CitizenM is a beautifully conceived and executed Hotel but it may not be to everyone's taste. If you are looking for the modernized Biedermeier or 1960s décor and space that is at the heart of any major, mass-produced hotel and motel chain, you will likely not take to the uncompromising contemporary design of this hotel. Others will be delighted.
The lobby is decorated a sumptuous black and red, with automated check-in, ample lounge seating and a sense of spaciousness that flows to the restaurant and bar area. The effect on entering is one of quality and attention to detail, a sense that someone (corporately) cares about the quality of your experience at CitizenM. There are only one or two people in the lobby to greet you since check-in is automated at terminals but they are unfailingly attentive and pleasant. There is an air of a well managed operation and a happy staff.
The attention to architectural detail extends to the rooms which are based on the pod concept but carried out with style and flair and, again, attention to detail and I did not feel a lack of space in the room. Where else can you find a built in power strip containing three different configuration of sockets (UK, USA and European) plus USB charger? The bathroom is minimalist with the wash basin build into the room itself but the intriguingly the shower seems to be one of the largest that I have encountered in a hotel. maybe that's just an illusion given the economic and efficient architectural layout.
My only negative comment would be that the pillows are too bulky for (my) sleep comfort.
Rates vary from day to day, I paid £104 and given the location, directly behind Tate Britain, midway between Waterloo and London Bridge with walking access to Bankside and easy access to the West End, CitizenM is excellent value and a wonderful place to stay, especially for the young at heart traveller.
- 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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