InterContinental London – The O2 (a mini overview)


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In direction of the top of December, I had a one night time keep on the InterContinental London O2, and whereas that one night time wasn’t fairly lengthy sufficient for full overview of the property, what follows ought to offer you a good suggestion of what you may anticipate while you keep.

The admin

  • Size of keep: 1 night time
  • Value of keep: 40,000 IHG One Rewards factors*
  • Paid with: Free Evening Certificates*
  • Elite standing at time of keep: Platinum Elite
  • Factors earned from the keep: 600 factors (welcome present)
  • Improve devices used: None
  • Improve acquired: I booked an entry degree room and was supplied a room with a river view so this may occasionally have been a slight improve.

*I paid utilizing a Free Evening Certificates issued by the card_name.

Hyperlink to lodge web site

Getting there/location

The InterContinental London O2 is positioned to the east of London’s metropolis centre and close to London Metropolis airport and the Canary Wharf monetary district.

aerial view of a large circular structure with a river and city buildings

For those who’re arriving from Heathrow and wish to use public transport, you may take the Elizabeth Line to Bond Avenue station* after which the Jubilee Line to North Greenwich (the lodge is a ~7 minute stroll from North Greenwich station).

For those who’re arriving from Gatwick and wish to use public transport, you may take the Thameslink service to London Bridge station and the Jubilee Line to North Greenwich.

*Bear in mind that the stroll from the Elizabeth Line to the Jubilee Line will not be a brief one. 

a map of a city
Screenshot from Google maps

This property’s main goal might look like the supply of lodging to the 1000’s of those who go to the O2 Area yearly (the O2 enviornment is correct subsequent to the lodge), and at first look, this may occasionally not look like the most effective location through which to be primarily based if you wish to discover all the normal London sights.

That, nevertheless, isn’t essentially true.

Firstly, as a result of the property isn’t positioned within the coronary heart of London, room charges on the InterContinental London O2 can usually be decrease than charges at lesser however extra central properties.

Secondly, the InterContinental London O2 is a ~7 minute stroll from North Greenwich underground (subway) station which is served by the ‘Jubilee Line’.

This line places lodge visitors 1 cease (~2 minutes) away from the Canary Wharf monetary district, 4 stops (~10 minutes) from ‘London Bridge’ – the station for Tower Bridge, 6 stops (~quarter-hour) away from ‘Waterloo’ – the station for the whole lot London’s ‘South Financial institution’ has to supply, and seven stops (~18 minutes) from ‘Westminster’ – a station proper within the very coronary heart of London’s points of interest.

Checked out on this context, the InterContinental London O2 isn’t inconveniently positioned for exploring London in any respect.

I used to be visiting on a very busy night time for the lodge (it was virtually full) however I used to be lucky sufficient to not discover myself in an extended line after I arrived at round 5 p.m.

a christmas tree in a lobby
The foyer

Regardless of the absence of an extended line (there have been two individuals forward of me), I had a ten minute wait to be served after which, for some unknown cause, it took an extra quarter-hour to finish the common check-in formalities.

I used to be supplied the selection of a river or O2 view, and as breakfast wasn’t included in my price, I used to be given the choice to prepay for a ‘full’ breakfast at a value of £20/~$25 (the price of paying on the time of the meal is £28.50/~$36).

I selected the river view room and accepted the breakfast supply as properly.

Additionally, as an IHG One Rewards Platinum elite (a standing I solely have as a result of I maintain the card_name) I used to be supplied a selection between two issues for my ‘welcome amenity’ – 600 IHG Rewards Factors or a complimentary drink on the bar.

As I worth IHG factors at simply 0.4 cents every (which values the 600 factors at simply $2.40), I selected the drink voucher … however I ended up being credited with 600 factors as properly.

The room

The Basic King room that I had been assigned was on one of many decrease flooring however, it nonetheless has a fairly good view.

a city skyline with a body of water
Daytime view
a city skyline at night with a body of water
Evening time view

At ~320 sq. ft/~30 sq. meters, the Basic King room is an effective dimension for an entry-level room in London, and the massive home windows helped to make it really feel spacious.

