Arbor City Hotel Review London

We spent 5 nights in London, the purpose of our trip was to watch Bruno Mars and the London Marathon. Our first stay was at the Sunborn Yacht Hotel as it was close to the O2 Arena. We then changed hotels and stayed for 3 nights at the Arbor City Hotel. We chose this hotel as we wanted to stay in the heart of the East End and we were not disappointed.

Arbor City Hotel

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Welcome and reception at the Arbor City Hotel

Check in time is at 2 pm we arrived early. The reception staff were very polite and kindly took our bags while we waited for our room to be ready.

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Reception at the Arbor City Hotel

Our room at the Arbor City Hotel

We stayed in a Club Double Room number 201. First impressions were ‘oh this is small’ but actually it was perfect for our stay. The access to our room was via the stair well which felt a bit strange but not a problem. The room was nicely furnished, and the bed very comfortable with a large TV opposite.

The shower and bath was a decent size, with a heated towel rail and a drawer full of extra towels under the sink. The Arbor complimentary toiletries were excellent too.

A small fridge was available below the tea and coffee facilities, and a hotel safe which was big enough for a laptop.

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Safe and refreshments

There was a large desk area with plenty of plug sockets and a large mirror, a hair dryer was available in the drawer. The wardrobe wasn’t huge but did have plenty of hangers, there were also ironing facilities if you needed it.

We were told that some rooms have a landmark view, unfortunately ours didn’t, it looked out onto a car park, but we were not bothered.

There is a sports bar in the hotel so if you don’t want to miss out on your sport of choice you don’t have to go very far.

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Sports Bar

The hotel does have the new Marco’s New York Italian by Marco Pierre White so if you fancied a treat it is literally on your doorstep. Breakfast was available at an additional price, however we chose to eat out.

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Marco’s New York Italian – Marco Pierre White


WiFi was free and available throughout the hotel and in our room.

Location and how to get to the Arbor City Hotel

The Arbor City Hotel was very easy to find. We arrived via the tube at Aldgate East Station and it was 4 minutes walk to the hotel. Do make sure you take exit 3 or 4 out of the tube as this brings you out nearer the hotel. You will be on Whitechapel High Street then turn left into Osbourn Street.

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Aldgate East Tube station a few minutes walk from the Arbor City Hotel

The location of the Arbor City Hotel is excellent. Only 15 minutes walk to Tower Bridge, turn left out of the hotel then right down Whitechapel High Street, and 5 minutes walk to Brick Lane, turn right out of the hotel and keep straight, where you will find brilliant street art and the best curries!

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Street Art in Brick Lane

We were advised to go to the Aladin restaurant which was ok, however the best curry we had was at Eastern Eye Balti House, it really was superb.

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Superb curry at the Eastern Eye Balti House

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The best garlic Naan Bread!

If you turn left out of the hotel entrance and walk the short distance to Whitechapel High Street, look across the road and you will see the Aldgate Coffee House. We ate there twice, for breakfast and lunch and could not fault it. The prices were very reasonable for London and there was good WiFi too.

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Excellent breakfast at the Aldgate Coffee House

If you turn left up the Whitechapel High Street and walk for 10 minutes you will find the Blind Beggar pub, famous for the murder of gangster George Cornel by Ronnie Kray in 1966. This was seen to be the beginning of the end of the Kray Twins hold over the East End. We enjoyed a drink here while we waited for our room to be ready.

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Blind Beggars Pub, Whitechapel Road

We really enjoyed our stay at the Arbor City Hotel, the standard of the hotel is excellent and it is in an ideal location for exploring London. We would definitely stay here again, and highly recommend it.

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