Travel to a design hotel that looks and feels like an artsy home
At Bankside in London, close to Tate Modern, look for the building with the words “Another World Is Possible” across it. That’s one of three citizenMs in London. The lobby looks like that of a person well travelled. Styled on purpose to look like a home, the open-plan living room is designed with contemporary furniture from Vitra. It also makes space for the self-service canteen. Right from the point you enter, there’s nothing hotel-like about this space. Instead of grand chandeliers, you’ll find a ceiling filled with white paper lantern-like pendant lights. Instead of check-in counters, you’ll find a bookshop with books on design, photography, fashion and architecture.
The Dutch hotel group, known for its unique concept of affordable luxury, designed this as a modern hotel for the urban, tech-savvy traveller. Although minimally styled, each of the 192 guest rooms is high on comfort and technology. The space boasts of contemporary furniture, eccentric accessories, interesting curios and thought-provoking art.
The break out spaces are done in a combination of armchairs and plush sofas. A cluster of pendant lamps hung from the ceiling works like an installation.
The lobby area has a massive black floor-to-ceiling display case that holds curious and books.
Also in the sprawling open-plan lobby/living room, a Gavin Turk artwork stands behind a chair and side table by Vitra.
One of the many thought-provoking contemporary artworks seen around the public spaces of citizenM, Bankside, London.
One of the many public areas for guests to work, read or hang out, the long community tables and wall murals lend a college library-like vibe.
Bright red outdoor furniture on the wooden deck share space with green plants.