Arbor City Hotel, London – Paul and Carole’s Review

Arbor City Hotel


Paul and Carole’s Review

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

Arbor City Hotel

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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38 Responses to Arbor City Hotel, London – Paul and Carole’s Review

  1. Travel Lexx says:

    Sounds like a good place to stay in a great location in London. Glad you enjoyed accommodation in the capital!

  2. Finding a decent hotel at a reasonable price in a good spot around London can be difficult, but you seem to have managed it here. Glad you made it out of Blind Beggar safe and sound lol, what an interesting fact about the Krays! Thanks for bringing this place to our attention, pinned for future reference. #feetdotravel

    • It is hard to find a decent hotel at a decent price, some are crazy prices. This was perfect with the tube around the corner. We love finding out snippets of history and the bonus was the Blind Beggar had Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc wine too so it was a win win!!

  3. Sina says:

    This looks like a great hotel to stay in London. I like the location – East London has so much to offer and is great for food too! That curry looks amazing, have to try it out one day ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Annalise says:

    Looks like you had a good stay! It can be so hard to find the right hotel in a big city so blogs like this are always useful. Thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚
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  5. Great hotel and wonderful location. Liked the directions from the tube to the hotel. Love how you included places close by to visit for a tasty meal or some street art. Great photos and video. I pinned this for my next visit across the pond to London. Thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Looks like a great place to stay. Location is always more important to me, than size. I would definitely have to eat at Eastern Eye Balti House. That naan bread looks fantastic!
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  7. SamH Travels says:

    A great review for a hotel at very central location, with good access to the excellent transport system. The curry looks yummy!
    Having grown up in the East End of London, when it was more down and out rather than up and coming, it’s great for me to see the investment that’s comes into this area. Having recently revisited the area, I was surprised to see how much has changed – lots of bars and restaurants!

    • Thanks for your comment, particularly as you grew up in this area. We were pleasantly surprised with the East End as you say thought it was going to be pretty rough and ready but it was an excellent area to stay.

  8. Only By Land says:

    The Arbor City Hotel looks perfect for a stay in London, 15 minutes from Tower Bridge is perfect (so is the Tube access)! The hotel looks modern, especially the Sports Bar, good to know there’s free WiFi all over the hotel too. The English breakfast at Aldgate Coffee House looks delicious!

  9. The hotel looks very cozy! I like the tree on the back wall. As long as the bed is comfy, it doesn’t matter how small the room is ๐Ÿ™‚ I always love your video reviews!

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  10. Tracy says:

    Great hotel and great review! Always on the lookout for a good hotel in London that doesn’t break the bank. Loads to see and do there too!
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  11. Barry says:

    Looks like a nice place to come back to after wandering the streets of London. Itโ€™s great to have a big room if you plan on staying for a while, but for a few days, something compact is fine. Iโ€™ve stayed in a lot smaller place sand the budget hotel Iโ€™m staying at now is Singapore not even close to this size!

  12. Another good recommendation from you guys. Thanks, I’ve pinned for future London trips. ๐Ÿ™‚
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  13. Sounds like you had a great time in London. Its always hard to find a place to stay with both a good location and price – looks like you found both so thanks for sharing. I went to the bind beggar on a friends stag do years ago. recently posted…Barcelona- an awesome city breakMy Profile

  14. I love that a part of your trip was to see Bruno Mars, I love his music! Great detailed information on the hotel that really helps you know what to expect. You two seem to be pretty easy going travelers as not much seems to phase you – I like that ๐Ÿ™‚ Great review, as usual, you two!
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  16. Anisa says:

    Looks like a great hotel in area. I had already made a note of Eastern Eye Balti house, not sure if you mentioned it before or I heard from someone else, but I really want to try it. Thanks for sharing on #TheWeeklyPostcard.
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  17. Esther says:

    Oh, that looks like a good hotel. I like it. Finding nice and affordable accom in London is like an Olympic sport!
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  18. Anda says:

    Arbor City Hotel seems like a decent place to stay if you want to explore London. Hotels are so darn expensive there! #TheWeeklyPostcard

  19. Michelle says:

    It’s indeed difficult to find decent, affordable and centrally-located accommodation in London. The room seems on the small side, but that’s completely normal for cities like London, New York and Tokyo. My comfort zone in London is further to the west – around the Leicester Square/Covent Garden/Holborn area, so I’m not too familiar with the East End. I did hear Brick Lane is the place to go for curry, though!

    • Thanks for reading, it wasn’t the biggest room but perfect for our stay. Each time we go to London we like to stay in a different part so that we can explore new areas and this was a great spot!

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