A good choice for those who are not familiar with London, the Novotel Waterloo has the advantage of being a few steps away from Waterloo train station. In addition, the City is within a walking distance from the hotel.
This hotel review is a translation from the French by the agency Traductéo.
On Lambeth Road (Westminster subway station). It is possible to walk downtown in 30 minutes. By subway, the journey takes about 5 minutes (direct access to Piccadilly Circus on the Bakerloo line).
For those who foresee a morning departure or late arrival, the Novotel Waterloo is ideal because it is not far from the subway station of Waterloo located nearby (where the Eurostar terminal is). It is also well situated to discover the sites and monuments along the Thames River. Finally, the Novotel Waterloo is a recommended hotel for families. Its rooms can accommodate 2 adults and 2 children. An indoor playground has been installed and a video for children is projected during weekends.
Opened in 1995, the Novotel Waterloo is being renovated. Some of the rooms have already been refurbished: these are the rooms in Novation design, 58 in number or 1 / 3 of all rooms. The common areas, arranged as lounges in red, artificial leather armchairs and dark blue tones, are simple but pleasant. We would appreciate, however, the less standardized touch of local decoration, and the focus on design. Anyway, the hotel provides a good level of comfort for its standard.
The hotel has 187 rooms. If available, ask for a room with even number. You will have a view onto Lambeth Palace. This former residence of the Archbishop of Canterbury is huddled in a park. A horizon that attracts the eyesight more than the façades of brick buildings from the rooms with uneven number. The 58 Novation rooms offer a stronger touch of design than the standard rooms. Equipped with light-coloured wood furniture, they are decorated with an abstract painting on the wall. As for the comfort, the hotel amenities are identical in all rooms. The same is valid for the entire area (25 square meters) and the room capacity (2 adults and 2 children). Each room has a double bed and a convertible sofa. Air conditioning, ? telephone, TV and a minibar with tea / coffee kit are provided for. In the bathroom, there are a bathtub, a hairdryer and skin care products branded of the hotel chain Accor. The toilets are separated.
Breakfast is served on buffet in a room lavishly washed in sunlight. Prefer tables near the covered atrium, because those who are in a stretch on the side of the room are not very bright. The menu includes hot and cold dishes in English style (eggs, bacon, beans in tomato sauce) or continental style (cereals, pastries, meats, cheese). At lunch and dinner, you can choose between the restaurant and the pub. Sandwiches with salad and fries, in an ambiance of varnished wood and sport on television in the pub. The restaurant offers a meal on menu (2 or 3 dishes) or a la carte where the sight of plates is more attractive than its content. As much as possible, avoid international options, a bit disappointing, in favour of a fish or a meat in English style, which are much better prepared.