More about Club Quarters Gracechurch
I stayed at Club Quarters Gracechurch over New Years Eve 30 Dec 05 - 2 Jan 06 and it was a great experience. The hotel staff was very accomodating and knowledgable. The lobby is impressive, the rooms were spotless and quite large. We had a kitchenette and sitting area with a sofa and chair. This may sound silly but the water pressure in the shower was incredible. My husband and another travel companion used the gym and were both impressed with the facility. The restaurant was fantastic and the restaurant staff, not affiliated with the hotel was also very accomodating. We didn't get into the Pub as it was closed for our entire visit but it looked amazing and huge. I knew from other postings that the area was quiet on the weekends but getting around was a breeze. Bus stops, tour bus stops and an underground station all very nearby. All around our stay was a great experience and I will stay there again if traveling to London.
Best deal on the weekend in Central London
This business traveller's hotel is available on the weekend and greatly reduced rates using any one of the online travel sites. We in fact paid $139.00 dollars per night for a queen bed, with sofabed and microwave, fridge, kitchen area in Zone 1 of London's underground.
This hotel is designed to extended stay business travellers and is located in a converted bank building on Gracechurch Street in the "City" and financial section. One of the major reasons that the rating is so inexpensive on the weekend is that the restaurants around the hotel close down for the weekend, so you will need to either order in, go to the hotel restaurant, or take a tube a few stops to the West End.
Club Quarters Gracechurch Street is a limited support hotel. Check in and Check out is automated and there is no bellman available for assistance. We did find the front desk very helpful in making dinner arrangements and arranging transportation back to Heathrow (60 pounds in a private Mercedes).
Our room, 523, was located through a rabbit warren of hallways. Each room is different due to the conversion type of this hotel. Upscale furnishings and bedding is throughout, however the decor is distinctly masculine. The room as mentioned above was a "family suite" which was small by comparison to American hotels, but on par with central London. The windows opened on to a central courtyard, but if it had opened onto the street it would have been a similar view.
The bed was comfortable and provided a good night's rest. The bathroom was functional with just a shower and no tub. The greatest convenience was the kitchenette available to store extra food from going out, or to have a snack when we got back from touring.
The hotel is right on bus routes and two tube stations are within 5 minutes walk (Bank and Monument). We had no problems getting around by tube and found everyone very helpful and many stopped when we were looking at maps to see if they could assist.
If you have children, there is a McDonald's about 7 minutes walk away to the south on Cannon Street. There are two restaurants onsite -- Gaucho Grill, an upscale south american steak house which serves as the main resaurant for the hotel, and Crosse Keys pub which wasn't open when we were there on Easter weekend.
For breakfast, the best bet would be to bring your own or come on a weekday when other pubs are open around the hotel. The Gaucho grill does service a continential breakfast for 9.95 pounds and a full English for 13.95. However, if you can make it to a major train station you can get the same thing for 4.95. But it is there if you want the convenience of heading downstairs -- and as we thought of it, we were saving so much on the room, why not indulge and have breakfast in the hotel.
Club Quarters Gracechurch Street has a great dining book, similar to New York hotels that allows you to order food from virtually any restaurant or cuisine style and have it delivered to your room and charged to your hotel bill. This is great if you have kids and you have spent the whole day out and about and let's say you want indian, but your children won't go near it. Head to Mickey D's for them, bring it home, then order yourself an indian feast. You have the utensils and plates, etc. to create your own restaurant environment without the hassle of heading out again.
There is free internet access throughout, either through your wireless card, wired, or at their business center at computers they have hooked up to printers. There is also a printing service that is free for those with wireless.
For the money, this hotel couldn't be beat, but if you seek the luxury of an upscale London hotel -- this isn't it. It is perfect for the travelling family on a budget that is in London on the weekend, a couple that wants a weekend in London without tremendous expense or a single looking for a somewhat upscale hotel for a tourist price.
Worth coming back to ...
Stayed here for one night as part of a great value theatre break weekend from Lastminute and was pleasantly surprised.
