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Old May 24, 18, 8:31 pm
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Bankside, Autograph Collection - London, England [Master Thread]

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https://www.marriott.com/hotels/trav...ph-collection/

"Bankside, an independent hotel set on the culturally vibrant South Bank London, is a social hub for anyone with a passion for culture, art and food.This intimate hotel, with 161 bedrooms including seven suites, feels like home thanks to the use of hand-picked furnishings, specially commissioned artworks and friendly, intelligent service.Lines are blurred between work and play, with social spaces providing an inspirational environment for a dynamic guest experience. These include Lilly & Skinner restaurant & bar, a library and an outside terrace. There are four meeting & event spaces including Whitebox; a blank canvas for guests to create their own setting.Located across from the City, just a four-minute walk to Southwark and Blackfriars stations, where tube lines offer easy access across the capital. Waterloo station is less than 10 mins walk.Nearby are Tate Modern, Shakespeare’s Globe and the National Theatre, Borough Market is also close, as are some of the capital’s top foodie restaurants."

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Officially open. Marriott press release.

Autograph Collection Hotels Checks Into London?s South Bank With The Opening Of Bankside | Marriott News Center

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"Situated in the heart of one of London’s most dynamic neighbourhoods, just a stone’s throw away from Tate Modern, British Film Institute and Borough Market, the 161-room boutique hotel..

Led by Dayna Lee of Los Angeles’ Powerstrip Studio, the design of the chic six-storey hotel subtly embeds the historical ethos of its South Bank surroundings within the aesthetic. As a film set art director-turned-hotel designer, Ms. Lee took a light-hearted and laid-back approach to the hotel’s design, noting: “The design of Bankside has an art-school style with added polish, an appreciation for mid-century collection and black line drawings.” Inspired by the art of craft, Ms. Lee commissioned British craftsmen to create key features that reside in the hotel and pay homage to its British heritage...

Bankside features a neighbourhood restaurant and bar. Head Chef Lee Streeton, formerly of 45 Jermyn Street, will lead Art Yard, an informal design-focused all-day restaurant with its menu celebrating seasonal British produce with European influences, alongside classic cocktails, local beers and an unexpected selection of wines.

Reflecting the hotel’s commitment to the creative area in which it resides, Bankside has partnered with Contemporary Collective to run a rolling Maker in Residence programme. This permanent space offers emerging artists the opportunity to showcase and create work just a stone’s throw from the Tate Modern. Located on the ground floor of the hotel with direct access onto a communal courtyard space, the Makers hub will be a dynamic new addition to the vibrant Bankside art scene. A schedule of rotating makers, a series of talks, previews and events throughout the year will offer resident guests and passers-by new experiences with each visit.

Opening rates at Bankside start from £290 on a B&B basis and include VAT. Visit www.banksidehotel.com or www.autographcollection.com for more information."
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Has anyone actually stayed here? Booked a four-night stay for May but debating whether should I cancel and move to the Renaissance St. Pancras.
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Has anyone actually stayed here? Booked a four-night stay for May but debating whether should I cancel and move to the Renaissance St. Pancras.
I have a two-night stay in May booked but I have Threadneedles booked for 173GBP less, so I'd also like to hear from anyone staying here because I don't know if it's worth the significant cost increase. I wish it had a club lounge.
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Has anyone stayed here? I may book for NYE. Thanks!
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stayed there a couple times since Thanksgiving, and quite liked it. room was stylish, but also felt very cozy. Designer elements, such as ceiling panels and top-quality bathroom fixtures and high-end Australian brand toiletries (Grown Alchemist) made a difference. Room had an espresso coffee-maker, mini fridge (no minibar) and every night they replenished packaged popcorn. The tea bags were good quality (Joe's Tea Co.) and on each floor there is a filtered (presumably) water taps and glasses. There is also vending machines by elevators on each floor with ridiculously high prices. But not to worry - just round the corner there is a nice "little waitrose" store for your snacks or wine. Bed is very comfortable, and window shades are automatically controlled, even though the second time it opened itself several times in the morning unprompted. The location is across the street from the south side of Blackfriars station and within 7 min walk to Jubilee line’s Southwark station, very close to the Thames river walk within a short walk from Tate Modern. You can take a shared bike from a nearby station and be in Charing Cross within 10 minutes. Register online for Santander bikes, download the app, and it is just 2GBP for multiple daily rides up to 30 mins. We went to/from British Musuem in 15 mins.The bike station is located a few meters west from the "little waitrose". Immediately next to the hotel there is a HIIT/Bike class studio (1Rebel), that one can book through classpass.com. Hotel staff were very friendly and eager to help. Their fitness room is in the basement, and has now a range of dumbbells (they just got them on 12/12) and several treadmills. The in-room dining can be browsed through a tablet but the menu is extremely limited, although they can also deliver regular restaurant items from that menu. The Art Yard restaurant is an inviting space and dinner food is good, but breakfast spread is sub-par if compared to a regularly established Marriott (except that coffee and tea taste great) with limited hot food options, hash browns or omelettes available for an extra charge, and platinums can order a la carte items for a reduced charge. We had some rainy weather during our first stay and the front desk ran out of umbrellas, but to their credit they gave us ponchos. Also, we made a booking for “st pauls view room”, but the they don't have St Pauls view because of the next door condo tower, unless you are in a corner suite, but those are just a few and unlikely to be available for upgrade. All in all, this is a great place to stay in London, nice area, designer touches and quality bedding and decor.
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That's a great location for a hotel. Also, Marriott's website shows it as a category 7 hotel. Not 9. Maybe that category 9 was under the old classification system? If so, might be good to tweak the thread title.
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LilZeppelin, thanks for the review. Much appreciated. jsmeeker, yes the Cat 9 was pre-8/18. I've edited OP to reflect Cat 7.

