Premier Inn London Southwark - Borough Market
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I specifically wanted a hotel near Borought Market and a Tube station and this fit the bill perfectly. Just south of the Thames in a neighborhood of Bankside, this area was surprisingly quiet. The room had a kin size bed which I thought was unheard of in the UK/Europe. Staff was extremely nice and helpful and the room rate was reasonable. I would recommend highly.
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Excellent hotel & location
We booked this hotel after reading reviews on this site, and after having the Southwark area recommended by a friend. We had originally booked another hotel in the area, but it was going to work out at nearly twice the price for our family (2 adults, plus 2 kids aged 7 & 12).
We flew into Gatwick Airport and took train direct to London Bridge Station - only one stop along the way and much cheaper than Gatwick Express (£40 return for whole family while express was £24 each one way) - took about 50 minutes.
Hotel was a 5 minute walk from station. Situated in a lovely area, close to the Borough Market (lovely fresh fruit, cheeses etc here every day) and opposite the Viniopolis. Attached to the Anchor Pub, with loads of attractions within easy walking distance (10 to 15 minutes) - Golden Hind, Tate Modern, Shakespeares Globe. We walked to London Eye, Houses of Parliament, HMS Belfast, Tower Bridge & Tower of London easily from hotel. Bit difficult to find first time - make sure you have a good map, but fine after that. We felt safe in the area, even late at night.
Although we arrived early, the receptionist was very helpful and we were in our room within 10 minutes. Room and bathroom was so clean (one of the cleanest I have stayed in). Large double bed and 2 low single beds for kids - bit of a squeeze, but more than adequate for what we needed and the price. Plenty of luggage space, tea & coffee facilities, TV & phone. Overlooked quiet residential street so no external noise at night which was great. Air conditioning in room was great as it was very warm, but this was a bit noisy when trying to sleep at night.
We didn't pre-pay for breakfast but ended up taking it every morning. Kids ate free with us, so we only paid £14 for full breakfast each morning for the 4 of us. Cooked breakfast was good, and plenty of choice in buffet to keep everyone happy. Staff were very helpful in warming milk and croissants for the kids. We ate in the pub one evening - carvery at £8 for adults and £4 for kids - kids loved it, as much food as you wanted. I thought the food at the carvery was OK, good value, but not brilliant - probably didn't help that it was quite late (about 8.30pm and carvery is served until 9pm), so food had probably been cooked for a while.
Room was cleaned every day and beds made. There was refurbishment going on in the hotel when we were there. I had booked about 5 months in advance and only noticed this on the website the week before we went - when I phoned to check about it, they said it would not disturb us, and it didn't. Mostly painting and redecorating - could smell paint in corridors at times, but no inconvenience - painters started after breakfast and were always away when we returned in the evening.
Staff were very helpful with any request - extra pillows, directions to places etc.
After the tube attacks of 7th July most hotels in London would not let you leave your bags to be collected later. I phoned to check about this the week before we went, as we were not flying home to 8pm, and wanted to leave our bags on checkout and collect them later. We were told we could still do this, but when we got the hotel, they said the security level had been raised, and we couldn't now do it. The evening before we left however, we spoke to reception staff again and explained our situation, and they allowed us to leave our bags as long as we gave them contact mobile phone numbers and details of when we would collect them and where we were going.
I loved this hotel - clean, good sized room, great value, good breakfast, friendly and helpful staff, it was so central, 5 mins from London Bridge tube, right on the Thames - will definitely return.
First a huge thankyou to this webiste, without which I would never have found this great hotel or indeed planned our whole London trip.
The hotel is ideally located. Just 5 mins walk from London Bridge Tube station (though there were a few cobbles streets to walk on nearer the hotel.) It was located in a very quiet area, next door to The Anchor pub, which is right on the embankment and opposite the Vineapolis wine bar. You are within very easy walking distance of The Globe, Tate Gallery and not to mention the delicious Pizza Express. The London Eye was about a 15-20 min walk away along the side of the Thames.
Upon arriving at the hotel we were greeted with a polite and friendly face who dealt with our reservation with great efficiency. He asked if we would like to take advantage of the breakfast available, and that we could either pay up front there and then or, in fact turn up in the morning and pay after eating. (This wasn't explained in the brochure - it merely states if you want breakfast you have to pay when you arrive.) The first morning we ate out (McDonalds breakfast - childrens choice - not ours!) but after that for the next 2 mornings we had breakfast at the hotel. The restaurant is actually located on the top floor of the pub next door but there's a walkway from the hotel straight into the restaurant.
The breakfast was delicious. The cooked breakfast was hot, quality and there were ample cereals (kellogs), toast juices etc to try. Plenty of choice and our 2 teenage lads found something to eat each morning. Would definitely recommend.
Our room was a family room. for myself, my partner and our 2 teenage lads (13 & 15.) It was located on the ground floor just a short walk from reception (so no dealing with stairs or lifts.) The double bed was massive (i could roll over in bed and still not touch my partner!) There were 2 single beds placed low on the floor but the lads told me they were very comfortable. The room had an ensuite bathroom with a sink, toilet, bath with over bath powerful shower. Quality shower gel was provided (Lux) and Dove handwash by the sink was also provided. The bathroom and room was very clean. Tea and coffee facilities were provided, with a TV and telephone. There was also plenty of storage space for the 4 of us. (Could have done with just a few more coathangers but it wasn't essential.)
