citizenM Tower of London
What We Love
- The eight-floor bar with its gorgeous views of landmarks like the centuries-old Tower of London and the futuristic Shard building
- Sunny, smartly decorated rooms equipped with the latest technology
- A lobby that feels like you’re hanging out in the living room of a very fashionable friend
What To Know
- Rooms are on the small side at 183 square feet, yet are efficiently laid-out
- No gym, spa, or pool
- There’s a 24-hour canteen serving coffee, light bites, and cocktails
- Children are welcome, but the hotel doesn’t offer cribs or extra beds
It’s full-on Britain mania at Dutch hospitality group CitizenM’s third London property: bold interiors feature sleek black surfaces set against pops of U.K. colors (i.e. ruby red and royal blue) while the sprawling residential-style lobby is decorated with framed Union Jacks, bulldog statues, and bell jars full of cricket balls. Together with oversize sofas, Eames chairs, and bookshelves stocked with curated tomes about art and design, the atmosphere is both cheerful and sophisticated. Proving that the brand takes its “affordable luxury” credo seriously, a stylish 24-hour eatery on the ground floor does triple duty: it morphs from a coffee shop in the mornings to a daytime restaurant and then a nighttime cocktail bar and offers a help-yourself selection of fruits, juices, and pastries from nearby Borough Market. Most of the 370 rooms are under 200 square feet, yet feel spacious thanks to wall-to-wall windows with sweeping city views, strategically placed king-sized beds (topped with soft Italian linens), clean-lined Vitra furniture, and glass-pod rain showers. Perks like international plugs, free on-demand movies, and tablets that control blinds, lighting, and temperature make the deal even sweeter. Business travelers, or anyone who wants to spend some time on their laptop, can head to societyM, a creatively designed meeting and co-working space on the seventh and eighth floors. For an antidote to email fatigue, head to the adjacent bar, which offers signature libations like chai-infused whiskey alongside some of the best views in town.
In the Area
CitizenM is located above Tower Hill underground station, just steps from historic attractions like the Tower of London, that most infamous of prisons, Tower Bridge, an iconic suspension bridge built in the 1800s, and the charming Trinity Square Gardens. The area is a short walk away from the south side of the Thames, home to Borough Market, one of the most renowned food markets in the world, and the fantastic Tate Modern contemporary art museum. If you walk north instead, don’t miss the Old Spitalfields Market about 15 minutes away. This covered market, which is still up and thriving after more than 300 years in business, is a true Victorian gem filled with fashion finds, antiques, and food.
How to Get There
This is an excellent hotel for the business or lone traveller. A bit crammed but excellent with space for hanging clothes and putting stuff away. The bed is very comfortable, the shower is an excellent experience and the iPad service makes everything so handy and easy to use.
Breakfast quality is good although the selection is a bit poor for a 4-star hotel. Also drinks are not included which is not mentioned anywhere.
Otherwise, rooms and hotel is very clean, in excellent shape and has a great view. Location is excellent for transportation.
Overall would highly recommend this hotel.
Everything was fine. Location , tube station next door.Nice surrounding erea. Nice public working areas.Excellent bar with outstanding view on the top floor.Lots of art works in the room and in the public areas.
Very easy, 1 minute check in and out. Technology in the room was excellent but the room layout was odd. Room generally small and your partner has to climb across you to get out of bed!! Good location next to Tower Hill station. Good for a business trip
Goid hotel at walking distance from the City. Nothing too large for the rooms but simply suitable for its purpose. Modern, young foreign and very friendly staff, good bar, restaurant and breakfast. A little expensive for its offerings but that is London. Will visit again, recommendable.
Yes great location. Odd check in....all emails stated there was no staff available so downloaded codes etc. and yet there were staff. Room is a micro style, need to go to an ironing room to do your shirts. Basin is in the room. Bar is very frustrating, there were no seats available as there was some kind of sponsored do in progress. 8th floor has seats but bar is on the 7th floor. Uber trendy I’m sure but better value near by. The tablet controlled room is just style over substance. Not for me.