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Qbic Hotel London City
Ranked #107 of 1,089 Hotels in London
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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“So close, so very close.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2014

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.

Room Tip: I'd avoid rooms overlooking the park for the noise effects.
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled on business
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2014 via mobile

New hotel, large rooms, minimalist styling, good cheap prices for London hotels. Of the two minimalist chairs one was just plain uncomfortable but the bed was fine. Lots of room in the shower however those open ended shower doors guarantee water all over the floor outside the stall. The lobby downstairs was bright, cheerful and comfortable. Perhaps the two best things about this hotel is the price and location in the middle of many fantastic Pakistani and Indian restaurants.

Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Markham, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2014

Stayed here for 1 night and had a great experience with the hotel. Staff is friendly and helpful, and the rooms are very clean and cool. I really can't think of another word to describe the hotel with other than cool. It definitely has personality, and I loved the red guitar in the elevator.

It's not exactly in central London, but the closest tube station (Aldgate East) is the most eastern stop in Zone 1, so it's not that bad. It's in a great area (brick lanes, old spitalfields etc.) with tons of tasty Indian/Middle Eastern restaurants. It's a bit quiet at night, but it's easy to get back into the city from here.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled solo
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2014 via mobile

I was booked into the hotel by my employers as my usual hotel was full. The hotel lobby was modern, contemporary and clean. I didn't like the vending machine arrangement for food...some of which you warm up yourself.
The bedroom was quirky but clean and comfortable. No hairdryer though.
All a bit odd but I can see younger clients may appreciate the strange eating arrangements.

  • Stayed February 2014
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2014

I stayed one night here in feb 2014 and hotel is super good designed. Good priced for London. Very hip and young looks that are quite inviting. I would call it "Berlin style" hotel in a very good way. The beds are really good and rooms were super clean. Lights are perfect in room and my first hotel experience in London with European plugs option as well. Bathrooms are also very clean and nice. Staff is nice and friendly.

Only thing that I would add is that breakfast is not worth it. They should also try to have a kitchen as there is not much around if you arrive late night. Another improvement would be to have a table in the rooms as there is not much space to put things without any table.

Overall nice and experience and would return.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled on business
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2014

Loved the 'eco' room, so unique and quirky yet simple.
Our room was really spacious, the bed was comfortable, tv had a wide selection of channels. The bathroom was really clean and fresh with a funky modern look.
The overall presentation and service of the hotel was really good, the staff were friendly and approachable. The decor was modern and funky yet slightly modest.
The hotel was in a good location just a couple of minutes walk from Tesco Express and Aldgate East tube station. There is also a car park around the back which was £12 for the day and night, it was easy to drive to.
A good fun hotel yet customers are still taken seriously. Good value for money, would stay again.

Room Tip: We had a yard view room, but the view doesn't really make much difference as we never had time t...
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2014

I'm just back from a 3 night trip to London with friends, and stayed in the Qbic. This hotel is only opened a couple of months and came recommended but it exceeded my expectations we loved it. Some have commented there was no staff around during their stay, we had help checking in at 11pm and throughout our stay, all the staff are so friendly and helpful. The decor is so funky but welcoming and the rooms plenty big for a short stay, yes no wardrobes but they supply you with hangers. The real plus is the beds which are so comfy and shower is amazing all the other reviewers will agree. The hotel itself is so quite on the corridors and the rooms are soundproof, we had a courtyard view which is really a street view and had a bit of noise on night 1 from revellers travelling home late. The complimentary tea/coffee/water is great, we would start and finish our day with a cuppa it was so relaxing in the reception area/kitchen to read or watch some TV or just chat but always people around. Algate East tube station is 2 mins walk and LIverpool St station 10 mins walk. We had a great stay, and wouldn't hestiate staying here again its a great spot, thanks Qbic.

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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
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Property: Qbic Hotel London City
Address: 42, Adler Street, London E1 1EE, England
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Region: United Kingdom > England > London > Whitechapel , East End / East London
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #107 of 1,089 Hotels in London
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Qbic Hotel London City 3.5*
Number of rooms: 171
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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