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Shop ‘Til You Drop, Then Stay At The Westbridge

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Whenever I’m in search of a specific item of clothing, I’ll put off visiting a huge shopping centre until the very last minute. I have a tendency to get distracted by the myriad of shops, boutiques (and food halls) filling the likes of Westfield and Bluewater, meaning I often come away exhausted, clutching something I didn’t even know I wanted, six hours later than planned.

Sometimes though, these places cannot be beaten for quick access to all the shops you need, and with a skiing holiday coming up I had lots to buy. I decided to make a day trip to Stratford Westfield work for me by booking in at The Westbridge Hotel, just 5 minutes down the road from the tube station and shopping mecca. A seriously decadent decision that I don’t regret!

After a sort-of successful day pounding the pretend pavements, I’d had enough of shopping. Turning on my heel past Stratford tube station, I navigated my way through the Stratford centre to the HIgh Street. As it began to snow (when will it end!?) I was grateful to duck into the Westbridge after just a couple of minutes walking. TIP: It’s slightly less glam neighbour, Gala Bingo, is a good marker to look for when trying to find the hotel!

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Being brand new, I had high expectations for the hotel’s decor. I found white spaces embellished with glamorous velvet chairs and textured wallpaper, which weren’t the most exciting I’ve seen but still a welcome change from the grey day outside. The lobby decor is very basic, but clean and inoffensive, while the Westbridge Lounge upstairs boasts dozens of leather chairs, a plasma TV and a huge array of magazines and newspapers (always a bonus). It’s modern and tidy, but I couldn’t help thinking the designer took a few ideas from The Only Way Is Essex’s Sugarhut!

Walking through The Westbridge coffee house to climb the stairs to my room, a friendly barista said hello as he cleaned a counter covered in delicious cakes and muffins. I thought the addition of this informal place to relax was a great idea, ideal for meeting with a friend or partner should you have come from afar. This doubles as a breakfast area, which served cooked and continental food I couldn’t fault.

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Now for the room. Cosy and warm, I immediately loved the size. Not too big or small, I felt right at home as I unpacked my new purchases… but was disappointed that a full length mirror was not provided when I wanted to try them on.

A large window with three sets of curtains looked out onto the High Street outside – not the best view, so they were quickly drawn! The room had everything I needed after a long day – a huge flat screen TV at the foot of the bed, tea and coffee facilities, a bath, slippers and a dressing gown. (Almost) perfect!

Pros: Brilliant location, polite staff, huge TV, excellent range of magazines and newspapers, great breakfast options

Cons: Noise. The hotel sits directly on the high street, so inevitable traffic noise made it difficult to sleep. Slamming doors were an issue, too – no door stoppers are provided meaning my own bathroom door kept slamming shut. I could hear that every other guest in the hotel had the same problem… annoying, disturbing and downright avoidable!

Get those doors fixed, and I’ll be back again soon!

Amy @ FashionBite xxSign-Up To FashionBite’s Weekly News

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