IBIS London Blackfriars – 49 Blackfriars Road LONDON SE1 8NZ United Kingdom…is a budget, 3 star rated hotel, for business and leisure. Newly built (2012), this hotel is regarded as a flagship UK hotel, intended on repositioning this well known economy brand for the future. This hotel is centrally located in London and is near to the underground stations of Southwark and Blackfriars.
Location: is paramount, and being situated in the newly regenerated Blackfriars where there are many City of London attractions within walking distance or by a short tube ride including the London Eye, Tate Modern, St Paul’s Cathedral, The Shard, London Bridge 10/10
Hotel Condition: In excellent condition. The contemporary design reflects throughout this hotel. Has an open plan ground floor, which incorporates the reception area, bar/deli and restaurant. Lifts to the right serves 13 floors 10/10
Details of room, Cleanliness and Condition: Very good. Our standard twin room on the 13th floor was compact. Space utilised well. A semi-circular, pod style unit houses the shower, toilet and basin. Decor and furnishings, beds and bedding, towels all clean; floors dust free. Beds: firm and comfortable. Noise level (floor 13) is minimal 9/10
Restaurant Service: Buffet style Breakfast food and drink caters for all tastes. Serving table incorporates warmers, chillers and a toaster. This area frantic and in full swing around 8.30am, despite this, there was enough space to enjoy the meal at leisure and staff on hand to help and replenish items. Quality of food – Good 8/10
Reception staff: we witnessed a moderately busy reception desk on arrival and on leaving. Employees demonstrated a professional, formal style approach to their duties. Our queries on arrival were answered clearly and concisely and genuine well wishing received on our leaving 9/10
This review is the result of a one off collaboration between us and the people who handle the PR for Ibis hotels, so our trip was a mix of business and leisure as we had been visiting the Excel Exhibition Centre on the day of our stay. Therefore we, with our tired bones, were so pleased to see that the red IBIS sign was immediately within view from the pavement outside the underground station at Southwark. The modern interior space of the reception area is extremely impressive and really strikes you when you enter. The arrangement of seating, allows time for the catching of breath and to locate paperwork. We liked the shiny ceiling lights hanging down! Our room, on the top floor, had dual aspect windows with the London Eye in view. Note: we are unable to confirm, in this review, due to the positioning of other buildings outside, whether all floors have this view. We were able to straightforwardly walk from the hotel up to the South Bank of the Thames, and look across river at the Houses of Parliament from standing under the London Eye. The following morning we took a further walk from the hotel before checking out, up to London Bridge, and viewed the sights beholden to this quarter of the capital; including The Shard building. This value hotel is, in all respects, extremely competitive. Fantastic location. Cheers!