This was a short stay (2 nights), close enough to the attractions of the south bank without actually being amongst them.
The closest tube stations are London Bridge or Tower Hill, both about a 10-15 minute walk away. London Bridge is the best bet if the weather is poor, as it was on our stay, because you'll get some protection from the buildings on Tooley Street and get to see the ghoulish characters from the London Dungeon. If the weather is good choose Tower Hill which is straight across Tower Bridge with views up the Thames and of the Tower of London.
The hotel itself is situated on a fairly busy road and it's modern in appearance. The foyer isn't over large but it has two small check-in podiums (with at least one being constantly manned), a couple of self service check-in screens and a small comfortable seating area. To the right as you walk in are located the bar and restaurant.
The hotel do a number of meal deals connected with your stay, though I suspect that the composition of these will vary from time to time. The one we opted for was a £22.00 per person meal deal. This allowed for a 3 course evening meal and a drink (soft drink, beer/lager or wine) but not all items on the menu were included, and a breakfast. The evening meals are very good, the breakfasts are excellent. If you plan to eat plenty of food in anticipation of a long foot slog around the shops and/or sites then the breakfasts here are for you. There are cereals, fruit, yoghurts, full English cooked breakfast, continental breakfasts, or just a slice of freshly made toast and a pot of tea. Or take your time and have them all, like I did. When you leave the hotel for your day out you'll probably walk a little bit slower to begin with but I guarantee it will see you through to your evening meal.
We were given a room on the fifth floor (525) and from the window we could see the Shard (it's quite a sight when lit up at night), the top of Tower Bridge, and the Gherkin.
The room was easily spacious enough for 2 people, it was clean, the bed was very comfortable and we had sufficient pillows. There's a tv, phone, hair dryer and a sofa which can allow for increased occupancy. The bathroom was also of a good size with a shower over the bath, a sink, a toilet, plenty of towels, etc.
Finally, the thing that made this place more special than just the excellent location, the superb meals (especially the breakfast), and the great room were the staff. These people, with accents from all corners of the globe were absolutely lovely. If icing was needed on this particular cake, then they were it. They were polite, attentive, friendly, and they made the stay special.
I am sure that we will return. Even if Lenny Henry isn't there.
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- Minutes from the historic Tower of London, the riverside Design Museum and arty Bermondsey Street. ... more less
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