Happy Tuesday! Today I’m sharing the hotels I stayed at while on vacation. I hope those of you who didn’t have to work yesterday had a great long weekend. If you didn’t have the day off, I feel your pain.
citizenM Hotel London Bankside
20 Lavington Street, London SE1 0NZ
This was the first place I stayed in London before my friends arrived. If you are looking to stay connected during your trip, this is the type of place you are looking for. The wi-fi was on point and everything in the room was controlled by a bedside tablet. You can even change the “ambiance” (i.e. color) of your room lighting. There are a lot of sitting areas in the lobby for guests to hang-out. It was pretty busy when I was there, especially at night. The location is a short walk away from many places of interest such as the Tate Modern, Globe Theatre, and the Shard. Good to know: It says in their FAQ section online that early check-in is free, but that was not the case.
Marriott London County Hall
County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1
The location of this hotel is incredible. As soon as you get to the end of the driveway, you are essentially on Westminster Bridge. My jaw dropped every morning as soon as I saw it even though I knew it was coming! The view from our room was also great as the London Eye was right outside our window. If you are planning to do a lot of touristy activities, this place is perfect. Make sure to check out the bar at night to have a cocktail with Big Ben. Good to know: Our room was extremely, extremely far from the elevator so if that if going to be an issue, make sure you request a closer room. Also, while the building is beautiful and historic, it was also freezing in our room even with the temperature turned all the way up. The staff was happy to bring us several extra blankets though.
InterContinental Dublin (formerly The Four Seasons Dublin)
Simmonscourt Road, Dublin 4, Ireland
This hotel was as comfortable as you would expect from a Four Seasons property. Nobody wanted to get out of bed each morning. During our stay, the property actually switched from a Four Seasons property to an InterContinental property. The transition was seamless for the guests though. We stopped at the concierge a couple times and they were great with booking activities and calling restaurants. Good to know: The property is a little bit out of the city center so you will need to take a taxi or pubic transportation to get there. I’m not sure if this will stay the same, but under the Four Seasons ownership, there was a complimentary car that went to the city center; however, the hours were limited and it was on a first come, first serve basis.
Koloniënstraat 10, 1000 Brussel, Belgium
This boutique hotel has a loft-like feel with the exposed brick walls. It was cozy, clean, and comfortable. The front desk staff switched a lot while I was there (maybe I just noticed more because I asked them a million questions) and everyone was uniformly helpful. The location is right by the Brussels central train station which is an easy train ride from the airport. I liked that it was close to the Grand Place without actually being crowded with tourists. It was also walking distance to many museums and the palace. Good to know: The lights in the hallways are on motion sensors, but they might not be right by your door so when you come out it of your room, it could be really dark.
The Victoria Hotel
Kaiserstrasse 59, 60329 Frankfurt am Main, Germany
There was no research put into this booking so I’m glad it ended up working out. It was a good place to stay for one night. The Victoria is close to the train station and budget friendly, which I really appreciated at the end of my trip. The hotel is a short walk down to the Main River which you can follow along to the Altstadt (Old Town). It was also a 5-10 minute walk to get to the Opera House. Good to know: The room was really small. Not atypical of European hotels, but if you are tall, the bed in a single room might be really cramped for you.