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Review: Hampton by Hilton London Waterloo hotel

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This is a brief review of the Hampton by Hilton London Waterloo hotel.

As I have mentioned before, I have been doing occasional work days from Hilton hotels around London using the ‘day use’ rates. The cost is similar to what I would otherwise pay for our normal office space and I get to see some different properties.

I also earn Hilton Honors points, double elite night credits and will trigger cashback from American Express via their current Hilton offer.

Hampton by Hilton London Waterloo hotel review

Two weeks ago I decided to pop into Hampton by Hilton London Waterloo. This is usually the 3rd cheapest day use Hilton hotel in Central London, behind Olympia and Hyde Park. I paid £48.

The hotel website is here.

Where is Hampton by Hilton London Waterloo?

This is a relatively new hotel, opened in 2014. To be honest it looks a lot newer.

Whilst the buildings around it are not hugely inviting, the location is actually good for its target market. The Old Vic theatre is just seconds away, and the Young Vic and all of the independent restaurants on The Cut – which are generally aimed at the casual dining market – are within five minutes walk.

Tate Modern, the South Bank, London Eye etc are all easily walkable. Waterloo Station gives you tube access to everywhere else.

Rooms at Hampton by Hilton London Waterloo

I am a fan of Hampton properties – they are generally good value and good quality. Take a look at my room.

OK, there’s no Nespresso machine etc, but there is nothing to complain about here. The room quality is actually a lot higher than I’ve had in some ‘mainline’ Hilton properties I’ve visited on my ‘day rooms’ tour.

Hampton by Hilton London Waterloo hotel review

…. with an attempt to add some local flavour with the Borough Market image:

Hampton by Hilton London Waterloo hotel review

There’s a decent desk, which you don’t always get in the budget sector, and if you look under the TV there is a kettle, tea bags, coffee etc:

Hampton by Hilton London Waterloo hotel review

The bathroom is what you’d expect – not huge, and only a shower with no bath. Toiletries are from large dispensers.

Hampton by Hilton London Waterloo hotel review

I didn’t have any view to speak of, but you really can’t complain given the price and location.

The public spaces

Where this hotel really scores is that it has a lot of public space on the ground floor, including a restaurant which is currently closed. The restaurant has street frontage and I’m sure gets visitors who don’t even know it is part of a hotel.

This attractive library area opposite reception has a couple of PCs available for guest use:

Hampton by Hilton London Waterloo hotel review

This is where breakfast would usually be served, although it was running a ‘brown bag’ service even before the November lockdown started:

Hampton by Hilton London Waterloo hotel review

Here is a PR photo of the main lobby / bar area, which as you can see looks like it would be a decent spot to hang out:

Hampton by Hilton London Waterloo hotel review

Conclusion

I liked this hotel a lot, and would unhesitatingly recommend it for anyone looking for good value accommodation in a central but also slightly off-the-beaten-track part of London.

Whilst I didn’t eat there or spend the night, I was in the building for 8 hours and it gave me a good enough feel for what to expect.

Obviously current pricing isn’t really ‘normal’. Picking a random weekend day in March, it comes up as £84. Given that this includes breakfast – everyone gets free breakfast at Hampton – it is excellent value.

The Hampton by Hilton London Waterloo website is here.

Comments (41)

  • Lady London says:

    ..no extra charge

  • Save East Coast Rewards says:

    Waterloo is off the beaten track? It’s home to a very busy (in normal times) commuter terminus. As for prices, back in normal times this hotel was often ridiculously expensive for a ‘budget’ hotel, I’ve seen over £200 before. There was some times when it was reasonably priced but more often than not it was way overpriced for what it is.

    • Michael Jennings says:

      Those of us who live south of the river are used to these sorts of comments from northerners.

  • JG says:

    Rob!
    It’s the Young Vic, not the ‘New Vic’!..

  • Joe says:

    Great hotel, stayed there March 2019 for one night and rate was great for the night. Quick 10 minute walk to tube or waterloo.

    I left my ipad in the room and the hotel got it quickly and pickup was seamless. Wouldnt hesitate to stay again…

  • John says:

    Have you reviewed the work place at Conrad St James. Theirs have no bed in the room

  • Rick says:

    Stayed in this hotel summer 2019 as a family of 3; couldn’t fault it. We found it very handy for walking to the South Bank and Waterloo tube.