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The Mad Hatter Hotel
Ranked #174 of 1,081 Hotels in London
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Reviewed May 12, 2013

The Mad Hatter is a hundred yards or so from the South Bank of the Thames. We visited on a Sunday evening of a Bank Holiday weekend and it was a really good find. Whilst the riverside pubs were crammed with people, the Mad Hatter was much calmer. There were a lot of people there, many of them living locally, but we were able to get a table easily. Good pub food and friendly staff. Being close to offices it can get really busy, especially on a Friday evening, but at quieter times it's much more comfortable and less expensive than the tourist pubs on the riverfront. Obviously it doesn't have the view, but it's an easy walk away.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 9, 2013

We stayed here for one night after a day at Tate Modern and Globe Theatre. An ideal location as situated a 15/20 minute walk from both these venues and probably similar to London Eye etc in the other direction. Also only about a 30 minute walk to London Bridge station.
The room (209) was perfectly adequate for our short stay though nothing special - very dated decor but clean and nice toiletries in the bathroom. The bed was very comfortable. Being at the back of the building we had no problem with traffic noise and were able to leave the window slightly ajar with no disturbance. The other guests, on our floor at least, seemed to be mainly Italian families and all was quiet by 11.30pm.
Another chair would have been appreciated instead of the table which took up space and seemed unnecessary as there was already a desk in the room.
As we only had the one bag for our short stay we were quite happy with the small hanging space. There was an ironing board and trouser press too.
We especially liked the pack of ground coffee and cafetiere included in the beverage making facilities - the mugs supplied were enormous. There was also a good selection of fruit teas. We had no problems with WIFI connection.
We didn't eat at the hotel as there are so many places close by.
I would recommend Mad Hatter Hotel if you just want somewhere comfortable to sleep for a night or two and convenient for the South Bank, although it's only a short walk across Blackfriars Bridge to the rest of London. Make sure you get it on a deal because if you paid the tariff displayed at reception (£225 a night) you could be disappointed!

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  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Mad Hatter H, General Manager at The Mad Hatter Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded May 10, 2013

I am very pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us at the Mad Hatter Hotel, I would like to add that we are going to be refreshing the rooms soon, the price you saw in reception is our rack rate and I believe that if you monitor our website for prices you will see that our prices are very reasonable. I hope to see you soon, thank you again for choosing to stay with us.

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Reviewed May 7, 2013

I stayed with my wife over Friday 3rd May to take in The Tempest at the Globe Theatre; which is pretty much a stone's throw from this likeable, friendly and quirky hotel ... Although it's 3 star rating is apt and it's slightly jaded and worn (rather like a well-thumbed Sherlock Holmes novel) its helpful staff and all-round "oldy-worldy" peculiarity made our stay very enjoyable. The food and beer were top-drawer as well..

Room Tip: The rooms at the back of the hotel have a rather seedy outloook ..rather like surveying a Victorian...
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  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 3, 2013

The Mad Hatter left us with mixed feelings, so I'll list things below and you make your own decision.
~The people that work there are wonderful! No question, the people are tops.
~The hotel is affordable in a city that seldom is so.
~The pub is great. Try the nachos, you'll be surprised.
~The room is livable, but the superior room lacks things to make it superior.
~The bathroom lacks sufficient lighting for my wife's makeup needs.
~The bathtub was long enough but the narrowest tub I ever saw.
~Street side rooms deal with traffic noise.
~WIFI. No WIFI in rooms 101, 102, & 103 I was told. We were in 101.
~WIFI is available in the pub. Pub people were great.
~Room was poorly lit.
~Drapes were difficult to manage and left gaps at night.
~Chair in room was tiny. My rear side is fairly normal, but the seat was tiny.
~Nowhere to place luggage other than on the bed or floor.
~Tears in the wallpaper. Frayed bed dressing above the bed.
~Pub food was great.

Don't take my average rating as a real negative. The next option was excellent and I felt that good should have been an option between the two. I would stay there again.

Room Tip: Front room for view. Rear room for quiet.
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  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 2, 2013

We stayed for 5 nights at the Mad Hatter Hotel in late April 2013. Its a small, comfortable, clean and friendly hotel on the south bank of Thames, near Waterloo underground and just 2 min from Blackfriars bridge and the river banks. In owerall it has a great location for short tourist visits to London. Most of them are at walking distance. You can start the day by going west Stamford street and York Road, down to the Westminister bridge and then turn right to walk the river banks to east, in the direction of Tower bridge. On the way there are the London Dungeons, The London Eye, the National Theatre, and when you come east to Blackfriars bridge there is the Tate Modern, The Shakespear Globe Theatre and the HMS Belfast to see before Tower Bridge. (Dont try to do this in one day, though) Lots of bars and restaurants on the way to sit down and streach tired legs. If you want to go further than your legs can manage, there are tubes and bushes near the hotel at Waterloo Station or you could take the numerous ferries up or down the river Thames. We highly recommend this hotel for a short London visit.

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  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Mad Hatter H, General Manager at The Mad Hatter Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded May 3, 2013

Thank you for choosing to stay with us at the Mad Hatter Hotel, we are very grateful for your comments and I will surely pass them on.

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Reviewed April 20, 2013

Not perhaps as romantic ot traditional inside as the photograph or the name suggest but staying for one night for work we had an entirely acceptable time. The room was good value, the beer in the large bar well kept. Easy travel across the river to my meetings, close to the Tate Modern for a couple of hours wandering and close to a very good small rated corner restaurant only a few hundred metres back the road. Hotel facilities clean and basic but entirely satisfactory.

Stayed: February 2013, traveled on business
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Mad Hatter H, General Manager at The Mad Hatter Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded April 22, 2013

I am pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay. I have looked into your comments and I will be pushing to make some changes to enhance the guest experience within our hotel. Thank you and see you again soon.

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Reviewed April 19, 2013

We stayed for one night. The location is excellent very convenient for all the attractions of the South Bank. The hotel staff are friendly and the service is good. The room was clean and spacious with a very comfortable bed. Tea and Coffee making facilities included a cafetiere, The bathroom was clean with plenty of hot water, shower and tub. The pub downstairs served reasonably priced food and drinks and the bar is open 24 hours to residents. In the room there was TV and wifi, also an iron and ironing board, an electric fan and even an umbrella. We had a room at the back which was very quiet despite the busy Blackfries Road nearby and the building work opposite. Altogether an enjoyable stay.

Room Tip: Rooms at the back are quiet while the building work is going on.
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  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with family
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Address: 3-7 Stamford Street | South Bank, London SE1 9NY, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > London > Southbank , London Bridge
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#156 Family Hotel in London
#254 Romantic Hotel in London
#307 Business Hotel in London
Price Range: $112 - $246 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — The Mad Hatter Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 30
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