I had never stayed at a citizenM hotel before, and if I am honest, I’d not really heard of them, but after scrolling through my trusty Booking.com for deals for my recent trip to London, I stumbled upon this quirky chain of hotels and instantly knew I had to book!
There are 3 citizenM hotels dotted around London and we went for the one right next to the Tower of London, as our plans for tourist activities were pretty much based in that area. The hotel is located directly above the Tower of London tube station and down the road from Fenchurch Street station, it is therefore super easy to get to and to use as a base to explore the rest of London. It is also next door to the Tower of London, Tower Bridge and Trinity Square Gardens (the location of numerous public executions).
Wow, this was the easiest check in I have ever had. You can do everything online beforehand, with the click of a few buttons, input your card details and boom, a QR code is sent to you, you scan this at one of the many desks, set up your room keys and away you go. So, so easy!
Small but mighty is the best way to describe the room at citizenM. You walk in and there is a sink and cabinet area with a mirror on one side, a small open wardrobe area and safe, a frosted glass bathroom with a large rain shower and toilet and then a small desk, another small table, 2 chairs and a huge bed with a large flat screen TV at one end.
Everything in the room is controlled by the in room ipad, from the blinds to the lights to the TV. There were various lighting settings from ‘business’ to ‘romantic’ and a colour wheel so you could choose the colour of your room, my favourite was purple!
The bed was huge and I had some of the best night’s sleep in it. It was right up against the window but with a comfy buffering at the sides, so you could also use it as a couch, and there was even a ‘buddy’ if you were staying on your own and needed something to cuddle.
The best bit though (for an extra £20) was the view from the room of the Tower of London. When I first walked into the room I got to watch a spectacular sunset over the Tower, it was pretty awesome.
The room was supplied with some shampoo (which made my hair super shiny) and shower gel and a rather powerful hairdryer, as well as the usual linens and towels. My only gripe was the lack of kettle as I always like to sleep with a hot water bottle! There was also a selection of classic novels, should you forget to bring your own book on your trip!
There was a huge common area when you first enter the hotel, full of sofas, tables, fireplaces and TVs. There was even a section of free to use iMac computers, as well as fully stocked bar and 24/7 restaurant offering a variety of food throughout the day and night. There was also a small coffee bar serving fabulous coffee and delicious baked goods to fuel you for a day of exploring London.
If you head up to the 7th floor there is another bar with great views over the tower and the rest of London. What more could you want?!
Overall I had a fabulous stay at citizenM and I will definitely stay in one of their hotels again. They have them dotted all over the place and make prefect bases for city breaks and I am a sucker for quirky designs!
Have you stayed at a ctizienM hotel? What did you think?
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