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The Gateway Hotel enjoys a peaceful, leafy location close to Clapham Common, in the south of London. Housed in an elegant, Victorian style red brick building, this low-cost hotel offers a convenient and comfortable accommodation for budget conscious business and leisure travellers.
The hotel comprises of 20 rooms, which are surprisingly well appointed for a budget hotel. Rooms are available in Single, Twin and Double sizes and each is individually decorated with tasteful furnishings and bright colours and patterns, which bring a lot of personality and warmth to the rooms. In-room amenities cover all the basics with a radio, satellite TV, central heating, tea and coffee making facilities and some rooms have CD and DVD players. The hotel also offers extra beds for children, free private parking for a small number of cars and a free Wi-Fi connection.
The hotel doesn't offer breakfast, which seems to be a poor oversight, as many cheap London hotels offer at least some toast and cereal, however there are some great cafes nearby. You can get a full English in the Moon Under Water Whetherspoons pub, 10 minutes walk away, glowlounge for brunch items and the local Starbucks offers some tasty breakfast sandwiches. There are also some delectable eateries for evening meals, with chains such as Pizza Express, the Grove gastropub, posh nosh at Harrison's brasserie and the quirky Bertie and Boo Cafe for some artisan snacks and light bites.
The hotel is well located for exploring this laid back area of London. Three minutes walk away you will find Clapham Common, a very pleasant park for picnics, jogging or mini-boating and paddling in the lakes. A 15-minute walk away you will come across the Banana Cabaret, which is a legendary spot for up and coming comedians, and Battersea Arts Centre is also a 20-minute walk away, with some unique theatre productions and art exhibitions. The colourful and vibrant area of Brixton is located just a 15 minute walk away, where you will find flavours and ingredients from all over the world in Brixton Market; the O2 Brixton Academy, where you can see up and coming and established bands play; and the Landor Pub Theatre, which has a small capacity of 60 seats and a relaxed feel.
The hotel has great transport links in to central London, with Clapham South tube station just a few minutes walk away. This station services the Northern Line, so you can reach Waterloo in about 15 minutes. From Waterloo you can explore the South Bank, where you will find the British Film Institute, The National Theatre, The Hayward Gallery, Royal Festival Hall and The Southbank Centre. The London Eye and the London Aquarium are some great activities for kids near Waterloo and if you feel so inclined, you can ride a speedboat down the River Thames.
The Gateway seems a bit fancier than many of the budget hotels in the Balham area, but it is still fairly basic, so don't book expecting The Ritz. The hotel doesn't have a lift and there aren't many rooms on the ground floor, so some disabled guests may not find it suitable, and some guests have reported worn fittings and fixtures. However if you can overlook some small annoyances, this is an affordable and well-located hotel for your London stay.