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Luxury hotel for weekend breaks.
Hotel Apex London Wall (London)
Member Name: emmie_louise_g
Hotel Apex London Wall (London)
Advantages: Couldn't fault this hotel and got a good price online.
Disadvantages: Having to go home.
I recently visited this hotel for the night with my boyfriend. We found the information about it on Expedia and ended up booking it through Hotels.com for £101 (Saturday night, not including breakfast), we thought this was quite a reasonable price for a 4* hotel in London.
It is described as a "luxury 4* boutique hotel" so we were very excited to see what it was like as a weekend treat for our anniversary.
The nearest Tube station is Moorgate and from there we had a 5 minute walk to the hotel. We weren't sure where to go once we came out of the station so as we stood outside New Look and consulted my boyfriends iphone-thank god for google maps! (you will notice that the area is very strange, not a lot around except a few shops and cafes which are closed at the weekends, and a New Look store!) If you don't have an iphone you may like to note that if you are stood with New Look's entrance to the right of you then you need to cross the road and walk left. Turn Right down Copthall Avenue and the hotel is on the right at the bottom of the street.
When we reached the hotel we were greeted by a very friendly doorman who showed us to reception, which was a very contemporary and funky looking area. We were offered a room upgrade for £18 (I think) but decided to stick to the standard room. Complimentary morning papers of our choice were also offered, which was a nice touch.
Our room was on the third floor and the doorman who had greeted us showed us to our room, the door for which was activated with a key card that you just hold over the sensor pad, rather than the sometimes annoyingly tricky key card locks.
Inside the room was very modern and stylish and although it was small, they had done a very good job with what room they had. Our room was browns and turquoises and contained everything we could want, from hair dryer to iron and ironing board to an ipod dock! We thought the ipod dock was a really cool feature in this modern hotel, and made getting ready to go out much more fun. There was also a fridge in the cupboard which was handy to store some pre drinks for our night out. It could hold a bottle of wine lying on its side and also a few cans of beer and bottles of water (all carefully balanced).
The bathroom was pretty impressive, it had a massive double shower and a bath (which I hope didn't remain stained after I used the lush bath bomb-see review!)! All the usual complimentary toiletries were available, and these were sea kelp products which were nice and didn't have a very strong smell, sometimes hotel toiletries are a bit old-lady-ish. Apex hotels also offer a rubber duck in different colours for each hotel, our blue ducky now has pride of place at the side of my bath at home.
The pillows on the bed were really big and fluffy, I think they were down pillows which could be a problem for allergy suffers but I would think that the hotel stocks a range if requested.
I couldn't complain about anything in the room, especially since it is new, I think it opened in November last year. Everything was very clean and the staff were very friendly.
We were thankful for the air-conditioning in the room because it would have been a bit annoying if we were to open the window. Obviously a safety feature, but the windows were locked and you had to contact reception to get somebody to come and open them, we didn't do this but it may be handy for people to know if they like to sleep with the window open.
We didn't use the restaurant or bar facilities so I cannot comment on these, we had plans already to go to the ice bar (see review).
Upon checking out we were offered the choice of storing our luggage at the hotel for the day, which is handy if you are sightseeing on your trip.
*Please note, we chose this hotel as it was good value for money to stay in a nice hotel and as it was near to 2 tube stations we didn't care about the area it was in. However we did notice that nothing nearby seemed to be open at all at weekends.Would not recommend if you want things on your doorstep. We got a taxi back to the hotel on the Saturday night from Leicester Square for £20*
Summary: Great hotel if you can find a good price.
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