Hotel Vicinity:Enjoying a prime location just yards from the east entrance to the ExCel Exhibition centre is the Aloft London Excel hotel. The main attraction of this location will be access to the exhibition centre and and its closeness to London City Airport which is just 0.7 miles to the east. The London 2012 Olympic Stadium is also within easy reach being 3 miles to the north as is Europe's largest shopping mall called Westfield Stratford City. There's not much else in the immediate vicinity of the hotel however the docklands and its good range of amenities is just 2 miles to the west while central London and the main tourist areas is some 5 miles further on from the Docklands. The City of London (square mile) which is the main financial area within London is 4 miles from the hotel between Docklands and central London. Access is good to all these locations by road or using the DLR and tube services. Nearby places of interest include the Thames barrier Visitor Centre (1 mile), East Ham Nature Reserve (1.4 miles), Green Street Shopping for Asian goods (1.5 miles), Galleons Reach Shopping Centre (1.7 miles), London gas Museum (2 miles) and Billingsgate Market (2 miles). Just over the water from the hotel (1.6 miles in a straight line) is the O2 Arena (aka Millennium Dome).
The Aloft London ExCel is a mid-range brand by Starwood Hotels and Resorts. The name refers to the hotels style with its loft style bedrooms, atmospheric public spaces, contemporary industrial feel, urban-influence, open and vibrant design and social guest experience.
What sets the hotel apart in the area is that it is the only hotel to be directly connected to the Excel Exhibition Centre. As you entre the hotel you will be greeted by an open styled lobby. This is where you will find the self-service touch screen kiosks giving you the option of choosing room and floor. It will also confirm your rate and issue you with your room key. If required it can be sued to print your flight boarding pass.
The loft type rooms have been designed by the Rockwell Group and feature either a King or 2 Queen sized Relaxation beds.
Rooms are air-conditioned and have walk-in showers, fridge, oversized windows, iron and ironing board, 42" flat-screen TV, ironing facilities and free WiFi.
Maximum occupancy is 3 which covers 2 adults plus a child using a camp Aloft air mattress/crib.
There are 12 suites which feature nine-foot ceilings and extra-large windows for an airy, loft-like feel. The suites have a separate living room that has a seating area and a dining table. There's a separate guest toilet. They also have all the benefits found on the standard loft rooms with the same maximum room occupancy policy.
Onsite the hotel has a buzzy destination bar and pitstop Café ( re:fuel by aloftSM) which will be open 24 hours for grab and go snacks and drinks. The menu is sweet, savoury and healthy (salads, sandwiches, and snacks). During the day, the space is bright and industrial with an urban Café design. At night, the space is transformed to a place where guests mix, mingle and relax.
The place for drinks is the funky 'W XYZ BAR'. Serving a range of drinks including cocktails along with funky music and a buzzy atmosphere.
There is also an onsite fitness facility called the re:chargeSM fitness centre with a splash pool.
Great value is the dual free WiFi and wired internet access throughout the hotel. Guest also can make use of the five Tactic meeting rooms which measure 25sqm and have a capacity for 8 guests. 24 hour reception with self service check in touch and go facility.
The hotel is also a music venue with twice monthly gigs by live bands.
Compared to other London hotels: This hotel has been rated 86% by past guests. The London average is 77% and the average for 4 star hotels is 80%. Therefore this hotel is above average for its sector (star rating) and for London as a whole.
Milesfaster ranking: 164th from 796 London hotels, and 64th of 300 four star rated hotels.
Another to Consider: A comparable type of hotel close by (0.1 miles, 0.2 km) would be the 4 star Ramada London Docklands Hotel, with base rates beginning from £122 and which has an 80% guest satisfaction rating. The Ramada London Docklands Hotel also offers: free WiFi, a gym.For somewhere with lower starting rates try the Novotel London Excel Hotel. 0.6 miles (0.9 km), gaining a satisfaction rating of 84% from its past guests and the hotels starting rates begin at about £79.
Parking:Private parking is available on site and costs £14 per day.
Internet:WiFi is available in the hotel rooms and is free of charge.
Bedroom Numbers: 252 (12 suites)
Check-in: 14.00 (2 pm)
Background:Developed by Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company. Interiors designed by Jestico + Whiles.
The Aloft London ExCel is the first UK hotel for this brand and the second in Europe and opened on 31st October 2011.
The hotel has a 'serpentine' design plan with a convex central spine and concave wings. The interiors feature the Aloft signature colours of 'primary green, burgundy and patterning'.