Due to work on my favourite Ibis I got put into this place. Fairly recent and had good reports on tripadvisor, so off I went.
Easy to find and easy to check in, staff were uber helpful (I was on crutches at the time and they responded wonderfully).
The ambience is back-packer chic and very, dare I say it, youth oriented. Decor is quirky and post-boutique, almost anti-boutique in its almost industrial styling; lots of odd wooden constructions and conduit-built hand rails.
The bedrooms are, odd. There is a big unit in the room that has the bed and toilet/shower all in one, so the ablutions are directly behind the head of the bed. There's this cage-like construct to keep all your fones, drinks, glasses and snacks, along with all the light and power switches. It's really well thought out. The beds are huge and more comfortable than your Mother's womb, seriously. The telly is nailed to a board at the foot of the bed, so you'll be watching it sitting on the bed then. No seats in the room. There is what looks like an easel at first glance but is in fact another quirky wooden construction for hanging your clothes on. there are no drawers or wardrobes here. It works, kinda, but two folks with a weeks worth of kit would struggle. Rooms are clean and organised with adequate air-con/heating.
Downstairs there are vending machines with proper food in them, free coffee and heating/cookinig facilities if you want. There are coffee machines on every floor too, free, except mine was bust and wouldn't give me lattes, dammit.
My beef, and there's only one but it's a biggie, is the noise.
I had a room with an outside view of the pakl, and as this is an old office conversion there's no double glazing. Whitechapel High street is a noisy street and the noise penetrates. Also, going back to the plumbing arrangements, the folks upstairs used their toilet a lot, and every flush woke me up with a cascade of noise down the pipes.
I'll use this place again but only if I can't get a quiet room elsewhere.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Qbic Hotel London is a new concept design hotel... and the greenest hotel in London! Located close to bustling Brick Lane and the trendy bars, art galleries and boutiques of Shoreditch, Qbic offers an off-the-charts experience for urban explorers who are hungry for new and unique experiences. Green credentials, quirky style and sociability are the revolutionary values at the heart of Qbic, that set it apart from all other hotels. Our bedrooms are futuristic in design, featuring a unique, all-in-one, cube-shaped pod called 'Qbi', which includes the bed and the bathroom. The Qbi is sustainably built, features Super-King beds with ridiculously comfy organic handmade hypoallergenic mattresses, an integrated 32" LCD TV, reading/mood lighting, UK/EU and USB sockets, hairdryers, and a laptop safe. All our en-suite bathrooms have a powerful rain shower with water-saving technology, a steam-free mirror and luxurious organic toiletries. Bespoke, handmade furniture and locally sourced fixtures and fittings also add personality: no two of our quirky rooms are the same! Complimentary premium tea and coffee is offered on floors 1 to 4. Don't say we don't love you! At Qbic, a special attention is given to eco-friendly initiatives (such as solar panels on the roof, strong focus on all things recycling and energy-saving, organic toiletries, etc.) and to supporting the local community, while our calendar of monthly events in the hotel lounge feed our guests' creative hunger and attract the best of the local crowd too. Our in-house bar and restaurant offers great breakfast options for all tastes, as well as a modern all-day food & snacks menu, made from locally and sustainably sourced ingredients. Our free and super-fast Wi-Fi throughout the whole building makes the Qbic lobby the perfect place to eat, drink, work and/or socialise. Other amenities include #QbicRecommends - our very own curated insiders' guide to London, updated weekly and connecting our guests with the city's best events and most inspiring places - a private secure gated car park with electric car charging points, recycled bikes for our guests to borrow (to enjoy the full East London experience!), luggage storage, a 24-hour front desk and express check-in/out. By focussing on delivering exceptionally well on the essentials, plus a whole load of cool extras and none of the stuffy frills typical of the previous generation hotels, at Qbic we pride ourselves in offering an incredibly personal experience to our guests and great value for money. Come sleep with us! ... more less
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