Recently I was invited to attend BritMums 16 as a room monitor and for my visit to the Big Smoke, I was lucky enough to get the chance to work with the Ibis Hotel group who provided me with accommodation in their Southwark Bridge Hotel.
I have to admit, I am not a fan of going to London but this recent visit and trip has actually changed my mind. For one, going to London on the train and thinking about getting around on the Tube gives me anxiety, big time. This visit I decided to brave the experience of driving down to London, which for people who live up north, going south of the M25 gives people The Benz, it’s a scary prospect for most. But with a hotel providing parking and my newly downloaded Uber app, I took the challenge head on.
You know what? It was fine. It was not as stressful as I had thought and arriving at the hotel on a Friday rush hour was ok. I did get a little lost with a few diversions in place but found it soon enough. On arrival at the hotel the staff were welcoming and prepared for my stay, knowing who I was and what was expected. Alex, the on call duty manager provided a service above and beyond what was expected from a budget hotel.
The hotel which is located in central London is fantastic for shipping and visiting the sights. The unique selling point of this hotel is that it is currently undergoing a full redevelopment and the new bedrooms are being styled on West End Musicals. The hotel is undergoing refurbishment at the moment and all rooms will be ready by the end of September 2016. When I arrived I was able to view one of the new rooms which had just been finished that day. The paint was still wet on looking around so I did not get to stay in it but it looked fantastic. The first room finished was based on Wicked and the Wizard of Oz. Styled with witch hat light fittings and tin man sillouettle, the bed was cut in half with a good side and a bad side, allowing you to choose which side you wished to sleep on. Says a lot about getting out of the wrong side of the bed in the morning!
The room was kitted out with flat screen TV which are comparable with smart devices for streaming services, free wifi in the hotel and throughout also means that you can work or enjoy down time relaxing and watching your favourite shows. Beside the bed are USB charge sockets and plug sockets, as well as multi dock charging points on the desk.
In the bathroom the munchkins had been in and left lollipop decor on the wall! Very cute.
The rest of the hotel will be finished in styles from Chicago and Phantom of the Opera. I am looking forward to visiting again sometime later in the year and seeing the finished rooms.
The downstairs of the hotel, the foyer is brightly decorated and welcoming, as is the bar and eating area. Food is served in the evening, but sadly there is no option for room service with it being a budget hotel, but the atmosphere is relaxing and the staff hospitable. I ate twice in the resturanunt and would highly recommend the king prawn ramen noodles. Breakfast was a large selection of continental treats and plenty of coffee which gave me a good standing for the rest of the day. Cooked breakfast is also available if required.
As I was there during the Euro football matches I did find it a little confusing that staff members were wearing football shirts from various countries and it was a little confusing distinguishing between guests who also were wearing supporting shirts and in the city to visit pubs to watch the matches. I am not sure if this was a one off but it would be nice to see a uniform, even if a casual one, across all the staff so they can be identified. This in no way affected my stay at the hotel though.
Check out our live stream hotel room tour which is available on The Motherhood Facebook page to see the Wicked room for yourself.
All views are that of The Motherhood. I was provided with a two night stay, parking and meals for the weekend in June. I would like to thank Ibis Southwark Rose and their team for making my stay a memorable one and stress free. There will be a Youtube video featuring the hotel up soon too.