This hotel is just a few steps away from the river and sits between London and Southwark Bridges. Tate Modern, the Globe Theatre, Borough Market and Southwark Cathedral are all very close and you can easily get to other parts of the city from here. Families with young children will enjoy the car-free walks along the south bank.
This purpose-built red-brick hotel has three floors and the rooms are all of a similar size and style. None of them has a view worth asking for - I prefer the second or third levels as they seem quieter. You get a standard bathroom with a combined bath/shower, a large work desk and a good, comfortable bed with a duvet. The towels are somewhat coarse and the lighting could be brighter.
How do you feel about purple? The designers of Premier Inn are clearly obsessed with it - just look at the carpets, the furniture, the signage... Cream coloured walls are another signature hue. This is one of the chain's smaller properties - the reception area includes a desk with two PCs for guests to use (charges apply) and a vending machine.
Eating and drinking
The hotel sits beside The Anchor, an old school pub and restaurant that dates from 1615. It serves real ales and classic fare including beer-battered fish and chips, steak and ale pie, and apple crumble. Guests can walk through to it directly from the hotel and an inexpensive, bog standard buffet breakfast is served here in the mornings. Alternatively, walk east and you'll find there are many far more appealing places to snack and dine around Borough Market.
Good if minimal - the reception is manned round the clock and the staff are full of suggestions of what to see and do in the area.
Who stays there
A fair number of business travellers during the week, leisure guests and families at weekends and in school holidays.
Rates include VAT but not breakfast (Continental £5.25, Premier breakfast £7.75). Up to two children under 16 can eat breakfast for free if accompanied by adults paying for a full breakfast. WiFi is available at an extra charge. Being a small hotel you'll get the best chance of getting a room, and at a good price, by booking well in advance.
- High-Speed Internet
- Business travellers
- Culture vultures
- Families with younger children
- Mature travellers
- No fuss
Pros & Cons
- Well-placed for sightseeing
- Reasonably priced
- Chain hotel decor
- Lacks atmosphere