When in London, Think apartments. Yes that is right, don’t think about a hotel for a comfortable stay Think Apartments. The reason why I use a capital “T” in think is because that is actually the name of the brand we recently had experience of.
We were heading to London in July 2013 for an exciting few days. We were due to go to 2 pop concerts (Michael Bublé then Robbie Williams). We were also due to have a posh Afternoon Tea in London too so it was an exciting trip.
Tickets for the concerts were bought a long time in advance. It was only closer to the time of arriving that we looked into accommodation and came across Think Apartments.
I’d tried looking at the usual suspects such as the Travelodge and Premier Inn. You can often get good prices for these if you book early and have an element of luck. Sadly it wasn’t the case this time and anything close to where we wanted to be was around £100/night.
Whilst I have a number of points on my hotel loyalty cards my recent redemptions meant that I did not have enough to cover our four night stay in London.
I then remembered my frequent e-mails from Hoseasons (no affiliation) who keep advising me of apartments for city breaks in London. So off I went looking and soon found accommodation just 1 km from London Bridge station and Tower Bridge.
It turns out that we had booked a Think Apartment close to the London Bridge in London. It is also close to the London landmarks of Tower Bridge and the Shard. The Shard was Europe’s tallest building as of July 2012.
So what do I have to say in my Think Apartments Bermondsey Street review? Well first of all that is where it is. Just off Bermondsey Street, south of the Thames. It was maybe at most a 10 minutes walk if that from London Bridge or Tower Hill tube stations.
Check in was fairly quick too with some very pleasant staff on Reception. We were even given a complimentary upgrade from our one bed open plan Think Apartment to a two bed atrium apartment. This was a fantastic benefit for us and a great deal as we paid a total of £416 for four nights. Just think how that compares to staying in a hotel in London.
I already had an impression that Think Apartments would be special from the exterior. This was a trendy and modern building. Also whilst checking-in there was a girl who said that J P Morgan had reserved an apartment for her. Well if it is good enough for J P Morgan it is good enough for me.
All apartments come with free wifi plus access to the wifi around the complex. It was a complex too as there were various open plan offices dotted around the place.
Service and facilities
Think Apartments are serviced weekly and come with bed linen and towels. All good for us as there are less things to pack.
Our 2 bedroom Think Apartment London Tower Bridge came with a good size kitchen, bathroom, large lounge area with digital TV. The master bedroom also had an en-suite.
The kitchen came with a fridge freezer, washing machine, dish washer and all the main utensils you’d need for your stay.
Utility bills are all included within the price for Think Apartments.
All décor was clean, modern and well presented. My bride was gasping with joy when we first entered the apartment.
The only downsides I could initially see was that our apartment was right beside a busy road plus the heating was hard to control.
There was a lot of traffic noise so we had to keep windows shut particularly if sleeping in the master bedroom. The second of our Think Apartments bedrooms was at the atrium side so was much quieter.
The noise is a bit of an issue if you are used to living in the countryside or a quiet village. I dare say people who live in London and big cities are used to the noise and can ignore it more easily. You hear stories of city people who stay in the country and then can’t sleep because it is too quiet!
Shortly after arriving in our apartment we found the rooms to be very warm. I played around with the thermostat to see if I could cool the rooms down. I suspect it was underfloor heating or some fancy heating as there were no visible signs of radiators or air vents.
By the next day it was still stifling hot so we reported it to Reception and asked them to sort out a way to fix it. To be honest I don’t think this was ever fully resolved for us and that was disappointing. The apartment was roasting for us and it even affected our sleep to some degree.
Fans were present in the rooms and had to be used. We left windows open to ventilate rooms and this made it more noisy than normal from the traffic outside.
The Reception at our Think Apartments was available 24 hours so it was quite easy to go and ask any questions.
Whilst this was an apartment rather than a hotel, there was a café present between the offices at Think Apartments Tower Bridge.
Overall, our stay at Think Apartments was very luxurious. The location was a good one. We walked out of the complex, turned left and there was Tower Bridge in all her glory.
We were a short walk to the London Bridge station where the Jubilee Line runs. This was a real bonus as this line could take us straight to The O2 arena and Wembley Stadium without having to change trains.
I suspect we were unlucky with the heating system and I suspect that is not typical of all the apartments. The noise from the road is something we are not overly accustomed to , but then again we don’t live in big cities. It is something you can adjust to though.
If you are looking to stay in London and have the budget to book a hotel. I would recommend considering hiring an apartment as an alternative. Our stay at Think Apartments Tower Bridge was a real treat.