Novotel London City South

4 out of 5 stars4 Stars

53-61 Southwark Bridge Road, London, SE1 9HH, United Kingdom

3 Reviews

Novotel London City South
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Very Good

Value Score Poor Value

Costs 23% more than similarly rated 4 star hotels

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Good For Families
  • Families84
  • Couples76
  • Solo71
  • Business59
  • Nice hotel


    We stayed for 8 days in May with 2 kids- we only had to book one room with a sofabed, happy with the price. Room a bit small, however there were good appliances, TV, minibar, clothing iron etc. Location was lovely, 4 minutes to tube station, Globe, Tate Modern, 10 minutes to other side of Thames, St Pauls, Monument. A brisk 20 minutes walk to Trafalgar Square and surrounds.

    Didn't try the breakfast or room service so can't comment, however the Southwark (Suth-ick) area has a lot of restaurants, plus the Borough Market. Also many fine restaurants on South bank.

    Directions: Southwark, 4 minutes to London Bridge tube station

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    4 star quality on the South Bank


    I stayed her for two nights in early November 2009. This is a 4 star hotel in a very good location - London Bridge tube (take the Borough High Street exit) is a four minute walk away from the back door of the hotel and walking back even at midnight the area felt quite safe. The RV1 bus to Covent Garden stops just around the corner on Southwark Street and it is only a short walk over Southwark Bridge in to the City.
    It is everything you would expect from a hotel of this quality - the rooms are well appointed with a comfortable bed and there is flat screen TV with movie and internet connection (extra charge) but everything you should need including an iron and ironing board.
    The bathroom (separate WC) was a good size and had modern good quality fittings.
    The restaurant is expensive and there is room service but I did not eat here other than breakfast. The breakfast is an all you can eat buffet.

    Directions: On Southwark Bridge Road on the left hand side just before the junction with Southwark Street.

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    Expensive, but hei, that's how all London is


    Being on business in Southwark, I choosed this one. Rooms aver very modern and clean. Though newly designed, you may find bathrooms somehow odd, with little ventilation on toilets. Besides, most cleaning ladies were Romanians, working under spanish or portughese passports.

    Unique Quality: Within walking distance from the City, st. Paul Cathedral, Globe Theatre and Tate Gallery.
    Easy to reach by subway from the airport

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Good rooms, skip the restaurant

by TripAdvisor Member Tvlweary1

One night stay in a triple room (queen bed plus sleeper sofa) for 109 GBP including breakfast. Room was quiet and clean and beds were comfortable. By London standards, not a bad price. City of London and south bank attractions are within easy walking distance. Nearest Underground station (Southwark) is 5-7 minute walk, and Waterloo Station was a 5 GBP cab ride distant. Were exhausted after an afternoon of exploring and tried dinner at the hotel restaurant. We should have heeded the warning sign of only a few people eating there. Food was overcooked, the steak was tasteless and everything was way overpriced (about $110 for a shoe leather steak, an overcooked seafood platter, a kids cheesburger plate and a bottle of wine). Service was okay, but for less money, you could have done better at any number of restaurants just around the south corner of the hotel. Hotel breakfast was okay, so consider staying there, but don't bother with lunch or dinner.

Great Hotel - Great Location

by A TripAdvisor Member

We recently spent three days at this great hotel. We were a party of four adults and two young children (aged one and three).Consisting of grandparents from England and family with young children from the USA. Everything we had asked for was provided including adjoining rooms, baby cot, high chair etc. We had a three night week-end break and considered this good value ( breakfast was included in the price of £99.00 per room per night and the children ate free - there was plenty of choice catering for all tastes. It is in a great location - just minutes from the River Thames - a short boat trip from the Tower of London and Tower Bridge. Also near an excellent market with interesting produce, museums and other riverside attractions. Hotel was very clean and the staff extremely friendly and helpful. The small children's play area with lego etc. is great to keep the children amused whilst the adults finish their breakfast. We were able to pre-book our tickets for the Tower of London at the Hotel - a bonus as it saved time when we arrived at The Tower.The area is safe and the security in the hotel is excellent. To sum up I would thoroughly recommend this hotel and would certainly stay here again on a future visit to London.

Novotel South Bank is great

by TripAdvisor Member 2E

Excellent hotel/location. Our family with 2 teens stayed in one spotless room 4 nights in August and were quite happy. First, it's around the corner from the 250-year-old open Borough market that's perhaps Europe's finest organic market. (Fri-Sat). Great. To boot, Monmouth Coffee there serves espressos for 80p - unheard of! Second, it's a short walk to The Globe Theatre, the Tate Modern, and other cool river-side haunts. This made it a quick walk home at 3am after a midnight performance! Third, a short walk to London Bridge station (very good connections), and only 1/2 hour walk to many other spots (e.g., covent gardens, british museum, etc.). South bank is london's up and coming cultural area, so it's a great play unless you want to walk through a park early in the a.m. or stay near Queen Elizabeth's tomb.

