Hampton by Hilton Croydon

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    My old office was almost next door to Croydon’s Hampton by Hilton, and I watched its erratic progress week by week – erratic because a contractor went bust part way through, every project managers nightmare. Given the opportunity to take a quick look I was delighted to go and see it in its finished state, a representative of the eight new Hamptons Hilton UK is getting, the others being:

    •Birmingham – Hampton by Hilton Birmingham/Star City
    •Braintree – Hampton by Hilton Braintree
    •Corby – Hampton by Hilton™ Corby / Kettering
    •Derby – Hampton by Hilton Derby City Centre
    •Liverpool – Hampton by Hilton Liverpool / City Centre
    •Liverpool – Hampton by Hilton Liverpool / John Lennon Airport
    •Newport – Hampton by Hilton Newport/East
    •Shrewsbury – Hampton by Hilton ShrewsburyMy friend staying there is not a city person, normally living in rural Devon, so her experience of searching for an evening meal in Croydon whilst staying first night in the Holiday Inn Express in Croydon led to her moving to the Hampton, which provides a basic evening meal service. Unfortunately her experience of the evening food service was so poor (she was left going to bed without eating) that my partner and I took pity and brought her home to feed her. In return we got to look around the Hampton when we returned her to her room.

    Squashed in between a couple of office blocks the building is close to the main rail station at East Croydon, a critical node in London’s transport infrastructure, where bus, trams and rail interchange, so hotel location is excellent. Its frontage enable the signage to be seen from the station and it is just a brisk 5 minute walk away.

    Daniel Fountain / 03.06.2012

    Editor, Hotel Designs


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