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Hotel Review: Novotel London Blackfriars

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Novotel London Blackfriars is a contemporary hotel located near the Southbank area of London, the hotel has 182 modern guest rooms and 10 disabled accessible rooms. The hotel is within walking distance of London’s famous Southbank and Bankside, both of which feature many of London’s attractions including the Southbank Centre, London Eye, The National Theatre, Tate Modern, and Shakespeare’s Globe, a short walk across Blackfriars Bridge will take you to the City of London and  St Paul’s Cathedral.

Getting to the hotel is relatively easy, with plenty of transport options near to the hotel with Southwark Tube station (2 minutes) and the transport hubs of Blackfriars Station (5 mins), Waterloo Station (10 mins) and London Bridge Station (12 mins).

The hotel’s main entrance is located on Blackfriars Road, we entered into an open plan reception in which the booking in process was quick, efficient and friendly.

The hotel rooms are new-generation Novotel rooms which are tailored to meet the modern traveller’s needs, with access to modern technology and feature products that are eco-friendly.

Our stay was in an Executive Room on the 12th floor facilities included a 32″ TV with media hub & free WIFI, music docking station, Nespresso machine, safe, and modern bathroom with shower.  The sleeping arrangements featured “smart pillows” and eco-designed LIVE ‘N’ DREAM comfort bedding.  

Some of the Executive Rooms have a spacious balcony which offers magnificent views of the South London skyline dominated by the Shard.

Back on the ground floor next to the reception area is the bar and seating area where we settled down in the comfortable leather settees to enjoy a drink. The colourful Jamboree Foodfest & Bar concept brightens up the hotel bar and restaurant combination area and offers a range of International cuisine with a modern twist.  This bright, snazzy but relaxing environment is a real opportunity to enjoy a quiet drink or trying a range of dishes, and really makes a change from the often staid and traditional hotel bars and restaurants you quite often find.

If you prefer to try different venues for a drink or something to eat away from the hotel, a short walk to Blackfriars Bridge and along the banks of the Thames to the Southbank  and Bankside provide many drinking and eating options.

For those who would like to relax after a hard day’s sightseeing or business, the hotel has a small swimming pool with water jet pool, sauna and fitness centre.

Novotel London Blackfriars is one of the new breed of hotels, catering for the needs of the modern traveller who demands a range of facilities to be part of their experience.  This hotel meets these needs excellently, but even more is situated in a favourable location for either the visitor who is looking to visit the sights of London or the modern business visitor who needs a hotel that is close to efficient transport links and the business community.

The general ethos of the hotel is contemporary, professional  with clear and distinct design features that create a bright and upbeat experience,  the hotel staff follow this approach and were attentive, friendly and efficient  throughout our stay.

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Visiting London Guide Rating – Highly Recommended 

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