The newly built 4-star Novotel London Blackfriars boasts 182 contemporary and spacious bedrooms, sleek modern public spaces, and a stylish bar and restaurant in the heart of Blackfriars SE1, one of London’s hottest postcodes and a regenerated hive of culture and tourism.
The hotel is the Group’s most tech-savy to date making it one of the most technologically advanced hotels in London. Innovation is packed into this 4-star hotel. On arrival guests are greeted by self-check-in desks; a video wall featuring digital art; an interactive virtual concierge system; the latest Microsoft Surface table and iMac corner in the lobby; iPad table in the restaurant; TV-dining tables in the restaurant; touch-key room access and electronic shower privacy screens; bedroom media hub and iPod docks; interactive smartboards in two meeting rooms; Nintendo Wii in the Conference area; and a dramatic video wall alongside the hotel swimming pool.
Novotel London Blackfriars will showcase an intelligent new virtual concierge service. This interactive platform provides guests with the opportunity to find local visitor recommendations, travel advice and directions, as well as hotel facilities and menus. What’s more, the service can be used to send those back home a memento with nifty social media postcards. Light floods the hotel through floor-to-ceiling windows, which, coupled with the blue-grey hues and bold yellow features, create a bright and airy hotel that is both stylish and inviting. A bold, monochrome bar divides the lobby lounge from the restaurant, and offers stylish, comfortable seating and sociable areas in which to meet and relax.
The 84-cover Element's restaurant offers the traditional dining experience with a technological twist. Chefs serve modern British-European cuisine from a theatre-kitchen to guests in Element’s the smart and trendy surroundings. The Novotel ‘TV-dinners’ remains, with two tables with accompanying TVs for lone diners. And the hotel has gone one step further, bringing this concept to the new generation, with an innovative iPad table housing eight iPad for guests to use during their meal. Designed for guests travelling alone, as well as for families keen to keep young ones entertained, the iPads will feature a selection of apps offering the latest news, happenings and events around the world and around the corner, in addition to a host of kid-friendly apps to enjoy and play throughout dinner. The iPads will also feature newspaper and magazine apps, BBC, ITV and 4OD, social media apps ebooks of short stories to read while you dine.
Jamboree, Novotel's most recent addition, is a restaurant and bar offering robust, exciting, and moreish flavours from around the world, celebrating culture, diversity, and global adventure in food and drink form, with a party atmosphere of sunny climes and laid back vibes.
Novotel London Blackfriars is the Group’s first UK hotel to feature the spacious and comfortable New Generation Novotel bedroom concept. Each rooms offers the new bed, stylish, air conditioning, complimentary high-speed wireless internet, Freeview TV and a media hub enabling guests to connect personal electronic devises to the TV.
The spacious bathroom, featuring rain showers and a bath in the family rooms, is separated from the rest of the bedroom by a transparent glass partition that becomes opaque at the flick of a switch.
The bedroom décor is designed to calm and relax, with many rooms boasting breath-taking vistas of the Capital and Executive rooms featuring balconies.
The hotel offers 39 family rooms that enable kids to stay for free, as well as adjoining rooms for larger families to share a private space; but it is the Microsoft table in the lobby that really steals the show for tech-savy youngsters. Featuring some of the most popular games available provides hours of fun and entertaining for kids and families.
For guests looking for a further opportunity to unwind, the state-of-the-art In Balance fitness centre enables guests to plug in a personal work-out program via USB port. Those who enjoy a more sedate way to relax are invited to enjoy the hotel’s stunning swimming pool, which features a captivating projection of underwater sea scenes on the wall. There is also a saunarium, which provides the benefits of a steam room and sauna, as well as a jet-pool. Providing the perfect venue for meetings, the hotel has seven flexible meeting rooms all with natural daylight, and accommodating up to 90 delegates.
Located in the heart of the newly regenerated Blackfriars, the hotel has convenient transport links with the new Blackfriars station providing an 8 minute link to the Eurostar and Kings Cross St Pancras. It is walking distance to Bankside and Tate Modern and is in close proximity to the City of London and the attractions of the West End.