Hallmark Hotel London Croydon Aerodrome
What We Love
- A handy, 1920s South London stay that once served England's first major international airportKicking off your shoes and cracking open the welcome bottle of wine in your room
- The hotel's grand, black and white pillared façade harks back to a glamorous bygone era
- The handy location, near major transport links to central London and Gatwick Airport
- Adding daily dinner onto your stay and admiring the brasserie's gorgeous period windows
What To Know
- The hotel is on a busy road which has car traffic 24/7; request a room at the back of the hotel if you're a light sleeper
- The closest tube station is East Croydon
- Free WiFi
Once serving Croydon Airport – the first international hub in the country – Hallmark Hotel London Croydon Aerodrome is celebrating almost a hundred of years of hospitality. The airport was used by pioneering aviators like Charles Lindbergh and Amy Johnson, with Winston Churchill even taking flying lessons here.
The planes may be long gone, but today the hotel offers easy access to many attractions. These include superb shopping centres, world-renowned sporting venues, Gatwick Airport and a legendary concert hall. A quick 15 minutes’ drive away, East Croydon station can whizz you into central London or send you off to England’s south coast in a jiffy.
The hotel itself boasts a white, Art Deco pillared façade, which gives way to contemporary styled interiors. At the heart of proceedings on the ground floor, you’ll find a dark wood bar and high-ceilinged brasserie-style restaurant, complete with grand arched windows.
Guest rooms are spacious, cosy and welcoming with all the usual amenities. An added bonus is the special rate available for Hallmark guests at a renowned private health club just down the road, which has a heated indoor pool, steam room, sauna and gym.
How to Get There
I arrived here after a semi-long flight and upon arrival, I found the check in process quite easy. The person at the desk was friendly and courteous, ensuring I got a good room and even the choice of floor and view.
I was a bit surprised that guests needed to pay £5 per 24 hours for the car park, but he did explain that this was implemented after the nearby competitors also did the same, so they were following suit. Whilst this explained the charges, I still feel this is a little much considering we are paying guests and it's not exactly in a prime location.
Anyway, the cleaning staff were very friendly on my way to the room and that lightened my mood somewhat. The room was spacious and clean and it seemed exactly what I would have expected.
The bathroom had a shower/bathtub combination which, whilst, not ideal, was okay. When I actually had a shower, it was like I had to hold on for dear life as the shower seemed to want to send me flying into the next room! It was great! I can't remember a more powerful shower, so 10/10 for that.
The receptionist told me I could use the gym opposite and get a pass, but I decided a more natural way and went for a run outside instead.
All in all, it was a nice experience. Good wifi, a selection of television channels, great shower, clean, spacious...
The final question; would I stay here again? Definitely. I enjoyed my stay (just don't charge guests for parking!).
We had an amazing night at the hotels function room were we held my uncles 80th surprise party. The hall was laid out very nicely and the staff did a great job of helping out. The room was well sound proofed which did not disturb any other guest who was staying at the hotel. The carpark worked out ok but you must register your car registration number at the desk and pay a very small fee.
Staying here regularly for work and have not been disappointed once. Drive for a living so sleep is very important to me and as I am a light sleeper a quiet room is always preferred. First night I had a room right on the front with a busy main road outside and it was just too noisy for me. Next morning I spoke to front of house, the lovely Sophia and she had me a new room within minutes. She is always accommodating when ever there has been an issue. The staff are all friendly and I recognise this hotel for business of pleasure