London was one of the stops on the six week European vacation I had planned with my partner (who became my fiancé during our first stop in Paris!). We wanted to be based centrally but with the cost of central London hotels (West End / north of the Thames) so extraordinarily high compared to other European capitals, we chose citizenM as a great way to control the budget and be close to town. We had also read lots of great reviews about citizenM on TA and other blogs and mags and as photographers we were intrigued to see its arty decor and high tech minimalist styling. We were a little concerned about the self check in and check out as we hadn't experienced that before but we needn't have worried. On arrival there were friendly staff ready to help us check in, create our own key cards and give us an overview of the hotel.
The rooms, whilst small, make fantastic use of the space. The king size bed filling one whole end of the room works really well and the underbed storage was large enough to hold one of our check-in luggage bags fully folded open for easy access to both of its compartments. A tablet easily controls everything from the lighting, blinds, temperature and TV. The prefabricated shower room was also a stroke of genius. I loved the citizenAM and PM body washes and the mood lighting was very funky. It reminded me of the mood lighting on Virgin flights and made me realise that if Virgin made hotels they would probably be very similar to citizenM, particularly as both brands exhibit a very cool quirkiness through their visual and verbal communication. For example, when citizenM's London maps are fully unfolded, the public facing side creates a poster which says "I'm not a tourist, I'm a mobile citizen". Nice.
CitizenM is clearly loved by creative types. The large lobby area with a range of chairs, sofas, tables and communal workspaces with power and USB ports was always busy, full of with solo travellers with their iPads and MacBooks, business meetings between ad agencies and clients, and we even saw a whole team of around 16 agency types have their weekly meeting around one of the two big communal tables. Fortunately the well stocked 24 hour cafe / bar was always ready to top up caffeine (or alcohol) levels.
CitizenM's location was also much better than expected. The impressive Southwark tube station is just 5 minutes away with Jubilee Line links to Westminster and Bond Street, while Tate Modern and the Millennium Bridge (for access to St Pauls) are equally close. The Southbank is also a very trendy area right now and its restaurants, pubs and bars were heaving on the gorgeous warm summer evenings.
We loved our stay at citizenM and will definitely plan future trips around their network of very cool hotels!
- 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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