staff tips: Davide from London

Davide who works at our MEININGER Hotel London Hyde Park answered some questions about his job as a receptionist. And he gives you insider’s tips about London!

What’s your name and what’s your job at MEININGER?
Davide Purpura – Receptionist at MEININGER Hotel London City Center

What is the question most guests ask you in the hotel?
Can you turn the a/c down? (During summer time)
Can you turn the a/c up? (During winter time)

What is typical about London?
If you find yourself with the battery of your mobile phone low, your mother is desperate to hear that you’re still alive in London and you didn’t think about taking an electric adaptor with you because of the 3 holes different electric plug, then why not use one of the traditional phone booths spread around London? Mind you, there are only a few remaining; therefore you might want to take a double-decker bus to get to where the phone booth is located. Watch out, though, when you cross the street to get to the bus stop; look first to your right! People drive on the “other” side. If you really don’t manage to go on the bus, then raise your arm to stop one of the English taxis and tell the driver “Mate, take me to the nearest phone booth”. If you’re lucky enough to find a driver that is not rude, you’ll finally accomplish your mission: your mom will be pleased to hear your voice.


What do you have to experience in London?
If the rain, cold, wind and grey clouds don’t stop you from enjoying London, then the Icebar London is the place for you. Everything is made from real ice, brought to you directly from the winter wonderland of Jukkasjärvi in Northern Sweden; tables, chairs, walls and even your glass. A nice tip if you’re planning to visit London in July. Monuments and attractions are at your fingertips; from London Eye, to the many museums, the change of the guards in Buckingham Palace and a relaxing and less stressful cruise on the river Thames.

What’s your insider Tipp for London?
Wear comfortable shoes and do as much as you can! Bring a raincoat with you, you never know…

Visiting London soon?

MEININGER Hotel London Hyde Park is located in the charming neighbourhood of South Kensington which gives our guests access to entire city with excellent public transport connections. Hyde Park, the Royal Albert Hall and the Natural History Museum are 5 minute walk away.

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