For some reason, the website and staff members fail to mention the fact that there are two convenient underground stations - Southwark and Blackfriars. There are also two bus lines which pass by the hotel.
The first room we got had a broken toilet and a window that wouldn't shut, so the receptionist immediately sent us to a room in the new wing. This room was very nice. The bed was comfortable, the shower was great, the tv had a lot of choices and the air conditioner was fairly quiet.
The underground parking lot will surely be very convenient once it's remodeled and reopened, but for now it is not usable, and if you have a car, you'd probably be better off in a different hotel. The National Theatre and Southbank Centre are within close walking distance. The street life there is quite interesting, with buskers and performers and all sorts of food. The Tate Modern is even closer.
We went to two West End evening performances, and had no trouble returning to the hotel by public transportation. We also had no trouble getting to the hotel by underground from Heathrow.
The front desk staff was extremely friendly and helpful. Breakfast was a bit sparse, but included almost everything a full English breakfast should include, plus the items normally included in a Continental breakfast.
I found out that the eggs are not powdered, but do taste a bit different. The cook mixes fresh eggs with milk, and then puts the whole thing in a microwave oven. I tried them on several different days, and they always had the same taste, which I put down to their being microwaved.
There are no safes in any of the rooms. However, if you want to store valuables, the front desk has some safes the size of shoeboxes which are convenient for safeguarding items such as passports or jewelry.
Although the price is high given the facilities offered, this is a good choice for a tourist without a car who wishes to spend a few days in London.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to the Holiday Inn Express-London Southwark, the ideal location for business and leisure travellers visiting London. The hotel is situated on the south-bank of the River Thames and only minutes away from major London tourist attractions, such as the New Tate Modern, Shakespeare s Globe Theatre, St Paul's Cathedral, Royal Festival Hall, The Shard, The London Eye, which offers spectacular views of the London sky-line, and many more. The Holiday Inn Express London Southwark features 136 contemporary style bedrooms, all individually air conditioned offering guests a comfortable, warm and friendly stay. All our rooms have en-suite facilities, power shower, direct dial telephones, modem points at work stations with Free WiFi and Freeview television. In addition, the hotel is in close proximity to both Southwark Tube only a short distance from direct access to Westfield Stratford City, the O2 & Canary Wharf via the Jubilee line and Blackfriars Station Terminal with access to the Circle and District lines, allowing convenient access to attractions in the heart of London such as Leicester Square and London s Theatreland. All bedrooms have recently been renovated and the hotel has a newly refurbished lobby, great room and breakfast room. Free breakfast is also offered. ... more less
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