To get away from things, we decided on a " love weekend" in London. Looking around for good deals, I checked a dozen or so hotels against TripAdvisor and found " The Apex of London". Great reviews (one of the best in London) and exceptionally low price (130 pounds a night, including breakfast) thru their own website.
It is a beautifully designed, crisp and trendy hotel with friendly staff (from all over the world, it seems) and brilliant location. Just a block from Tower Hill Underground Station (on the Circle Line) and two blocks or so away from Fenchurch Street Railway Station you can get to anywhere in London fast and easy (get Travelcard in advance or buy an Oyster card when you arrive; briliant system!!). We flew into London City Airport and we were at the hotel within an hour after touching down (no kidding!!) using the Docklands Light Rail (changing at Limehouse to Fenchurch Street as Tower Gateway was closed).
The room - not too big, of course - was impeccably clean, the bathroom (with seperate bath) luxurious, the tv big enough to placate American guests (free DVD's from reception!!) and the bed big and firm with several pillows to choose from. Our Superior room came complete with coffee maker, safe, fridge and ironing board.
The staff is international and although not all of them seem fluent in English, they do their best to make your stay pleasant. The breakfast (both English and Continental) is excellent and although we didn't eat at the hotel's resaturant, it was full on saturday night and I'm sure not all were guests of the hotel. The bar - design and lounge music - is laid back and not at all pricey (3. 90 for a pint, 4 quid for a glass of good red wine).
Although the City is a ghost town in the weekend (makes for a quiet stay), the hotel is quite close to Spitalfield Market and Brick Lane which are a must-see if you' re into vintage stuff, food from all over the globe, hip people and thousands of stalls selling everything from art and (vintage)clothes to bicycles and used batteries. Brilliant place!!
The Apex is also a five minute walk away from the Tower and the Tower Pier where you can catch a River Bus up and down the Thames (west to Waterloo Bridge and east to Greenwich) for a whole lot less than a river cruise! If you like to walk, it takes about 45 minutes to walk along the Thames to the London Eye.
All in all a very affordable stay in a luxury hotel with excellent location (if you know how to move about the city). We' ll be coming back.
- 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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- Also Known As:
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