It was Friday morning and I was swimming in a London lodge pool with out a care in the world. The world outdoors was calling…it was London in any case…however I needed more time to luxuriate in the warm water of the basement pool. The pool was an added bonus as the primary purpose for selecting the Hilton Bankside Lodge was the twin room choice. I used to be touring with a pal and finding a fairly priced twin room in London is tough and often expensive because it’s a King Room with the mattress cut up into two. We have been staying the weekend at a nearby Bankside flat so needed only one night time’s lodge in the world. I was anticipating a Hilton to be trustworthy – beige and blah – but imagine my shock to stroll into a design targeted boutique like lodge which in all probability ought to be in the Curio assortment.
- 1 London Hilton Bankside Location
- 2 Hilton Bankside Lodge Arrival/Verify In
- 3 Hilton Bankside Lodge – Luxurious Twin Room in London
- 4 The Rest room on the Hilton Bankside
- 5 Hilton Bankside Fitness center, Spa and Lodge Pool in London
- 6 Breakfast at Oxbo Restaurant
- 7 Pleased Hour at The Distillery Bankside
- 8 Remaining Thoughts – London Hilton Bankside Lodge
London Hilton Bankside Location
I’ve turn into a massive fan of Bankside over the past two years because of it’s nice location and quiet. The Bankside Hilton (or Hilton Bankside) is located in a prime location about a block or so behind the Tate Trendy across from the Blue Fin Constructing (Londoners identify all of the buildings by what they appear to be – Cheese Grater, Walkie Talkie where SkyGarden is situated, the Shard, the Gherkin, and so on.). The Blue Fin has many ground flooring degree chain eating places and cafes behind the Tate Trendy.
Exterior view of the newly built Hilton Bankside Lodge, a brief stroll away from Tate Trendy and Blackfriars
The Hilton Bankside is a brief stroll to both Blackfriars Bridge and the Millennium Bridge every taking you to The Metropolis and St. Paul’s for business travelers.
For the leisure traveler you’re minutes from the Thames (with great metropolis views) and Bankside the place you’ll be able to turn left to walk towards the London Eye and Parliament, Massive Ben (underneath renovation) and Westminster Abbey before walking by way of St. James’s Park to Buckingham Palace. When you flip proper, you’ve the Tate Trendy (with free rooftop view point), Borough Market, the Shard, London Bridge and further afield Tower Bridge and the Tower of London.
So in a nutshell, the Hilton Bankside is in a nice location for strolling to the highlights of London alongside the Thames. When you should take transit, the bus stop is steps away and trains (to Brighton, Gatwick Airport, and so forth) or the tube might be found at Blackfriars Station on both aspect of the water.
The view of St. Paul’s with the Millennium Bridge in London
The lodge also has entry next door and across the street to markets akin to Sainsbury’s, Tesco and CoOp to satisfy food and provide wants. In and across the Bluefin, anticipate Starbucks, Leon, Wagamamma, Pret Manger, Paul, Gail’s Bakery and many extra dining choices.
Hilton Bankside Lodge Arrival/Verify In
We arrived by foot relatively than by taxi in the arrival driveway so had a snigger when the bellman outdoors in the arrival driveway saw us and ran (sprinted) over to get our luggage. They have been friendly and welcoming so I fortunately stopped and dropped my luggage. I went to the front desk to examine in while my pal plopped down on one in every of many cozy seating choices in the designer crammed lobby to make use of the quick and free wifi. Examine in was quick and friendly and we have been shortly in the lodge elevators to our room on the 4th flooring. The elevator security requires room key tap to entry visitor room floors.
The design foyer on the Hilton Bankside
You’ll be stunned to study that there are almost 300 rooms in the lodge, together with a Vegan suite (fascinating) and but on my go to it felt like a cozy boutique lodge – the lobby was never crowded, the restaurant service was well timed and the elevators empty for probably the most part. There’s additionally a penthouse house with a personal roof terrace. I can only imagine the town views from there!
Hilton Bankside Lodge – Luxurious Twin Room in London
When the elevator opened to a huge four in the hallway, the gray design signified a extra tailored experience. In contrast to the beige hallways you’re used to, the Hilton Bankside had the fashion of a tweed banker right down to the colour scheme and leather-based appointments. Every element was thoughtfully designed as we might study.
Onerous to overlook what flooring we have been on at the Hilton Bankside
Opening the door to the room, I was pleasantly stunned by the sensation of newness – trendy type and design. The textured walls, the metallic fox sconce (see information panel concerning the Bankside Fox at the lodge entrance) and the concrete stroll in bathe have been all bespoke design decisions that collectively made for one snug room. Instantly I knew I would really like it here and sadly wasn’t going to have sufficient time to take pleasure in it. It screamed of a lie in with room service, alas neither can be had. Notice the lighting (solar, then clouds then darkish) doesn’t show one of the best of the room however it actually was good.
