What a fun surprise! London needs more affordable hotels with panache, and this one delivers. The Qbic, from a growing affordable design hotel chain in Holland, is a wacky antidote to the formula budget hotels. Everything you need—bed, outlets, bathroom with a rain shower, TV—is a part of a prefabricated unit that dominates the middle of the room. It's not a capsule hotel, just a hotel that figured out a way to build everything into a single multi-purpose unit, with plenty of room to walk around it and stash your suitcase, without making you uncomfortable in the least. Your lamp is made out of a coiled and immobilized 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 daily. You'll be within walking distance to Brick Lane (5 minutes), the Tower of London (15 minutes), and the scene of Spitalfields (15 minutes), and you'll be amused to learn that the United States' Liberty Bell was made on the very same block at the Whitechapel Bell Foundry, which you can see from courtyard-facing rooms. It's a kick, it's not at all like a shabby hostel or a staid business hotel, the managers are sensitive to local culture, and it's worth every penny.
Qbic London City
42 Adler St. E1
Our Rating Neighborhood Whitechapel Transportation Tube: Aldgate East Phone 020/3021-3300 Prices Windowless ("Smart") rooms from £69, windowed doubles ("Cosy" and "Fun") from £79. Units 171 Amenities Free Wi-Fi Web site Qbic Hotel LondonBook a Room Now
Map42 Adler St. E1 London
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