The hotel itself is spotless and has 'just so' features - everything works/fits - after all, it's Swiss, though you wouldn't know it is (or that you're in britain) from the friendly front desk folks. Net access is pricy in room, but cheap per minute in lobby. breakfast is outrageously expensive there, but lots of street options near london bridge.

Great service from the duty manager

by TripAdvisor Member Poliwhirl

Great hotel, well situated near the South Bank and convenient for the Globe Theatre, Tate Modern, Clink Prison Museum, London Dungeon, Boat Trips, the South Bank Centre etc. Very clean and well maintained. Good breakfast (great sausages!).

Great Hotel !!! Recommended

by TripAdvisor Member SilverWorker

My boyfriend and I only stayed at this hotel for 1 night, and we didn't even arrive until 9.30 pm !!! Staff were very friendly, room was perfect, only a 'standard' room but one of the best 'standard rooms' I've ever seen! Then after a quick shower and quick bite to eat in bar (coupled with a couple of bears!) - they were still serving food at 10.30 !!! - we then went out and came back at 3.30am and all was fine, the guy on reception was friendly. One of the other best things about this hotel is the late check out time, we were obviously knackered after staying out late, so woke up late, had late breakfast and left hotel at mid-day ! Would definately recommend it. !

Second stay and again very good experience

by TripAdvisor Member Bobby1802

This was my second stay in the Novotel Southwark, again everything was fine, rooms were clean and spacious, staff is dedicated to their customers, the City is in walking distance and the infrastructure is fine, I find this hotel good for pleasure and business and it is not spoiled like many tourist hotel in London.

Nice Hotel!

by TripAdvisor Member StrawberriesandCream

Stayed here with my husband on a weekend break to London. We got a good rate (i think we paid £130 p/n) which we thought was very good value for London and were very pleased with the Hotel.

The Rooms were modern, clean and spacious. We had a double queen sized bed and sofa in the main living area and the bathroom was very modern and clean with separate shower and bath.

The hotel is located near to Waterloo tube station and was also a 3-5 minute walk to the Thames which is lined with Bars and Restaurants. At night it was a lovely stroll back to the Hotel along the river as the city was lit up.

The Hotel is also in walking distance of St Pauls Cathedral and the Tate Gallery.

London is such a vast city that nowhere is really central and you can guarantee that at some stage of your trip you will need to use the tube/other transport to see the whole city. We found this hotel to be a good base and were impressed with it. We go to London regulaly for short breaks and would return to this hotel again.

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Acco.madations in London

by mlaskin100

I will be in London in Late October for 1 week. I've never been so hope to see as much as I can. Any suggetions for a reasonably priced hotel that's well located? We'd like to be near transportation (buses preferably) and the theatre.

All help will be appreciated.

Re: Acco.madations in London

by qrpw

When I went to London I stayed at the Novotel London South- my experience was very good. Quite centrally located, in a good area (South Bank), 5 minutes to London Bridge Tube Station or Borough, few minutes walk to Tate, St. Pauls, Globe Theatre. I assume you mean the West End theatre district, but that's an easy 20 minute ride from the hotel.

And it was quite cheap (compared to other hotels) too, although we booked very early.

It would be much better to take the Tube around- a train every few minutes. London buses are good but the streets are small and there may be traffic jams.

Re: Acco.madations in London

by lkandrjh

We have stayed a few times at the Chorus Hotel on Hyde Park Corner. There are other similarly priced hotels round that area. It was always fine.

Re: Acco.madations in London

by eastrunner



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Re: Acco.madations in London

by KakapoTheParrot

I know they tend to be a bit soulless, but Premier TravelInn has a lot of advantages: you know pretty well what you are getting, their web sites are easy to use, on a good day you can get cheap rates, if you're hungry there is usually food of sorts available. I've stayed in them for several days when away with business and they get a bit dull after 3 or 4 days, but they are OK especially if you can find local places to eat.

Re: Acco.madations in London

by goodfish

I'll just agree with taking the tube over buses. As mentioned, inner city congestion can be a problem for above-ground traffic and we found the tube very quick and efficient for getting around. It's also a great city to walk, whenever possible.


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 Novotel London City South

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Address: 53-61 Southwark Bridge Road, London, SE1 9HH, United Kingdom