Mercure London Bridge Hotel
A pre Christmas trip to London to meet up with friends and a couple of work related meetings saw me checking into the Mercure London Bridge Hotel for a couple of nights in mid December 2016.
The hotel has a great location on the South Bank of the River Thames with Tate Modern 2 minutes walk away and Covent Garden is a 25 minute walk away. Transport connections are good with Blackfriars Underground 15 minute walk away , 5 minutes from Southwark Underground and 5 minutes from Blackfriars National Rail -which has direct links with Gatwick and Luton Airports.
On entering the hotel the receptionist stood up and welcomed me. There is no reception desk per se but rather the front office staff sit at a table in the reception area. It makes for a friendly check in and the guy was very chatty. My room was not ready so I was offered a coffee whilst I waited, which was welcome as it was chilly outside. When my room was ready the receptionist came over to hand me the room key, together with a welcome drinks voucher as I have a Le Club Membership Card (the Accor Hotels Loyalty Scheme).
The reception / bar is a nice modern space at this hotel with lots of seats. Cookies are available free of charge together with newspapers. The restaurant, marco’s, is off to the side of the reception area but is separated.
My room was on the 5th floor and there were 2 lifts to access the floor as well as stairs, which I used to get some exercise when heading down to reception. My room had been upgraded to a Privilege Room, which has a free minibar (no alcohol) , nespresso machine, bathrobe and slippers. On entering the room there is small hallway with the bathroom off to the side. The room itself was a decent size with a King Bed, which was comfortable and a pleasure to sleep in. There was a chair and table that I was able to work from and the internet was decent and free. The room was quiet and I slept well.
The bathroom was compact and functional with just a shower, but a decent rain one…. toiletries were the standard Mercure issue and towels were good quality and big.
I had a decent glass of Merlot in the bar, using my welcome drink voucher, before heading for dinner in marco’s. As it was a Monday night there was a 50% off special offer which I took advantage of, the restaurant is closed on Sundays. I enjoyed my meal, pork loin chop with sweet potato fries and spinach and a litre of sparkling water for a total of £16.74.
I did not have breakfast at the hotel.
Check out was efficient and the invoice emailed to me.
Would I stay at the Mercure London Bridge again? Yes without a doubt as the stay was comfortable and convenient in a good area.
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