I stayed on one of the free nights before it formally opens. I'd already stayed in their Glasgow hotel so knew roughly what to expect. London is crying out for a hotel that feels special but doesn't cost the earth. There is no doubt that the rooms are small but they have also made them very comfortable. The bed is massive and really, really comfortable with extra pillows for under the bed. There is a big tv on the wall with loads of channels and films. The window is ceiling to floor and overlooks a lovely central courtyard. I did not experience any noise problems. The shower and toilet is in a kind of hub within the room. It is stylish but I would advise you were on intimate terms with whoever you are sharing with. This is really a hotel for couples and lone travellers. Everything is controlled by a tablet including some fancy mood lighting, Getting up to use the toilet in the middle of the night proved a little entertaining as a result. The towels are big and thick. The self-service check-out worked seamlessly. The canteen is 24 hour. The food range at night was limited but good. There was a living room vibe about the whole place. It was very modern and stylish without feeling overdone. They cut corners on space and staff (by having self-service) but where they cut they compensate and I can't think of anywhere I'd rather stay in terms of experience and value-for-money combined. The concept is innovative and I think it will really change the kind of hotel options on offer in London and every other city they open up in,
- 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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