Comfortable rooms, proximity of the Tate Modern: the Novotel City South is well suited to discover the south bank of the Thames, and on the part of culture, there are a gourmet market and rehabilitated architecture.
This hotel review is a translation from the French by the agency Traductéo.
In a recess overlooking Southwark Bridge Road (London Bridge underground station). To join the lively theaters' area (Covent Garden), count 15 to 20 minutes by underground with change.
If you come to visit the Tate Modern, to shop at the Borough gourmet market (only on Friday afternoons and all day Saturday), and to take a look in the wake of your visit at the museums of tea and wine, then the Novotel City South is for you! Refined and comfortable rooms (all have adopted the new Novation design) and leisure facilities available without extra charge. A good choice for couples as well as for families, as almost all of the housing can accommodate 2 adults and 2 children.
Built in 2003, the Novotel City South is located in a former working-class area (as evidenced by the brick chimney of the Tate Modern), which is not one of the most aesthetic of London, but certainly one of those who change at high speed. A building of 6 storeys located just off the street, the hotel blends seamlessly into the landscape. The interior space favours the traffic between the reception, the bar and the restaurant. Not particularly muted atmosphere, therefore, no exuberant decoration. But you will appreciate the presence of a bunch of flowers or of an abstract painting here and there.
The Novotel City South has 182 rooms, including 4 suites. 75% of the rooms have a sitting area with a sofa bed to accommodate 2 children adults' room. The rooms with an even number overlook the street and the surrounding buildings, the others have a view of the parking lot and its surroundings (including the Gerkin building in the background, for some of them). Stretching over 258 square feet, the rooms offer a good surface. The great plus is in the Novation design: wooden furniture with refined lines, gray carpet and white walls decorated with reproductions of abstract paintings. The bathrooms (except those for disabled people) are equipped with a shower,a bathtub, a hair dryer and Accor welcoming products. Other amenities: a telephone, a television, a minibar, a kit for tea or coffee and air-conditioning.
"The Garden Brassery" restaurant overlooks the parking lot, but be reassured: curtains hide this unpleasant view. If there is no terrace, a verandah fills this function and the room is divided into several smaller sections. The morning, there is a buffet of hot and cold dishes. Food is varied, from yoghurts to fresh fruits, from beans with tomato sauce and eggs with bacon. At lunch and dinner, the service is à la carte. An international cuisine that leaves a bit hungry... You will rather take dish at the bar, fish and chips or hamburger, concerning the classic menu. Other options include a vegetable curry in Thai style.