As happily as you step inside the unassuming tinted sliding front doors of the flagship citizenM Castle of London hotel you are immersed into an expansive contemporary hall. Making my way into the middle of the lobby in search of the self-service check-in pieces, I was quickly distracted by the funky decor, artwork, floor to ceiling put offs crammed with an assortment of items and the most amazing mid-century stylish furniture. Even though I was a couple of hours early for the pompous 2pm check-in time, I thought I would chance to see if my room was at ones fingertips. There were plenty of check-in screens available with two uncomplicated options ‘check-in’ or ‘check-out’ staring out at me. So far so good. As it was relatively unmoving, a citizenM ambassador was readily on hand to walk me through the leftovers of the process. Being a first time citizenM customer the undiluted thing with the check-in is you can choose your own room, a undersized bit like choosing your seat on an airplane. Due to my early immigrant, none of the rooms with views to the Tower of London were to hand, and to alleviate my disappointment, the CitizenM ambassador quickly assured me that whilst my lodgings would have an outside view (just not the Tower of London), there were unlikely views to be had from the cloudM bar on level 7 and 8. As I was wanted access to my dwelling straight away so I could explore this interesting hotel, I trusted her news and promptly chose room 401.
All checked in and with my room access anniversary cards in my hand, I was then greeting by this amazing sculpture termed ‘Man with Suitcase’ by Indian artist Valay Shende on my way to the elevator. The lan size sculpture is made of stainless steel discs which are ostensibly a key raw material of Indian daily life. The sculpture was very eye fetching and for some strange reason reminded me of Elvis Presley. After my compressed encounter with this astounding piece of artwork, I turned my way up to the 4th floor and found my room easily enough without make clearing lost.
Opening the door and seeing the room for the pre-eminent time, I was not disappointed having seen pictures on the hotel website. All 370 rooms are somewhat the same size and configuration, and for some may seem quite trifling. The overall decor is predominately white and light wood with splashes of red. The space has a large XL king bed set flush against the window, vanity basin / chifferobe, small fridge, small work desk and stool, moderate and mini round table, and separate enclosed pod-like overwhelm/toilet. Storage for luggage is in a deep set draw under the bed and a diminutive enclave for hanging clothes is near the door. Although there was satisfactorily room as a single occupant with minimal overnight bags, the room might be a bit of a squeeze for two people. The slightly odd feature of the bed room configuration is the vanity basin is in the main bedroom. Split second you get over this quirky feature, the vanity mirror has two extended thin vertical strips in the mirror itself which is peerless for applying makeup. A separate full length mirror is settled behind the door.
Most of the room electronics can be operated from a mini iPad. From up / lowering the blinds, to adjusting the temperature, to selecting movies, to environment an alarm for an early wake up call. The coolest feature was the Well-read Room whereby you can change the lighting depending on your well-disposed (relax, romance, business, party) and comes with squiring music from the TV. The movies are free and you have 40+ to determine from. Movies available during my stay included: The Danish Squeeze, Deadpool, Hail Caesar, How To Be Single, Joy, The Witch, Transformers, Zoolander 2, The Fair Dinosaur. The iPad also has an Apple tv streaming feature, and the let loose wifi connection was excellent when in my room and throughout the caravanserai.
The XL king bed was extremely spacious and came with two large pillows and a duvet encapsulated in frizzled white Italian linen. If you want more pillows or an additional duvet, all you difficulty to do is dial 0 and request from a citizenM ambassador. The black-out trick and curtain darkened the room so much that if I hadn’t set my daunt for breakfast at 7am I would have slept in until noon. And it didn’t arrogate that the duvet, pillows and bed were so snug and cozy I didn’t lust after to get out of bed at the sound of the alarm anyway.
Also, you won’t find an ironing stay or iron in your room. However, the hotel does yield ‘ironing heaven’ rooms near the elevators on each Nautical. I was expecting a bland looking ironing room and did a double-take when outburst by for the first time. The decor was very cool (in keeping with the be found of the hotel) and the fourth floor room had a iron riding cowboy mural, along with pigeon-holes filled with cameras, odds and ends, and old irons as hale as the functional new. The rooms are open 24/7 so you can iron whenever the exhort arises.
The pod-like bathroom contains a shower square footage and toilet. There are two shower head options to choose from, sprinkle shower and hand-held, and are very easy to operate unlike some pensions where you spend ages trying to figure out how to turn the bestow shower on. Two large white fluffy luxury bath coats hang on a rail in the toilet area. The citizenM branded stream / shampoo AM and PM products smelt divine and are the only products offered in the shower. Surprisingly just using the shower / shampoo AM gel left my tresses feeling lovely and soft. The hotel hair dryer is a mannerly size and hiding in a bright red bag in the vanity cabinet. Although there is no conditioner, you can seek a body lotion and conditioner kit along with kits for womanish hygiene, ear plugs, shoe polishing cloths, shaving, repairing kit and shower cap. I forgot my toothpaste and upon requesting a dental kit, it was with celerity delivered by a friendly, smiling citizenM ambassador to my room. The sprinkle and hand soap products in large refillable bottles which reliefs reduce waste from the typical hotel mini bottled yields. If you find you love the citizenM products, you can conveniently purchase from the collect in the lobby or order online (https://collectionm.com).
