Hotel in Detail:South Place Hotel takes a small in history as the first truly purpose built hotel for 100 years in the square mile (aka City of London). At its time of opening in 2012 it was the only independently operated 5 star hotel in the area. The hotel is the creation of restaurateurs D&D London. With a design ethos of echoing the of London such as its buzz, multi ethnic makeup, collection of local neighbourhoods and its sense of humour. Described as an art hotel South Place has its own specially commissioned works of art, for example 'pop-art' prints by John Vincent Aranda, 'two-minute portraits' by Damien Florebert-Cuypers and artwork from Hoxton Art Gallery and 'Can-o-Vision” by AMD Interior Architecture.
South Place Hotel bedrooms are decorated and furnished in a modern style. Amenities include a 40″ Bang & Olufsen television with digital channels (including Sky Sports) and free on demand films, air-conditioning, safety deposit box, Ipod dock and ironing facilities. Each bedroom has an ultra-modern en suite bathroom (with free toiletries), a media hub, and a minibar, with room service available throughout the day.
Room types: Dominions, located on the top floor, have sloping Mansard ceilings and king beds
South Place rooms, with super-king beds (or two singles in the twin rooms);
Eldon rooms with VIP amenities;
Studios, which enjoy a more generous floor space, both in the open-plan bedroom and in the bathroom;
Suite 610, which runs the length of Dominion Street and enjoys panoramic City Views.
All rooms at South Place Hotel have fully adjustable heating, cooling; marble bathrooms with James Heeley 'St Clements' amenities; Josephine Home percale cotton bedlinen; Eero Saarinen desk chairs; and individually selected artworks by London-based contemporary artists. Particular attention has been paid to the lighting, which gives the effect of the bed floating above the pure wool carpet. The mood lighting is controlled by touch panel and is fully adjustable, with presets for bathing, reading and packing. The generous work desk includes a recessed media hub with multinational sockets as well as AV and IT connections. A built-in dark oak wardrobe
Angler Rooftop Terrace and Restaurant: Seafood restaurant that occupies the top floor. Features floor to-ceiling windows and specially commissioned mirrored ceiling by Grace & Webb.
Open noon till 14.30 (weekdays), 18.00 till 22.00 (Monday thru Saturday). Note that the restaurant closes during the festive season.
The outside terrace dining area is surrounded by lavender, herbs and a pair of imposing olive trees, and furnished with 'Crinoline' furniture. Faces west meaning it enjoys evening sunshine. The terrace is only open if the weather allows.
Open: noon till 22.00 (Weekdays, from 17.00 on Saturday).
South Place Bar & Grill: Serves breakfast, lunch and dinner along with an extensive wine list. DJ most nights.
Open from early morning till late into the evening.
Le Chiffre is the in-house private members club. Internet is accessible from here and a selection of books, magazines, classic records and a record player and cards are on offer.
The South Place hotel has a well equipped gymnasium. Facilities include TechnoGym free weights, cardiovascular and resistance machines. There is also a spa with treatment rooms, steam rooms and saunas.
Guests can take advantage of the free wireless internet access. An unusual feature for a high end London hotel is the dedicated games room with in-house entertainment.
24 hour front desk. Hotel has a lift and luggage storage facilities. Other services include dry cleaning, laundry and currency exchange.
