Dutch architectural firm Concrete is responsible for the look of the hotel, with the stylish furniture as we mentioned on Monday by Vitra (we'll take one of the Eames lounge chairs for our flat, thank you very much). Lovers of contemporary art will have a few things to check out as well: the back wall features a floor-to-ceiling mural by artist collective AVAF (Assume Vivid Astro Focus), there are pieces by various artists around (including Mark Titchner's "Another World Is Possible" we saw outside), and stacks of books by Mendo, the Amsterdam-based "candy store for book aficionados" with volumes on design, architecture, photography, and fashion.
The living room spills over into canteenM, citizenM's self-serve, all-day dining restaurant, which is centered around the red bar you in see in the pictures. A number of spreads are laid out during the day, in addition to food and drinks you can pick from the fridge. Your key card allows you to charge any items to your room; a small fridge ensures you can keep your drink cool should you bring it upstairs.
The flexi-work spaces in the living room proved to be so popular at other citizenM's that guests would frequently request to reserve them. With that not being possible, citizenM Banksidedebuts a solution in the seven meeting rooms on the first floor, accessible from the lobby through a spiral staircase.
You won't have to worry about being stuck in a drab, dark meeting room with rickety chairs here; there's more designer furniture, the latest high-tech equipment, and walls that are whiteboard and blackboard to get your creativity going. All the modernity is offset by vintage office equipment in the bookcases that line some of the walls, where you'll also find Nespresso machines and other beverages to keep you going.
Those gorgeous Eames lounge chairs overlooking the atrium beckon during a break, with a small outdoor space for some fresh air. Meeting rooms are bookable online for either a half or a full day with a capacity of up to 24 people in the largest room. Cost ranges from roughly £200-£400 ($310-$620) depending on the time and the room size.
We're curious to see how London and its visitors will respond to this new entrant in the hotel market. If we were able to score a room for just over £100 ($155), we'd seriously consider it over the much less appealing competition at that price level in the city. An overnight stay to get the experience ourselves is on our to-do list; have you stayed at citizenM Bankside (or citizenM elsewhere) and want to tell us about it? Let us know in the comments!
[Images: HotelChatter, some images courtesy of citizenM]