InterContinental London O2 Classic King Room
InterContinental London O2 Basic King Room
InterContinental London O2 Classic King Room
InterContinental London O2 Basic King Room
InterContinental London O2 Classic King Room
InterContinental London O2 Basic King Room
InterContinental London O2 Classic King Room
InterContinental London O2 Basic King Room
InterContinental London O2 Classic King Room
InterContinental London O2 Basic King Room
InterContinental London O2 Classic King Room
InterContinental London O2 Basic King Room
InterContinental London O2 Classic King Room
InterContinental London O2 Basic King Room

The mattress and bedding had been mushy (the mattress could also be just a little too mushy for some individuals), the armchair was snug, and the desk chair was of a ok high quality to permit me to get some work carried out with out getting a again ache (I want I may say the identical in regards to the desk chair that I’m sitting on as I sort this overview!)

The one detrimental factor that I might say in regards to the furnishings is that the wood desk, aspect tables and cupboards are all wanting a bit dated now … however at the least they’re nonetheless, largely, in cheap situation.

So far as energy retailers go…

The desk affords quick access to 2 USB-A ports, two UK-style energy retailers (one was taken up by the desk lamp), and a single US-style outlet.

a black and silver lamp on a wood surface
The desk has good entry to energy retailers.

And either side of the mattress have entry to AC energy (UK-style) and USB-A ports as properly.

InterContinental London O2 Classic King Room
Each side of the mattress have good entry to energy – click on or faucet to enlarge.

The lavatory seems to be trendy, and affords visitors a shower/tub as properly a separate bathe, and that ought to maintain most individuals joyful.

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The toiletries are by Byredo (not a reputation I recognise), and as is to be anticipated these days, they arrive in full-size containers and never as miniatures.

a group of white bottles on a black tray

I deliver my very own toiletries with me after I journey (normally miniatures from previous stays) so no matter toiletries coverage a lodge that I go to has, doesn’t actually have an effect on me.

I do, nevertheless must level one thing out in regards to the toiletries on this explicit room.

Whereas all of the toiletries appeared to have been fitted with tamper proof caps…

a group of white bottles with black lids

… the caps look fairly straightforward to ‘tamper’ with and one was already unlocked.

a white bottle with black lids

That’s not an excellent look.

Anyway, transferring on …

From an facilities standpoint, the King Basic room isn’t precisely bursting on the seams, however you’ll discover it geared up with a small espresso maker, a kettle, some glassware, a mini-fridge (empty), and a small protected.

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InterContinental London O2 Classic King Room
InterContinental London O2 Basic King Room

Nothing thrilling, however that’s just about what you get in most entry-level rooms at properties of this commonplace.

Right here’s a brief video exhibiting a walkthrough of the room:

Eating places, bars, and cafes

The InterContinental London O2 is residence to quite a lot of eating places and bars, however apart from breakfast within the brasserie and a drink within the 1st flooring bar, I didn’t have the chance to test all of them out.

Meridian Lounge

It is a floor flooring cafe connected to the foyer.

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Clipper Bar

It is a first-floor bar overlooking the river.

a sign on a walla bar with a row of chairs and a man sitting at the bara bar with people behind ita room with a large window and a large sofaa room with a large window and a large city view

It is a good place to calm down, with good views, pleasant employees, and a wide array of drinks. Service can, nevertheless, be a bit gradual even when the bar isn’t significantly busy.

Eighteen Sky Bar

That is the lodge’s 18+-only cocktail lounge positioned on the highest flooring with the most effective views the lodge has to supply.

a city skyline with a body of water

I didn’t go to Eighteen Sky Bar on this journey so the picture of the view from the bar (above) was taken on a earlier go to.

Kinaara

That is the property’s fine-dining Indian restaurant which first opened in November 2022 and which was closed (briefly) on this go to.

Market Brasserie

That is the InterContinental’s principal restaurant (positioned on the primary flooring) serving breakfast and dinner.

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The Market Brasserie breakfast menu – click on or faucet to enlarge.

That is what breakfast appeared like:

a woman standing behind a counter with food on ita large kitchen with many dishes of fooda buffet table full of fooda buffet with different types of food

A key factor to notice in regards to the Market Brasserie is that whereas the breakfast buffet is kind of good (the standard of the meals was higher than most breakfast buffets I sampled final 12 months), the road to get a desk can get lengthy when the lodge is busy.