Twin Room on the Hilton Bankside Lodge – cozy beds and a good nights sleepStory of the London Bankside Fox outdoors the Hilton Bankside. They used the fox in many design options in the lodge
The twin beds took up much of the room but there was nonetheless room for a chair, working desk area and flooring to ceiling home windows. The minibar fridge contained two complimentary bottles of water and local sodas (cola and lemonade). When you do buy groceries in the world for meals, the empty refrigerator is a nice amenity to have.
Complimentary local sodas in the Hilton Bankside minibar
The desk had multiple outlet options as did both bedsides. There was a mirrored box on prime of the desk which held the hairdryer. No have to hunt for the hairdryer in drawers, cupboards or crawl beneath the toilet vainness. Along with the varied retailers which included USB ports (yeah, no want for cumbersome converters) there have been many buttons for lighting options including a nightlight in the toilet which illuminated beneath the vainness to keep away from full mild on in the midnight.
In room desk, seating area, leisure and minibar Hilton Bankside Lodge
The closet contained an umbrella (that is London and it was raining), robes, slippers (yeah!) and enough area to unpack a giant suitcase.
Commonplace room features at the Hilton Bankside Lodge – plush robe, umbrella and a lot of closet area
Once we returned from dinner, turn down service was carried out to the room and slippers, mat and a bottle of water have been set out for every mattress. That was a nice and sudden contact.
Turndown service at London Hilton Bankside
The Rest room on the Hilton Bankside
The toilet was winner! Stroll in bathe, spacious vainness, lighted make up mirror, aspect shelf and a number of towels have been highlights in the toilet. The amenities have been by Crabtree & Evelyn. The toilet had sufficient hooks for the robes or towels and the beneath vainness nightlight was awesome.
I really favored the toilet at the Hilton BanksideWalk in bathe on the Hilton BanksideThe night time mild function in the toilet from beneath the vainness was great
Hilton Bankside Fitness center, Spa and Lodge Pool in London
That is the primary lodge with a pool in London that I’ve ever stayed in and now I’m spoiled. On our tour of the pool and health club we determined we might wake up early and go for a swim. The lap pool along with a therapeutic water space with jets was empty once we arrived. There are locker rooms along with showers and amenities to make use of the pool and get changed in the event you can’t return to your room. The locker rooms and pool require key card access. There’s employees on the desk throughout posted hours. There’s additionally a small fitness center (not supervised) and two spa remedy rooms at Spa To You.
Heated basement pool at the London Hilton Bankside
The subsequent morning we arrived to only one man in the pool and then as we have been exiting a man placed on his swim goggles and began his laps of the pool for the subsequent ½ hour which shattered the quiet. Choosing lounge chairs we relaxed in the warmth of the room alongside with one other couple. We have been advised that the pool is busy on the weekends with households. Lucky for us it was a Thursday/Friday keep.
The health club was small but packed filled with useful machines, weights and equipment
Breakfast at Oxbo Restaurant
There’s a restaurant onsite, Oxbo Bankside, in addition to a bar, The Distillery, which serves nibbles (snacks). I visited the restaurant for breakfast – they do a buffet as well as ala carte. I had the avocado toast ala carte as I’m not keen on the worth of a buffet breakfast (almost $30+).
Oxbo Restaurant at London Hilton BanksideBreakfast Avocado Toast at Oxbo Restaurant in the Hilton Bankside
Pleased Hour at The Distillery Bankside
Previous to joyful hour, I was hungry and ordered a club sandwich and chips (fries) at The Distillery Bar. We stayed for Pleased Hour when a pal got here to satisfy us. We have been provided complimentary snack bowls. We have been then defined the two for 1 deal. You will get 2 of the same drinks for the worth of 1. So two glasses of the same wine or two glasses of x cocktail (there are limits on the cocktails and liquor manufacturers) or two pints. I ordered one glass of wine and when closing out the verify, the server virtually insisted on getting one other glass of wine (it’s free she stated!) and taking it to my room, which I did. Additionally they supply a Gin Masterclass which appears enjoyable, sadly we didn’t have time to do it this visit. On the friday afternoon, the employees have been grilling burgers outdoors for takeaway which was fun in case you are in the world.
The Distillery Bar at Hilton Bankside hosts joyful hour specials and a Gin MasterclassLunch at The Distillery – Club Sandwich and ChipsFree bowls of nibbles during pleased hour at The Distillery Bankside Hilton
Remaining Thoughts – London Hilton Bankside Lodge
I was really impressed with the Hilton Bankside Lodge. To be trustworthy, I don’t know the final time, I stayed with Hilton however this was a fantastic experience. The one hiccup was the concierge and his very touristy suggestions for food when there are various local choices close by I might have most popular he advocate. General though the room was snug, the employees have been pleasant, the pool fabulous. I slept properly in what is already a quiet a part of city – Bankside continues to welcome new motels and restaurants to the world however still retains its quiet nature and empty streets (for now). Since this is a Hilton, there tends to be many promotions and reductions on supply plus you need to use your Hilton HHonors factors to redeem for a room. I feel you’ll adore it and be stunned as a lot as I used to be – this is the new Hilton – design targeted and in a unbelievable part of London for business or leisure travelers.
Welcome to Bankside at the London Hilton Bankside arrival drivewayHeated basement pool on the London Hilton Bankside