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Holiday Inn Express London - Southwark

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Spent two nights in the hotel. It was recently renovated and the room was great. Service was great as well. Breakfast included something for all tastes. It is in walking distance to the business district. Just across the bridge.

I stayed here for 1 night on business in January 2018. The rooms are a good size and clean and tidy. The desk space is ok for working at and the bathroom is s good size with a nice shower. Wardrobe hanging space is ok but drawer and shelf space for clothes is lacking. Bed was comfortable and heating in room was ok. The hotel does not have a restaurant so if you want dinner then you need to go out. Don’t go to the Mad Hatter hotel for dinner as it’s an expensive luke warm pie ( I wanted salmon but they had none left). The express had a very small bar area as part of the reception with bottled beer and spirits and a coffee machine. Nobody was really staying in using this. They do serve breakfast but unlike the Slough express it’s from 07:00 and not 06:30 so may not suit all business needs. They do however do breakfast to go so I put a bacon sandwich in a bag. Bacon was nice, roll a bit stale. I walked to Kings Cross from here which is about 45 mins and it’s a dead straight walk over the bridge and up Pentonville road. My room had the sofa bed made up when I arrived but it was reset to a sofa in under 5 minutes when I reported it and generally the reception staff were excellent when I arrived and when I left which has tipped me over to giving this 4 stars instead of 3.

We stayed for 4 nights and had a comfortable stay , the rooms are clean though the size of the rooms are not great . Good quality of bed and linen , housekeeping did their job well . We received a warm welcome at the reception and they where helpful throughout our stay . Great location , 5 mins walk from the tube station, limited places to eat around the hotel . 15 mins walk to the cathedral and big bus stop is just 5 mins walk away which makes it a ideal location . Breakfast was something which didn’t impress us , there was no choice over the days we stayed , it was the same spread which force you to step out for the breakfast after couple of days , overall a great place to stay , location is good and good quality sleep .

Nice clean room, good location to the tube station and nearby co-op and m & s.. BUT (and girls will feel my pain) in my opinion the room has been poorly thought out as there is no plug socket near the mirror, so if you (for example) want to use any heat appliances on your hair (apart from the hairdryer supplied) then you cannot do it in front of a mirror! We asked reception if they had a spare mirror or extension lead so I could curl my hair for an event if I was going to and sadly not. So girls- bring one with you if you need to do you hair!!! When using the hairdryer though.. please be careful! The attachments do NOT easily attach, and my boyfriend sustained an injury trying to get it to work! (Putting it on, and banging it against the floor seems to work though) Breakfast was a good selection :)

I arrived at the hotel on Boxing Day around noon after a flight from LA. I asked to check in, but the front desk manager said sorry, check in is 2pm. I explained that I had emailed the hotel earlier asking for an early check in, plus I am an IHG Spire Elite Member, so, no trouble, he said I can check you in now with a choice of low or high floor. The front desk manager was courteous and welcoming and thanked me for being a spire member and offered me the gift of a free drink or IHG points. I went off to the room on the 5th floor. It just happened to be a handicapped room, which offered me more space, but I just felt a bit guilty occupying a handicapped room for 5 days. The room had all I needed, was very quiet and clean. Had a good selection of teas and coffees. One major asset of this hotel is the excellent staff that I cannot speak highly enough about and I must give special mention to the front desk staff as well as the breakfast staff. Any request was dealt with instantly. The breakfast in particular was the best I have encountered in a Holiday Inn Express in the UK. The food was constantly being topped up, so was always fresh. There was a lovely selection of hot items, bacon, beans, sausages, eggs, plus good quality bakery items and nice fruits, cereals and juices. You could have a very very good breakfast every morning with nice friendly service chucked in.. The location was also great with 2 underground stations very close by, along with a Tesco and Sainsbury just around the corner and a Pret just down the road (albeit with appalling staff). I would return to the Holiday Inn Express London - Southwark in a heartbeat, well done team !

Couldn't be better located for south bank, Borough market, Waterloo and easy walk into Covent Garden. Nearby tube. Rooms are fine and breakfast included. Only downside is the lighting in the rooms is very poor.

Stayed for NYE and it was perfect. Room was basic but comfortable. Very happy with it. Credit to the staff. They made us feel welcome from check in to leaving and at 2am when we got in from celebrating they were friendly and guarding the doors for our safety. Really impressed thank you.

Unfortunately this is the worst holiday inn we have stayed in. The smell in the room was overbearing. It was carpet freshener verses urine. As it was late and we were exhausted we did not ask for a room change as we had also heard they were fully booked. But, I dont know if there was a vent behind the bed but we kept getting dreadful smells coming in during the night The one good thing was the breakfast that was very good. I would not stay here again but it wont put me off using other holiday inns.

Stayed here a couple of times now. The rooms are pleasant enough. Only one complaint the beds are not that comfortably but for one night it was alright. The breakfast hits the spot plenty to choose from. You can help yourself to what you want. More than once if you are greedy like me.

Check in was easy - prompt service and smiley staff. Room was nice - well-decorated and comfortable bed. Nice tv, coffee making facilities etc. Bathroom was a bit ropey - needs decorating and a large water leak stain on the ceiling in the shower. There was also a smell about the place - I can't quite put my finger on it but it was like the smell of a hospital - only in the wing where my room was (217). I had some toast and coffee for breakfast which was really good.

103-109 Southwark Street London England

Hotel highlights

  • Walking distance to Tate Modern and Globe Theatre
  • Free hot/cold buffet breakfast
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Bar/lounge

Located in Southwark, Holiday Inn Express London - Southwark is within a 5-minute walk of Tate Modern and within 15 minutes of other popular attractions like Globe Theatre. This 147-room, 3-star hotel has free breakfast along with conveniences like free in-room WiFi and a 24-hour business center. Borough Market and Royal National Theatre are also within a short walk.


Free hot/cold buffet breakfast is included with your stay. At the end of the day, unwind with a drink at the bar/lounge.


All of Holiday Inn Express London - Southwark's 147 rooms are recently renovated and have an array of amenities, including coffee makers, phones, and desks. Flat-screen TVs come with digital channels and pay movies, and guests can stay connected with free WiFi. Beds sport pillow menus and bathrooms offer hair dryers.

Property features

Holiday Inn Express London - Southwark offers free WiFi in public areas and a 24-hour business center. Self parking is available for GBP 35.00 per night. The front desk has multilingual staff standing by 24 hours a day to assist with luggage storage and securing valuables.

Room options

Room, 1 Double Bed, Non Smoking

Full 1 | Sleeps 2

Standard Room

Full 2 | Full 1 | Sleeps 2

Room, Non Smoking

Twin 1 | Sleeps 2

Room, Non Smoking

Twin 1 | Sleeps 1

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

70% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 1092 reviews