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Originally Posted by LilZeppelin View Post
stayed there a couple times since Thanksgiving, and quite liked it. room was stylish, but also felt very cozy. Designer elements, such as ceiling panels and top-quality bathroom fixtures and high-end Australian brand toiletries (Grown Alchemist) made a difference. Room had an espresso coffee-maker, mini fridge (no minibar) and every night they replenished packaged popcorn. The tea bags were good quality (Joe's Tea Co.) and on each floor there is a filtered (presumably) water taps and glasses. There is also vending machines by elevators on each floor with ridiculously high prices. But not to worry - just round the corner there is a nice "little waitrose" store for your snacks or wine. Bed is very comfortable, and window shades are automatically controlled, even though the second time it opened itself several times in the morning unprompted. The location is across the street from the south side of Blackfriars station and within 7 min walk to Jubilee line’s Southwark station, very close to the Thames river walk within a short walk from Tate Modern. You can take a shared bike from a nearby station and be in Charing Cross within 10 minutes. Register online for Santander bikes, download the app, and it is just 2GBP for multiple daily rides up to 30 mins. We went to/from British Musuem in 15 mins.The bike station is located a few meters west from the "little waitrose". Immediately next to the hotel there is a HIIT/Bike class studio (1Rebel), that one can book through classpass.com. Hotel staff were very friendly and eager to help. Their fitness room is in the basement, and has now a range of dumbbells (they just got them on 12/12) and several treadmills. The in-room dining can be browsed through a tablet but the menu is extremely limited, although they can also deliver regular restaurant items from that menu. The Art Yard restaurant is an inviting space and dinner food is good, but breakfast spread is sub-par if compared to a regularly established Marriott (except that coffee and tea taste great) with limited hot food options, hash browns or omelettes available for an extra charge, and platinums can order a la carte items for a reduced charge. We had some rainy weather during our first stay and the front desk ran out of umbrellas, but to their credit they gave us ponchos. Also, we made a booking for “st pauls view room”, but the they don't have St Pauls view because of the next door condo tower, unless you are in a corner suite, but those are just a few and unlikely to be available for upgrade. All in all, this is a great place to stay in London, nice area, designer touches and quality bedding and decor.
Thanks for the excellent review. Did you happen to note whether the gym had elliptical machines, or only treadmills?
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Originally Posted by LilZeppelin View Post
The Art Yard restaurant is an inviting space and dinner food is good, but breakfast spread is sub-par if compared to a regularly established Marriott (except that coffee and tea taste great) with limited hot food options, hash browns or omelettes available for an extra charge, and platinums can order a la carte items for a reduced charge.
So what was the actual breakfast benefit?

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Also, we made a booking for “st pauls view room”, but the they don't have St Pauls view because of the next door condo tower, unless you are in a corner suite, but those are just a few and unlikely to be available for upgrade.
What did they give you for booking a room with a nonexistent view? Considering the strict EU and UK consumer protection laws this could be an issue for the hotel.
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Thanks for the excellent review. Did you happen to note whether the gym had elliptical machines, or only treadmills?
Eliptical as well.

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So what was the actual breakfast benefit?


What did they give you for booking a room with a nonexistent view? Considering the strict EU and UK consumer protection laws this could be an issue for the hotel.
The buffet is free of charge to Platinum and above. The buffet does not have the widest selection, but very good quality. The buffet also has scrambled eggs, sausages, and few other hot items. More than perfectly fine in my view.
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I had two nights here from the 18th of December.

The location is really good for my typical London schedules. Close to Blackfriars and Southwark stations connects well to almost anywhere You can walk to Waterloo Station in 10 to 15 minutes.

There is no lounge, but they do have a wine hour in the evening, which was a nice touch.

All of the facilities are of course brand new, and thus look very nice I do like the style of the decor, and the rooms are very functional. The throw on the beds seems a bit Edition inspired, though they are not fur.

The filtered water, also possible to get sparkling, taps in the hallways are a brilliant idea, I could hope that more hotels would latch on to this.

This could become one of my go to places when travelling to London.
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There is no lounge, but they do have a wine hour in the evening, which was a nice touch.
So the wine was complimentary? What was included?
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So the wine was complimentary? What was included?
Just wine and some nuts and crisps. But yes, complimentary wine.
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