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Qbic Hotel London City
Ranked #110 of 1,076 Hotels in London
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Reviewed 13 March 2014

This hotel was great. We stayed for a birthday occasion for one night only. To be honest we were barely in the hotel room as we were shopping, seeing shows etc. We turned up 5 hours before check in which was not a problem to the hotel at all, they took our bags and off we went to enjoy our day. Returning at 8pm later that day we went into our room. Our room was clean, tidy, stylish and quirky. We chose a room without a window which i was slightly nervous about sleeping in as i know rooms can get warm but it was not an issue at all because the air conditioning was quick and effective. Being an art & design student, the deco in the room and hotel fascinated me. Staff were extremely friendly and helpful. Room was clean and lovely, shower was powerful, beds were soooo comfy and the light switch at the side of the bed was great and very handy. The only thing i would complain about is the sliding door to the bathroom. It was really stiff and first of all we thought that it didn't close however we found out it did last minute. All in all, this hotel was brilliant and a brilliant value for money especially considering the location!

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Molly W
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Reviewed 11 March 2014

The hotel is very clean! Very easy tot find, 2 min from tube station.
People at the counter will gladly help you.
Breakfast misses one thing, eggs! But the rest is perfect.
Free coffee and tea 24/7 at every hallway!

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled with family
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Thank Nicole V
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Reviewed 10 March 2014

It was nice to see something a bit different, and I liked the concept, but I can't help but feel there was a little bit of a case of style of substance with this hotel. It was by no means disastrous - but there were some issues:

1. The bed in our room wasn't right. It wasn't flat, and had a noticeable dip in it. This was uncomfortable. Also, as mentioned by another reviewer, the board at the end of bed which prevents you from stretching out is a pain, particularly if you're on the taller end of the height spectrum (I'm 6ft 2 and found it a bit annoying).

2. The cube structures were, at first glance, a cool design feature, but the sink/bathroom area was very flimsy. The floor creaked loudly and wobbled as you walked on it. I'm not sure if all rooms were like this or just ours. If you need to get up in the night to go to the toilet, you're probably going to wake up whoever else is in the room with you.

3. There were lots of odd noises produced by what I presume was the plumbing. It sometimes sounded as if a tap had been left on, or other similar sounds at random times. I don't expect there to be no noise at all, given the number of rooms but this was surprisingly loud. It genuinely sounded like a tap running in our room at times.

4. Our "mood light" didn't work. This is minor, but a little disappointing.

5. I made the mistake of switching off the air-con before going to sleep. We were in one of the 'inner' rooms so things became very very stuffy. Come the morning, I was craving fresh air.

Some of the above issues may have been symptomatic of only our room (which was room 211, if hotel staff are reading this).

On the plus side, the room was nice and clean, brightly decorated and illuminated, and the shower was quite nice. The staff were pleasant and helpful. The location was also very convenient for us, and the price was reasonable for London. If we hadn't experienced quite so many small annoyances, I would have scored this higher.

Room Tip: I recommend paying extra for a window room. Bring earplugs just in case.
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Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
2  Thank Mike S
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Reviewed 9 March 2014

Rooms clean and tidy. No drink making facilities in room but coffee/hot water machine FOC on each hotel floor. Hair dryer in room and shower gel/shampoo. Comfy bed and well regulated room temperature. Didn't eat breakfast at the hotel but it looked reasonable for £7.50. Didn't use the vending machines available in the hotel as there was a well stocked Tesco Express across the road. Microwave, bottle opener, water, tea and coffee was available in lounge. Across the main road and and turn left you will see the Jack the Ripper walking tour meeting point. This takes place every evening around 7pm. Not many places to eat within 5 minutes, but on 15 minute walk into City and London Bridge.

  • Stayed: March 2014
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Reviewed 9 March 2014

What a great concept - provide the essentials, make them great and keep the price low. We stayed one night at Qbic in December 2013 and we enjoyed every second. The Qbic has an arty laid back feel. The facilities - check in, drinks etc. are self-service, but the exceptionally friendly staff are always on hand to help out. Tommy and Ayda were especially brilliant - professional, helpful and so friendly - making us feel very welcome and relaxed. On our next visit to London our choice of hotel will be an easy one!

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Simon C
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Reviewed 7 March 2014 via mobile

Perhaps You need to be modern essential and young spirit to appreciate this place. Certainly you will find the most nice people to welcome you in always a very essential way! No reception, no phone in the room. No good view, but all the rest very friendly

Stayed: March 2014, travelled on business
Thank Raffaella S
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Reviewed 6 March 2014

We arrived early afternoon after a long train journey and were allocated our room straightaway. The room was easy to find and very modern. Large, comfortable bed with a TV built into the base. Wifi worked well. The bathroom was very bright and had a large walk in shower. Tea and coffee machines were easily found and greatly appreciated after walking round London during a tube strike! The hotel is a couple of minutes walk from Aldgate East tube station which was ideal when transferring from Kings Cross. Unluckily for us, the tube station was closed during the strike which meant lots of walking but it was easily accessed on our first and last day. The walls were a bit thin and you could hear others in the corridor and hear people flushing the toilets but overall we were very happy with the hotel and would definitely stay here again in the future.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about 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 #110 of 1,076 Hotels in London
Price Range: £63 - £203 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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