After I arrived for breakfast, I didn’t have many individuals forward of me within the line and the employees had been working very exhausting to clear tables and to get individuals inside as shortly as doable.

a group of people in a hallway

My ready time (from arrival to being seated) was underneath 10 minutes.

After I left breakfast, nevertheless, that is what the road appeared like:

a group of people standing in a hallway

To provide credit score the place credit score is due, tea, espresso, and pastries are made accessible for the individuals ready in line …

a table with food on it

… and as I’ve already talked about, I couldn’t see what extra the employees may do to hurry issues up. The quantity of individuals descending on the Brasserie at an identical time meant {that a} lengthy line was inevitable.

Tip: If the lodge is busy, plan to eat breakfast early. That method you’ll virtually definitely keep away from an extended line.

Membership InterContinental

Membership InterContinental is the lodge’s lounge positioned on the second flooring.

It’s open between 6:30 am and 10:30 pm on weekdays and between 7:30 am and 10:30 pm on weekends.

The ‘membership’ could be accessed by:

  • InterContinental Royal Ambassador Elites.
  • Friends reserving a room with membership entry.
  • Friends who pay an entry price upon arrival.

The lounge affords a self-service buffet at varied instances of the day:

  • Breakfast is served between 6:30 am and 10:30 am Monday to Friday and between 7:00 am and 11:30 am Saturday & Sunday.
  • Afternoon Tea is served between 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm (this features a number of sandwiches, do-it-yourself scones, truffles and pastries).
  • Night Canapés are served between 5:30 pm and seven:30 pm with a number of purple, white and rosé wines, beers and spirits .

Cold and warm drinks are supplied all through the day, and the membership affords bathe services for early arrivals.

I didn’t have entry to the lounge on this go to, however I did handle to get some footage (albeit at a time the place no meals was being served).

Club InterContinental at the InterContinental London O2
Membership InterContinental on the InterContinental London O2
a room with a table and chairs
Membership InterContinental on the InterContinental London O2
a room with tables and chairs
Membership InterContinental on the InterContinental London O2
a room with a table and chairs
Membership InterContinental on the InterContinental London O2
a table and chairs in a room
Membership InterContinental on the InterContinental London O2
a room with chairs and a table
Membership InterContinental on the InterContinental London O2
a counter with glasses and food on it
Membership InterContinental on the InterContinental London O2

The spa/gymnasium

You’ll discover the spa and the gymnasium (full with indoor swimming pool) on the bottom flooring, and whereas I can’t present you what the spa seems to be like (for apparent causes), that is what you may anticipate from the gymnasium.

a sign on a walla room with exercise equipment and ballsa room with exercise equipmenta gym with weights and weightsa gym with weights and exercise equipmenttread treadmills in a rooma locker room with a bench and a bencha glass shower stall in a bathrooma shower with a shower heada pool with people sitting in it

The exercise space is simply too darkish for my liking as there’s no actual supply of pure mild, however it’s properly geared up and may cater for most individuals’s wants (you may at all times take run by the river if the treadmills aren’t to your liking).

General ideas

For those who’re searching for the peak of luxurious, class and class, you’re going to be disenchanted as a result of that’s not what this lodge is all about and, to be honest, you’re not going to search out any large chain properties in London that supply all of that.

Primarily, the InterContinental London O2 caters to individuals visiting the O2, individuals visiting/working in Canary Wharf, and other people attending conferences and occasions on the lodge, and it does that very properly.

The rooms are snug, the employees are pleasant, and with the O2 complicated on the doorstep, there are many eateries, bars and actions within the speedy neighborhood.

I like this property for the inexpensive money charges that it usually affords (typically even when extra central properties are charging astronomical charges), the well-priced award nights (you may usually discover this lodge accessible for underneath 50,000 factors/night time), and for the truth that it’s properly served by the London Underground.

Whereas the InterContinental London O2 will not be one in every of my go-to accommodations when I’ve enterprise in central London, it’s a property that I’m more than pleased to e-book when my go-to accommodations worth me out of the market, and after 4 or 5 stays, I’m but to have a foul one.

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