Hotel Indigo London - Tower Hill

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Address: 142 Minories, London, EC3N 1LS, England

Star rating:
4 star hotel

4.2

Small City hotel with a zestful decor and excellent transport links.

The 46-room Hotel Indigo opened in July 2010 and is a zippy conversion of an office block once used by gold traders - you can still see the massive door to its vaults in the basement. Stacked up over six floors, the style is fresh and colourful with bedrooms that lift the spirits when you enter. A treat for single travellers passing through on business, this would also be a smart choice for anyone attending a function in the City.

Location
3.8
90%
Eating/drinking
3.6
90%
Leisure facilities
n/a
90%
Service
3.7
90%
Value for money
3.8
90%
Bedrooms
4.1
90%
Public areas
3.9
90%

Location

With three Underground stations, and a DLR station, close by it's easy to get around town from here - but some leisure travellers may prefer to stay in a leafy residential neighbourhood rather than these busy workaday streets. Things are quieter at weekends, although there is plenty to do - take a short walk north and you can look for a bargain in the Sunday morning Petticoat Lane market, while a stroll south gets you to the Tower of London and the banks of the Thames.

Bedrooms

The majority of bedrooms are in an executive category with ample space and a king-size bed, or there are 12 smaller superior rooms with a double bed, plus two suites. Next time I stay I'll try to bag one on the sixth floor at the back with views of The Gherkin, but as all the rooms come with wood floors, iPod dock, 32" plasma TV, rainfall shower and a comfy four-poster bed with barley-twist woodwork, it's hard not to feel that you - or your company - has got it right for once. Add in a Nespresso machine, a mini-bar with complimentary soft drinks and snacks, and an ironing board, and you're all set to hit the town whether for work or play.

Public areas

Get ready for red - it's all over the floor in the lobby and blazes down the carpet in the corridors leading to your room. Hotel Indigo's designers have also commissioned eye-catching large-format photographs and murals of local sights, such as Tower Bridge, that liven up the walls and create a mood that hotel gurus like to call "neighbourhood story".

Eating and drinking

The Square Mile Kitchen and Lounge is on two levels with the bright and plush bar at basement level. If it's been a hard day order an Indigo Wow - a signature cocktail  made with vanilla vodka and fresh passion fruit that will definitely hit the spot. At lunchtime the restaurant is often busy with office workers enjoying an Italian menu offering well-executed staples from pizza to panna cotta, but evenings can be quiet. Step outside the hotel and you'll find many more dining and drinking options to the left and right.

Leisure facilities

None on site but guests are offered complimentary admission to local health clubs.

Service

Brisk and caring. Reception staff wear a smart black and turquoise uniform and responded to my requests efficiently. Guests visiting on business can make free photocopies and borrow a laptop.

Who stays there

Businessmen and women, plus leisure travellers mainly at weekends.

Price advice

For the best rates book online as early as possible - in this small, popular hotel there are unlikely to be many late deals. Breakfast in Square Mile costs £13.95 (Continental) or £15.50 (traditional English).

Amenities

  • High-Speed Internet
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service

Recommended for

  • Business travellers
  • Couples
  • Singles
  • Trendiness
  • Sightseeing
  • No fuss

Pros & Cons

  • Excellent transport links
  • Complimentary WiFi and snacks
  • Cheerful decor
  • No twin rooms available
  • In a business district
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