Our first Curio Collection tried and tested review here at Hilton Hack, and it’s a good one. Discover more as we explore the Lincoln Plaza.
Canary Wharf is the opposite side of London to my usual stomping ground, so it would take something special to move from my usual Bankside London stays. There was a really good buzz around the new opening in Lincoln Plaza, near Canary Wharf (around a 10minute walk) so I decided to book a one night stay.
I arrived via the Docklands Light Rail (DLR) to the nearest station of South Quay. From here it was a short, 3minute walk, to the hotel entrance. You’ll need to look out for the hotel name Lincoln Plaza rather than any Hilton branding here, apart from a small Hhonors sign on the reception desk.
The reception area is on ground level and flows nicely into the bar, lounge and into the wide variety of dining concepts within the hotel – two restaurants, a lobby bar and a cocktail bar. There is also a deli-style grocer store on site which makes it feel like the hotel is trying to integrate or co-exist with its neighbours.
I had been pre-upgraded from the base room booked to a king room, a rare and appreciated gesture on a weeknight London stay. The friendly receptionist also gave two drinks vouchers, for both the lobby bar and the cocktail bar. You could have beer, wine or anything soft with these. She also confirmed a complimentary breakfast in the Food Store Restaurant from 6.30am to 11am.
Being a modern construction, all rooms are accessed via the lift which requires a key card for floor access. The decor of the hotel is modern, trendy and beautifully lit. This also flows through to the bedrooms, which are pretty much perfect – for a 4* hotel in Central London.
As you enter the room you are presented with an open sink and wardrobe area on your left, which wraps around to the mini bar and refreshment area. Through the open sink area there is a toilet and shower room separated by a sliding mirrored door. Into the bedroom on the right hand wall there is large shelving unit containing the TV, books and other well placed objects. In front of the window is a table with two chairs, one easy chair complete with a footstool and reading lamp.
Business guests may be disappointed not to find a work desk in the room, but I actually prefer to work in an easy chair or on the bed. If you need workspace there are lots of different options in the lobby with ample power outlets. WIFI was free for all guests and no registration was required, the speeds were also excellent.
The large bed was firm and supportive, yet beautifully plump. The linen and pillows were excellent, probably the most comfortable I have been since the cruise on MSC Bellissima with their pillow menu. Each side had a lamp, two UK power outlets and two USB charging sockets. European sockets are also available in the TV shelving unit.
The mini-bar is located in a chiller draw (complete with a complimentary small bottle of fresh milk), next to a large shelving unit containing a tea set, bottle of red wine and glassware. Two bottles of water, a Nespresso machine and good selection of tea are also provided free of charge, whilst other items in the mini bar are reasonably priced – for a London hotel. Above the mini bar is a cupboard containing a coded mini safe, iPad but not laptop size.
Around the back of the mini bar unit there is a wardrobe, facing onto the open sink, which has plenty of coat hangers, an iron with board and two really good quality robes. An umbrella and laundry bag/slip also live inside the very nice wooden unit.
Through the sliding door is a marbled shower unit, with rain and detachable shower head. Two large, good quality bath sheets and a good sized bath mat complete the tools required for a beautiful shower experience. In the sink area you will find a shaver/toothbrush plug, large sink with mixer tap, illuminated mirror (including a close up shaving mirror). On a little slate there is a full set of Stone Street Soaphouse branded toiletries – shampoo, conditioner, body wash, body lotion and a cute little cube of soap. These both smelled and felt amazing to use – a nice surprise compared to the usual lemony-goodness of the Crabtree & Evelyn Hilton products.
Above the sink was a ‘control panel’ for the room; including a power card slot that was already supplied with a card and switches for all the lights in the room. There was also a volume knob for the speaker connected to the TV. On the opposite wall was the control for the air conditioning, a little confusing with a red button meaning on, but I managed to get the room down from 28 celsius to 21 in record time.
I then went for an explore of the hotel and its dining options, complete with a complimentary copy of the i newspaper for company. I settled on the showcase Indian concept restaurant, even though all looked trendy and fresh, Mr Todiwala’s Kitchen. I opted for a single main course of Leeli Chutney Ni Salmon, which was huge chunks of salmon marinated in a chutney and placed into the tandoor. This was accompanied by some fluffy basmati rice, all beautifully presented. The menu is one of those that you could come back and back, without ever wanting for something new, with each dish sounding delicious.
After an amazing dinner with a beautiful ambience, I returned to the room for a great shower and a comfortable sleep in the king bed. The blackout curtains worked perfectly and no other noises were present in the room. It was probably one of the best night’s sleep I’ve had for a while.
I awoke in the morning happy and hungry. I checked out, a very quick process, and made a bee-line towards the restaurant. In order to preserve my current health-kick I decided on poached eggs served on toast. The sourdough bloomer was excellent and the eggs perfectly cooked – nothing else needed.
The Lincoln Plaza is a welcome addition into the crowded 4* hotel market in London, perhaps even nudging many 5* Hilton Hotels in London when it comes to accommodation quality and fit-out.