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“Don't stay if you expect Internet access” 2 of 5 stars
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Marlin Apartments - Empire Square
4.0 of 5 Condominium   |   34 Long Lane | 5-8 Empire Square South, London SE1 4NA, England (Southwark)   |  
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Ranked #87 of 684 Specialty Lodging in London
Denver, Colorado
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“Don't stay if you expect Internet access”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2012

If you expect Internet access, good luck. It was out 3 days for a colleague's visit and 2 days so far for my visit.

Decent enough apartments, but Internet access is a basic necessity. The company used by Marlin is Spectrum Interactive, who, apparently, can't keep a wifi network running. If you are a foreigner visiting London, you don't have alternatives - you rely on the apartment or hotel to provide Internet access.

Sorry Marlin, I have to give you a bad review because you chose to go with a crappy Internet provider. I hope they give you a nice cut of the profits. I am still waiting on my refund for the 30 pound "premium" service.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Exeter, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012

I have been staying at these services apartments (Sudio, One double Bedroom and two doublebedroomon) and off for over twelve months. These apartments are located in a great location being just two minutes walk from Borough tube station and a ten minute walk from London Bridge Station. The staff on reception are helpful with the apartments coming fitted out with all the expected applliances. There are convienance stores located very close. I have used these mainly on a business basis but I have also used these for a family trip, my wife was impressed so much that she has organised a girls weekend London trip for thirty staying at these apartments. Book in advance and you can gat some great rates

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2012

We stayed for 3 nights and feel the apartment offered good value for money in a great location. It was clean and comfortable and had an amazing view of the city skyline including the London Eye which was a real bonus. It was about a 2 minute walk to Borough tube station and there is a Tesco local right next door. It's also an easy walk from several good night life spots if you want to stay out after the Tube has closed.
There was a dishwasher and a couple of dishwasher tablets were provided which we thought was a really useful.
Check in was easy and after we checked out they let us store our bags for the day as we weren't leaving until late in the afternoon.
We'll definitely be using these apartments again.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2012

Found this option a much better alternative to 16 nights in a hotel. The flat is a very good size compared to a hotel room, the furniture was comfortable and it was adequately stocked with cooking utensils for a short period but don't expect to perform extreme culinary feats.

While we we there the DVD failed and staff very quickly replaced it. They were helpful and efficient. The flat was clean but bears the hallmarks of multiple guests use, especially considering that people were cooking and eating in the flat this was more than understandable.

Would definitely consider using this company again.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2012

It is good location, near London bridge, London Tower, closed underground, supermarket downstairs. Good services from reception desk . The toilet articles was only for one person.
pentru romani este avantajos ca lucreaza romani la receptie si iti pot da niste informatii mai detaliate.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2012

Strangely enough against previous reviewers experiences we found the place great! Our room was actually very clean, large and quiet and we thought very good value for money. We have stayed in many places in London which have been much more expensive and a whole lot pokier that's for sure. Situated extremely conveniently, near Borough London Bridge etc. etc. We thought the front desk staff were very helpful and welcoming.

We only stayed for one night, Friday 3rd August. Would have been great to have a room higher than than the second floor so as to get a view, but the back garden/decks were kept nicely so not a problem. Not sure if the other reviewers had bad luck or we were just exceptionally lucky, I'll let you know after our second stay there :-)

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Marlin Apartments - Empire Square

Address: 34 Long Lane | 5-8 Empire Square South, London SE1 4NA, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > London > Southwark
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #87 of 684 Specialty Lodging in London
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Marlin Apartments - Empire Square 4*
Number of rooms: 220
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated at London Bridge, just minutes from London’s financial district, this landmark development provides unrivalled access to London’s City centre and it’s most inspiring attractions. These cutting edge apartments fuse London’s cosmopolitan culture with award winning contemporary design, encompassing a vast internal courtyard and private landscaped gardens. Modern furnishings complement the large living space in each apartment, with many offering striking views across London. The emphasis is on light and space, with most apartments boasting large scenic windows and floor-to-ceiling glazing. ... more   less 
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