21 Tothill Street, Westminster
A weekend in London normally means expensive accommodation, if you plan to stay in the centre of town. If you can’t stretch to The Langham or The Ritz, don’t worry! There are affordable options across the city in a variety of areas. Premier Inn have come up with these wonderful Hub Hotel’s, basically a smaller version of a Premier Inn dotted around London and Edinburgh currently.
Our last stay with Hub Hotel’s was at Brick Lane in the east end of London. During our stay we found the room small but clean and adequate in a perfect location to sample the best of the British curry scene. This time we headed a little more central as we would be attending the Hyde Park Winter Wonderland and sampling street food and shopping in the middle of London.
The hotel couldn’t be more idyllic in its position. Right in the middle of the action close to Westminster abbey in the shadow of Big Ben. The tube station is 200 yards away at St James’s Park or, as we did, you could walk it quite easily from Westminster station in just under five minutes.
For the first time visitor to London, this hotel is just perfect for exploring the central sights on foot. Save yourself some money getting around on the transport network and search out some of the best of the city. To give you an idea, it takes just 30 minutes to walk from Westminster around to Southwark where you can pass the London Eye, Tate Modern, Shakespeare’s Globe and end up filling your face at Borough Market.
The hotel is on a smart street surrounded by decent pubs, bars and other places to eat. Attached to the hotel is a lounge bar doing 2 for 1 deals on selected cocktails for just £6.50 between 5pm-8pm which is insane value in the heart of the city. Check in is smooth either by machine or in person at the desk. The staff are friendly and check in time begins at 2pm with a 12pm check out time, perfect if you want to grab breakfast late morning or do some early shopping. Breakfast at the hotel comes at an extra charge of £6 per person.
Your keycard for the room operates the doors within the hotel for security, a really good feature. Our ‘standard’ room was on the ground floor through a maze of hallways – all of which were well signposted. The room was slightly larger than our shoebox at Brick Lane with a larger bed. The view outside wasn’t much, just a dark alleyway but the room itself was spotlessly clean.
The main plus points for us were that the room was quiet. The wifi worked extremely well and the under bed storage is adequate for bags and other small items. The free water provided is a nice touch and the wall-mounted TV offers a good range of freeview channels plus BBC iplayer and ITV on demand plus a small range of films. It’s better than many UK hotels that we have stayed in for the TV choice.
Officially this is a one star hotel but for us this is a false rating. One star to me says shared facilities and dirty conditions – this has neither of those. The room is small but no smaller than many rooms across well-known hotel chains in the capital. The bathroom offers a shower, towels, toilet, sink, mirror and bathroom bin plus the complimentary toiletries which is what you would expect. If you do want a little more space then larger rooms are available for around £90 ($121.21 US) per night.
Overall for the price of £60 ($80.81 US) for the night, the location and the amenities within and around the hotel this is a perfect choice for a short break in London. As a base it is ideal for exploring the centre of town and beyond with a choice of tube stations in the near vicinity. With the money you save from the hotel cost, why not put that towards a shopping trip to Oxford Street or a decent restaurant nearby? The Hub Hotel at Westminster Abbey is now our go-to accommodation for our London city breaks.
Nearest Tube: St James’s Park (Circle and District Lines)