In the (Dock)land where chain mediocrity or bland corporate efficiency prevails, Aloft – a cheaper option from the swanky W chain – is refreshing. Outside, the design is rather cool, a swoop of shiny surfaces with charming coloured lighting; inside, service is winningly offhand. Shove your credit card into the self-check-in and your key card is dispensed, giving you access to the upper floors by lift, where further funky lighting guides you to your room (nicely finished, masculine decor; remote keyboard to operate the telly; free Wi-Fi; decently appointed wet room). Your card also gets you into the pool and gym, while careless packers have a coin-op mobile phone charger in the lobby. Aloft is right at the exit from the ExCeL convention centre, so Friday night in the bar-diner is lively with post-convention hair being let down.
One Eastern Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock
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I have to salute this hotel. It does all the usual things of providing bed, bars and food - and it does them really well with an unfussy urban feel. But what it does that others don't is to put on amazing gigs on Thursday nights. Check with the venue before heading out because its not every Thursday , but if theres a gig on ... give it a go. With an outside area overlooking the water, and a great stage / sound-system, this is one awesome addition to the live music scene in London.