Think Affordable Luxury is Impossible in a London Hotel? Think again…

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One of the biggest problems I have when looking for accommodation in London is the price. I want to stay somewhere reasonably nice, but I don’t want to have to splash £350 a night for the privilege. So when I discovered CitizenM Bankside I was thrilled… and I hadn’t even got there yet!

Branded as ‘affordable luxury’, this is a chain hotel with the feeling of a boutique. The décor is out of this world (for an instagram-addict like me I was in heaven!), the bed one of the comfiest I’ve ever slept in, and the staff friendly and accommodating without being in-your-face annoying.

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It reminded me a little of the famous capsule hotels I’d seen in Japan. While the rooms are compact, they ooze cool. The coma-inducing king-size bed was incredible, the pod-like shower and loo cubical weird but awesome, and free movies (including adult ones oh la la!) a surprising addition. Each room also comes equipped with international plug sockets, a Samsung tablet and free WiFi. In short, literally everything you ever could need.

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Now, I love good customer service as much as the next person, but sometimes I also just want to be left alone. The staff here were the perfect combination of attentive and friendly when you needed them., but in-keeping with the modern theme, a lot of things were automated. This made check-in through the touch screen terminals a breeze and made me feel a little like I was living in the future… I liked it!

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Oh, and can we just stop for one second and really appreciate the immense amount of effort that’s gone into styling this place? The open plan lobby was beautiful… I think that’s the only way to describe it. There wasn’t a beige, uncomfortable sofa or bland hotel lobby carpet in sight. This place was bright, brave and stylish to the nth degree. I mean look at these walls!

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…And the art!

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…And the furniture!

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…And the signs!

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…And the garden!

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…Yes, yes, yes!

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The self serve diner operates around the clock. The breakfast, although not included in the room price, is definitely worth having too. All-you-can-eat continental or full English breakfasts, tea, coffee, juice, fruit, yoghurt… now what could be better to set you up for a day of exploring the city?!

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If you’re heading to London on your honeymoon or, like me, you live here, but spend a lot of time in the city, you HAVE to check out CitizenM.

Would I stay here again? Absolutely. It was amazing. And with rooms starting at just £109 a night, a new standard for affordable London accommodation has definitely been set.

5 comments

  1. I have seen so many amazing things about CitizenM, I’d LOVE to stay there sometimes. The art looks fabulous. I absolutely fell in love with Qubic when I was in London. It’s near Shoreditch, super stylish design, and very affordable (from 69 per night). You’d love it I’m sure. I am obsessed with this trend of affordable hotels that feel luxurious! It’s the BEST.

  2. I am so glad you liked it as I’m already booked up to stay there next week for my 10th anniversary get-away. Cannot wait now, I may go instagram crazy!

  3. Love this! I was actually on the hunt for a one night stay in London the other night and ended up giving up on the idea because hotels are just so expensive!! I’m sure I remember only a couple of years ago staying in a Radisson for around £70 for one night but now it’s hard to find anything for half decent for less than double that!! Crazy. But this hotel looks fab. I also found, during my searching, the Z Hotel in the heart of Soho for very reasonable rates too.

  4. SO annoying, I have just been looking for something exactly like this in London but finally booked at the weekend :( Next time I’ll be going here for sure.

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