Staycity Aparthotel Greenwich

Hotel Review

Location

Staycity Aparthotel is located in the historic centre of Greenwich and is just a few minutes walk from Greenwich mainline railway station with frequent trains to and from London Bridge taking only 8 minutes.  The Docklands Light Railway (DLR) is also nearby with links from the London Underground at Bank taking 20 minutes.

Greenwich DLR & Rail Station
Greenwich DLR and Rail Station

Arrival and Check-In

StayCity Aparthotel Greenwich
Staycity ApartHotel Greenwich

Check-in is from 3.00 p.m. and I’m pleased to report that we were warmly welcomed when we arrived slightly earlier.  We had checked in on-line the previous day so it was just a matter of collecting our key cards from the friendly receptionist sitting behind a perspex screen.

Reception lobby, StayCity Aparthotel Greenwich
Reception lobby

It was the first time we’d arranged accommodation since March when the Coronavirus pandemic dashed ours and everyone else’s plans.  Realising that life is now a little different we decided that an aparthotel would fit the bill nicely offering us a home from home experience.

The Room

Getting our room keys, we headed to the lifts where an orange sign informed us that only one family/ group was able to use a lift at any one time, but with only three floors, two lifts and a staircase, I doubt there would be much of a wait.

Entrance lobby, StayCity Aparthotel Greenwich
Entrance lobby

Both studios and apartments are available accommodating up to four guests.  We were staying in a one bedroom apartment and on reaching the door we were reassured by a seal letting us know that the room had been cleaned and sealed for our protection.

Room, StayCity Aparthotel Greenwich
Lounge area

Our spacious room was light and airy and we knew instantly that we’d made the right decision and would feel perfectly safe and comfortable there.  The question that I’m sure we’re all asking was, would the stringent safety measures detract from an enjoyable stay?  Gone are the scatter cushions adding welcoming splashes of colour and helping to create a cosy atmosphere but I’m certain we can all cope without them, safe in the knowledge that the rooms have been deep cleaned.

Kitchenette, StayCity Aparthotel Greenwich
Kitchen area

The apartment measured a very generous 34m2, sleeping up to four people and giving us plenty of space to spread out.  The entrance doorway leads into an open plan living area with a large sofa bed and wall mounted television in one corner.  Wi-Fi is fast and reliable and our Sunday newspapers with their numerous supplements downloaded to our iPads in seconds.

Kitchen Dining Area, StayCity Aparthotel Greenwich
Kitchen and Dining Area

There’s a well equipped kitchen corner complete with induction hob, microwave, fridge, toaster and most importantly a dishwasher.  Self catering is absolutely fine but surely no-one wants to be washing up afterwards when they are on holiday.  Alongside the appliances there’s a good range of quality utensils, pots, pans and crockery and that all important bottle opener/ corkscrew if you end up buying a bottle of wine without a screw top as we frequently do.  A welcome pack consisting of tea, coffee, sugar and milk is provided in all rooms and our evening request for extra milk was provided quickly.

Kitchen, StayCity Aparthotel Manchester
Preparing dinner

Facing the kitchenette is a glass topped table with four chairs, ideal for dining, working or playing the occasional board game.  Plug sockets are plentiful and sensibly placed with a pair above and below the table making it easy for us to charge our numerous devices.

Dining area, StayCity Aparthotel Greenwich
Dining area

From the small Marks & Spencer food hall near Cutty Sark we found plenty to tempt us for our dine in meal and only had to carry our groceries a short distance as it’s just one stop on the DLR from Greenwich.

StayCity Aparthotel Greenwich one bedroom apartment
Our spacious apartment

A cleverly designed dividing wall separates the living and sleeping zones offering privacy if the sofa bed in the open plan lounge area is also being used.  The bedroom had large windows offering a pleasant outlook and we slept soundly on the extremely comfortable Hypnos mattress without disturbances.

Bedroom, StayCity Aparthotel Greenwich
Bedroom

There’s a good sized wardrobe and I was delighted to discover that it had a socket built into one side of it making the hairdryer ready to use and not leaving me searching for somewhere to plug it in.

Hairdryer and iron, StayCity Aparthotel Greenwich
Sanitised appliances

The stylish bathroom featured a large rainfall shower, heated towel rail, toiletries and a large pile of thick, fluffy white towels.

Shower Room, StayCity Aparthotel Greenwich
Shower Room

The Facilities

The reception lobby has leather sofas along one wall and a member of staff is on duty at all times.  Coming in and out, we met three receptionists and they were all very friendly and helpful.

Laundry Room, StayCity Aparthotel Greenwich
Laundry Room

In the basement there is a large laundry room with washers/ dryers, ideal for guests staying more than a few days.  Rooms are equipped with irons and ironing boards eliminating the need to request one.  There’s also a useful luggage storage room but instead of just somewhere to leave bags and suitcases, it is even more secure as it is equipped with large lockers.

