Booked a room at the Ace Hotel Shoreditch during a business trip to London. The boxes of tired-looking plants by the entrance made the place look a bit like a garden centre, and the black and grey decor around the reception is a bit grim. Receptionist was very friendly but too overfamiliar to be considered professional. The room was as described on the website but the items for sale, in baskets, clipped to the wall etc became a bit tedious. £7 for a cardboard folder! A Pot Noodle and a Curly Wurly, more naff than nostalgic. The record turntable was on the price list but not in the room, and the condom, free-of-charge,was not in the basket; not that I needed it but the noises through the thin walls suggested that the couple next door may have found theirs! When I turned down the bed I saw a tear in the middle of the bottom sheet. If I could see it that easily, why couldn't Housekeeping when they made the bed? I knew it would be uncomfortable to sleep on and was likely to tear further. There wasn't a price listed for the sheet but I expected to be expensive! I couldn't get an answer from Houesekkeping on the telephone but eventually got an answer from Reception and asked for the sheet to be changed. After about ten minutes a young woman arrived with a clipboard and challenged me about "the dirty sheet". I explained and showed her the torn sheet and she left the room assuring me that Housekeeping would be along soon; which duly they did and remade the bed with a fresh sheet. As it was a business trip, I tried to work. The round table had a wobbly top and the chair was pretty uncomfortable. I tried to move the table to be able to sit on the couch but the lamp hangs directly over the table and won't retract so the table has to stay where it is. The wifi was ok but the TV didn't respond to the remote and would only show Channel 4 or the set up menu. To be honest, I was relieved to be called away due to an urgent business matter and not have to stay the night. A very expensive and disappointing experience, not worth the £418!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to the Ace Hotel London Shoreditch, a 5 star property in the historic Shoreditch neighbourhood, a hub for galleries, theaters and fashion, home of the Brick Lane market and a canvas for street artists from around the world.It’s a neighborhood with a long history of culture and industry — the first district where plays were performed in London, banned at that time in the center city, and later a center of in textile and furniture manufacture.Today’s Shoreditch is a leader in the arts, design, cuisine, culture and technology — an outpost in the global community of ideas. The design at Ace Hotel London hints at a wide range of influences from UK punk to the bold graphic style of the early 20th century Vorticist movement, to the clean Modernism of the Bauhaus.All rooms have vintage furniture, original artwork, in-room safe and flatscreen TV with Ace video-on-demand and Revo radios with Ace-curated radio stations, plus a well-stocked mini-bar and complimentary WiFI. Some rooms have turntables and a selection of vinyl and acoustic guitars.Easy access to Moorgate, Finsbury Square and Liverpool Street. Destination restaurant Hoi Polloi is by David Waddington and Pablo Flack who are restaurateurs behind Bistrotheque and Shrimpy’s. Gym is open 24 hours; the Hotel also features a Basement Bar with live gigs and DJ sets, a lobby bar, The Bulldog Edition - a coffee shop in partnership with Square Mile Coffee Roasters, an exhibition gallery, on-site juice bar, a flower shop, and 24 hours room service. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Crowne Plaza London Shoreditch Hotel London
- London Crowne Plaza