When travelling in any city nice hotels don’t come cheap, especially not in the capital of our little island – London. Having been treated to the luxury of the Jumeirah Carlton Tower and The Mandarin Oriental it can be hard to come back to reality with a hotel that’s a little kinder on the purse strings but still holds it’s own in the style department, but by jove i think we’ve done it at The Novotel in Blackfriars, Southwark London. In a fantastic position, the Novotel Blackfriars is just a stones throw away from tourist locations such as The London Eye, St Paul’s Cathedral and the Tate Modern and just 10 minutes from the Eurostar connections at St Pancreas making it the ideal stopover for any traveler looking to explore the city or travel out. With modern interiors and luxury amenities starting at just £150 for a weekend double room it’s become my new go to hotel for visiting the big smoke and leaving plenty of pennies left over for city adventures.
Located within a minute’s stroll of Southwark tube station we arrived to their light and airy reception and were greeted by the smart looking, friendly and professional staff. When checking in we were upgraded free of charge to an executive suite as there were no other rooms available which meant more space and added luxuries – result! The rooms are super chic with gorgeous monochrome and mustard colouring and a bit of wood to warm things up. The bed was huge and oh so comfy (something i’m appreciating more and more in my old age!) with feathery pillows and crisp white sheets. Major hotel points for me? A plug socket next to the bed! The amount of hotels we’ve stopped in (even some of the most expensive) are missing this little amenity – no problems here and no rude awakening in the morning having to run across the room to muffle your phone alarm that’s been set at volume level 1,000 to make sure you hear it!
The bathroom is a beaut – tiled from floor to ceiling with walk in monsoon shower, back lit mirror, and stone butler sink – super swish. The wall of the shower between the bedroom and the bathroom was made with frosted glass which at the push of a button turned from frosted to opaque! Leaving it clear really opens up the room making it feel even bigger…and it also allows you to perve on your partner when they’re in the shower, endless fun!
An executive suite comes equipped with a mini bar stocked with complimentary water, safe and your very own Nespresso machine. I love the extra touch of a coffee machine in a hotel room, there’s nothing better than a fresh coffee in bed and saves that early morning Costa run! Another plus for us was the room service availability. We’d had a busy day and needed to get ready for a night on the town so didn’t fancy unpacking and heading straight back out. A quick squizz down the menu and a call to the restaurant and we were brought a delicious club sandwich (with possibly the best chips i’ve ever eaten, no exaggeration) in about 15 minutes…plus two cold beers from the bar! Room service can be pricey and we probably could have got a sandwich and chips for half the price at the pub across the road, but for me, relaxing in your beautiful room in pjs with a beer and a big bowl of chips is totally worth the £3 tray charge!
The Novotel Blackfriars also boasts a rather snazzy pool, gym and sauna downstairs but as we were only there for the night we didn’t get chance to take a look. The photos online however look gorgeous – Note to self: start packing my bikini’s when staying away ‘just in case’! In the evening we had reservations at Bob Bob Ricard so we didn’t eat in the restaurant, however it did look lovely and if the room service was anything to go by then you’re in for a pretty good meal.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and at £150 a night with it’s great location, modern interiors and luxury amenities The Novotel Blackfriars is a real winner for us! It may not be the Mandarin Oriental but for £75 per person you can’t go wrong, and although there will still be cheaper places to stay in the city you’ll be hard pressed to find a hotel this chic with the added luxuries Novotel Blackfriers provides for the price- some of the basic Travelodges go for over £170 a night! We’ll certainly be back here, and next time i’m bringing my bikini!
Where are your top luxury budget hotel in London? Have you stayed at The Novotel Blackfriars?
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