The one with the trip to the Florida Mall, and the visit to Hollywood Studios, complete with Phantasmic.
I don’t stay in hotels very often for conventions, usually opting instead for the spare rooms, floors and sofas of friends nearer London. Last year though, we tried staying nearer. And it was bliss. So this year, we went back. For MCM London, we stayed in the Crowne Plaza Docklands.
The Crowne Plaza Docklands is a few minutes walk from the ExCel Centre, making it an ideal spot to stay if you’re at a event there. We booked a standard double room, so were quite surprised when we got in to find we had two double beds. When we stayed before, we had one bed, but a larger desk area, so I guess some of the rooms are a little different. As well as the two beds, the room had a huge wardrobe (with a cupboard with a safe in, which is very handy if you’re travelling with valuables), a desk, a massive TV, a tea and coffee station, mini fridge and an armchair.
The room was spotless, spacious and for a hotel, it did feel homey, with lots of lamps and cushions scattered around. Obviously being a blogger, my priorities are wifi and power outlets. The Crowne Plaza Docklands delivered on both. There is free wifi across the hotel for residents, and you are given the password on check-in. The signal was strong and stable, and the speed was perfectly acceptable. There are loads of power outlets in the room too, including USB sockets, so you can plug all your devices in to charge without fighting for socket space.
We could have done with a little more light, as the lamps made things very cosy, but weren’t the best for trying to put costume makeup on the morning, but would probably be fine if you’re just a regular hotel stayer putting your face on for the day. The massive TV was lovely for lounging and bed, and we were pleased to find it had lots of channels, the radio and music playlists all built in.
The bed was very comfortable, with fluffy pillows and a massive duvet so you’re not fighting for it in the night. Dave and I both slept like babies, probably helped by the fact that Crown Plaza put This Works sleep products next to the all the beds. We loved the bed spray, which smelt very soothing. Having a fridge in the room is great too. We loaded ours with water this time, but on our previous stay I filled it with cans of G&T. Up to you how you proceed.
The bathroom was also very clean, and I like that as well as the usual towels (of which we had plenty), we were also given wash clothes, more drinking glasses (we had tumblers and wine glasses on the tea and coffee station too) and a selection of products by Pecksniffs. The shower was very issue to use, and the water pressure was good.
The most important part of a hotel stay is the breakfast. The Crowne Plaza Dockland has a huge bar and restaurant, and one section of this is set up for breakfast, with banks of tables either side of a buffet. Once seated by a friendly waitress, we were immediately offered tea and coffee. It’s just filter, but they serve Starbucks in the main bar if you can’t stomach the normal stuff. If you’re not ready for caffeine, there’s also an array of a juices, an iced tea and a freshly made smootie of the day to choose from too.
If you’re feeling healthy, there’s a selection of cereals, granola, porridge and toppings and lots of fresh fruit. There’s a continental spread, of cheeses, hams and smoked salmon (so good, on the second day I ate this with Philadelphia cheese on a bagel. Nom), and lots of different breads and pastries to tempt you.
There’s a hot buffet too, with all the usual options, but excellent quality. The scrambled eggs were a touch cold, but there was a chef freshly cooking fried eggs on a seperate station, so perhaps pick that instead. The sausages in particular I thought were very good.
You can also order freshly made omelettes or waffles at no extra cost. For a supplement, you can also go for Eggs Benedict (and it’s all variations) or ‘Posh Boiled Eggs’, which come with asparagus wrapped in fancy ham for dunking.
In the evening, there’s a full menu, and a great bar available. I’ve not eaten there in the evening, but the bar staff are very friendly, and I’ve enjoyed a drink there on several occasions.
All the staff, actually, are fantastic. They are all friendly, chatty and ready to help, whatever you need. As well as all those, there’s also a gym and pool on site. Again, not had time to try these myself, but the pool looks lovely, and I’ve heard very good things. There is a small carpark behind the hotel, but we’ve yet to have a problem parking there. Parking is £18 for 24 hours.
We had an excellent stay with the Crowne Plaza Docklands, and will probably be back for our next convention at the ExCel. Dave and I would both highly recommend it!
We paid in full for our stay at Crowne Plaza Docklands. They didn’t know I was a blogger.