WHAT’S it like? A stylish twist on the budget brand right on the doorstep of some of the world’s most famous sights and attractions.
Rooms any good? A great base from which to explore the capital, the ibis Blackfriars has small but well-designed rooms with all the essentials, including decent, comfy beds, desk and built-in flatscreen TV.
If you fancy a change from the norm, check out the two special rooms based on its hotels in Sao Paulo and Mexico. We checked in to The Plaza, created by a Brazilian designer with an industrial vibe – think linear detailing, polished wooden floors and concrete wallpaper. Plus, the ironing board and adjustable thermostat came in very handy.
Eat here or grab a pizza? The in-house restaurant, Fogg’s, has a range of diner-style comfort food and a breakfast buffet that hits the spot. But with London’s culinary delights a stone’s throw away, why stay in?
Walk to Borough Market, one of London’s oldest food markets, and try Spanish tapas, Ethiopian curry or French pastries, to name a few.
For a cosier feel, head to Mercato Metropolitano for Italian artisanal street food and amazing cocktails. Then enjoy the party vibe at Omeara in Flat Iron Square. With live music and lots of tequila, it’s an unforgettable night out.
What else? No need to queue at reception, there’s mobile check-in which you can complete in the cafe-style lobby or at the stylish and well-stocked bar – also a great place to start or end the evening.
So you’d go back? Definitely, a luxury room with a budget price in central London. What’s not to like?
What’s the damage? Prices start at £145.35 for a double room with breakfast included. See accorhotels.com.