Once a town in its own right, Croydon became a southern suburb of London in the 19th century when railways made commuting possible. Today, Croydon still enjoys convenient rail links with central London, with the journey time from of each of its three stations around 20 minutes to Victoria Station. Although not the best known of London’s tourist destinations, Croydon has a lively cultural life, including two arts centers and a theatre. Relatively low hotel rates combined with fast journey times to central London make Croydon an attractive option for travelers on a tight budget.
Jurys Inn Croydon Hotel
Set in a contemporary 11-story building with 240 bedrooms, the Jurys Inn Croydon Hotel is in the center of Croydon. The on-site restaurant serves an international menu and Il Barista coffee bar offers coffees, teas and pastries. Across the road from the hotel, the Whitgift shopping mall has more than 140 stores and a selection of restaurants and cafes. A 15-minute walk from the hotel, the 21 acres of Wandle Park includes grassland, mature trees and a children’s playground.
Croydon Park Hotel
A few minutes’ walk from East Croydon train station, the Croydon Park Hotel is housed in a modern six-story building with 211 rooms. The hotel’s health club includes an indoor pool with an adjacent jetted tub, fully equipped gym, squash court and sauna. The on-site Oscar's Brasserie offers international dishes and the Whistlers Bar serves light meals and snacks. Fairfield Halls, which includes a theatre, concert hall and an art gallery, is a few steps around the corner from the Croydon Park Hotel.
Holiday Inn Express London-Croydon
Featuring modern architecture, the Holiday Inn Express London-Croydon is a 10-minute walk from East Croydon Station. Room rates include a complimentary breakfast and a 24-hour vending machine dispenses snacks and drinks. Nearby restaurants include Papa Robertos, serving Italian food, and Galicia, offering a Spanish menu and a selection of tapas. The Croydon Clocktower arts center stages theater, dance, comedy and music and has small cinema specializing in arthouse films. The Clocktower also houses a museum dedicated to Croydon’s history.
Set in a residential Croydon street in an 1870s Victorian townhouse, the Kirkdale Hotel has 19 rooms and a private car park, free to guests. The nearest train station for central London destinations is Croydon South, a five-minute walk away. The hotel provides breakfast, and a choice of restaurants are nearby. Le Cassoulet serves traditional dishes from the southwest of France, and the Khyber offers a sophisticated Indian menu. The Warehouse Theatre, a 15-minute walk from the Kirkdale, specializes in innovative, contemporary drama.
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