This is my review of the new Qbic Hotel in London.
Last year, I promoted the £1 room sale being offered by the new Qbic Hotel in London. A few Head for Points readers managed to grab the £1 rooms, including myself. Last Monday, I popped along to take a look.
I will let the pictures do the talking. I did not stay the night because I have a perfectly serviceable house to go to! Ironically, because there is no desk in the bedroom, I didn’t spend any time there either. The 3 hours I was in the hotel were spent in the lounge area, where there is free wi-fi and, interestingly, free tea and coffee.
As far as value for money goes, you can’t go wrong here. Rooms started at £64 on the night I stayed – and that was for bookings the same day. Remember that you are in Central London here, just 60 seconds from the Whitechapel Gallery. Wi-Fi is free and even the basic breakfast (flapjack, coffee, an apple) is free. Continental breakfast is only £7.50.
The website tries to sell it as a good spot for Shoreditch / Hoxton etc. In truth, it isn’t. Aldgate East is the nearest tube. It is nearer to Commercial Road, which is still primarily rag trade. I walked from the top of Brick Lane (which is the very southern end of Shoreditch / Hoxton) and it took me 12 minutes. If the bars of Hoxton / Shoreditch are what you want, the Holiday Inn Express Old Street or The Hoxton Hotel are 11 minutes and 55 seconds nearer the action.
Fundamentally, it is cheapo version of Soho House or ACE Hotel. Frankly, if you can get in for £64 for the same day, it is an excellent deal. Its not one for a romantic weekend away for anyone older than 25.
Here is the exterior across a small park:
The interior of one of the lifts:
The hi-tech ‘do not disturb’ sign:
Bathroom accessories (there is some shower gel as well!):
The ground floor lounge:
And more of the lounge:
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