My review of the Novotel London Blackfriars hotel

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This is my review of the Novotel London Blackfriars hotel.  It is brand new and very modern – but is it good?

There is a lot of Accor coverage on Head for Points and this site is apparently their major driver of Happy Mondays bookings (£25+ UK rooms available on a Monday and Tuesday for the following weekend).  However, I haven’t stayed in one for a long time.

I had heard some very positive feedback about the Novotel London Blackfriars.  This is a relatively new property which is decorated in Novotel’s new modern style.  When the property came up in a recent flash sale, I decided to book myself in for two days of cheap office space!

(This is not as odd as it sounds.  Because of a couple of Accor promotions and my Platinum status, the post-tax cost was partly written off by the 1,750 Accor points I earned.  Throw in the free glass of wine I had, the free breakfast – which I usually eat out anyway – and the swim I had in the pool and it worked out nicely!)

Review Novotel London Blackfriars hotel

The hotel sits on Blackfriars Road, close to Southwark tube station.  Whilst Blackfriars station is north of the Thames, this hotel is on the south side – don’t get confused!

It shares a building with an Ibis although the hotel is entirely separate, at least ‘front of house’.  The road outside is currently a complete mess due to the building of the cycle superhighway but this will only be a short term issue and did not cause any noise anyway.

I was upgraded to an Executive Room due to my Accor Platinum status which is a perk of my American Express Platinum card.  I received all of my benefits – upgrade, late check-out and a free drink.  I would have received automatic lounge access if it had a lounge, but it didn’t, and free wi-fi if it was charged (all UK Accor hotels now have free wi-fi).

The Executive Room came with a Nespresso machine (good) and a Bose sound dock (good idea, but it uses the old-style Apple connector which is rarely seen these days and was therefore useless).

If I had to describe the hotel in a word, I would say ‘fresh’:

Review Novotel London Blackfriars hotel

and (the yellow furnishings were actually not annoying!):

Review Novotel London Blackfriars hotel


Review Novotel London Blackfriars hotel

with a view of The Shard:

Review Novotel London Blackfriars hotel

Breakfast was in the attractively designed restaurant and featured an impressive spread of both hot and cold items.  This is not free although it did come bundled with my sale rate:

Review Novotel London Blackfriars hotel


Review Novotel London Blackfriars hotel

I want to give a special mention to the swimming pool (there is also a decent gym and sauna).   Take a look at this:

Review Novotel London Blackfriars hotel

There is a video of underwater life playing on a loop on a huge screen behind the pool!  This is the first time I have ever seen something like this and it was impressive.  There is also a jacuzzi but, because it shares water with the pool, it is not hot.

Overall, I was impressed with the Novotel London Blackfriars hotel and I hope my review reflect that.  For a four star property there is a lot to like about it.

The rooms are bright and modern, it has a pool and good exercise facilities, breakfast is good and there is a decent bar.  The wi-fi was also good.  Southwark station gives you access to the Jubilee Line and it is also a very short walk north to the Thames if you prefer to stroll.  It is well worth considering for future London stays, especially if you have Accor status or if there is a good Accor points promotion running.

You can find our more or book the hotel on the Accor website here.

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  1. Jordan D says:

    Oddly have walked that building countless times as my wife works very close by, but have never gone in.

  2. I’ve a preference for the Pullman London St Pancras. Nice room, close to the station and the breakfast is great.

  3. I love the new accor executive rooms – probably my favourite that my employer will actually pay for. One cool feature (at least at other hotels, I have not stayed at Blackfriars) is that the frosted glass bathroom wall goes see-through at the touch of a button (by yhe shower). This is not as perverted as it sounds, allowing you to see the tv while showering. Also makes an already large room seem huge.

  4. I agree as an Accor Platinum holder in past (now Gold and Few points off Platinum again).. the newer exec rooms are great (ie the rooms with a proper shower not shower over a bath and the frosted glass button is uniqie too. The bose sound dock is utterly useless and has been for several years.. why accor dont get rid i dont know..

    • The Bose in the exec room (Novotel Excel) I stayed in had Bluetooth functionality. Very useful regardless of connectors!

      • Excellent, love when they have that. Same in Hilton Amsterdam – I wish all hotels would just go for Bluetooth-capable speakers, caters for all smartphones that way, not just iOS.

  5. darrenf says:

    Blackfriars station has an exit on the south side of the river too – the non-tube platforms run the entire width of the river! 🙂

  6. Only £60 for this weekend using Happy Mondays!

  7. not surprised its the main driver for Happy Mondays… its the only place i can find that promo exists…

  8. How on earth did you manage to get free breakfast? I’m also Accor Platinum and I’ve never managed to get it.

  9. Henry C says:

    That sink looks almost avocado! Are we back in the 70s?
    Perhaps it’s just the light..

  10. sorry to hijack and talk about another hotel, but I’m staying at the Waldorf Astoria in Edinburgh at the end of the month.

    I booked a while ago in the BA sale and got a decent rate – since then I have had my IHG Spire Elite matched to Diamond and was wondering what to expect – i.e. will I receive an upgrade? will I be entitled to free breakfast etc/late check out? And if so do I need to call them and add my HH number to my account?

    • I know that BA sometimes books Hilton hotels on standard travel agency terms (ie they do not buy the room from a wholesaler) which means you would get points and benefits. No guarantees but it might work.

      • No harm in emailing the property to provide your Hilton Diamond a/c number and asking them to add it to their booking – all depends on how the booking has gone through from BA, if via a travel consolidator then you may not get much at all!

        • Thanks both

          I did actually book two treatments in the spa yesterday for my wife and they have applied discount to that so fingers crossed.

          • I emailed them and they added my HH to my booking. Just checked and it now shows as a booking on my HH account.

  11. Also one of my favourite hotels – easy access to both the City and Canary Wharf. As for the facilities and interior, you would find them almost identical to Novotel Brentford (same rooms, same pool [without the video], same gym, same “saunarium”) so the review can be said to apply there, too. In fact, several of the Accor hotels I have stayed in recently (including a Novotel and a Pullman in Switzerland) have been almost indistinguishable from an Executive Room point of view – you could fall asleep in one hotel, be moved to the other and wake up not knowing any difference. Whether you find that a benefit or not is individual…

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