This four star hotel is located in a fantastic location for tourists and business people alike, personally I think the hotel felt more like a five star hotel, with its gorgeous facilities, suites and staff who were happy to go the extra mile. Read my review below of my three day stay at the hotel.
How to get to the hotel
Getting to the Tower Hotel is fairly easy as its in a very central location, there are two tube stations close by; the Tower Hill tube station which is an 8min walk or the London Bridge tube station which is a 12 min walk. YOU can also access the hotel via the Tower Pier if you wish to come via one of the local ferries.
You can also order a taxi or an uber to and from the hotel, please inform your Uber driver that he can enter the boom gate to collect you at the front of the hotel, as most think that they are unable to enter.
Arrival and check in
Stepping into the hotel lobby you are welcomed by staff asking how they can help and direct you to the right area. I noticed that no matter what time of day, the hotel lobby is always busy – which is a great sign that this is a popular hotel.
My check in didn’t go as smoothly as expected due to an issue with my stay, I was originally booked in for three nights however the hotel only had two nights booked. It took a fairly long time to get it sorted out with a lot of back and forth. I try not to be too negative in my reviews but I would encourage guests to reconfirm their booking a week or two before you arrive to ensure a speedy check in. Once this issue was sorted out, I had no other issues throughout my stay.
Keep in mind that check in at this hotel starts at 3pm, not 2pm like some people might be used to.
I booked the Executive double bedroom with Tower Bridge view, the room was unbelievably comfortable, the room features a large king sized bed (with incredibly comfortable pillows), a large 49” Smart TV with Freeview, side chair and work desk. Of course the main selling point of this room is the view of the Tower Bridge, you feel so close, you could almost reach out and touch it. I easily spent hours working at the smaller table so i was able to look up and enjoy the view!
The website states that the room also comes with a “Bose iPod dock” however, there was not one in my room, I personally was not too fussed about this as people don’t generally have iPods anymore and I can listen to music on my phone or laptop.
You can also enjoy a free minibar which includes chips, water (still and sparkling), coke, diet coke, beer and wine, as well as a Nespresso® coffee machine. The minibar was refilled daily*.
The Executive rooms and suites offers access to the “Tower Hotel Executive Lounge” that serves complimentary breakfast on weekends and refreshments available daily from 5pm. It would be nice to see access to the Executive Lounge for breakfast during the week. The daily refreshments after 5pm, was lovely, however, the room is fairly small and can book up quickly.
The bathroom was fairly standard with a bath, shower and toilet. The showerhead had decent pressure which was a nice change and the hotel branded toiletries were of high quality. My only negative comment about the bathroom is the shower curtain, there was nothing wrong with it and it was clean but personally I’m not a fan of shower curtains, it makes showering a little less relaxing as you try to avoid touching it. The towels were very large and soft and they were plentiful.
*Small note about housekeeping and minibar refills, at times staff don’t always knock on your door before entering so I would recommend that you have the door locked when you are inside the room, to avoid any uncomfortable encounters.
Food and Drink options
There are a number of dining options at the Tower Hotel as well as 3 restaurants.
Room service menu is fairly comprehensive and very quick to bring food up. They do charge a 5 pound tray charge which seems to be on par with most London hotels.
Breakfast offers plenty of options from cold to hot breakfast foods and staff are always running around helping guests. I would highly recommend waking up early to go for breakfast or paying for room service breakfast as the lines during busy times can be very long!
Vicinity offers great views of the Tower Bridge the bar has a good range of beers, wine, spirits and cocktails. There is also a fairly simple but delicious menu for you to enjoy while you take in the views.
The Lawn/Winter Lawn is a small area closer to the Tower Bridge. It changes with the seasons, in summer it’s a great open air outdoor spot to enjoy a few drinks and during the winter, its an enclosed area that serves mulled wines and belly warming meals.
XI Bar & Lounge is located on the Upper Foyer, next to the breakfast area. It’s a great place to relax and enjoy light snacks, beers, wines and cocktails with views over the Tower Bridge and the River Thames.
Basic gym on the 11th floor which offers small range of free weights, a few weighted machines and some cardio equipment.
Around the hotel
There are a number of bucket list items people can tick off when staying at the Tower hotel, such as the Tower Bridge and The Tower of London. London Bridge is a short walk away too, as well as the Shard, St Paul’s Cathedral and the quirky Jack the Ripper museum. The Tower Hotel is located in a really get spot in London with a number of attractions to see and two nearby tube stations so that you are able to get around easily.
Other than a few hiccups, I really enjoyed my stay at the Tower Hotel. My suite was warm and cosy and made me feel like I was home for a few days. The food was incredible and the staff generally went out of their way to help you or answer any of your questions. I will be back again to London and the Tower Hotel will be my go to!
*Some images used are copyright to the Tower Hotel – They have provided permission to use these images in this article.