted a twin (we're very fond of each other, but.........!). For a few moments it looked like we were going to have a problem, but she found us a very spacious family room (number 607). It was almost two seperate rooms - one with a double bed, and one with a single bed which could clearly also function as a sofa (see lots of other traveller's photos). Lots of space for us both and just perfect.

A few points to note for those staying here.

- the entrance to the hotel is up a small flight of steps. I am currently walking with a stick due to an ankle injury. The only problem this presented was having to get past the smokers who always seemed to be present on the steps!

- you don't have to prebook the breakfast buffet. We didn't and only ate in the hotel on the last morning - they happily took cash from us at the breakfast table.

- the hotel is remarkably quiet given the size and number of guests. Slept like a log.

- there is a small convenience store directly opposite the hotel for supplies of drinks, snacks, toiletries etc at reasonable prices.

- the All Bar One just round the corner does a fantastic weekend brunch.

- follow the South Bank signs if exiting at Waterloo underground for the nearest exit to the hotel.

- best way to travel to lots of tourist sights from the hotel is the Thames Clipper riverboat service. Very civilised way to travel past St Paul's, Tate Modern, Globe Theatre, Tower of London, HMS Belfast, under Tower Bridge, Canary Warf, Greenwich, all the way to the O2 (Millennium Dome). They even sell beer on board!

All in all, I would definitely stay here again on next trip to London.

  • Stayed: March 2008, travelled with friends
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3  Thank DDootsie
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Reviewed 28 March 2008

As has been said before- a Premier Inn is what is is- very much like a Holiday Inn in the US. The location is fantastic- a quick cab ride when we came in on the Eurostar from Paris on Easter Sunday. You could not be any closer to the London eye which is a great landmark for finding your way back to the hotel.
We had a large family room which had a double bed, a twin and almost a thick matress on the floor. Tons of floor space which we needed as two Moms with 2 daughters. The cutoff for this 99 pound room/night (a shame is was really $200/night) is the age of 15 so we quickly dropped a year in age from our daughters!

Breakfast for 2 (kids under 16 eat free) for 7.50pounds which at $15 was OK. On day 1, breakfast was so packed at 9am that the hot food line (runny eggs, beans, meats) took about 25 minutes and was not appealing at all. They ran out of mugs and stations were left empty as the staff dealt with the masses.

Day two was better so for a complete breakfast without leaving the building it was worth it. You could even order porraige which was like camp oatmeal!

There is a taxi stand right and a mini market right out front and you can walk to many of the sites and underground stations. They also sold phone cards to use in the hotel phones to call the US.

I was also shocked at how little the front desk staff knew about the area. This is something they should really improve upon as it should be a standard for such a large chain.

All & all, fantastic location, lots of space, clean and priced right for a family of 4!

  • Stayed: March 2008, travelled with friends
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1  Thank Joanne1
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Reviewed 23 March 2008

My husband booked it so not too sure how it compares price wise to other London hotels (approx 100pounds/night). No complaints acout the location, write next to the Thames and the London eye. Extremely accessible to public transport and enjoyable wander around to most of the city sights i.e Westminster, Houses of Parliamant, Buck. Palace etc. Breakfast was not included, but lots of cafes in the area. We had dinner in the hotel one night and it wasn't particularly enjoyable, can find cheaper and better nearby. No air-con so a bit stuffy in summer (yes it does get hot, even for Australians!) but fans provided which helped greatly. Comfortable, average hotel in excellent location.

  • Stayed: September 2007, travelled with family
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Address: Belvedere Road | County Hall, London SE1 7PB, England
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Region: United Kingdom > England > London > Southbank
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#50 Family Hotel in London
#86 Romantic Hotel in London
#134 Business Hotel in London
Price Range: $179 - $281 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Premier Inn London County Hall Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 316
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Just minutes away from the London Eye, in sight of some of London's most famous landmarks and in the same building as the Shrek Adventure, Premier Inn London County Hall puts you at the heart of the city. - From this central spot, located in the historic County Hall building, you'll be able to see all sides of the capital. And most importantly, no matter what you discover during the day, our spacious rooms and extra-cosy beds will make sure you get a great night's sleep. Directions: Situated in the historic County Hall building, next to the London Eye, opposite the Houses of Parliament. Walking distance from West End and Theatreland. Please note this hotel does not have an onsite car park. However, we do have a partnership with Valet Inspired Parking. ... more   less 
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