Background - We were invited to an event in London on a school night and rather than leave early in order to get home we choose to stay in town overnight. I booked via the Apex hotels website about a month in advance and paid £226. This was for a standard double room, room only on a non refundable basis. A few days before the stay I did receive an email from the hotel with various room upgrade offers. I “think” they started from £39, but as we were going to be out all day and in the evening and it was just a one night stay, I didn’t upgrade.
Location - The hotel is on a road called Copthall Avenue, which is just off London Wall. There are shops, cafe’s and bars in this area but its mainly a district of office blocks. Moorgate tube station is 0.2 miles away or about a 3 min walk. Liverpool street station is 0.3 miles or a 5 min walk.
Check-in - On arrival at the reception desk I was very quickly called forward. The receptionist, was very keen to tell me lots of information about the hotel. This was all useful but he didn’t once smile and it did sort of felt like lecture.
Room - Modern central London hotels tend to have fairly small rooms and this was no exception. We did however just have a standard room so I guess that was to be expected. The room had a queen size bed, bedside tables, two telephones, a desk/dressing table, large flat screen tv with free Sky movies/sports, an iPod dock, one large chair with a footstool, large wardrobe but no alarm clock. Inside the wardrobe there was an iron, ironing board, a safe, a mini bar and also a kettle, some cups, tea and coffee and even some free cookies! On the desk there were some jelly beans, pringles, a jar of nuts and a bottle of red wine. The receptionist did warn me that the red wine was not complementary however the jelly beans were. I am not sure about the nuts and pringles.
I get the impression that most guests at this hotel are traveling on their own and for business. The room was modern, clean, tidy, practical and great for one or two nights, but you could be in any city in the world. Wifi was included and you need to enter both a user name and a password to access it.
Bathroom - Large bathroom, with separate bath and large shower cubical. Next to the sink there was one bottle of shampoo, one bottle of shower gel, one bottle of hand cream and a bar of soap. All nice quality stuff but why do hotels think that one bar of soap or bottle of shower gel is enough? And why do they think next to the sink is the best place for the shower gel and the shampoo? PLEASE put a bottle of shower gel and a bar of soap in the shower cubical and next to the bath, that way guests don’t wet before they discover that the soap is out of reach.
Apex hotels offer guest a complementary rubber duck to take home. Each of their six hotels has a different duck and they all have names. Very cute and a great marketing tool.
Breakfast - Breakfast wasn’t included in our room rate and this hotel does not feature a buffet style breakfast. We had a cooked english breakfast and some coffee, total cost of two people was £35. It was all very nice but I though a bit expensive.
Final comments - I would be more than happy to stay here again. Its not the Savoy or the Ritz but then its not in the same sort of price range.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated near the Museum of London, the Barbican Centre and St Paul’s Cathedral, Apex London Wall Hotel is accessible and conveniently located. Liverpool Street Station and Moorgate are just a few minutes’ walk away so you’ll be ideally placed for a business or leisure stay. The hotel has 89 rooms and suites, which are all modern, spacious and equipped with amenities. Each room features a 40” LCD TV with Sky Sports channels, complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi and Elemis toiletries. Take advantage of the hotel’s fitness studio to keep fit during your break or taste some of the city’s best food at Off the Wall Restaurant, where a variety of European inspired dishes fill the menu. Above the exceptional facilities and convenient location, it’s the warm, friendly welcome that ensures your stay is perfect at Apex City of London. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Apex London Wall Hotel England