Car park, StayCity Aparthotel, Greenwich
Secure car parking

Although we had been happy to arrive by public transport not everyone might be ready to take this step yet but as the Staycity Greenwich has its own secure parking, this can be a real bonus, especially in London.  Guests could even bring along their own groceries without needing to go shopping or eating out and simply enjoy a change of scene enjoying walks along the river or in Greenwich Park.

Greenwich Park
Greenwich Park

Out and About

London might not be the obvious choice for a holiday at the moment with many preferring rural locations to big cities but Greenwich is an ideal base for a short break and here are a few suggestions of things to see and do.

Greenwich Park

Royal Observatory, Greenwich Park
The Royal Observatory

Dating back to Roman times, it’s London’s oldest royal park and is part of the Greenwich Maritime World Heritage siteClimb to the top of the hill by the Royal Observatory for some stunning views over Greenwich and across to Canary Wharf.

Old Royal Naval College

Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich
Old Royal Naval College

Stroll through the grounds of this wonderful Baroque building designed by Sir Christopher Wren, formerly a home for retired sailors and now the main campus of the University of Greenwich.

Tour of the Cutty Sark

Cutty Sark, Maritime Greenwich
Cutty Sark

One of the last tea clippers built for speed and taking part in tea races from China earning premiums for returning swiftly with the prized cargo.  A fire in 2007 required long term repairs and it was five years later when the ship re-opened with a glass canopy over the dry dock and a new museum on board.  Pre-booked tours have just resumed with a surprising amount of space on board for safe viewing and social distancing.

Riverside Walks

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Old Royal Naval College

Stroll along part of the Thames Path in both directions from near the Cutty Sark enjoying scenic views whilst breathing in the fresh air.  You might also like to cross the river by means of the Greenwich foot tunnel to Island Gardens on the Isle of Dogs.  From there you can follow signposts and continue along to Canary Wharf passing Mudchute and the attractive Millwall Inner Dock on your way.

Greenwich Market

Greenwich Market
Greenwich Market

Visit London’s only historic market set in a World Heritage Site.  Browse the stalls where you’ll find gifts, clothing, arts and crafts intermingled with lots of tempting street food.

Overall

A pleasurable stay in a stylish apartment providing the perfect base after months of being stuck at home due to lockdown.  In these uncertain times Aparthotels offer guests the flexibility of a hotel experience with the added benefit of being able to social distance.  We felt so much better for our city break and if you are considering a few days in London then StayCity would be a good choice.

StayCity Aparthotel Greenwich
StaycityAparthotel Greenwich

Details

Staycity Aparthotel, 66 Greenwich High Road, Greenwich, London SE10 8JL

For more ideas on how to spend a weekend in Greenwich you may also like:

A weekend in Greenwich

Exploring Greenwich & Docklands

We were guests of Staycity Aparthotels and as always all views and opinions are entirely my own.

20 thoughts on “Staycity Aparthotel Greenwich

  1. I’m rather late commenting but I wanted to say how much I enjoyed this series of posts on Greenwich. Living in Surrey, we are a relatively short distance away but haven’t visited this area for some time. You reminded me just how interesting this part of London can be. There is so much to see and enjoy. I never get bored with walking beside the Thames. Also, at this time it is very encouraging to know that you felt safe and happy whilst being away from home. Although, I’m not ready to travel abroad – yet – my itchy feet are telling me that a break in this country would be most welcome. Although, we are now having to look for dog friendly breaks!

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    1. Thanks for your welcome thoughts June. We really enjoyed our weekend in Greenwich and it was an opportunity to enjoy London without the crowds. Once the school’s go back I’m sure you’ll come up with some ideas for a short break somewhere nice in this country that’s dog friendly. What breed of dog do you have? We used to have a Westie who we adored and I’ll have another one day when we are at home more! Marion

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  2. I haven’t been to Greenwich for years I should go when I’m in London again, which won’t be for at least another year as we are firmly locked in in WA, although we can roam around freely and everything is open.
    Aparthotels are great aren’t they ..I prefer somewhere where there is an actual reception.

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    1. I think Aparthotels are great too Alison as they have the facilities a hotel with the option of self catering. I hope it won’t be an entire year until you can make a return visit to London but I’m glad to hear you are free to explore WA especially if you can enjoy short breaks away to vineyards and historic places like Albany. Thanks for your much appreciated comments. Marion

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  3. I liked the clever layout of your hotel and of course following you around on your walking tour. Yes this pandemic has changed the way services are offered now and unfortunately it will be a long time before things change back to the relative freedoms of the past.

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  4. Looks like a nice safe place to stay especially during these difficult social distanced times. Greenwich is such a fabulous place to visit, so much to see and do and also tube-journey from central London. StayCity looks pretty good.

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