August 16, 2022

In case you hanker for expertise and in-room gadgetry — or really feel it’s best to expose your self to it infrequently — then Eccleston Sq. Lodge, close to London’s Victoria Station, could possibly be the reply.

From the surface, this can be a conventional five-storey, Georgian constructing with two Union Flags fluttering above its porch. However method the door and it swings open robotically and from there on it’s all buttons and gizmos. There are 38 rooms, for which it’s essential to stump up upfront on-line. I’m paying £240 for a Metropolis Queen however am upgraded to a Metropolis King on arrival.

‘Now you’ll be able to stroll across the room a bit,’ says Ibrahim. Which is nearly attainable — but it surely’s nonetheless tiny for the worth.

‘In case you hanker for expertise and in-room gadgetry… then Eccleston Sq. Lodge (above), close to London’s Victoria Station, could possibly be the reply,’ says the Inspector  

The curtains open and shut by urgent a button; info and ordering meals or drink is completed by way of a pill; the glass partitions of the bathe frost over if you would like privateness; 4K Chromecast allows ‘system mirroring’ with the TV (so you’ll be able to watch your individual Netflix and so on.); the lights function by buttons; a TV is embedded within the rest room mirror and the Hastens mattress is adjustable and has therapeutic massage settings for head, again and legs.

In case you lived full-time in a room resembling this, you’d quickly work out which gentle responds to which button, however when right here only for a couple of hours you find yourself punching all of them. Certainly an peculiar gentle change is a greater instance of efficient expertise?

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Downstairs, there’s an unappealing house for drinks and restricted eats however nobody is there — so I assist myself to a half bottle of wine that I discover in one of many fridges.

Regardless of paying £240 for a Metropolis Queen room, The Inspector is upgraded to a Metropolis King room (pictured) throughout his keep – however he finds that it’s ‘tiny for the worth’

‘Sorry, I’m all by myself,’ says Ibrahim when he lastly seems.

The menu includes burgers, nachos and salads. I go for the nachos, which arrive in a take-away carton and are so salty that I can solely handle a couple of mouthfuls. The shiny decor and pretend pot vegetation don’t assist.

A cleaner opens my door within the morning simply as I’m stirring and the lights go on robotically. ‘Sorry,’ we refrain to one another.

And, general, I’m sorry — not for the early morning intrusion, however for paying a lot for therefore little.


Eccleston Sq. Lodge, 37 Eccleston Sq., London, SW1V 1PB.

Doubles are priced from £168 room solely.

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