It is somewhat of a luxurious feeling when you don’t have to walk far to your hotel during C2C Festival. Waking up, having their exceptional breakfast buffet and strolling down to the festival in moments to beat those big festival stages queues saves so much hassle.
For us, staying at The Intercontinental London O2 and being able to pop back to the room to change for the evening without having to get transport or worrying about missing anything just made life so much easier. And to be honest, having a bottle of wine in the room before the evening’s festivities was quite a nice treat too.
The Intercontinental is pricey of course, we understand that, it is a five star hotel and you pay for that and of course its location. But for many of us C2C Festival is our holiday. It’s also not as bad price wise if you book up early. There are options for cancellation too up to a week or on the day for a small extra cost but do read it properly so you don’t lose your money if you do choose for whatever reason to not stay.
At the moment rooms for the Intercontinental London O2 on Friday 11th March are starting from £224 for a Standard Double or twin room which really isn’t that bad. In fact for the location alone I would say it’s a great deal and for the star rating, even better. For a suite, which do vary but for example a King Bed Suite with a sofa bed, that’s showing at £315. The sofa bed is double and can be shut off as has double sliding doors to separate the rooms. Of course you share a bathroom which is on the same side as the King bed but if you are a family then it probably won’t matter much.
Saturday night is showing at prices from £269 for a Standard King/Twin Room and £361 for a suite.
Sunday rates not available till Monday March 28th.
It’s worth signing up at IHG for a free membership to get a nice discount and points every stay. Check it out here
We stayed in a suite this year. We being myself, my husband and my two kids. The suite made all the difference giving the kids so much room to move around and play with their toys and of course space for us all to sleep comfortably. It for us, was worth the money. We also loved the views. Floor to ceiling windows, the views overlooking the river thames and Canary Wharf and at night, it’s so beautiful! There is also room service for if you come back from the arena hungry.
The bathroom is also really nice with a very powerful overhead shower with jets at the side too.
We also love to have a swim in the morning. The pool is lovely with a sauna, steam room and jacuzzi and the Spa offers a healthy amount of treatments too.
Now you do need to check if breakfast is included, if not you can add it on on checkout at £25 extra in total. If you wait till the day I think it costs around that per person so it’s definitely worth booking in advance. Also check that you are booking a rate that doesn’t take your money till you have stayed. This way you have plenty of time to budget for it if can.
The breakfast is one of our highlights. A buffet with so many options, you should find something for everyone.
Cold meats and cheeses
Bottomless tea and
Pretty much everything bar waffles (I think, we didn’t see any) but you can ask for special things from the menu such as an omelette or Avacado and toast, poached eggs on toast and more.
We are always ridiculously full after breakfast. Also, we did make sandwiches for lunch out of the rolls and bread and cold meats and cheese. Shhhh that’s a secret.
The walkway within the O2 Arena to the Intercontinental London O2 was closed this year due to the roof damage but I would imagine will be back up and running by next year. This walkway saves so much time, is safer and of course shelters you from the rain. It’s very quick access to entrance H of the arena too. It’s also quicker to go up through the outlet and down the stairs on the other side by Guest Services than it is to walk through the bottom all past the restaurants and cinema etc.
One important thing to note is car parking. It is £35 a day which can make a massive difference in budgets.
If you want to take a look at the rates and what the hotel has to offer check out their website here.
Our stay this year was very comfortable as we have stated above. The staff are also always very friendly and kind and don’t treat anyone any different from the next. The hotel itself is very clean and the beds are very comfortable. It is our favourite hotel as we don’t often get a chance to stay somewhere so nice so we do use C2C Festival as a good excuse to stay at The Intercontinental. We also enjoy an evening in the Sky Bar on the top floor. This is a great place to go especially after the Songwriters night (you never know who you may seen there).
There is so much more to the hotel which we never really get to take advantage of as C2C Festival is so full on but there are restaurants, another bar (Clipper) and a coffee shop as well as the previously mentioned Spa and swimming pool.
Of course, The Intercontinental London O2 won’t be for everyone but if you want to be close to all the festivities with little to no hassle and perhaps C2C is your holiday then it’s worth it in our opinion.
For us, it’s like a home away from home during C2C Festival as that’s how comfortable the Intercontinental London O2 make you feel as well as seeing old friends and familiar faces.