ibis London Blackfriars
Hotel in London
Budget Business Hotel
Whilst the Hotel ibis London Blackfriars is by no means a plush hotel and the rooms, let’s be honest, are pretty small, it is in many ways the perfect hotel for businessmen and women looking for a modern, immaculately clean and hospitable hotel with easy access to Central London and The City.
Having got off the train at Waterloo East and managed to navigate my way out of Southwark Tube Station, I was pleasantly surprised just how close the hotel was, not even a minute’s walk. Check in was quick and painless by the delightfully friendly staff as I headed to the elevators (which can only be activated with your key card) moments later.
My City View Double Room was up on the 12th floor with views of The London Eye and City in the distance. Small is may be, but spotlessly clean it was with its wooden veneer flooring and rather interesting en-suite white bathroom unit which is almost pod-like. Whilst the room is farily basic, it is pretty well-equipped, most importantly with a comfortable double bed, although I would have preferred softer pillows, efficient air-conditioning unit, double glazed window, iron and ironing board, hairdryer, small desk area under the window, plenty of power points, kettle and coffee making facilities and complimentary Wi-Fi. The room also has a flat screen TV and media hub with HDMI, VGA and USB ports.
The bathroom is bright and functional with very good lighting and decent walk in shower. You get a set of towels and only get shower gel in a dispenser by the sink and in the shower, so you might like to bring your own toiletries. The only thing missing was a box of tissues, which in my opinion would be a useful addition.
The hotel does however offer what they call an “ibis Extra Comfort Package” which includes premium Wi-Fi (normally £3 for 24 hours), slippers, bottled water, digital newspaper and magazine access.
With the business traveller in mind, breakfast starts at 4:00am and is available to midday, which you can grab and take with you if you are on the go. If you are not in a rush and want to enjoy a fuller breakfast, then they do serve a hot and cold buffet breakfast from 6:30am to 11:00am and midday at the weekend. There is a selection of cereals, pastries, yoghurts and fruit salad. They also have a very good selection of complimentary newspapers you can read whilst enjoying your meal and two iMacs in the Web Corner for guests to use.
The bar and restaurant area is to the rear of the lobby and I found it to be cosy and inviting. You can feel quite comfortable as a single business traveller and I saw plenty of single businessmen and women working, eating or enjoying a quiet drink whilst browsing their e-mails or reading their iPad.
Opened in 2012, this is a modern hotel perfect for those of you looking for a bed for a night or two in a prime location at an affordable price. However, what really makes this hotel for me is the staff. From the welcoming team at the reception desk to the friendly restaurant and bar staff, they are the people who will put a smile on your face and persuade you to come back time and time again when you are in need of a clean, efficient business hotel close to the centre of London. I was pleasantly surprised and will most definitely stay here again.
Simon Burrell is Editor of Our Man On The Ground
Photographs courtesy of ibis Blackfriars
|Reviewer's Rating||★ ★ ★ ★ ★|
|Ambience||Quiet, Incredible Staff|
|Services||Business Center, Free High Speed Internet, Restaurant|
|Number of Rooms||297 rooms|
Double Room with double bed; Twin Room with two beds; Family Room with double bed + sofa bed; City View Room with double bed and 15 accessible rooms.
Modern, spotlessly clean and very friendly staff.
Prices start from £99 a night if you book on line and from £108 on the day providing they have availability. Breakfast is very good value at £8.95 for a hot and cold buffet selection. There is free Wi-Fi, but Premium High Speed access costs just £3 for 24 hours.
Last updated on 02-10-2015