Bermondsey Square Hotel
Bermondsey Square, Tower Bridge Road, London, United Kingdom, SE1 3UN
- Recommended for:
- Business travellers, Culture vultures, Families with teenagers, Singles, Shopping
Expert review of Bermondsey Square Hotel
Set on a new square at the southern end of an up-and-coming street, Bermondsey Square tries a bit hard to distinguish itself from the pack with its deliberately tacky, late ’60s Swinging London theming. It’s still an enjoyable take on the business hotel with fair prices and well-designed, well-equipped rooms.
The end of Bermondsey Street near London Bridge Underground/rail is a bit scruffy, but once you’re through the railway bridge you’re suddenly in a land of cool boutiques and arty happenings. Zandra Rhodes’ Fashion & Textile Museum is here, and the new square the hotel is on has restaurants and the art-house Shortwave Cinema. There’s a lovely churchyard park, too, with gorgeous pink blossom in springtime. It takes about 15 minutes to walk to the hotel from London Bridge, a bit less from Borough station.
The rooms have slightly awkward wet rooms with drench showers, but otherwise the design is good: standard doubles are neatly arranged on a slant to maximise the space available for work desk and bed, and Apple TVs have been installed that work with your laptop or iPod. If you’ve got a bit more to spend, the four Loft Suites on the 7th floor are spacious, with floor-to-ceiling windows, terrace space and views south over urban London; the prize Lucy Suite has an outdoor eight-person jacuzzi with cracking views north to the London Eye. If there’s an event in the function room on the first floor, lower-level rooms can be noisy.
Reception has a hanging, clear perspex bubble chair and colourful papier-mâché dog mascot Alfie, and I like the blue skies and fluffy clouds that brighten up the lift area.
Reception opens on the left into Alfie’s bar-restaurant, where Brit comfort food (ham and eggs, bubble ’n’ squeak) and cocktails are served. The hand-knitted tea cosies are a nice touch, having a ‘mustard sommelier’ is perhaps a joke too far. In the area, there are lots of other options: foodie favourite Borough Market is only a walk away, near London Bridge station, and has a cluster of good pubs and restaurants around it.
The hotel has no fitness facilities of its own, but does have a deal with a local gym.
Cheerful, enthusiastic and wearing rather natty geometric-patterned mod uniforms.
Mostly business guests during the week, but a good mix at weekends - generally at the younger end of the scale.
Rates include VAT but not breakfast.
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- Bermondsey Square, Tower Bridge Road, London, United Kingdom, SE1 3UN
- High-Speed Internet, Restaurant, Room Service, Swimming Pool