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
Location is amazing, don't thing you can find better at this price range. It's literally in the same building as the nearest subway station and across the road from the London towers.
The concept of the hotel is very futurist. Self check in and check out, room controlled by an iPad, the room design... Everything plays along for you to fell you are in the "Fifth Element" movie.
Without a doubt, the best hotel I ever stayed in.
The future way of running a hotel. Loction Close to Metro and the Tower, Tate Modern, Borough Market.... ambience,value for Money. Nice staff, great breakfast, functionality in room. A taste of high-tech.
Just by Tower Hill station, very easy on-screen check in and out, very comfortable bed, clean room, good shower and effective wi-fi. Layout of room worked well as a business trip, maybe less effective for a family visit.
Overall the CitizenM gets the job done due to its excellent location. The theme of the hotel may appeal to some, I found it gimmicky and tired. Service is not their thing, so expect to be self reliant - normal big city stuff. The bed was genuinely comfortable, and took predence over all other elemwnts of comfort. Shower was nice too. It is a good solo room, or okay for sharing with those you are confident to be nude with or make morning noises around (efficiency layout).
The location is great, 30 seconds from the tube, and walking distance to many of London’s tourist sites. Check in is very easy without the often irritating wait to be served at the front desk. Rooms are clean and minimalist, I.e. great bed, wide screen TV - channels available in French, German, Italian, Spanish and English - and great shower with no water pressure issues. The reception area is friendly, well furnished with lots of objet d’art, books et al. Very minor quibbles include the lack of privacy when using the toilet - there are more private toilets available in the basement - and the comparative lack of space in the rooms - only one of our cases fitted in the draw under the bed - and the price of house red and rose (£13.75 for a small glass of each.However, these are very minor issues IMO. Highly recommended and we will certainly use this hotel again.