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It Was at Aloft Excel in London Where They Were 'Fighting' with Photoshop

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  Site Where: One Eastern Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London, United Kingdom, E16 1FR
November 30, 2011 at 10:07 AM | by | ()

Well, clearly our Guess the Hotel was not as difficult as we thought! Within a matter of hours not one but three people guessed it right: we were at the opening party of Aloft London ExCel where folks were doing a live-art battle with photoshop.

Having started to welcome guests on October 31st, Aloft offers 252 rooms in the Royal Victoria Docks, a hop and a skip from London City Airport. As we mentioned, this is the second Aloft in Europe, following Aloft Brussels Schumann in Belgium, and the first in the United Kingdom. The hotel is connected to the ExCel International Exhibition and Convention Center; the easiest way to get to London is to jump on the DLR (overground) and change to the Jubilee (tube) line at Canning Town station.

True to its concept, Aloft has a re:fuel grab-and-go area and w xyz bar on the ground floor. A gym and small pool can also be found here. If you are looking for something a little more substantial to eat, FEDE restaurant next to the hotel is directly accessible from the mezzanine level. Free wi-fi is available throughout the hotel. (Phew, the hotel won't be called out here.)

We saw a standard double queen room, which was quite spacious and looked very much like what you see on the website (unfortunately we were not able to pictures here). Walking in, the bathroom was immediately to our right. A first section, creating a bit of a studio apartment feel, is open to the rest of the room with a sink, mirror, coffee/tea-making facilities, a wardrobe, and shelves with a few magazines.

A proper door then leads to the shower/bathtub and toilet. Continuing straight ahead, two queen beds were again to our right, set against the wall that divides the main room from the open part of the bathroom. A desk and bench complete the room. All in all, pretty standard Aloft rooms.

At roughly $150, the rooms are good value for London. Do keep in mind however that if you are coming to London as a tourist and plan to spend your time in areas such as the West End, Mayfair, and Soho, you are a good half hour journey away.

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