Hotel Vicinity:Nearest: Tube Station: Moorgate 0.1 1 miles (0.2 km), Railway Station: London Liverpool Street 0.2 miles (0.3 km), DLR Station: Tower Gateway 0.8 miles (1.3 km), Motorway: M1 Junction 1 7.1 miles (11.4 km). 5 tube (underground0 stations and 3 major national rail stations all within just half a mile of the hotel (0.8 km). Sitting firmly in the heart of the City of London is the luxury South Place Hotel. Perfect for executives needing quick access to the main business district of London and while maintaining a luxurious standard of accommodation. Dont confuse the City of London with central London; they are two different locations around 1.5 miles apart. This is very much the business district although a lot of business also takes place in the Docklands/Canary Wharf area some 3 miles to the east. The area has much to offer with plenty of shops, clubs and amenities but the nature of the district means its much quieter on weekends when many workers leave London for the suburbs. Without a doubt Friday night is the best night for night life as office workers end their week. One of the major attractions in London is only 0.2 miles away and that is the Barbican arts centre where there is always some event taking place. The Exchange Shopping centre is only 0.4 miles to the south and its only slightly further to the shops and cafes of One New Change. Just a 250 yard walk from the South Place hotel is Exchange Square which is a bustling piazza with its English lawn. Events are regularly held here.
Of course one of the big pluses to this location is being just a quarter of a mile from one of the big 5 stations in London, Liverpool Street Station. With connections all over London (though Moorgate tube is even closer for local links) the station hosts the Stansted Express service direct to Stansted Airport. You also have connections to the Eurostar service which will take you direct to Paris in France.
Bedroom Numbers: 80
Check-in: 14.00 (2 pm)
Check-out: 12.00 (noon)
Parking:Private parking is available in close proximity to the hotel and charges apply.
Internet:WiFi is available in public areas and is free of charge.
Compared to other London hotels: This hotel has been rated 97% by past guests. The London average is 80% and the average for 5 star hotels is 89%. Therefore this hotel is above average for its sector (star rating) and for London as a whole.
Milesfaster ranking: 80th from 866 London hotels, and 43rd of 131 five star rated hotels.
Another to Consider: A similar hotel nearby (0.3 miles, 0.4 km) would be the 5 star London City Suites, where rates start from £114 and which has an 88% guest satisfaction rating.For a hotel that offers lower base rates take a look at the Holiday Inn Whitechapel. 1.3 miles from the South Place Hotel (2.1 km), has been rated at 86% by past guests and the hotels starting rates begin at about £84 (theres free WiFi too).
Can we suggest something with a higher guest score? We suggest the 5 Star 41 Hotel seems like a possible option being 2.8 miles (4.6 km) from the South Place Hotel. The 41 Hotel has a perfect unblemished customer rating 100%, a truly stunning achievement.
Local hotels analysed:The fifty closest hotels from here (3 South Place, EC2 postcode) that we have data for cover a 0.8 miles (1.3 km) radius. The numbers by star rating are 18 five star hotels (average rating 89%), 19 four star hotels (average rating 87%), 12 three star hotels (average rating 82%) and 1 two star hotel (rated 80%). Coming out as the top rated hotel is Cheval Three Quays Tower of London (5 star) at 99%.
Base Rates: See how the area stacks up for low rates using base rates. We use published base rates but note these do not reflect special offers or short term discounts so remain a rough guide. Looking at all hotels in the area the average base rate is £124 per night. They range from a low of £49 at Travelodge Central Bank (2 Star, 80%) up to £450 at Four Seasons Hotel Trinity Square (5 Star, 91%). Rates break down to the following for each star rating: Five Star average: £166, Four Star average: £117, Three Star average: £76 and Two Star average: £49.
Using our in-house algorithm we rank hotels based on guest ratings and weighted for related factors. We have a ranking for South Place Hotel 6th (joint) of 50 and 4th (joint) for the 18 five star hotels in the area. Our base rate rank for the hotel is 47th of 50 (15th of 18 five star hotels.). We use the base rate ranking and review ranking for the hotel to get an overall ranking of 18th of 44 for sheer value for money (Batty Langley's was top).
Operated by D&D London.
Sold by owners Frogmore for £67 million pounds to Hong Kong investor Tian An China in April 2017.
Designed by Allies and Morrison, with interiors by Conran + Partners.
In keeping with the times the hotel has an environmentally friendly policy. The construction took advantage of sustainable construction techniques such as Combined Heating Power to generate its own power which is used to heat the water. CO2 emissions have been minimised and sensors are used to cut power to empty rooms.