Like many business travellers I am under pressure to keep my expenses as low as possible, but I absolutely refuse to stay in horrible cheap hotels.
Ibis are excellent value hotels. I can't fault them. Their operating model is obviously based on keeping costs down, and they do this partly by having very little wasted space (i.e. space that isn't paid for directly by guests).
The Ibis Waterloo is no exception. For example, the bar is small, the lounge is more like a waiting room with a TV, and there isn't a gym or a swimming pool. But if you want those facilities, then you obviously have a bigger expense account than I do! However, the things that matter are done well: The beds are comfortable and warm. The TV is a brand new flat-screen and not the smallest model. The room is good-sized (mine had an extra bed) and the bathroom has an excellent shower with plenty of high-pressure water (no bath however). Everything is absolutely spotlessly clean. The wi-fi is free and fast.
The restaurant attached to the hotel is OK (breakfast is excellent, although a little pricey - 13.50€).
The service is excellent too. I couldn't work out how to turn on my TV (just me being dumb, really) - but within two minutes of a call to reception the attendant knocked on my door and showed me how to operate it. (It has BBC1 by the way - much better than the awful BBC World, in my opinion).
When I'm on holiday, I like a bit of pampering. Perhaps have a nice long bath, a cool swim, a walk along the beachfront. When I'm on business, I just want to get in, check my emails, have a bite to eat, have a hot shower, lay my head down and get some sleep. There's no question that I'll seek out this kind of hotel every time I'm on a business trip.
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