Jan102018

Cheapest pint in London? Days Hotel London Waterloo Review

For a couple of years now I wanted to check out Days Hotel London Waterloo, a Wyndham Rewards brand hotel with a good value GoFast rate at 3,000 points + 53 GBP ($72 USD). The experience was better than expected. I also celebrated Christmas in London with the cheapest pint of beer I have had in a London bar in the past four years, Stella Artois at 2.75GBP in the Days Hotel Waterloo lobby bar.

Even better than the GoFast deal for Days Hotel Waterloo was a Christmas day AARP rate of 71.10 GBP ($96 USD). This was one of the first hotels where I found AARP rate was the lowest available. This is a pattern I have seen at several Wyndham brand hotels in Europe where AAA discounts are not available, but AARP offers a discount rate.

My $96 rate using Visa Checkout payment earned 3,000 bonus points + 1,000 stay points for a 4,000 points increase to my Wyndham Rewards account. I think the Visa Checkout promotion is the best value loyalty program offer available right now with the potential to pick up 18,000 Wyndham Rewards points for 3 stays through February 28, 2018.

Loyalty Traveler3 Visa Checkout stays 21,000 points Wyndham Rewards $159 (I am considering booking 3 stays at Days Inn Monterey through my wife’s account to pick up 18,000 points for $129).

Days Hotel Waterloo

Arrival

The receptionist gave me a Wyndham Rewards elite recognition bag with a bottle of water and a small candy bag of malted milk balls. Our arrival on Christmas Day meant most of London was closed up and any open pubs offer set Christmas Day dinners generally at fixed prices from 35-100 GBP per person.

We stocked up on food at M&S market inside London Heathrow Terminal 3 before catching the National Express bus from London LHR central bus station to Victoria Coach Station. Tickets were 18GBP each to the city and then 20GBP after tip to take a taxi two miles to Days Hotel Waterloo.

In the future I will remember to avoid arriving or departing London on Christmas Day when virtually all public transportation in London shuts down.

The Room – Two Singles Please

I learned from experience that beds in London are officially smaller than beds in other parts of the world. I wrote an article about London King Beds last year after our stay at Holiday Inn Kensington High Street when I argued with the hotel receptionist that the bed in my room was nowhere near the size of a King bed. Turns out UK King size is 60 inches and officially 12 inches narrower than USA King size. Double beds in the UK are 54 inches wide.

London Days Hotel Waterloo

Two Singles Please

A standard single bed is 36 inches wide and Kelley and I find that arrangement much more to our liking for European hotels that do not offer a King Bed. Even a small single bed in UK is 30 inches wide and far more space than a small double at 48 inches. No complaints so far about hotel rooms with two singles compared to a small bed for two.

Room Size is in the Eye of the Beholder

Kelley’s first comment was about the room’s small size. My first impression is the room was larger and better than I expected. I have been in some truly small rooms in London hotels, especially around Victoria Station.

London Days Hotel-2

Two windows in the room opened to provide fresh winter air. One word of caution is there was a portable room fan indicating no air conditioning to cool the room on warm London summer days.

London Days Hotel-3

Bathroom is room highlight

The bathroom was small, yet nicely decorated. We joked about the close proximity of the toilet to the large sink. We tended to sit on the toilet seat at an angle to comfortably fit our knees beneath the sink.

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Days Hotel Breakfast

We were given vouchers for 2 GBP off breakfast. Continental Breakfast is normally 8GBP and hot breakfast is 10GBP. We paid 16 GBP for two hot breakfasts, but I did not not think it was worth the price. Standard bacon, beans, scrambled eggs and some fruit and pastries and yogurt in the style you would expect at any Days Inn in the USA.

Near the elevators in the lobby is an ice machine.

London Dasy Hotel ice

Lobby Bar 2.75GBP pints at Happy Hour 6-8pm

The highlight of our stay was finding Stella Artois on tap in the lobby at 3.75 GBP and only 2.75 GBP during 6-8pm Happy Hour. That is the cheapest pint I have found in a London pub in the past 4 years.

The lobby had comfortable seating in a Christmas decorated room with a tree and lights.

London Days Hotel lobby

Bag Storage at Days Hotel Waterloo

The hotel charges 1 GBP per bag stored at the hotel.

Lambeth North Underground Station

Lambeth North Underground is on the Bakerloo Line and the closest station to the hotel. The hotel is only about ten minutes walk to the River Thames and Westminster Bridge, where London Eye is located on the south bank of the river. Houses of Parliament and Big Ben are on the north side across Westminster Bridge.

Days Hotel Waterloo London combines low rates with close walking proximity to some of the major tourism areas.

Days Hotel Waterloo Google maps

Days Hotel London Waterloo Review Ratings

  • Facilities 4/5
  • Lobby Comfort 4/5
  • Bed 4/5
  • Bathroom 3/5
  • Bar 5/5
  • Breakfast 2.5/5
  • Elevator 1.5/5 slow for 7 floor hotel.
  • Location 4/5
  • Likely to return = Yes, when price is best deal for area.

London Days Hotel UK map

Days Inn has 57 hotel locations in the UK.

Days Hotel London Waterloo 5th floor view by elevator.

About Ric Garrido

Ric Garrido of Monterey, California started Loyalty Traveler in 2006 for traveler education on hotel and air travel, primarily using frequent flyer and frequent guest loyalty programs for bargain travel. Loyalty Traveler joined BoardingArea.com in 2008.

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Comments

  1. You are from Monterey, home of Alvarado St brewery and the peak of your stay was Stella Artois on tap…Up your beer game.

  2. I drank beer from more than 100 microbreweries in California and hundreds more around the USA from 1984 to 2006.

    Alvarado Street brewery served me the world’s worst calamari rings last time I drank there and wait staff service was atrocious.

    My B.S. is Fermentation Science from UC Davis and Michael Lewis was my academic advisor. http://www.californiacraftbeer.com/summit-participant/dr-michael-j-lewis/

    I tired of higher acids in American hops and USA craft beer. Started experiencing acid reflux in my 40s.

    I drink European lager beers now almost exclusively and no acid reflux issues for over a decade.

  3. Ric, how was the general neighborhood in that area near Waterloo? I know it was Christmas time but did it seem like there would be things to do, markets, general everyday life nearby? (ps, thanks for the beatdown on the beer snob.)

  4. @Willy – There were residential streets, pubs, markets, parks, and Park Plaza London Waterloo one block away around the corner. I stayed at Park Plaza Westminster Bridge once by the bridge.

    This was only the second time I walked around London in the area south of the river. Definitely still central London, but I only walked a couple blocks in a circle this trip on Christmas Day, so not much insight to area.

    One aspect of this trip is I spent far less time walking streets and neighborhoods than I normally would do when solo. If I get back to Days Hotel I will probably explore the area in much more detail since I have never walked around the Waterloo Station or visited the Imperial War Museum.

    For a tourist less familiar with London, the Days Hotel Waterloo location places you only 15 minutes walk from Palaces of Westminster, Big Ben, Downing Street and about 25-30 minutes walk to Buckingham Palace or Trafalgar Square. I think it is a fine location for proximity to many tourist sites.

    Two years ago I walked along the southern bank of the Thames to Battersea Park in a major rain storm crossing Vauxhall Bridge and walking back over Albert Bridge and along the Chelsea Embankment.

    http://loyaltytraveler.boardingarea.com/2015/09/16/battered-by-rain-in-battersea-london/

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