Getting there was easy, 5 minutes walk from Bank tube station and the bar next door was easy to spot. Got my Mint card stuck in the check-in machine... don't book with an odd shaped credit card, otherwise you'll have to wait for the lobby staff to help fish it out with a pair of pliers.
Studio room was nice and the shower was refreshing and powerful. Didn't use the microwave, but there was no kettle and the coffee machine took hours to heat up water. Cosy lounge area and two TV's to avoid squabbling over what channels to watch! There are no shops open nearby at the weekends, so if you need supplies for the evening, then pick it up from elsewhere before you get on the tube. The vending machines in the basement sold reasonably priced cans and snacks though and offers free internet in the business centre.
Our room was very close to the lift lobby, so people coming back after a night on the town at 3am and 4am were quite noisy and could be heard, but overall it was a pleasant stay and very reasonable for a proper hotel in Central London.
We stayed at this hotel for the first weekend in December and would highly recommend it. Our room was on the 5th floor, it was spacious, well layed out, spotless and quiet. I think the shower was the best ive ever had as it was powerful and hot!! The rooms are just as they are on the website and have a radio/CD player next to the bed and a coffee machine on the desk. Each floor has a guest cupbaord where you can get extra bedding, kettles and irons. Reception staff are so friendly and helpful, I would definately recommend this hotel. The other reviews are correct on how quiet the area is at the weekend but a short walk towards liverpool street has more bars as the bar attached to this hotel closed at 7pm.
Just stayed in the hotel this weekend. This is a little gem and must be one of the best value hotels in London. Larger than average rooms and a quiet but friendly atmosphere with a nice lobby and a cheap Wetherspoons next door. my only complaint was that the fitness room was a bit lacking in equipment and too many mirrors
Great Time at Club Quarters
Recently, my husband, myself and our children traveled to London, England during the Christmas Holiday week. We arrived in London on Boxing Day and were just thrilled to find the Club Quarters Hotel at GraceChurch. The location was great, not far from two of the tube stops each within walking distance of less than 5 minutes travel time. The hotel is located directly across the street from a great little shopping alley which we later found out was used in filming of the early Harry Potter films for "Diagon Alley".
We had reserved two rooms at the hotel, one standard and one family. They were both very clean, well kept and perfect for our needs. The family room was quite large and included a small refrigerator, microwave, eating table and large bath.
The hotel restaurant was closed for a few days in observance of the holidays. It opened on Wednesday of the week we stayed. We enjoyed a very nice breakfast buffet and an excellent dinner. The prices are somewhat high, so if you are on a tight budget I would not recommend eating at this restaurant. If, however, you enjoy excellent food, a fun atmosphere, and are willing to pay for it, it is worth the visit.
We found a great pub just one door down from the hotel called Cross Keys. It has an excellent bar and lovely dining rooms in the back for non-smokers.
The staff was courteous and friendly and very willing to help with any needs that arose during our stay.
If given the opportunity, we would surely go back to the Club Quarters at GraceChurch.
This hotel was a disappointment. I found it advertised on lastminute(-) and as it was a reasonable price in the location I was seeking, I thought it would be ideal. Unfortunately not. The hotel is quite obviously a business hotel (even more so than a typical Ibis hotel) and I would not recommend it for a leisure traveller. There are no porters. The corridors are a rabbit warren. The rooms are basic but not unpleasant. Do not expect any sort of service whatsoever from the staff here. You will check yourself out in the morning at a machine. If you want to store your luggage during the day they will charge you 1 pound per bag.
Prior to booking I called the hotel for information about car parking and was told that it was separate to the hotel but convenient. Not true. The directions to the car park were incorrect and the walk from the car park to the hotel (after dinner and a movie at 2am) was long, dark and deserted.
I haven't stayed in London before so I can't comment on how reasonable the price was (but converted to Australian dollars you could easily get a lot better at home). There are many other London hotels in the same price range so I would suggest to other travellers that they might give a different hotel a try.
