I’ve just come across an excellent travel website, TravelIntelligence.com, which offers good deals on the best hotels around the world. One of the best bargains up for grabs right now is the five-star Town Hall Hotel & Apartments in Bethnal Green, a new super-hip spot in the centre of east London. There are 98 rooms available in this art deco building right in the centre of the east end action. From here you can walk to Columbia Road, Hoxton Square and tons of other ridiculously hip places, plus it’s only one stop to Liverpool Street Station – and there’s a beautiful sleek swimming pool and lively bar on site too. Rates are seriously competitive: taking a June Saturday as an example, there are double rooms available from £130, a luxurious feature room with its own kitchen and all mod cons at £144, and a two-bed apartment sleeping four at £182 (all per room per night). The Town Hall’s rooms usually start from £290, with apartments from £320, so this is really quite a bargain (though it’s worth noting that weekend stays are sometimes available for £99 via the hotel direct; call 020 7871 0460 or email email@example.com to check; www.townhallhotel.com).
Travel Intelligence also lists rooms at other 5-star hotels including the Boundary (see post dated 13 May) from £211.50 per room, and The Sanctum Soho Hotel – bang in the centre of town with a bar and a jacuzzi on its roof –from £195. In Dublin, book into the brilliant Clarence, right on the River Liffey, from £118, or at the John Rocha-designed Morrison from £93.