Where to spend one night in London?
On our return from Edinburgh, we stopped in London for one night to see family and needed accommodation. Brother-In-Law suggested the citizenM hotel, which he uses in Paris. The affordably luxury hotel chain has three centrally located properties in London. The Tower Bridge one was perfect for us. It is right above the Tower Hill station of the District and Circle Lines and right in front of the Tower of London.
The first impression on entering is that of dynamism and youth. The décor is modern and whimsical. The seating areas are very comfortable as well. There is a café to the right of the entrance and a huge bar and restaurant in the back. Lots of tables for working, which is a plus. It seems they want to foster socializing among guests and using common areas instead of staying in the room.
Check-in is self-service. There is a round desk with computers where you can find your reservation, check in, and program your room key. Should you need help (Which card did I use? etc.), an army of young enthusiastic employees is there to guide you through.
We got a single-use drink voucher which we could use in any of the bars. We chose the one of the 7th floor, which has amazing views of the Tower, the Thames, and beyond. It was a tad windy for sitting on the wraparound terrace.
Our room at the citizenM
I was shocked when we opened the door to our room. It looked like a tiny space pod! The extra-large King size bed takes up the far end of the room, quite literally. Three sides of the bed were flush against the walls. We moved the pillows to the far end, against the window, so as not to disturb each other in the middle of the night. It worked well: we had a great night’s sleep.
As to storage, there isn’t much: a small closet and a big drawer underneath the bed. We had hand luggage only, which was fine. There is a desk with the mini iPad that controls absolutely everything from mood lighting to the blackout curtains (there are light switches on the walls, in case you were wondering). British and American power outlets came in handy to charge our devices.
The bathroom is a tiny oval pod. My only objection was that the shower didn’t have a curtain so everything got wet.
But, all in all, a good choice for a short stay in central London.