Hotel in Detail:First opened in October 2012 the Novotel London Blackfriars in housed on the site of a former office block. Adjacent to the Ibis Blackfriars (both Accor brands). The hotel is located on the corner of Blackfriars Road and Meymott Street. This four star hotel includes a gym, indoor heated swimming pool, steam room, sauna, twelve business suites, six meeting rooms (approximately 250 square metres of conference space), bar and restaurant.
This is an eco friendly hotel. Taps and showers are fitted with water flow regulators, toilets are water-efficient and use rainwater from the roof and guests are encouraged to reuse towels and sheets if they are staying longer than a night.
Novotel call their most modern bedrooms 'new-generation' bedrooms, which is the type guests will enjoy at this hotel. These contemporary style rooms feature a glass screen which becomes transparent or opaque at the touch of a button and which separates the room from the bathroom (where you will find a rain shower). 24 hour room service.
Standard amenities common to all rooms include:
safety Deposit Box, Air Conditioning, Iron, Desk, Ironing Facilities, Heating, Carpeted Floor, Soundproofing, Wardrobe/Closet, Hairdryer, Bathrobe, Free toiletries, Toilet, Bathroom, Slippers, Telephone, Radio, Laptop Safe Box, 32" Flat-screen TV, iPod Docking Station, Minibar, Electric Kettle, Coffee Machine, Wake Up Service
Guests benefit from extensive facilities which include an indoor swimming pool, a Well-being fitness centre with a Sauna, a shoe shine machine and a play area with computer games for children.
Onsite is the Elements restaurant and the Elements bar. The restaurant is open from 06.00 till 22.00.
Hotel Vicinity:Nearest: Tube Station: Southwark 0.1 miles (0.2 km), Railway Station: London Waterloo East 0.2 miles (0.3 km), DLR Station: Tower Gateway 1.4 miles (2.3 km), Motorway: M1 Junction 1 7. 1 miles (11.4 km). Within a half mile circle of the hotel (0.8 km) are no less than 3 mainline (overground) and 3 tube (underground) stations.
The Novotel London Blackfriars sits 1/3rd of a mile south of Blackfriars Bridge. The big plus to this location is that its close to major attractions and surrounded by amenities while being equally accessible to both central London and the City of London (square mile, financial district). Either side of Blackfriars bridge are Southwark bridge (for the city of London) and Waterloo bridge which will take you directly into the main tourist districts including Covent Garden. The Novotel is walking distance to places such as the Tate Modern (0.2 miles) and Shakespeare's Globe (0.4 miles). The South Bank is just 350 yards to the north and is home to places such as the London Eye, London Aquarium, National Theatre and Hayward's gallery. Trafalgar Square is just 1 mile to the north east.
Bedroom Numbers: 182
Check-in: 14.00 (2 pm)
This hotel has averaged a score of 4.45 out of 5 by 5003 past guests
>>>Booking.com (average customer rating 4.4 out of 5 from 1789 reviews)
>>>Tripadvisor (ranked 204 of 1140 for Hotels in London and rated 4.5 out of 5 from 3214 reviews)
Parking:No parking available.
Internet:WiFi is available in all areas and is free of charge.
Pets:Pets are allowed. Charges may be applicable.
More hotels from this chainIf your first and only choice is for the Novotel chain your options for the same brand nearby are:
Novotel London City South Hotel: is 0.4 miles (0.7 km) away, has a guest satisfaction score of 83% and rates start from about £129.
Novotel Waterloo: is 1.0 miles (1.5 km) from here, earns a customer rating of 81% and base rates begin at about £135.
Novotel London Tower Bridge: 1.2 miles (2.0 km), rated at 84% and with rates from around £165.
Pullman London St Pancras Hotel: 1.9 miles (3.1 km), rated at 89% and with rates from around £179.
Compared to other London hotels: This hotel has been rated 89% by past guests. The London average is 79% and the average for 4 star hotels is 80%. Therefore this hotel is well above average for its sector (star rating) and for London as a whole. Novotel Hotels across the chain average 84% so this hotel is one of the better rated Novotel hotels.
Milesfaster ranking: 87th from 865 London hotels, 2nd of 15 Novotel Hotels, and 34th of 333 four star rated hotels.
Another to Consider: A similar hotel nearby (0.2 miles, 0.3 km) would be the 4 star Citizenm London Bankside, where rates start from £129 and which has a 90% guest satisfaction rating. The Citizenm London Bankside also offers: free WiFi.For a hotel that offers lower base rates take a look at the Strand Palace Hotel. 0.8 miles away (1.3 km), has been rated at 80% by past guests and whose lowest rates start at about £163 (theres free WiFi too).
Would you prefer to go with something that has scored higher in guest satisfaction ratings? If that is what your after then the 5 Star Corinthia Hotel London seems like a possible option, it's only 0.8 miles (1.3 km) from here. The Corinthia Hotel London has a perfect unblemished customer rating 99%, a truly stunning achievement.
Local hotels analysed:The 50 hotels nearest to this location (46 Blackfriars Road, SE1 postcode) that we list cover a 1.0 miles (1.6 km) radius. They include 13 five star hotels (average rating 89%), 20 four star hotels (average rating 86%), 15 three star hotels (average rating 86%) and 2 two star hotels (average rating 76%). Top 4 star hotel is Amba Charing Cross at 97%. Of the local hotels the highest rated is Corinthia Hotel London (5 star) at 99%.
Base Rates: See a breakdown of the average starting (base) rates for the area. Base rates are a rough guide to starting rates as they do not include special offers and deals. The average starting rates for the surrounding area are around £150 per night. They range from a low of £49 at Travelodge Central Bank (2 Star, 70%) to a high of £438 at Corinthia Hotel London (5 Star, 99%). The breakdown by star rating shows the following averages: Five Star average: £249, Four Star average: £128, Three Star average: £105 and Two Star average: £65.
We use a proprietary algorithm to rank hotels based on user reviews but adjusting for contributing factors. We rank Novotel Blackfriars 22nd (joint) of the 50 local hotels and 7th (joint) for the 20 four star hotels in the area. Our ranking for sheer lowest base rates is 17th of 50 (5th (joint) of 20 four star hotels.). To give an overall ranking compared to hotels nearby we combine the rating and base rate scores which gives this hotel a ranking of 11th of 36 for sheer bang for buck (Waterloo Hub Hotel and Suites was top).
Comment: The Ibis Blackfriars was part of the same development as the Novotel Blackfriars, both Accor hotels, and opned in October 2012. The site was formerly used for an office block but was was bought by Irish developers McAleer & Rushe in 2007 for £25 million pounds. During 2010/12 the site has been redeveloped to create a twin hotel designed by HKR Architects.