A year ago we were due down in London to catch up with some friends visiting from overseas. It was around Christmas-time and we were planning to enjoy a night out on the town. Originally we intended to jump on one of the last trains back to Milton Keynes. But on the morning of the event we decided that it would be less rushed and easier to stay in London. That way we could let go and enjoy the evening.
So we called up the RE Hotel in Hackney, London to book a room. One of the main factors that swung it for us was the price. For a central London hotel the room was incredibly affordable at around £60 for the night. (I’ve stayed in more expensive chain hotels in the regions for more than that).
We arrived at Hoxton overground station to meet my friend and walk to the hotel. It was probably about a 15-20 minute walk, depending on your stride (I’m a renowned dawdler).
We arrived at pleasantly appointed decorated hotel – think simple and chic.
Our room was small but functional, and most importantly it was spotlessly clean. The bed was comfortable and it had a good bathroom.
Incidentally we didn’t spend that long actually sleeping in the room as we were having such a good night. But the great thing was that we were able to go out in Shoreditch and stumble back in the early hours of the morning without calling a cab.
The bar was open late so we enjoyed a sneaky nightcap – I ordered a Baileys because, you know, Christmas – before heading off to our rooms.
For a clean, easy and affordable stay in Central-East London, we were perfectly happy with the RE Hotel.
Just one last note, if you’re heading out for a big greasy East London fry-up the next day, turn left on the Hackney Road (we went right and couldn’t find anything we wanted until we got a cab to Liverpool St). We have since found a really nice café 5 minutes called The Canteen Café (it’s opposite Tesco Express which is your nearest ATM). Definitely check that out.
RE Hotel, 419-437 Hackney Road, Tower Hamlets, London, E2 8PP