Fodor's Expert Review Premier Travel Inn County Hall
Belvedere Rd., London, SE1 7PB, England See on Map
Located within the beautiful old County Hall building opposite Westminster, this Premier Travel Inn must be one of the budget chain’s finest outposts. Looking out on the London Eye and across the river to the Houses of Parliament, the Edwardian baroque building is a suitably grand place to base yourself in an area filled with historic landmark sights. Inside, the majesty is pared back and swapped for the simple Premier Inn look that’s, as always, comfortable and clean if a little uninspiring given the grandeur of the location.
Identical rooms are styled in the inimitable purple, white and wood Premier Inn theme. If you’ve seen one then you’ve seen them all, but that’s not to take anything away from the guarantee of a well-presented room with all the basics, including a flat screen TV, air conditioning and large beds.
Younger families can book larger rooms with multiple beds for extra children at no extra cost.
The small, bright pod bathrooms are spotlessly clean and come with a walk-in shower.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Bring your own toiletries just in case.
Don’t be put off by the slightly corporate feel of the lobby here, the staff is friendly and seem happy to help.
Waterloo Station is within 10 minutes of the hotel where there are great national overground connections as well as the Underground. For the most part, walking is the easiest way to get around this busy area, regularly heaving with tourist visitors. Cross the river for Buckingham Palace and the Houses of Parliament or walk east towards the South Bank Centre and the London Eye.
Under the arches of Waterloo, steak restaurant The Archduke (6-minute walk) is great for couples and the bonus is the regular live jazz nights. A little further away, but well worth the walk, The Anchor and Hope (14-minute walk) is a proper gastro pub that serves amazing food from a modern European menu. Equally good for a deluxe Sunday roast.
One of Waterloo’s best kept secrets—until now—The Kings Arms (12-minute walk) is a gem of a craft beer pub on the beautiful, Dickensian Roupell Street. Located on the Cut, Mark’s Bar (11-minute walk) at the Old Vic is a romantic spot for culture and cocktails, whether or not you’re seeing a play.
WHY WE LIKE IT
The hotel may be basic but the signature Premier Inn quality means you get a comfortable room within walking distance of some of the best sights in Central London for a great price. Booking here is worth it just to stay in the old County Hall.