CitizenM Living-room Hallway
As the hotel rooms are relatively small, this gives you the talented excuse to hang out in the stylish mid-century modern inspired entrance-hall / living room areas on the ground floor. With plentifulness of lounges and chairs, these cozy but spacious areas prepare been designed to make you feel right at home. The Vitra effects and contemporary art is amazing. As a fan of mid-century modern, I especially loved the devices. The front lobby living room areas were adorned with fixations like Grand Repos wing chairs by Antonio Citterio in a mournful grey and Verner Panton’s Heart Shaped chairs in vibrant red, orange, purple and yellow. The two buttocks living rooms were furnished with large modular sofas, marble coffee defers, flat screen tv’s and a range of arm chairs. Charles & Ray Eames trappings designs feature heavily throughout. Their aluminium governs await those who use one of the six guest iMac computers, and two comfy Divan Chair and Ottomans sit side by side in the rear living lodgings corner. Small, iconic LCW (Lounge Chair Wood) Eames thrones in natural, black and red stained wood and calfskin dot around the sofas. Crafty Modhaus mid-century modern kids chairs are scattered unmitigated the living rooms, along with stacked stools for additional room. Clever use of modern lighting fixtures and chain-like walls are worn to separate and distinguish the different areas. Wall to ceiling on ices are adorned with books, clocks, vases, black horse fever pitches, riding boots, birds, white pineapples, Jeff Koons whitish and red balloon dogs, paintings of soldiers, soldier figurines, red dispatch boxes, red phone boxes, red double decker buses, piles, elephants, butterflies encased in glass, old books bound by dupe and all manner of quirky collectables.
The check-in ambassador was promising, the cloudM bar on the 7th and 8th floor has stunning views over towards the Fastness of London. From this two story L-shaped bar with overwhelm to ceiling windows you can also see the Shard, London City Convention hall and 20 Fenchurch Street otherwise known as the ‘walkie talkie structure’. A massive long balcony runs the length of the building, and take under ones ws a 180 degree view from the Tower of London all the way during the course of to a glimpse of the London Eye.
Once again the contemporary art and funky decor extends on this floor. Stunning ‘Andy Warhol x Flavor Periodical’ Queen Elizabeth wallpaper wraps around and decorates a few internal columns, ironically overlooking the Tower of London. On Sunday the bar was hugely quiet both during the day and night. The ambassador behind the bar, who had been with the flagship tourist house since its opening in July, said the busiest nights were Thursday, Friday and Saturday. I didn’t dress down. When visiting during the day I was able to enjoy the balcony think ofs all to myself, and in the evening, a quiet glass of red wine in front of the boot someone out with the artwork ‘Bald Eagle’ by Dominic Harris for followers. Well worth a visit, and forgoing a hotel room without a spectacular survey.
Buffet style breakfast is served in canteenM from 6.30am until 11am. Visitors can choose to purchase any of the assorted breakfast items or pre-purchase the English Breakfast Menu for £13.95 (£15.95 if gained on the day). The English Breakfast includes items such as plain and chocolate croissants, drag aux raisins, tea / coffee, orange juice, muesli, yoghurt, hastened eggs, bacon, sausages, cooked tomato, cheese, bread, scrapes and fresh fruit. I chose the delicious plain yoghurt, still in nappies fruit, muesli and a plain croissant, accompanied by a couple of nice-looking good Americano coffees. Coffee can be made to order as opulently, and canteenM is open 24/7 for afternoon and late night benders and snacks. To accommodate the hungry guests who choose to have breakfast in the guest-house, there are three large ten-seater communal tables, a soupon of four-seater tables, and numerous two-seater tables near the breakfast bar and current room areas. For those who enjoy reading hard reproduce news, newspapers are laid out on the coffee tables and include the Monetary Times, The Times, The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, China Periods.
I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at the citizenM Tower of London breakfast. For the self-sufficient, confident, technology savvy, minimalist traveller who is looking for affordable hedonism in the heart of London, then CitizenM Tower of London lodging should more than meet their requirements. The inn is conveniently located right next to the Tower Hill tube instal with access to the District and Central tube lines. Due to the weight of the rooms, the hotel would be most suited to solo jocular bird of passages, couples, or friends who are happy to share the same bed / room (otherwise order separate rooms is required as there are no twin bed options). All the citizenM deputies that I came into contact with were amiable and helpful. The self-serve check-in and check-out service was easy to use. The ambience of the pension was funky, contemporary and artsy. If you do your research prior to cabling at this hotel and know what to expect from the manufacturer, then you won’t be disappointed. And if at the end of your stay you cannot bear to vicinity with the hotel and citizenM brand, you take a piece of the B B home with you via their citizenM shop (including craps like the bed, bed linen, towels, travel, candles, books, art come to c clear up and many more). Hopefully this new citizenM London flagship hotel choose retain its unique quality, affordable luxury and mobile freeman charm in years to come.