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Crowne Plaza London—The City

At a Glance

    Pros

  • good prices available with advance booking
  • great location near the river and transport

    Cons

  • neighborhood is super-busy during the day and empty at night

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Crowne Plaza London—The City Review

Don't let the hotel's all-business appearance put you off—it's a polished operation, with stylish minimalist rooms, and just steps from the gleaming new Blackfriars tube and train station in one direction, and bustling Fleet Street in the other. The hotel occupies the shell of an old stationery warehouse, on the former site of Henry VIII's Bridewell Palace, and rooms, in cool shades of gray and cream, have soundproof windows to block out city noise. There are two restaurants: Refettorio serves high-quality rustic Italian cuisine, and the fabulously named Chinese Cricket Club specialises in modern Sichuan cooking. The Black Friar pub, directly opposite the hotel, is one of London's true hidden gems—check out its stunning art deco back room.

    Hotel Details

  • 203 rooms, 3 suites
  • Rate includes breakfast.
Updated: 02-28-2014

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    Top shelf service, convenient to transport

    The CP - The City is a bit tucked away and their target customer is the business traveler but it also works well for leisure tourists. It is easy get around central London, especially with the newly renovated Blackfriars station (Circle & District lines)literally on its doorstep and Embankment (Circle, District, Bakerloo & Northern lines) a brief stroll away. Across the bridge is the South bank attractions For those who don't mind walking the West End is no more than 15 minutes by foot. Walk across Blackfriars bridge to the South bank to get to the Tate Modern and further on to Southwark attractions. The immediate neighborhood is business oriented and thus rather quiet evenings and weekends. As is common with properties catering to business travelers rates tend to be higher during the week but weekends sometimes see some good offers. Whether weekday or weekend, the place is quite well put together. The decor uses understated but elegant colors and textures. Lovely lobby and lounge areas. We were upgraded to an executive room which was a nice size and furnished with very good bed and linens,and well equipped though the charge for WiFi is - as is so common in London hotels - not cheap. The club lounge is very well done. By far the best feature of all was the staff, who were gracious and helpful at every encounter. Concierge was especially pleasant and assisted with planning visits to local sights, including providing a chit for complimentary entrance to St. Paul's.

    by Seamus, 9/11/12

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