My favorite affordable London chain is actually Dutch. Their glassy open-plan lobbies lined with shelves of orange-and-white Penguin classic paperbacks (which every self-conscious interior designer in London displays to denote postmodern intellectualism), churn day and night with people sipping fine coffee and telecommuting. Check-in is self-guided by kiosk, and rooms are compact—almost podlike—but arranged with genius. Expect massive platform beds piled with body pillows, curvy unit bathrooms slotted into the space with calculated aplomb, and a bedside tablet that lets you control everything from motorized blinds to the color of the room’s mood lighting. There’s even a hefty library of free movies (including porn—like I said, it’s Dutch). My favorite locations are Bankside (near the Tate Modern) and Tower of London, with rooms and a fab rooftop bar overlooking said eternal fortress.
3 locations around London
Our Rating Neighborhood Around Town Prices From £125 double Amenities Free movies, free Wi-Fi URL http://www.booking.com/hotel/gb/citizenm-london-bankside.html?aid=1254987 &label=frommers-hotelpage-deeplink Web site CitizenM
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