A friend and I had the pleasure of staying at the Hilton Islington in May 2007. We caught the tube to Angel and walked from there as it was just a short walk up the street. We arrived an hour or two before the usual check-in time, but the staff were very accommodating and checked to see if any rooms were available yet. Only a 'Club' room was available so they upgraded us free-of-charge! The room was spacious and instead of being a usual twin room, the 'Club' room had twin double beds which were very comfortable. The ensuite bathroom also had plenty of room, which is unusual for most hotels I've been to. We ordered room service (around £11 for a decent size plate of fish, chips & peas) and we didn't have to wait very long. The drink prices in the bar were the usual prices you expect to pay when staying in a London hotel (e.g. more expensive than in a pub), but the staff were friendly. Check-out was swift the next morning. We were meeting friends and they parked their car in the car pack below the hotel (I'm not sure on the price of the car park as our friends ended up parking there for free). Despite being priced a bit higher than I would normally pay or afford (around £91), I would consider staying there again.
I was fortunate to spend a night in this hotel a couple of weeks ago when I was down in London with work and had to stay over night. The great thing about this hotel is the location as it is reasonably close to the centre as Islington is an N1 postcode and it is located on Upper Street right next to the Design Centre so it is easy to find. I travelled by train and it was a relatively short taxi ride from Euston, about £4 if I remember right however it is also just opposite the Angel tube station which is on the Northern Line. There are also a lot of buses that stop nearby. In the local area there are a lot of shops, bars and restaurants although the hotel itself has a big dining room however I was taken out at night for dinner so I only sampled the food at breakfast time. Breakfast was a huge buffet selection which was really nice, the service was excellent and there was plenty of food as you got to help yourself. My room was quite large with a double bed and it was very clean and well maintained. The bed itself was very comfortable and there were additional blankets available however I never needed these as the room was rather hot and even in winter I had to open the window in my room. The bathroom was spotless and very clean ad there were lovely huge towels that were really soft. The room also boasted a big desk which was ideal for work ad plenty of sockets for my laptop. I have to say this is a very well run hotel, the staff were polite and efficient and even though upper street is very busy at night I had a really good nights sleep, helped by a quantity of wine, and my stay was completely hassle free and I really liked the quick check out facility in the morning. If you drive there is parking underneath the hotel but I imagine it would be expensive and I think it is just in the outside of the congestion charging zne but I may be wrong. My company paid for everything so I have no idea what the room rates are.
Now this will amaze many of you but if you take a quick peek at my photo on my home page you will be shocked to learn that the bearer of those boyish Tom Cruise without the manic grin good lucks staring back at you has just reached his 40th year on planet earth. Now I owe my youthful good looks to a life free of sin and fast living however as not only was it my own but also my two best friends from my school days 40th birthday we decided to head off to London for an evening of jolly japes and high jinks. Fortunately one of my friends better half works for the Hilton chain so we were able to secure two rooms in the Islington Hilton at very favorable rates indeed each room costing a mere £51.00 including breakfast in this ideally located four star hotel. Location The big selling point for this hotel is its great location. It can be found on Upper Street which runs between the two tube stations of Angel on the Northern Line and Highbury & Islington on the Victoria line. It is next door to the Design Centre and shares a driveway with the conference centre from which I would expect it gets most of its midweek business however at the weekends it is popular with both foreign tourists and people in London for a night out as there was at least one hen party in the hotel however being quiet retiring young men we did not get to know them too well (best of luck Emma with the wedding and I hope he is down there long enough to find the tattoo while on your honeymoon) The location is perfect as you have all of the amenities on Upper Street with many great places to eat and drink whilst at the same time you are only four stops on the Northern Line before you are in the heart of the West End. It is also ideal as it is located close enough to the future home of the European Champions if you are visiting to watch football or if you are not interested in football you can also get to White Hart Lane quite easily. Getting There If traveling by train the best underground station to get to is Angel on the Northern Line which is in zone 1 and the hotel is a short two minute walk away. If you go to Highbury and Islington you are facing a bit of a hike down Upper Street however a number of buses run along the street. It is about a mile and a half walk from Kings Cross however this is not the nicest area to walk along and it is up a gradual rise so not a lot of fun with bags. The cab fare from the Cross will set you back about £7. There is good underground parking at the hotel if you are driving however it is not cheap with one of our group paying about £28 for the night. If you do choose to drive the good news is that you will not have to pay the congestion charge as it is just outside the charging area however Ken does have plans to extend the area in the future so be aware if you are reading this review a few months after it was posted. It is also not the easiest to find while driving despite its location as it is set back from the road and is not visible if you are driving south on Upper Street unless you spot the signs for the Design Centre. The Reception This hotel is primarily set up for the business traveler. It is set back from the road which reduces the traffic noise however being London t ere is building going on in the immediate area however as it was a weekend I found the hotel pretty quiet. It is not a very impressive building from the outside however the approach is well set out with some water features and an automatic revolving door. The whole of the front is glass fronted which allows a view of the restaurant and bar area. Reception is a standard open plan front which is spacious and brightly lit and the check in procedure was very smooth and friendly however for a four star hotel I would expect a porter to be on hand to take bags to the room but this was not the case. The Room In total there are 184 rooms in the hotel and the one I was allocated was on the 4th floor. The room was very spacious and clean, far more spacious than I had expected from what was effectively a central London hotel. There was plentiful storage space and in recognition of the normal business clientele in addition to coffee making facilities, a trouser press and an ironing board there was included in the wardrobe a yoga mat. There was a large desk as well which again is ideal for the business traveler. The bathroom was immaculately clean with numerous towels and indeed it was a large room far bigger than any hotel bathroom I have visited in this country or abroad. At first I found the room to be too hot however the air conditioning worked well and only a slight adjustment was needed to get the temperature down. There were a couple of niggles but these are minor. The first was with the iron which was secured to the ironing board by a bungee lock which made it an absolute pain to fill with water, use and then empty again as you had to take the whole thing with you to empty out the water. Secondly the bed was not the most stable as it appeared to be on wheels and if you got a bit jiggy on it you could find yourself taking a tour of the room. The Facilities The bar area was well set out but drinks were a little pricey and given that there are some great pubs a one minute walk away we only stayed for one drink. There is a restaurant and if the quality of the food at lunch and dinner is on a par with the quality of the breakfast then it would be pretty good however we did not sample it. The breakfast was excellent with a huge choice of different foods whether you were looking for a gut busting hang over cure of a fry up or a more healthy selection of fresh fruit with plenty of cereals and pastries as well. Service was fast and friendly and the food was kept fresh. General Information From the notice the standard room rate was £170 however there are special rates available at the weekend or just marry someone who works for the Hilton Group and gets the rate we paid. The full address of the hotel is 53 Upper Street Islington N1 0UY There is a ramped entry and lifts to all floors making the hotel suitable for those with walking difficulties. This is definitely a hotel I would recommend if you are looking for somewhere close to the city centre but with a lively high street location with plenty of local facilities. I found it to be quiet and the four hours that I was asleep in my room were very peaceful however I had drunk half a biter shandy so I was a little emotional. Thanks for reading and rating my review.
This modern and stylish 4-star hotel is located within the heart of fashionable and trendy Islington, with 184 large bedrooms and well-equipped meeting facilities. The hotel is located minutes from the City, West End, Soho, Camden and Islington's own vibrant restaurants & shops.