The bed was made every day. Clean towels were provided each day if you so wanted and the bins were emptied daily. We ordered a paper for each morning and unlike other hotels we've stayed in, the papers were actually delivered each day without fail.
I would highly recommend this hotel. There is secure parking for those that want to drive to the hotel. (The gates are locked at night so no-one can enter the premises without first buzzing the intercom system.)
A great family room, great location and will definitely return there when next in London.
Good location, good size rooms, excellent value
We liked this hotel a lot. Competitively priced family rooms. Good service. Nice location. Friendly and helpful staff. Would stay here again, or perhaps try to get a room at Premier Travel Inn County Hall.
Not so good: expensive wi-fi.
Additional advice regarding rooms available: I contacted this hotel, looking for a room for 3 adults and learned that the rooms are Twin size only. They cannot handle 3 adults (or adult sized teens). Family rooms can only accommodate children under 17.
Excellent location esp. for tourists
We (family with 2 kids) stayed at the Premier Travel Inn, Southwark this June'05. Excellent location .. near London bridge, Tate Modern, Shakespeare globe Theatre etc. Trafalgar square is not too far. The rooms though not very large ( that would be expecting much in london central) were modern and comfortable.
If planning to take the Eurostar , the hotel is close to Waterloo International.
We found the hotel - value for money. Lot of eating joints nearby, while this hotel is attached to the Anchor bar.
Breakfast didn't offer the choice that an English breakfast is known for.
Fabulous family Hotel at London Eye
We stayed in a family room for one night as we had a stopover in London on our return to singapore. We wanted somewhere cheap but clean and comfortable. We were so pleased with this hotel. we had been in europe for 2 weeks and this hotel was the largest room we had. It was very clean and the staff were excellent. I would recommend it in a heartbeat!
Great Value and Even Better Location!
The Premier Lodge was great!
It's located within a 5 minute walk of the London Bridge tube station and train station. London Dungeon is also a five minute walk. Across the street is Vinopolis - a cool place to have dinner or sit at the bar, and they offer a wine tour and tasting. Just past Vinopolis is "The Clink," the site of the famous prison by the same name - a museum and tour. A five minute walk in the other direction and you're at The Globe Theatre, Tate Museum, and a stop for the double decker bus tour. And all of this is directly on the Thames. It was so nice to walk out of the hotel and be right at the water.
The hotel was modern and clean with a friendly and helpful staff, and the attached Pub was surprisingly nice and had great food, (we didn't have breakfast there, just a late dinner), and in the summer they have outdoor seating with a great view.
The neighborhood was quiet and we felt safe walking home at night. The area was so perfect for just bobbing around and exploring a VERY cool part of London.
I would definitely reccomend the Premier Lodge Southwark.
Fantastic location, excellent value
Spent a night here over the Christmas period. The location is fantastic, right next to the river Thames with lots to see and do within walking distance. Rooms are first class, we even had a view of the river from ours (just!).
Look out for the special promotions, we took advantage of a special half price offer. £40.00 for a night in central London? Wake me up I must be dreaming!! We even managed to park the car right outside in an unmetered/unrestricted parking space.
The Anchor pub next door does lots of food from simple sandwiches to a full meal, the restaurant upstairs has a nice terrace overlooking the river. It was too cold for us to take advantage of but would be lovely in the summer.
A tube train station is a five minute walk away giving easy access to the rest of Londons attractions. I can't recommend this place highly enough.
Awesome location & great value!
My sister & I stayed at the Premier Lodge Southwark from Sept. 1 - 5, 2004 and I would highly recommend this hotel to any traveler. Its location on the South Bank of the Thames offers a number of excellent attractions nearby and provides a great spot in London for sightseeing. The rooms were modern, clean and comfortable. Despite a nasty exchange rate, the hotel was well-priced and offered a very good value for the money. Highly recommend.
Good Base for visiting London
We stayed at Premier Lodge, Southwark for 6 nights in April 2004. The hotel is modern, clean and comfortable, and the attached pub is fun for a beer. Although we didn't use the pub as a restaurant it looked like the food would be pretty good. The hotel services are fairly basic but it was perfect as a base from which to explore London. It is located on the south side of the Thames and there is a walkway that passes right beside the hotel and stretches along the south side of the river. You can take a walk to the east where there is an open air market (mostly on weekends) and an excellent cheese shop. To the west is the Shakespeare Globe (2 min walk), the Tate Modern/millennium bridge (5 min walk) and the London Eye (20 min walk). The London Bridge Tube station is a 5 min walk, although I wouldn't recommend trying to get to the hotel from the Tube the first time. In fact even the cab drivers had a hard time finding the hotel as it is new, try telling them you want to go to the Vinopolous (Wine museum) which is right across the street. I booked on-line at the Premier web site, which seemed to work pretty good.
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