The Motel One in Tower Hill, London is best described as: a hotel. For a price that falls under the ‘budget’ category, you get a place to stay; no frills, pomp or circumstance. From my room, there was quite a decent view of the world below, but the room itself was somewhat small, with very limited storage. By far my favourite part of the room was the default mode on the tv, which was set to ‘Open Fire’ accompanied by sound effects that could almost convince you there was an electric fireplace in the room. Not quite, but almost.
The Motel One Brand, is one that began in Germany, roots that they still hold tight, to this day. CEO Dieter Muller describes the franchise as ‘Europe’s premier budget-design hotel’ and indeed, while staying there, I found this to be an apropos description. The building’s layout showed the distinctive character of modern architecture, a style which developed in Germany in the early 20th century. This design structure is based on mantras like ‘form follows function’ and ‘ornament is a crime’, so aims to find beauty and style from only that which is deemed necessary. As a result, places like the lobby lacked much decoration, but there was a deep sense of elegance and colour in simple things, like chairs, tables and lighting-fixtures. If you’re having trouble picturing it, imagine a smarter, hipper version of Travelodge. The décor was not the only nod to the hotel’s home of origin; throughout the hotel, signs were fitted with translations in both English and German.
Free wifi is available in all areas, which is an important tick in my book. The staff were courteous, friendly and accommodating so no complaints there. The location itself was very accessible. In terms of transportation and business, it is a short distance from Aldgate tube station, which connects to major lines; allowing the average businessman to get around quite easily. Leisure activities are also not a problem as the hotel is a stone’s throw away from several ‘Jack the Ripper’ themed attractions. If you’re not in the mood for old Jack, nearby, you can also find London’s spectacular Sky Garden and the iconic Tower Bridge.This entry was posted in Europe, Hotel Reviews