I travel to London frequently on business and usually stay in the Kensington area, and really fancied a change so decided to try this hotel on the basis of the TA reviews.....and I am pleased I did.
The hotel is only 5 minutes walk from London Bridge station and is situated very close to both the Tate Modern and Globe theatre. Access to the millennium bridge is also within a few minutes walk to take you over the river if you want to. The area is safe and busy until late at night.
There is a Marks and Spencer's food hall directly opposite and a number of cafes and restaurants nearby....although the busiest bar in the immediate area is the CitizenM bar in the hotel.
The lobby/restaurant/bar area is all open plan (and has a great atmosphere) and check in is by flat screens rather than a traditional check in desk...very smooth and fast. The rooms are either inward facing over a central courtyard or external overlooking busy roads. The external rooms are a bit noisy as you would expect for central London.
The rooms are very small but beautifully formed, with an enormous bed, high tech lighting and sounds systems etc. The blackout blinds are very good. However, I really did not like the fact that there were no tea/coffee making facilities in the room, you have to go down to the 24 hour restaurant area to get one....not good. There is also no iron in the room and no room service....also not good for me. However, free movies, phone calls and wifi are included in the room rate, as well as free newspapers. I would happily give up some of this tech kit for a kettle and an iron the room!
The staff are very friendly and the overall vibe of the hotel is relaxed and friendly, I really liked it....particularly the busy bar in the evening.
I would recommend to younger couples and groups of friends.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the heart of London’s buzzing Bankside district—just minutes from the Tate Modern and Millennium Bridge, within walking distance from Southwark tube station (Jubilee Line) and London Bridge (Jubilee & Northern Line)—192 luxury non-smoking rooms await with free Wi-Fi, free movies, and a tablet MoodPad to control every hi-tech detail. Work or play in the oversized Vitra living room lobby with floor-to-ceiling stunning art, a prolific MENDO bookstore to peruse or purchase for your travels, and of course, canteenM’s 24/7 scrumptious eatery and bar to cure your hunger and thirst. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- CitizenM London Bankside England