I tend to have a bit of a love/hate relationship with chain hotels. I love that you know what to expect and that they’re usually not too expensive like a lot of boutique hotels can be. But I hate (more a case of dislike) that they’re always the same with little individuality. If you just want a quick crash pad though chain hotels are definitely your safer bet, rather than gamble on the cheap hotel you found will clearly quite cleverly composed photos.
Mercure in London Bridge manages to combine the high standards you expect of a four star hotel with some individuality and charm.
I was invited for a stay by Mercure Hotels to learn more about their fantastic competition called 6 Friends Theory where the winner can win a round the world trip. Where you go depends on who you know. Pretty incredible prize I think you’ll agree. Just go to their facebook page to enter.
Upon walking through the front door of Mercure London Bridge, you’ll be made to feel welcome. There’s no reception desk as you’d usually expect, but smiling staff willing to help you out as soon as you walk in.
The reception area is modern with comfy sofas, televisions, atmospheric candles and free sweets and flapjacks.Unlike some hotels which have a reception area with worn out looking sofas, this is one area you’d feel comfortable sitting in whilst catching up with friends and family during the evening before retiring to your rooms.
The hotel consists of 144 bedrooms and has a range of accommodation options including classic rooms, privilege rooms and suites. All bedrooms are non-smoking and have WiFi access. The WiFi was pleasantly fast the duration of my stay and I had no connectivity issues which is always a plus!
Whilst my bedroom didn’t look as flashy as some of the rooms did it was a spacious room and the bed was massive. The room also comes with a satellite TV and complimentary water and diet coke (I couldn’t quite believe the mini bar has free drinks in it! There was a plate of fresh fruit on arrival and a Nespresso coffee machine (which I’ve become rather partial to since receiving one from Father Christmas last year); it’s always nice to have good coffee in the morning!
The room came with a cosy dressing gown and slippers and a huge range of complimentary toiletries. This was much welcomed given I’d forgotten to pack my toothbrush as I rushed off to work that morning!
What’s not to like about hotel breakfasts? Well, actually quite a lot when it’s not done right. The scrambled eggs always look a bit unappetising, the sausages probably don’t contain much meat, or there’s dry looking bread that’s been sat there for too long.
Fortunately, the breakfast at Mercure did not disappoint. Choose from a continental breakfast comprising of breads, spreads and fruit. Or, go all out like I did and pile up your plate with a fry up. There’s a menu too which includes options such as; eggs Benedict and porridge. You’re really spoilt for choice when it comes to breakfast.
Coffee and tea were brought to the table speedily and came in large quantities to give you that caffeine boost for a day of sight seeing. With your stomach full on breakfast it’s time to get out and explore London. Mercire London Bridge is in the perfect location for this.
The Location of Merucre London Bridge is perfect is you’re planning a weekend of sight seeing in the city. Upon walking out of the front doors you’re confronted with the Shard glistening in the sun (if you’re lucky). The hotel is located between Blackfriars Bridge & Southwark Bridge and is in walking distance of the Tate Modern, Shakespeare’s Globe, the foodie heaven of Borough Market and St Pauls Cathedral. A walk along the Thames and you’ll soon reach the London Eye, Tower of London and Big Ben. The closest underground station is London Bridge (3 minutes walk away).
Rooms at Mercure London Bridge start at £97 a night. For what you get, and for the location in central London, the price can’t be beaten. Back to how I started this piece, when you stay in chain hotels you cut a little bit of the risk out. With Mercure, you know you’ll get high quality service, clean rooms and a good night’s sleep. In fact the service was so good it made me wonder whether the staff had been pre-warned who the bloggers were. All those thoughts vanished though when I saw how they acted with people who weren’t there for the 6 Friends Theory Competition: the staff really are just that friendly and willing to help.
*My night at Mercure was provided free by Mercure Hotels as part of my
invitation to learn more about their 6 Friends Theory competition.
All opinions are my own.