There are very few hotels in London with unobstructed river views, and even fewer where that view includes Parliament and Big Ben's tower. But if you reserve a king room with river view or a king club room, that's what you'll get on the top eight floors of this high-rise hotel on the bank opposite the Thames from Tate Britain. That might be reason enough to book any halfway decent hotel, but it so happens this one is also well-run and fresh. Its rooms are smallish (but normal-sized for Europe) but extremely up-to-date, with cozy dark colors that don't feel cookie-cutter, soundproof floor-to-ceiling windows, and power outlets (UK, US, and USB) wherever you look. The location (about 4 minutes by bus south of Waterloo or a 10-minute walk north of the Vauxhall Tube) is its one weak spot. It's a little off-center for most tourist pursuits, but then again, that's what makes that view possible, and it's also what makes rates so reasonable. This may be a corporate hotel geared to business travelers, but in the final analysis, it doesn't feel impersonal or businesslike. It might even be classified as a find.