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The Shaftesbury Piccadilly Hotel may have a low-key entrance, but once inside you are welcomed by smart, boutique chic, with sleek surfaces in bright colours at this extremely well located Best Western Premier Hotel. The hotel's location on Shaftesbury Avenue, one of London's main transport arteries, you are surrounded by a huge range of bars, clubs, theatres, cinemas and shops.
The hotel has 67 rooms decorated in a tasteful, contemporary style, with comfortable fittings and a good selection of amenities such as plasma TV, complimentary toiletries, slippers and bathrobe on request, mood lighting and ironing facilities.
Complimentary Wi-fi internet is available throughout the hotel, there is a 24-hour concierge on hand to help you experience this lively city whether you need local bar recommendations or a good breakfast cafe for the morning after. The hotel also has a private lounge for a casual drink, a fitness room to use at your leisure, a laundry service, luggage storage and multi-lingual staff to ensure you have a hassle free stay whatever your requirements are.
There may be hotels in the area with a touch more character than this brand hotel, but where it really shines is its incredible position in the heart of London. Oxford Street shopping, Covent Garden's theatres, Piccadilly Circus, Soho's unique nightlife, Leicester Square's cinemas and restaurants and Chinatown's extensive selection of Chinese cuisine are all just ten minutes' walk from the hotel, so if you want to visit the enormous Topshop flagship store for cheap and cheerful couture, watch a musical in historic surroundings or play arcade games at the Trocadero, you can with ease.
The hotel is also well placed for transport links. Leicester Square tube station is just a six-minute walk from the hotel, which services the Northern and Piccadilly lines. From here you have a direct link to many other central London locations; King's Cross St Pancras Station (where the Eurostar terminates); and Heathrow Airport. If you are driving to the hotel, it is situated just off the main A4 road, which can be accessed via the M4 and M25; however, guests should note that the hotel is in the congestion charge zone.
The hotel does lack the charm of traditional fittings in rooms and some may find the decor a little bland, but the central location of the hotel more than makes up for it. Guests should be aware that the restaurant mentioned on the hotel website is actually just a breakfast room, so you may wish to try some of the eateries nearby. Konditor and Cook have a stunning range of artisan cakes for a sweet treat, Kettner's offers glam French cuisine and Mooli's offers healthy Indian-style fast food for cheap. Some rooms in the hotel have a view of a local graveyard, so if you're easily spooked perhaps request a different view at check in, but be aware that rooms facing the main road can be noisy as they don't have double glazing.