For London Pride weekend, as a number of events I was attending were happening in East London, I decided to book into the aLoft hotel, next to the ExCeL conference centre in the Docklands area of the capital.
I’m a big fan of the aLoft concept. I’ve stayed in their property in the Brickell area of Miami which I really loved, as well as their one in New Orleans which wasn’t quite as polished.
Essentially, the aLoft is a W Hotel “lite”, catering to a similar demographic, however I find them much more relaxed and far less pretentious than some of the higher-end W Hotels can be.
The London property is about 30 seconds walk away from the Prince Regent Docklands Light Railway (DLR) station. Coming off the platforms, turn right at the top and it’s right in front of you. There’s an entrance on the second floor with the three lifts in front of you, or the options to take the spiral staircase down to the ground floor and reception.
You can see a lot of the Crossrail work going on for the new station at Custom House for a direct connection to the DLR.
Once checked in, they’d very kindly upgraded me to a suite. It was a really lovely room with an entirely separate sitting area, dining table and chairs, and own lavatory as well.
Through to the main bedroom, which was separated by a sliding, door, was the king size bed, the desk for working at, and then behind that was the sink, lavatory and shower.
The shower was pretty good and I do like the Bliss products that they have in dispensers on the wall. The shower was also good with a hose connector and nice rainfall shower head.
Also in the room was a Nespresso machine (of the consumer type pods) with six capsules, and also a kettle with some sachets of instant coffee.
The bed was super comfortable and after a long and busy day, slept very well. For those that enjoy my vaguely OCD ramblings, there plenty of plug sockets next to the bed to plug in my wide variety of iDevices!
The WiFi was free to all guests and pretty fast; I had no issues with black spots during my stay either.
The next morning, I popped down for breakfast in the restaurant. They had a good selection of hot and cold food, but was being good so went for their porridge which was actually very good indeed.
There’s also a pool, sauna and steam room in the hotel which I’ve used on a previous stay, but didn’t get a chance to relax in this time.
Overall in terms of location, the facilities, and for the price I think it’s an excellent value, modern, full service hotel with good transport links. Yes it’s in zone three, but the staff are very helpful and I’m not sure there’s much more I could expect from this grade of hotel. Certainly recommended and one of the better Starwood properties in London.