Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Quick Hotel Review - Hilton London Bankside, Great Suffolk St, London

I'm currently sitting in Heathrow Airport's huge Terminal 5 waiting on a flight back to Glasgow after a work event in the capital. Myself and Nicola come to London quite often and usually stay in hotels in and around Fitzrovia but as my work event was south of the river, my employer had booked me a room at Hilton London Bankside. In fairness, it was a bit of a whistle stop but I thought I'd write up a quick review of my B&B experience.
Despite being away from the main tourist areas, the hotel is just a ten minute walk from Southwark and London Bridge tube stations so getting to and from most places is actually very easy. Boasting an indoor pool, a restaurant, a fitness centre and a cocktail bar, the Hilton London Bankside also has free WiFi access throughout. When I arrived yesterday afternoon, the hotel was brightly decorated with floral arrangements commemorating the recent tennis Grand Slam event down at SW19.
There are plenty of restaurants dotted around the south bank area but with OXBO Bankside restaurant literally on your doorstep, there's no need to go too far if you fancy a slap up meal. After dinner, The Distillery bar has a huge range of premium spirits, craft beers and wine by the glass to keep most drinkers happy.
I didn't see much of my room last night as I was either sitting in a conference room during the day or eating and drinking at the afterparty but I can't complain about the air conditioned room that I had to come back to.
The rooms at Hilton London Bankside are decorated in a fairly modern and maybe slightly masculine fashion. For those who want to use the room a home office, there was a decent size writing desk with plenty of plugs and even a couple of ethernet sockets too. A huge kingsize bed dominated the floor space while a sofa cum chaise longue gives you somewhere to relax and watch the 32" flatscreen TV.
The bathroom is very much to my styling and it actually looked like the same ceramic wall tiles that I have at home. The monsoon style shower delivered a welcome blast of power this morning to help wash off the cobwebs of last night's festivities.
Despite the fact that there was an event downstairs with almost 700 people celebrating, three floors up you would never know and I managed to enjoy a peaceful (if not slightly drunken sleep).
With a midday flight to catch back to Glasgow, it was an early rise for breakfast but I'm glad that I made the effort. I've stayed in a few hotels recently and often feel that breakfast is a meal that hotels do because they have to, not because they want to. That didn't seem the case at Hilton London Bankside with an endless supply of meats, cheeses, breads, cereals, yogurts, juices, pastries and not forgetting the good old English breakfast items with eggs cooked to order, I managed to suitably feed my hangover before checking out and making my way to Heathrow. Special mention must go to the wonderfully creamy Loseley yogurts which were some of the best that I've had in a long time.
I enjoyed my short stay at Hilton London Bankside and would happily recommend to anyone looking for a good quality hotel with handy transport links and only a short walk from Borough Market, The Tate Modern and St.Paul's Cathedral.
To find out more about Hilton London Bankside here.




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