The hotels location is fantastic, it is about a 3/4 minute walk from Aldergate tube station and is less than a 10/15 minute walk from lots of landmarks and attractions. Tower hill is only one stop down the line.
The hotel itself is beyond cool and quirky, from the crate lights, communal area complete with floating head, the lamps made from hoses and guitars and inspirational quotes changed daily in the lifts. We stayed in a windowless room, it was small (better put as compact) but it had everything we needed.... Almost.... The only thing that would have made our stay in room 418 easier would have been a plug point on the opposite wall to the three points next to the bed.
When it came to using the hair dryer/straighteners near the mirror, or plugging in the iron, there was nowhere apart from the points at the side of the bed, this meant my partner had to set the ironing board up in the bathroom pod to have enough room.
Our hose lamp was connected to two wall switches, one marked as mood lighting, and this didn't seem to work the problem with this comes if one of you needs to get up in the dark and needs a light you wake the other up as the bulb is pretty bright.
The style of the room though was amazing, I loved the bright colours, the bed was so so comfy and I slept extremely soundly the two nights we stayed as the room was so dark and so quiet it was perfect.
The furniture was quirky, the corridor decoration was great, the coffee and the tea pigs selection (a personal highlight) was a great extra. The shower was great, the rainforest shower was perfect after a hot day in the city.
All the staff at the hotel were very polite, friendly and welcoming and always made the effort to greet us and make conversation. We were only given one room key upon check-in (which were able to do over an hour early which was really helpful) but it was no problem when we requested a second.
Our stay was enjoyable, for what we paid I feel we got value for money at £208 for 2 nights. I have recommend this to others who enjoy staying somewhere more interesting that your usual hotel.
- 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 #QbicSessions - a calendar of monthly live events in the hotel lounge featuring the best of London's up-and-coming talent - 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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