I had won one of their rooms for one pound so, not wishing to pass on the opportunity, I decided to give the place a go.
The hotel is nearer to Aldgate East tube that you think, particularly if you choose the right exit when coming out of the station: head for the "Whitechapel Road (south)" exit and you can't go wrong. All you need to do then is walk through the small park...which, incidentally, *does* have a small "drinkers' corner" as pointed out by another reviewer, but they don't bother you. It's well-lit at night for anybody wondering about walking through it after dark.
Incidentally, if you're in the position where your next tube train will get you to Aldgate first (rather than Aldgate East) then get on that one; Algate and Aldgate East are one block away from each other so the extra walking distance is negligible.
"Quirky" is a word that has been used a lot with this hotel and I can see why. The rooms are, well, a little oddly decorated but they make a pleasant change from the identikit ones you'd get from some of the more well-known chains. The beds are big and comfortable and yes, the pillows are a tad on the small size. The bathrooms are equally as good with a well-sized "wet room" kind of set up for the shower.
Not having a designated reception does put you off at first - it's just a member of staff stood next to a PC - but the check-in process is swiftly dealt with and, I must say, any enquiry I had was superbly dealt with by the very friendly staff.
I was told that there was a coffee machine on every floor but I never found it!
I would willingly go back there again if paying full-rate...which is still reasonable for London.
And finally, the new Olympic Park and/or Westfield Stratford are just 20-25 minutes away on the no25 bus.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Qbic Hotel London is a new concept design hotel... and the greenest hotel in London! Located close to bustling Brick Lane and the trendy bars, art galleries and boutiques of Shoreditch, Qbic offers an off-the-charts experience for urban explorers who are hungry for new and unique experiences. Green credentials, quirky style and sociability are the revolutionary values at the heart of Qbic, that set it apart from all other hotels. Our bedrooms are futuristic in design, featuring a unique, all-in-one, cube-shaped pod called 'Qbi', which includes the bed and the bathroom. The Qbi is sustainably built, features Super-King beds with ridiculously comfy organic handmade hypoallergenic mattresses, an integrated 32" LCD TV, reading/mood lighting, UK/EU and USB sockets, hairdryers, and a laptop safe. All our en-suite bathrooms have a powerful rain shower with water-saving technology, a steam-free mirror and luxurious organic toiletries. Bespoke, handmade furniture and locally sourced fixtures and fittings also add personality: no two of our quirky rooms are the same! Complimentary premium tea and coffee is offered on floors 1 to 4. Don't say we don't love you! At Qbic, a special attention is given to eco-friendly initiatives (such as solar panels on the roof, strong focus on all things recycling and energy-saving, organic toiletries, etc.) and to supporting the local community, while our calendar of monthly events in the hotel lounge feed our guests' creative hunger and attract the best of the local crowd too. Our in-house bar and restaurant offers great breakfast options for all tastes, as well as a modern all-day food & snacks menu, made from locally and sustainably sourced ingredients. Our free and super-fast Wi-Fi throughout the whole building makes the Qbic lobby the perfect place to eat, drink, work and/or socialise. Other amenities include #QbicRecommends - our very own curated insiders' guide to London, updated weekly and connecting our guests with the city's best events and most inspiring places - a private secure gated car park with electric car charging points, recycled bikes for our guests to borrow (to enjoy the full East London experience!), luggage storage, a 24-hour front desk and express check-in/out. By focussing on delivering exceptionally well on the essentials, plus a whole load of cool extras and none of the stuffy frills typical of the previous generation hotels, at Qbic we pride ourselves in offering an incredibly personal experience to our guests and great value for money. Come sleep with us! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Qbic Hotel London City England