‘Hub’ Review | The New, Budget and Compact Hotel
I recently went to London to see a show with my Mum and we decided to book a room at one of the new Hub Hotels created by Premier Inn. Hub hotels advertise themselves as ‘a new compact hotel chain designed to offer a smart, stylish, great value stay in the best city centre locations’. As a lover of all things related to storage-solutions and tiny homes I couldn’t wait to review it for everyone.
If you’ve stayed in one of these before, leave a comment below and let me know about your experience!
Hub Room Amenities
The Hub room was very well designed with little storage solutions wherever you looked – such as this snazzy pop out charging station and desk –
Besides plug sockets actually next to the bed, my second favourite things in this room was this very snazzy control bar. There were options for full lights, medium lights, bathroom lights, reading lights, blackout, fan, no fan, ‘Do Not Disturb’ sign and a ‘Do not Make Up This Room’ sign (both of which came on on a plaque outside your door. It’s like Hub hotels knows what a modern traveller needs.
Tea and Coffee
I was confused to see no kettle or tea making facilities in the room as even the most budget hotels I’ve ever stayed in usually has this – especially in tea-guzzling England. However the clever TV explained that there was free and unlimited tea and coffee in the lobby. Are there two sexier words than ‘free’ and ‘unlimited’?
When we checked in early afternoon and tried to use the machine the staff member explained they only have coffee until midday then the machine ‘cleans itself’. It doesn’t take Sherlock Holmes to figure out this means they just don’t top up the milk after the morning rush. However although it’s no issue for me as I don’t mind black coffee my Mum was not too displeased. Upon asking the staff member if there was anything to be done he promptly went to the kitchen, got some milk, heated it up in a microwave and made mum a frothy coffee which was completely above and beyond.
Did I mention there were 2 free (there’s that sexy word again) bottles of water in the room. It’s the little things that make me happy when I stay in a hotel!
The Hub we stayed in – St James’s Park – had fantastic links into central London and the tube was literally 30 metres from the front door. We treated ourselves to breakfast in Covent Garden the morning we checked out so I thought I would pop over to the Covent Garden branch and see how close to everything it actually was. It was closer to Leicester Square than Covent Garden how I’m not complaining as it was a fantastic location either way.
And with prices like these, it’s hard to argue even if the location wasn’t perfect for your needs.
I didn’t include bathroom pics here as we were allocated a disabled room so what got likely won’t be what you’ll have. However there was the usual – shower gel dispenser, fresh towels etc. Apparently there’s no baths in any of the rooms however I can live with showers when travelling.
What hotel stay isn’t complete without a bathroom selfie?
There’s not much to say about the remainder of the Hub hotel as it’s designed to be almost ‘no frills’ however there were a few things to note. Firstly, I’ve included a picture of the lounge. This is where you can grab your free tea / coffee (just hope you don’t like milk…) and there also do a continental breakfast for JUST £5! We went out for breakfast but it looked so much better than I would expect for £5 with including fresh pastries, fresh fruit, natural yoghurt, hot porridge and orange juice plus the free tea and coffee.
There was also this funky machine. Now I know it’s just a way for them to make a little more money (and who’s blaming them!) but I actually think that in a pinch it’s better to have an option to buy a condom for £3.50 than have a baby! For sale they also have power banks, plugs, razors, shower gel and a few other bits any traveller might need. And they weren’t too overpriced. In an emergency I would have paid £5 for 2 razors and some shaving cream.
One final thing to note is that right outside our Hub hotel window was a construction site. Had the window not been there I literally would not have known works were ongoing. Whatever they used to sound proof the rooms and the building, I need it in my house.