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Originally Appeared on Condé Nast Traveler
How did it strike you on arrival?
Opened in 2014, this is the second London offering from this little hotel group, and it’s sure drawn a crowd. The lobby is also a bar and restaurant, and one of the most popular in the area at that—although the area immediately surrounding the hotel isn’t exactly charming, shops, theatre and city centre sights are all a stroll away. Inside, it’s trendy and relaxed, with lots of concrete, wood, chocolate leather, and sixties-style furniture—just the sort of place you want to collapse with a cold beer after a long flight.
Nice. What’s the crowd like?
Guests are savvy and stylish. This is also a popular after-work venue—so you’ll be battling with locals for sofa space.
The good stuff: Tell us about your room.
The smallest rooms are called "Shoebox" for a reason—there’s barely enough room to walk around the queen-size bed—but the décor in all the rooms has been thoughtfully done, with Dickens-themed wallpaper, drop-down desks, and a large circular mirror.
How about the little things, like mini bar, or shower goodies. Any of that find its way into your suitcase?
Little touches such as Penguin paperbacks and Roberts radios help elevate these rooms away from bland. All rates include a breakfast bag containing a yogurt-granola pot, juice, and a banana, which is a nice perk considering most rates in the capital are room-only.
Please tell us the bathroom won’t let us down.
Bathrooms have monochrome tiles and walk-in showers. The smallest are barely bigger than wet rooms but all have powerful rain showers.
Maybe the most important topic of all: Wi-Fi. What’s the word?
Anything stand out about other services and features? Whether it’s childcare, gyms, spas, even parking—whatever stuck with you.
There’s a buzzy Chicken Shop restaurant in the basement for rotisserie birds and a top quality coffee bar on site, too. A nail bar is a nice addition in lieu of a spa.
Bottom line: worth it, and why?
For price plus style, this is the best value base in the city.
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