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Oh no, not again. I’ve just been drenched in cold water and I’ve got a cup of hot water that tastes as if someone put coffee in the machine a couple of decades ago. I’m sitting in the dark and the TV keeps changing channel to some steampunk family saga in Japanese. I’m in hotel […]


Top 5 New Year’s resolutions for hoteliers.

by Andrea on January 2, 2013

The New Year is upon us and many of us will be making yet another load of New Year’s resolutions, having still not learned by our previous failure to keep them (for example for me: must not drink so much, must actually go to the gym instead of just paying for it, etc….). In a […]

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Ten years after the great internet boom and bust, technology keeps on changing – and changing our lives with it.  That’s particularly true in the hotel sector, where everything is changing: from the way we book to the way we order dinner; from the entertainment console in our rooms to the check-in desk (or its absence). […]


New trends in hotels set to roll on in 2012.

by Andrea on January 2, 2012

Electronic check-in and check-out.  While YOTEL is using electronic check-in to help customers who’re jet-lagged and want a quick route to some Z’s, other hotels are also getting interested.  I suspect this will move up-market as a queue-busting device, giving guests the opportunity to choose whether to wait a few minutes at peak times or […]


Four star Gatwick hotel gets budget makeover.

by Holly on August 17, 2011

It’s no surprise that growth-hungry Travelodge was pleased to snap up the Mercure Hotel, with its convenient location close to London’s Gatwick airport.  But it may come as more of a surprise to hear that the company has decided to totally transform the successful 4 star hotel. In a move to align the hotel with Travelodge’s […]


Best London hotels for Japan addicts.

by Rajul on July 20, 2011

Attention all Japan lovers! This weekend (22-24 July) sees the second running of Hyper Japan at London’s Olympia Two exhibition centre, with a share of the proceeds going to the region affected by the recent Tohoku Pacific Earthquake. The exhibition is a fun extravaganza of all things Japanese, celebrating all aspects of Nippon culture including […]

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Automatic check-in: the way of the future?

by Andrea on January 17, 2011

We’ve featured YOTEL before – a revolutionary hotel group focused on airport hotels, packing maximum luxury into minimal space.  Based on our YOTEL video and recent guest reviews, this approach seems to be working. One of the things YOTEL has done differently is to re-examine the check-in process – and automate it.  So I spoke […]


Cheap London hotels change staff recruitment.

by Rajul on November 22, 2010

Hotel jobs were traditionally almost always given to hotel professionals. The hospitality business has a well-worn training route, founded on vocational training and hotel school.  This has been churning out well-qualified hoteliers for decades.  And certainly when it comes to luxury hotels, this career path is still very much in place. In recent times, however, […]


Cheap London hotels which act like airlines.

by Andrea on October 6, 2010

Sometimes we only need a pillow to lay our heads – possibly on quite a limited budget.  That’s where ‘no frills’ London hotels come in: an area of the market which has experienced significant innovation in recent times. What’s striking is how many new cheap hotel ideas have modelled themselves on airlines – and I’m […]


Cheap Gatwick hotels with solid guest reviews.

by Bernard on September 17, 2010

We’ve previously covered hotels near Stansted Airport and examined one of the best Heathrow airport hotels.  Now it’s the turn of Gatwick – the UK’s second-busiest airport in terms of passenger traffic numbers. Although it lies some 28 miles south of central London, Gatwick is actually quite easy to reach from the centre of town […]


Tune Hotel Westminster shows early promise.

by Rajul on September 9, 2010

We recently mentioned the much-hyped London launch of Malaysia-based budget hotel chain Tune Hotels which has enjoyed a fair bit of publicity. Their first, slightly misleadingly-named “Westminster” hotel (it’s actually in Lambeth – the opposite side of the bridge!) is now up and running. The verdict of most professional reviewers has been that the company […]


To call the competition at the budget end of the London hotel market “vigorous” would be something of an understatement. You’ve got established budget chains like Travelodge and Premier Inn growing at breakneck speed, offering cheap promotions and decent locations aplenty – though often housed in fascinatingly “ugly” buildings. Then there are well-priced, good-quality independent […]


We’ve commented on the rise of London’s “luxury budget” hotels, with the likes of the Hoxton Hotel and Base2stay Kensington leading the way. There are also the impressive London airport hotels created by YOTEL, adapted from the Japanese “capsule” idea, which show that “cheap” can also be fun, look good and provide free WiFi. In […]


Cheap London hotels with free WiFi.

by Rajul on November 27, 2009

Several bloggers engaged on the “Free the WiFi” campaign have mentioned an odd thing: how can some of the cheapest hotels and hostels provide free internet access while many of the most famous brands cannot? Here we put the spotlight on London’s budget hotels to identify more “good guy hotels” with free WiFi.  We hope […]


An announcement from Travelodge – already featured on this blog for their aggressively-priced “sales” – recently caught my eye.  They’re now planning to spend a further £84 million to buy up and convert hotels in London. The company is even offering you a finder’s fee to help them find suitable sites and has set up […]


YOTEL video tour and guest reviews.

by Rajul on July 22, 2009

This is the first in a series of blog posts in which we publish videos of top-rated London hotels along with the latest TripAdvisor guest reviews. We’ve already published an in-depth feature on YOTEL and also mentioned the company in our recent overview of London’s “luxury budget” hotels. Below is the official video of the […]

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