We booked here based on the excellent rating on TA and were quite pleased with the result.
The hotel is modern, clean and the room we had (junior suite) has a decent size for London. The bathroom especially was very spacious with a very good shower and standalone tub.
Beds are large and comfortable, and entertainment-wise you'll also have little to complain since there are two large tv's, an iPod-dock, bluray-player and home cinema sound system. How anyone could really use the huge subwoofer in a hotel room is beyond me, but ok. The WiFi has an annoying login system but is quite fast (10 Mbps) and, more importantly, free.
There are some clever touches that we really appreciated: most hotels charge you upwards of 20 pounds per person for the simplest of breakfasts - which always is way to much, but at the Apex you can pick whatever you want from a menu to create your own selection. Most items are only 1.50 to 3 pounds, so you can have a nice breakfast delivered to your room for about 6 to 8 pound per person, which in my view is good value. We also had dinner in the Off the Wall restaurant twice (we travelled with friends with a small child), which was not bad but also not very inspiring. They do make a nice cocktail though.
Staff is friendly but could improve on some small issues to make them really stand out.
For example, allthough we ordered room service breakfast every day the order form was never renewed, so each night we had to call the reception to get a new one. You would think that after one time the staff would remember. The turndown-service was equally inconsistent: the first night we got it, the second night we didn't, the third night it was offered but we declined, and the last night it was again not offered. This is the sort of attention to detail and consistency that can make a hotel truely stand out and doesn't need to be reserved for 5*-hotels only.
The location is right in the middle of the business district, in a quiet street just off Moorgate. Perfect if you want to sleep soundly because there is no traffic noise but this also means - and you really have to realize this - that _everything_ is closed during weekends. If you walk to Liverpool Street Station some restaurants will be open but if you want to have some choice during the weekend you'll have to travel. Luckily, with Moorgate and Bank underground stations around the corner and Liverpool Street Station a little farther away this is very easy. A taxi to Soho will set you back about 12-16 pounds.
In contrast, during business hours you'll be almost spoiled for choice since there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops and stores open.
We paid about 190 pounds per night (excluding breakfast) for a junior suite and this felt like very good value compared to other hotels in London with similar sized rooms. If you need to be in the City or don't mind a little travel to get to the main attractions the Apex London Wall is an excellent choice.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the heart of the City, this four star deluxe hotel has 89 spacious en-suite rooms with a choice of city, superior, deluxe and suites. The rooms include 40" LED TV, Bose SoundDock MP3 dock, fridge, safe, spacious walk-in power shower, large desk, ground coffee and selected teas, luxury toiletries, iron and ironing board, free Wi-Fi and local calls. Other facilities include Off the Wall Lounge Bar and Restaurant, and Gym. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Apex London Wall Hotel England