I stayed at the Novotel as I was attending a conference nearby. Though I visit London often, I don't really know the south bank and chose this hotel on the basis of other TA reviews. As most others say the hotel is modern and the reception/bar/restaurant are all open plan. My bedroom was comfortable and well appointed though the bathroom being directly adjacent to the bed (behind sliding doors) is a little strange though with a seperate bath and shower was well appointed. The loo was in a seperate closet by the room door, which is typical Novotel, but intriguingly was where the ironing board is also stored.
The bar area is OK, but a little miniamalist for me, but good service nontheless. As there doesn't appear to be any decent restaurants within walking distance, I ate in the hotel on both nights and both the food and service was very good.
Breakfast was also pretty good with a reasonable buffet selection.
In terms of location, I walked the 20 mins to my conference (near Borough underground) on both days and it was fine. The hotel is very close to the Borough Market, for any foodies, and a short walk to the Tate Modern and Globe Theatre, though I must say I'm not sure if I'd want to walk around the hotel area at night.
In conclusion if you are on business in the area the hotel would be a good choice and the service is excellent. For tourists it may be a little inconvenient, unless of course you only want to visit the Tate Modern or Globe.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Novotel London City South is an AA 4 star hotel ideal for a weekend or holiday in London. The Shard, Borough Market, London Eye, Tate Modern, Millennium Bridge, Shakespeares Globe Theatre, Vinopolis and St Pauls Cathedral are just minutes away, while a short tube ride will get you to the shopping, nightlife and theatres of the West End. Guests can enjoy our Elements Restaurant, Clinks Bar and rooftop leisure and fitness suite with gym, sauna and steam room. Free WiFi & internet, chargeable parking available. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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