Booked this hotel for partner and i to have a london mini-break, dec 1st to 3rd 2012. An easy walk from southwark tube station, fiund the purple logoed hotel easily. Have never done self check-in before but the booking was there and the door keys popped right out, with the itemised bill. Had to pay for wi fi up front. Free would have been nice, but can't have it all. Room on the 7th floor was roomy and clean. There were clean towels and a kettle with tea and coffee makings which is always appreciated. Bed was comfrtable and the room warm.
Decided not to partake of the inhouse breakfast. At nearly £9 per person, when all you want is cereal and coffee it was too expensive. Found some small coffee shops nearby from which we bought the same, for less.
Staff were freindly, but apart from 'hello' and 'goodbye' didn't need to engage with them at all.
A short walk to the river thames. Near to the tate gallery and shakespeares globe theatre and if you like a hike, tower bridge. The first night we ate at the foundery arms, a trendy gastropub right on the river bank, affording enviable views of st pauls cathederal and the river.
All in all a good break