CitizenM London

pretavoyager-citizenM-london3When you live in a humble Parisian apartment, I find more and more when I’m traveling for a weekend, I love crashing in a hotel. With the help of Twitter, someone recommended the CitizenM. The hotel chain started in Amsterdam and has steadily made it’s way around the world – including Times Square, and their first France location opening at CDG airport next month. So when Ashley and I were in London for Blogtacular, we thought it’d be the perfect opportunity to check out the stylish chain at their Bankside location, which is conveniently located near the Tate Modern and delicious Borough Market.

If I lived in London, I’d totally hang out here every day. The hotel has free wi-fi and the lobby is open with a bar. It feels like you’re hanging out in a home-y living room. The kitchen area is also really open and there’s a bar so you can always pick up a snack while you work.

Besides the lobby I also loved that there were a series of meeting rooms that can be rented for the day. Paris is a city tight on space, so it’d be really great to have spaces like these to work from with a team.

I love that each room had a different style, and I loved all the furniture choices. (Don’t miss Ashley’s picture of our reflection in shiny things!)

All CitizenM hotels have a similar feel because they’re new construction. The modules are all all built off site and then put together on location.

pretavoyager-citizenM-london-roomThere’s no fighting over rooms because they’re all the same size (so don’t expect any cots or special requests, but the bed is huge). In addition to the tablet remote that operates the lights, TV, and lighting (I can’t believe I forgot to Vine the changing colors in the bathroom shower), each room has lots of outlets, which is really exciting for blogger types with far too many devices.

Throughout the hotel there are touches of fun if you look closely and feel part of the brand.

Hallway artwork has a touch of fun too.

The inner courtyard.

Look up to see the Shard!

pretavoyager-citizenM-banksidebridgeAfter we checked in we picked up food to go from M&S (I’m totally an addict now) and had lunch near the Tate while facing the Millenium Bridge.

Thanks to CitizenM Bankside for putting Ashley and me up for a night! Don’t miss Ashley’s post – she’s a professional photographer :) You can check out more images with the hashtag @citizenMlondon on Twitter & Instagram.

P.S. Speaking of the UK, I also have a small piece in British Airways The Club on Paris for ‘Expensive cities on a shoestring‘ that just went up this week.

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