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Apex City of London Hotel
Ranked #88 of 1,076 Hotels in London
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 17 February 2014

* Please note that I would have given the hotel a 4.5 star rating if possible due to the bed, but decided to round up in stars instead of down because the overall experience was really positive. *

After a 10 hour flight, a long tube ride, and then dragging our heavy suitcases up the stairs from the Tower Hill Underground station, my hubby and I were pretty exhausted; so we were pretty happy that it only ended up being a 0.1 mile walk to our hotel. The gentleman who checked us in was friendly and efficient. (I think his name was Mark)

I didn't have a chance to explore the hotel grounds beyond the lobby, but what I saw was aesthetically pleasing, tidy, and modern. We were given a room off the 4th floor with windows facing the front of the street, which had an old church and office buildings further back. Although the room was small, it did not feel cramped. Honestly I was expecting something comically tight since I kept reading about hotel rooms in Europe being itty bitty, so I was pleasantly surprised. The bathroom was definitely spacious and was almost the size of the small sleeping area. I loved that the tub and the shower were separate, and that there was a roomy shelf to put all your toiletries.

If you didn't bring a hair dryer, they provide one, but I found it in the closet rather than in the bathroom. the electric kettle and coffee/tea supply was in the closet as well with the mini fridge. An ironing board and iron were also provided, which I didn't think the hotel would carry. I really liked that they didn't stock munchies/drinks you could purchase at an outrageous price in your room. Everything they did provide was free: bottle of flat water, bottle of mineral water, coffee, tea, hot cocoa, and cookies or biscuits to go with the drink. There was a restaurant and bar right in the lobby if you wanted something more substantial, and a ton of eateries and a Starbucks nearby. (I recommend their local chain called Wagamama if you're looking for a casual place to grab a bite. It's one block over and across the main cross street.)

One thing I especially liked about the room was that there were PLENTY of available electrical outlets to plug in our plethora of electronic devices. The desk had a huge power strip built in right on top, so you didn't have to go poking around under the desk.

It was great having a king sized bed like we have at home, but the only thing I'd knock a half star off for was that it wasn't the comfiest bed. The mattress could have benefited from being flipped over. That being said, it wasn't uncomfortable enough to keep us up at night.

We overall had a fantastic stay, and the Apex City of London was amazingly situated in the heart of London.

Other tips:
If you do end up using the hotel, here's the self-guided walking tour I used that was perfect for that specific area: http://www.walklondon.com/london-walks/pool-of-london-walk.htm
I also highly recommend using the City Mapper app on your smart phone to get around easily. We never had to ask for directions thanks to it!

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Reviewed 16 February 2014

The Apex City of London Hotel has once again made our weekend in London most pleasurable. We first stayed there about 15 months ago on the recommendation of a friend who uses the hotels in the Apex group regularly. We were very impressed then which prompted us to book again this year.
It ticks all the boxes in terms of the room and amenities for us as a family and is in a fantastic location for some of London's top attractions such as the Tower of London. The communication links are fantastic, with tube, bus and ferry only minutes away. The bus route, No 15, is also a night bus route, fantastic if you want to spend time in the West End, as we did on this occasion and runs right through to Trafalgar Square.
We stayed on a B&B basis and the breakfast was lovely, covering both continental and cooked breakfast. The Braveheart breakfast is particularly good and has a bit of a Scottish twist to it, namely haggis, which I thoroughly enjoyed.
The staff were very friendly and attentive without being overboard as you can find in some establishments.
All in all a delight and would recommend to anyone.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled with family
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Thank league82
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Reviewed 16 February 2014

Have stayed here before and have always been happy. Stayed here for weekend in February and was still very happy with all aspects of this hotel. Very good check in with staff welcoming us back. Professional service and clean spacious room with very comfortable bed. Will stay here again

Room Tip: Basement rooms are good if you are an insomniac!
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  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank piglet23
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Reviewed 16 February 2014

Searching for a romantic getaway to London, we found this hotel: great reviews and value for money, compared to other city central hotels.

We arrived early wanting to drop off our bags; to our surprise a ro was available. The check-in was quick and we were given an option for discounted breakfast as this is something we didn't opt in for on booking.

Located on the 2nd floor, our standard room was far from standard. A large bedroom with a super-size tv; queen size bed and a bathroom with both walk in shower and bath tub. For me, being a skin care snob, the complimentary elemis products and quirky yellow ducky were lovely touches!

We have to say the only negative to the room was the shower. Two things: the water supply seemed to be different to the taps as the hot water was more tepid than steaming hot and the size, was more like a hand held shower than an enormous over head which you would expect given the size of the walk in: shame!

In the evening, we had two cocktails in the bar. The selection is vast and the service is great. We were given bar snacks complimentary to our drinks and the bar staff were very welcoming and smiley!

To finish, our nights sleep was sound and the bed was ultra comfy. Also, as we left a porter asked if we'd like our bags to be held so we could sight see (he'd read our mind as we were going to ask this at reception.)

The staff and service made the stay a happy one and we would most definitely return.

  • Stayed: February 2014
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Thank Lauraclin
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Reviewed 16 February 2014 via mobile

Came for a valentines weekend. The weather disapointed but the hotel didnt! Comfy bed, warm rooms nice staff great in hotel food. The showers also were perfect for washing off london underground filth. Ohh and not to mention the free duck! This is the second time weve been to apex and just as good as the first time. Recomended!

Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
Thank Joshua C
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Reviewed 13 February 2014

We came to London to visit our Daughter who is living there. The staff of the Apex Hotel are really great and always friendly. We received a complimentary upgrade to one of their Deluxe rooms which was really nice. The rooms are really spacious and especially the yellow duck in the bathroom is fantastic.
We will def come back and are looking forward to stay again in this hotel.

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Thank PFickenwirth
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Reviewed 11 February 2014

This was our third visit to this hotel and as ever, the room we were allocated was a good size and clean and tidy. All of the facilities were excellent and the staff were as friendly as ever. Just two things worthy of comment…the wardrobe space in our room was rather limited and despite mentioning it, the shower pressure was rather poor in our bathroom. However, despite this (the latter of which was dealt with by way of a refund), we will no doubt be returning in the future. It's a great location and always a great nights sleep.

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Address: 1 Seething Lane, London EC3N 4AX, England
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Region: United Kingdom > England > London > City of London
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#53 Romantic Hotel in London
#62 Family Hotel in London
#83 Luxury Hotel in London
#84 Business Hotel in London
Price Range: £114 - £282 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Apex City of London Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 209
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Apex City of London Hotel provides memorable stays in the heart of London. It’s known for its friendly and warm welcome from check-in right through to check-out. You’ll be well looked after during your stay with a team on hand to answer all of your questions and help plan your visit. The hotel is located in central London, close to Tower Bridge, and is just a 30-minute trip on the DLR from London City Airport. The natural light that filters through floor-to-ceiling windows in the contemporary restaurant, lounge and bar area makes this hotel a great place to meet, eat or relax. Each bedroom features a 40” LCD TV with Sky channels and complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi for all of your personal devices. You’ll also get complimentary Elemis toiletries and a hair dryer in your room meaning you can travel light. The hotel has three meeting rooms available and a Technogym featuring cardio and weights equipment making it perfect for business stays away from home. ... more   less 
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