This affordable Dutch hotel chain is blossoming, deservedly so, and its welcome concept of smart-and-stylish quarters without interference from groveling staff or added fees makes it the best casual choice in Southwark. The glassy open-plan lobby, a playpen of designer coffee table books and orange-and-white Penguin classic paperbacks, seems to hum day and night with people sipping coffees and telecommuting. Check-in is self-guided by kiosk, and rooms are compact—almost podlike—but arranged with genius. Platform beds are massive and piled with body pillows, curvy bathrooms slotted into the space with calculated aplomb, and you control everything from motorized blinds to the color of the room’s mood lighting with a bedside tablet. There’s even a hefty library of free movies (including porn of all persuasions—it’s a Dutch company, and it’s sassy). In 2015, CitizenM will become a major London player for affordable stays: New properties offering the identical concept in Holborn, Tower Hill, and Shoreditch have been announced.
CitizenM London Bankside
20 Lavington St., SE1
Our Rating Neighborhood South Bank Transportation Tube: Southwark or London Bridge Phone 020/3519-1680 Prices Doubles £109–£189 Amenities Free movies, free Wi-Fi Units 192 units Web site CitizenM London BanksideBook a Room Now