For London the price per night is reasonably good value and I like it However it is not the place to take someone for a Romantic weekend. The location is just behind Tate Modern, Southwark tube is about 10 minutes easy walk.
The room we have had was clean and very basic with nothing to help lift the ambience, with no paintings, empty bookshelves and plain walls . Very spartan. Two single beds on a collapsible metal frames with mattress, sheets and duvet. It is decorated to a very basic standard but the beds are comfortable and can accommodate someone over 6'. The en-suite shower was a wet room and designed for the disabled, the washbasin and shower head are lower than normal. The room is 'mid' sized in that it did not feel cramped. No TV or radio in the room and no Wi-Fi in the room we had on the 6th floor, you may pick up reception elsewhere. You do get towells and shower gell and tea/coffee making. The room was quiet, no problems sleeping.
I liked the refectory style room for breakfast on the ground floor, you are warned on entrance you are only allowed 6 items. The food tasted fine with plenty of options This is good basic self service.
There is a bar (think student bar) on the lower ground floor, it was extremely quiet on a Saturday night (i.e. dead), pool tables and TVs featured and the drinks were a bit cheaper than most London venues.
There is a place for Taxis to drop off at the front and access is good with several lifts.
Reception was friendly enough and you can leave baggage in a little room before you check in or after you check out. Although the room is lockable I would not leave anything valuable, people just pick up their bag and no checks were made.
The Globe and Tate are nearby. There are places to eat and drink on Southbank are numerous with superb views across the Thames to St Pauls and the London skyline. As I said earlier, a likeable place just dont expect normal 3 star hotel standards.
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September 30, 2013
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I'm delighted to hear that you found Bankside House to be great value during your stay in London. I am glad you found the room to be satisfactory for your requirements. I apologise that you did not find the decor entirely appealing - as a dual purpose residence we have to balance the needs of both students and hotel guests when decorating our rooms. We hope that it did not detract from your overall experience too greatly.
We hope to see you again at Bankside House soon!
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