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Apex City of London Hotel
Ranked #81 of 1,063 Hotels in London
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London, United Kingdom
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“A hidden gem of a hotel”
Reviewed 24 February 2009

My 3rd stay in this hotel, and I can't praise it enough, clean, modern, great service, good value, and great location, very quiet and peaceful, but still remaining close enough to all the sights. I am in London again in March and have already booked another room.

  • Stayed February 2009, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 21 February 2009

What a great hotel! Highly recommend booking a superior double room - as some good deals out there. The room was amazing - huge comfy bed, good size sofa and big TV, funky lighting and great photography framed on the walls. The bathroom also has speakers so you can hear the radio in the shower!! All staff very polite and friendly. Nearest tube station 2 mins walk away and you can walk along the Thames and be in Covent Garden in 25 minutes. Will 100% be back to this hotel.

  • Stayed February 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 February 2009

Spend 3 nights over the weekend in early Feb 09. It is located within the London financial district and about 10mins walk to Tower Hill Tube Station. You can walk to Tower of London within 15mins. The room is excellent with nice pictures hanging on the wall, flat screen TV mounted on the walk, free Wireless Internet and local calls. Bathroom is very comfortable with bath tub and shower seperate. The toiletries provided are great however no slippers though. This is more of a business hotel and not many restaurants are opened around the hotel during the weekend.

  • Stayed February 2009, travelled on business
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Chester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 20 February 2009

Our fourth stay at this hotel - and of consistently high standard. Welcomed back - a nice touch. Travelled with elderly parent and requests for nearby rooms followed on each visit. Rooms not large but spotless, tastefully decorated and quiet. Good location near Tower of London and nearby tube. Staff welcoming and helpful. We didn't bother with full English breakfast - the continental breakfast was plentiful and varied.

  • Stayed February 2009, travelled with family
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Bath
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Reviewed 18 February 2009

The service right from the start was excellent. Our daughter enjoyed the friendly attention while checking in. we enjoyed a quiet evening in our room and it was so quiet that we felt very relaxed. The room had everything that we needed. The location was perfect for the Tower of London and the metro system was so close for travelling anywhere.
The best thing about the hotel was the service at breakfast, nothing was to much for the staff. There didn't seem to be anything to dislike about the hotel.

  • Stayed August 2008, travelled with family
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Reviewed 18 February 2009

We stayed at the Apex with a couple of friends back in November, almost entirely based on the TripAdvisor reviews here. We paid just over £110 a room including VAT for a Superior King, and for that money we weren't expecting anything too amazing, especially considering some of the rooms have been described here as a bit pokey and not too exciting.

Well, how wrong can you be. We were placed into a newly refurbished block which can't have been open more than a week or two, as I am fairly sure from the state of the room that we were the first people ever to stay in them. There was the very slight smell of fresh paint, and everything was absolutely spotless, it was like the hotel room equivalent of a show house.

Sure, the room wasn't huge, but the TV certainly was, a big 42" plasma monster taking up much of your field of vision at the bottom of the bed! The bathroom was also immaculate with the obligatory Apex duck (which my missus has since adopted, although sadly he floats upside down, the poor big-headed duck). The location was great, although admittedly you need to go a few tube stops round the Circle line to get anywhere with a good number of bars and restaurants, but you're only a 3 minute walk from Tower Hill station so that suited us fine.

The only negative point from our stay is that the bar shut up shop about 1am, when the bar was half full - call me old fashioned, but when I stay at a hotel I expect the bar to stay open until the last patron leaves, or at least until some time a bit later than it did, but it's a very slight niggle in an otherwise excellent stay. Staff were excellent and went out of their way to make sure we enjoyed ourselves. Free wifi as mentioned elsewhere is such a small gesture but makes a huge difference to customer satisfaction - I get so used to paying £15+ for 24 hours in London hotels, when all I really need is 10 minutes to look something up. So more plus points here.

The follow-up email I received a week or two after staying urging me to come on here and write a review did explain the rather large number of ratings and reviews for this place, but they all seem fairly spot-on to me, and the place really is good for the money considering the location. Would definitely stay again.

PS - I don't really own a hat, so if you do find a better hotel for the money, I won't really be eating it, though I'd love to know where that hotel is!

  • Stayed November 2008, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 17 February 2009

I am surprised at some of the reviews on here. To be honest most of them are good but the negatives I would say are unfounded if you have done your research.

1. You are not in the centre of London here (you are in the City) - this is good - it's quiet and more relaxed.
2. The breakfast we had was gorgeous (we had a full english) - the waiter was extremely attentive. Compared to other hotels in London we thought it was cheap!
3. Yes VAT is added on top - isn't that the same with every hotel? I don't understand how people who book online don't know the total cost as it is very clear on the website
4. The shower was hot....again I don't understand how people cannot work out how to use the shower to get it hot?

Basically, we loved it and have booked to stay there again in March. We have also recommended it to many friends who were also very happy with their stay. For a weekend stay, it is the best value hotel I have ever stayed in for the pure fact it is extremely well furnished (the furniture is modern but looks expensive and bathrooms are stunning), it's very clean, the staff are very friendly and check in and out very efficient. On top of that the free toiletries are HUGE and smell gorgeous! You just don't get that anywhere else in London unless you pay double the price. I really don't think people appreciate how expensive London hotels are.

The only negative I have is that we had to go out so didnt get to spend more time in the room!

Again, thank you to the staff - the price went down in between us booking and staying there, which I noticed when looking at the price for my friends that wanted to stay there. The staff straight away moved our booking to the new cheaper rate. We then were given a complimentary upgrade when we arrived.

Please don't read in to any of the negative comments, you will not be disappointed if you stay here.

  • Stayed December 2008, travelled as a couple
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Property: Apex City of London Hotel
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
#75 Luxury Hotel in London
#84 Business Hotel in London
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
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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