When I checked in, I was disappointed to learn there was no wireless access in the room, and the only internet connection available was ethernet (so much for my MacBook Air and my iPad). When I asked if there was an adapter, I was told no. The Apple Store was a short ride on the DLR, so resolved the problem for 25 pounds. The cost of accessing the Internet was 25 pounds a day once I was able to use the ethernet port. (that was more then parking, by the way, which was only 16 pounds a day)
I tried to get a drink at the bar, but left after being ignored for almost 10 minutes. The business center is a simple computer in the middle of a reception area and a lousy printer. Sure, there are little shampoos and soaps, and a fitness room, but I expected more from what is touted as a 4 star hotel. Room was modern and nice, plenty of hot water, but despite turning the thermostat all the way down, my room never cooled off. Mini Fridge in room is a nice touch. Location for Excel Center is very good, but NOT an ideal business traveler hotel. Rooms overlooking the River give a nice view.
Decent restaurants (a Caribbean place and several Indian plus others) close by. There is also a small convenience store and the Docklands Light Railway nearby.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to the Crowne Plaza London Docklands , a unique, contemporary hotel overlooking Royal Victoria Dock.We are walking distance from ExCeL Exhibition Centre (West) and just minutes from the financial district of Canary Wharf & the City of London. London City Airport is a 5 minute ride away & the O2 in Greenwich & Tower of London can also be easily reached. The hotel is located next to Docklands Light Railway(DLR) station Royal Victoria, which connects after one stop with the Jubilee Line, at Canning Town, into Central London or Stratford.The hotel boasts its own Meeting Success Centre, with 9 meetingrooms accommodating up to 275 delegates including a dedicated Executive Boardroom.We offer today's business and leisure travellers dependability, friendly service and the latest in designer-led facilities at excellent value rates. We can't guarantee the weather in England, however we can guarantee the quality of our 'Make It Happen' service and our world-renowned breakfast buffet.The hotel houses a busy, contemporary bar and lounge and a restaurant accessable from the avenue or from the hotel Reception. The Quad Club offers guests a purpose-built health and fitness facility, with an indoor pool,jacuzzi, sauna, steamroom and the latest gym equipment Please note: opening times of the leisure club may vary seasonally. The hotel is located in the East of London - host to the 2012 Olympics. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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