Ibis Styles London Southwark Rose
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Before we left for the Hindu world of the sacred cow, I decided that what I wanted to eat most was a hamburger and the very best places to get them in London are at Byron. As this unilateral decision met with approval, we trotted off up into Islington and ordered our usual - cheeseburger with emmental cheese, a portion of French fries and their wonderful battered onion rings to share. We have found in the past that many of the servers there are out of work actors ...
... there: Princess Elizabeth, later Queen Elizabeth I, Sir Walter Raleigh, Sir Thomas More, William Penn, Samuel Pepys, Sir Robert Walpole. It just did not pay to upset the ruling monarch back in those days.
Tripadvisor says that you need 2-3 hours to tour the Tower. We got there around 9:45 and left about 3:30. The Bailey's like to check things in detail.
Tomorrow Joanne and I are off by train to Bruges and Melanie stays 3 more days with Colleen to see more of the city.
... the bridge past Big Ben and around to look at Westminster Abbey we jumped on a bus towards Oxford Street. Past Downing Street, the Horse Guards, Trafalgar Square and Piccadilly Circus, then past the famous Hamleys toy store, we then jumped off at Oxford Street and checked out some of the shops. Sale time which is great timing. Tash and Tif were wrapped with their purchases and I got a nice top from NEXT. ...
... adult ticket to enter. The stones are roped off these days, but you can still get pretty close. There were lots of people there and mostly foreign tourists like ourselves.
Some campervans had parked for free up a side road plus you could also get a good view from the traffic jam on the main road as there are road works going on. Otherwise some people just paid to park and then you could walk along the adjacent huge open paddock ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsIbis Styles London Southwark Rose
Overall this was a great place to stay. The room was clean and the staff very friendly and helpful. The location was great - an easy walk to the Thames, Globe Theater and Tower of London. I would definitely recommend this hotel.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Ibis Styles London Southwark Rose
I only stayed one night, but i was very happy with this great Hotel. The location is a bit away from the central area of London , but really close to London Bridge, Tower Bridge and across the Thames from The Tower of London. The staff were very friendly and check-in was a dream, we checked in for six rooms in less than ten minutes.
Smart central budget hotel
Only stayed here one night for a christmas function but found the Rose to have refreshingly modern decor, room was very clean and comfortable not jaded or tired like so many rooms Ive stayed in. The power wasn't switched on to the kitchen in the suite but staff fixed it within about 15 minutes. The door keys do seem a bit erratic but persevere with them and put them in and out the lock slooowly!
All in all a pretty decent hotel, nice sized rooms for central London and at a good price. Very close to tube and Borough Market, plenty of parking. Can't comment on the food as I didn't use the restaurant but the bar closed earlier than stated though we were there pretty late! Desk staff were helpful but don't expect 4* service - you get what you pay for, this is a budget hotel but good for all that.
This is a cool hotel in an excellent location. We got a good deal by using one of the internet-based discount hotel companies. The room was small but perfectly formed - the blackout blind was a nice touch and the bed was one of the most comfortable I've slept in. We expected there to be quite a bit of noise at night as we were situated on the side of the hotel nearest the road but it wasn't a problem at all.
The location was really good. I didn't know much about Southwark but the hotel was just a 5 minute walk from London Bridge tube station and a 2 minute walk to the Thames. It was a nice 5 minute stroll along the banks of the river to the Tate Modern and there were plenty of bars, cafes and restaurants nearby.
We would stay here again.
I was expecting a business hotel with nice amenities and after a week of staying there I wish I had booked next door. The main problem is that the phones did not work causing my colleagues and I many problems, and the front desk never admitted to a problem. The service was below average, I was given many keys that did not work, dinner specials were not available, and general hospitality was not received. It was definitely below my expectations and I was constantly upset with the hotel.
Excellent Place to Stay
We stayed here for one night in February. Compared to other hotels the Southwark Rose is excellent value for money. The price is cheaper but the standards are higher. The room and bathroom were spotless. The funky design of the hotel gives it a great atmosphere but its not at all pretentious.
The location is great and I would definately recommend this hotel to friends.
I visited this hotel with my boyfriend in August 2004 for 3 nights after finiding a great deal on the Internet. What a find it was! A five minute walk from the tube station and only an extra 5 mins walk to London Bridge and London Dungeon-simply ideal! If you're prepared to walk a bit further you can stroll by the Thames alongside HMS Belfast and the stunning Tower Bridge (took us about 30 mins but sights along the way are amazing on an evening!)
The hotel itself is tucked away in a quiet street. Tastefully decorated with modern furnishings, it is welcoming to all. The room was small but adequate. However the decor made up for the size! Clean white cotton sheets and tranquil wall lighting (even behind the headboard-gorgeous!) made the room a pleasant place to relax after a hard day shopping! The bathroom was small but gorgeous with a LARGE fully-tiled shower. The towels were changed every day. The room also came with a blackout blind to ensure a good nights kip! Also, the room looked out onto another building but this still doesn't spoil its character!
We visited the hotel restaurant for both breakfast and evening meal. The slightly pricey breakfast menu is packed with choice, and a few more mains on the evening menu would have been better. However the setting was great, the staff were polite and the food was well prepared.
On a whole this was a fab hotel, close to a few of many attractions and having the tube so close by made it easy to get into the delights of London!!!!
Stayed at this hotel, service was friendly and helpful, reception staff most helpful, lovley styled hotel with excellent decor, good vibrant area which is a hidden gem of London, I would love to use this hotel when family stay in London, I would recommend this hotel to anyone to use.
Great place despite poor service
Very stylish for a budget hotel. Very clean and new, and quad rooms were spacious with nice bathroom and partial kitchen facilities. Tube isn't right around the corner, but still very convenient at about a 10 minute walk and with your choice of a couple different stations and lines. The neighborhood isn't much talked about in guidebooks, but was actually pretty cool, especially the nice walk by Vinopolis and Southwark Cathedral to London Bridge tube stop. My only complaint would be lackluster service from the staff. The internet computer was broken for our entire stay, and apparently had been for some weeks previous. No one was anxious to deal with the problem. When I called the front desk to ask for information I had planned to look up online (museum hours, e.g.), they couldn't tell me and couldn't be bothered to look it up for me, or even look up the number I would have to call (no phone book in the room). I didn't expect concierge service, but a little willingness to help would have been nice. I did a lot of research, and would be surprised if one could find something better at this price, for a quad at least.
Great little find - a superb bargain
I booked this hotel as I was attending an event nearby, and there seem to be very few hotels in this part of London. For the bargain price of £69, we got a small but beautifully decorated room, spotless and well stocked bathroom, plus all the amenities you'd expect of a budget hotel. The hotel itself is clean, bright and modern, and has a bar/restaurant with ridiculously cheap prices. I'm not sure if breakfast was included, as we didn't bother to hunt it out.
My only criticism is of the reception area. The staff themselves are lovely and friendly, but by the time I'd checked out, there were 5 pieces of A4 paper and 3 receipts on the desk. They could do with tightening this up.
If you're looking for a place in South London, and don't care for all the whistles and bells of a 5-star establishment, you'll be delighted with this place. Highly recommended.
Modern bargain in london
Needed a suite in London and found a bargain in The Southwark Rose. Conveniently located near the London Bridge Station (tube, buses to all of London), the Tate Modern and the (fabulous) Borough Market, it's modern, clean and quiet, if a bit austere, with coffee/tea making facilities (and complimentary tea/coffee), a microwave and a refrigerator. Blackout curtains keep the very bright hotel rooms dark at night. Staff was obliging. I would definitely stay there again.