An inexpensive hotel in an expensive city. The hotel is really designed for business travellers on a budget but we stayed for one night as a treat to save us having to commute home after a night out. The hotel is basic but very clean.The room was on the small side ( but I have seen much smaller rooms in other London hotels )and the double bed was pushed up against the wall which was a bit inconvenient for my husband who had to climb over me to get to the bathroom! The bathroom was very basic but adequate for a one night stay and very clean. The location in the "City of London" (the financial district) is fine but ,as mentioned in earlier reviews ,is very quiet at weekends with most of the local shops and restaurants closed. It's a very safe part of London , interesting to walk around and the Tower of London, Tower Bridge and St Pauls Cathedral are all within walking distance.The nearest tube station (Bank) is a few minutes walk away and will get you to the West End in 10 minutes.If all you need from a hotel is a modern,comfortable and clean place to sleep then this is the perfect place at a really great price. We have booked again for two nights in April.
Good Price but quiet area!
Stayed for 2 nights (fri+sat)in march. Good standard of accomadation, nice rooms with small bathroom but has a good powerfull shower to make up for it! Like other comments made by people its very quiet at weekends as in in financial district of the city but with "BANK" tube just around the corner its only a cheap short ride away from the west end!
The only other downside is the self check-in and check-out by a machine. Feels slightly robotic! Staff are on a reception but seem there only for the formality of it all! Overall a nice, clean, comfey, cheap hotel that i would certainly go back to for a weekend stay.
Value for London only
Myself and my partner stayed here recently, for a bargain price. Had we paid full price for this "4*" hotel as Expedia put it, we would have been more than a little annoyed.
It's calm and quiet, though not impersonal. The double bed was an actual double bed, not two singles pushed together as is often the case (even in other expensive hotels we've stayed at in London). Tea and coffee facilities were good and the room was clean with good heating/ aircon. Free wireless internet in the room was brilliant too.
But, the room was small. It only had a shower, albeit a very good one. However, as soon as you step out of it, the freezing air whirling around the floor makes you get dry very quickly. You'd then expect, in a 4* hotel, to put your robe on to keep warm- except there aren't any here. Brilliant...
Also, we seemed to be sleeping in a room built into the end of the corridor, designed to make money at the weekends- the hotel is a business hotel Monday to Thursday- when the bankers go home. It was a bizarre triangle shape with the required furniture shoved into it. In all honesty, for a professed 4* hotel, it had little more to sell it than a Travel Inn. The soundproofing is ineffective so we had the dubious delights of listening to the adjoining room's film. Whatsmore, the hotel itself is a maze of corridors, so don't come back drunk, you'll never find your room again!
Location is good for central London, particularly at the price, being in the middle of Zone 1 for the tube. However, Bank is not the most picturesque part of London, and our 6th floor room had no view to speak of, other than the parking lots of the other high rises.
The best tip we can give is have breakfast at the Crosse Keys pub next door- all amenities in the hotel are priced for business travellers putting things on expenses.
We wouldn't go back. Why? Too many other, better hotels flogging rooms through Expedia or lastminute.com for silly prices. Unless there're no other same priced options, go elsewhere. Oh, and there was no trouser press...
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Big Ben, Westminster, London
Thames River Transport
IS there a river ferry service (public or private)from Greenwich to a pier near the Tower Hotel,as I leave a cruise ship in Greenwich and am booked into the Tower Hotel for a few nights.
Re: Thames River Transport
You will find information about Thames river transport here:
The hotel overlooks St Katherine's. You may be able to get the Westminster>Barrier Gardens boat (roughly half-hourly from 11 to 4 pm, as it is a 'leisure' service). Takes about 40 minutes.
will give you details or click the PDF 'St Katherine's Pier' link here:
I am not aware of any 'water-taxi' type services on the Thames.
Re: Thames River Transport
From Greenwich Pier you could take the Thames Clipper to the Tower Millenium Pier and walk from there. Total journey time about half an hour.