From a tiny affordable design hotel brand in Holland, Qbic is a wacky antidote to the formula budget hotels. Everything you need—bed, outlets, bathroom with a rain shower, TV—is part of a prefabricated bed/bathroom structure that dominates the center of the room. The cheapest rooms, called “Smart,” don’t have a window—did you need one? It’s not a capsule hotel, just one that came up with a multipurpose hospitality unit with plenty of room to walk around and stash your suitcase. Your lamp is made out of petrified garden hose, your clothing rack a strange ladder/planter of some sort—it’s just fun. There are free coffee and tea machines on every floor and a preposterously funky lobby where organic continental breakfast is served. You’ll be within walking distance to Spitalfields/Shoreditch (15 min.) and the Tower of London (15 min.). As a bonus, the staff gives good advice on local culture.
Qbic London City
42 Adler St., E1
Our Rating Neighborhood The City Transportation Tube: Aldgate East Phone 020/3021-3300 Prices Rooms £80–£202 Units 171 units Amenities Lounge;free coffee; free Wi-Fi URL http://www.booking.com/hotel/gb/qbic-london-city.html?aid=1254987 &label=frommers-hotelpage-deeplink Web site Qbic London City
Map42 Adler St., E1 London
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