London’s Luxuries : Novotel London Bridge

If anyone knows how to glow up a hotel, it’s Novotel. Their dedication to refurbishments of hotels is about on par with our dedication to staying at them. [...]

If anyone knows how to glow up a hotel, it’s Novotel. Their dedication to refurbishments of hotels is about on par with our dedication to staying at them. The fresh faced Novotel London Bridge reveals all.

There’s a real trend of larger hotel chains honing in the surroundings of each particular property to make them feel more unique, but still on par with the standards you’d come to expect. In our book, if the honey at breakfast doesn’t come squeezed from the bees on the roof then to be honest we don’t really wanna know.

There are thirteen hotels in the wider London area including some airport locations. That may be unlucky for some, but definitely not for us. The Novotel London Bridge sits in the shadow of the city skyline. Put it this way, if this was the year 1066, you’d be overlooking some very royal neighbours in the tower next door.

Picky millennials like us have a word we like to use to justify when we want to have exactly everything we want… savvy. And savvy travellers are favouring the ‘chain vibes’ of big hotels less and less. Novotel have done away with all of that and now offer up a cool independent like vibe that we are completely here for. 

What hasn’t been lost is the efficiency of the whole operation – check-in is quick and painless, and desk staff speak several languages. Quality and standards have a huge part to play in Novotel’s ethos and it shows, which is a true testament to really good hotel, and makes you sleep that little bit better.

There’s a minimalist style running throughout the rooms, with flashes of personality here and there, like faux zebra rugs or starry night sky murals. A signature red cuts through the crisp white, adding to that overall luxe.

Downstairs, the traditional buffet of yoghurt and tinned peaches has been done away with, and in its place is a quirky café style kitchen and bar. So many of the time hotels slip up with their dining offering and take the corporate road, which is enjoyable to only those in suits who chunter over the morning FT, but here it’s definitely more flat-white and a lot less white-collar.

Prices start from £116 per room per night based on two people sharing. www.all.accor.com

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Laura Bartlett
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