Having stayed at the Strand Palace hotel on business the previous week, I was delighted to come across Atelier EC1 as an alternative. Although my corporate travel agent had made a mistake in the booking, the receptionist was friendly and helpful in sorting out the problem overnight.
My room was a large studio on the second floor, with a kitchen and en-suite bathroom. The kitchen was reasonably well-equipped, with a combination grill, microwave and oven plus a small dishwasher and clearly brand new pans, cutlery and crockery. I could have done with some small bowls for breakfast etc, but not a problem.
The double bed was large and comfortable. Air conditioning was a bit noisy. Television reception was limited to BBC1 and 2 plus Sky Sport, surely a ridiculously limited offering even if I had had been able to find all ten or so channels listed in the excellent guest manual.
My biggest gripe, however, was the excessive charge for internet access, charged individually for each device (laptop or phone) and costing me £28 for 7 days, for example. Clearly business travellers are the main target audience. Telephone signal on my iphone was consistently poor throughout my 4-night stay, so there was little alternative in that respect.
My room was opposite a restaurant, with pubs and Farringdon rail and Underground stations right on the corner. It was nevertheless quiet and largely undisturbed at night. Several small supermarkets (Tesco, Sainsbury), pubs and restaurants are on the doorstep. Atelier EC1 is in a central location for both the City and West End, although possibly better for business travellers than tourists.
The room had two large wardrobes with trouser press, safe and ironing equipment. The bathroom was smart and reasonably sized, with two separate handheld shower heads over a bath. There was plenty of shelf space, which is not always the case in hotels.
Once I had checked in, the room was left to me for the duration of my stay without the bed being made, room tidied or bins being emptied. This is different from various other serviced apartments I stay in (in Manchester). I guess it's a matter of personal preference. The three separate recycling bins had me baffled, with no explanation given in the manual.
Atelier EC1 is a great alternative to hotels for business travellers visiting the City. It is spacious, excellent value for money and very private. Recommended.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Atelier EC1 by BridgeStreet is a new five star, environmentally friendly apartment development based in the heart of London's thriving 'Jewellery Quarter', near the City of London. Atelier EC1 offers a luxurious contemporary setting for the most discerning business traveller. This building has 24 stylish studios, one and two-bedroom apartments and penthouses. All these boutique apartments are fitted out to the highest specification through-out with air conditioning, flat screen TV's, iPod docking stations and all have high specification kitchens and beautiful bathrooms. ... more less
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