Imagine being locked in a sweet shop overnight knowing that you could have your fill without gaining a single pound or risking the wrath of your dentist. Now translate that fantasy to the world of mid 20th century and contemporary design and you have CitizenM in Southwark London.
Vitra furnishes the entire hotel! Our room was small but complete, faced North with a view of the Gherkin (if you craned your neck) and was quiet and very comfortable. The king-size bed filled the entire area under the huge window allowing you to recline in bed and enjoy the world going by outside. The shower and toilet occupied a frosted glass cubicle that was lit by coloured LEDs controlled by a Samsung tablet. The same tablet controlled the room lighting, air-conditioning, TV, entertainment, alarm and even (free) Internet access. You could play about with different lighting modes to create different moods or simply annoy your partner while she's in the shower.
The staff were super helpful, lovely and friendly without being overbearing. In such a cool London hotel they could so easily have been snooty.
We returned late to the hotel, ordered cups of tea and then proceeded to try out each and every design classic chair in the lobby, photographing each other like a pair of design tourists. This was a great research opportunity for product designers as we got up close and personal with furniture normally seen only in the design magazines.
CitizenM was more than simply a bed for the night, it was a design experience and at £125 for the night worth every penny.
- 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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