Unique Accommodation: Qbic – funky, fun and eco-friendly
Having travelled a lot, I really appreciate accommodation which has a lot of character. A place that goes all in to stand out. A place that wants to offer an experience more than just a room in which spend the night. A place that loves to surprise its guests.
I checked the boxes on all of the statements above when I recently stayed at Qbic Hotels in London. Colourful and quirky, yet modern and minimalistic – and really just a lot of fun! Forget about serious hotel lobbies, generic chain hotel rooms and a fancy dining area without a sense of humor. Because already as you enter the reception area you will notice that this place is very different. Special made bikes, some sort of wooden throne, up-cycled furniture and bright coloured plastic boxes instead of chandeliers sets the tone for the rest of the buildings cool interior.
The rooms have a concept of their own, referring to the name of this place. Because in your room you’ll find a cube, in which you have all your essentials. Your comfortable bed, with a flat screen tv attached at the foot – while your bathroom and shower are “stored in the headboard”, so to speak.
It’s a really exciting concept which is topped by a huge wall poster over your bed. I had the coolest dog in town guarding my side that night. And the rest of the room is equipped with unique wooden furniture by the Dutch architect and artist SanderBokkinga.
But the best part for me is Qbic’s huge environmental friendly efforts, that include everything from solar panels on the roof providing parts of the electricity usage, to water-saving and efficient “rain showers”, eco-friendly soap and shampoo as well as cleaning products, and natural and organic mattresses produced in England with materials from sustainable sources. Just to mention SOME of the many details. A big thumps up!
Besides that you can borrow bikes for free to explore the streets of London without poluting the planet, and naturally you can also charge your electric car at Qbic’s charging points.
Next to the reception you will find the restaunt-bar-breakfast-café in one creative and cozy collection of different seating areas to fit your mood. Take your seat at the table and keep the invisible man company for dinner – or get comfy in a chair for a cup of coffee.
The continental breakfast buffet is refreshingly “spiced up” with some extra nice things, like a great selection of natural toppings for your yoghurt, quality ham and cheeses for your toast and kiwi-juice to go with the well-known orange and apple. The restaurant is open for everyone from breakfast to dinner and offers a nice range of snacks, mains and lighter dishes. Personally I can recommend the tasty Qbic Burger – and prices are reasonable too.
Qbic’s London hotel is nicely located across the street from a small park and just a few minutes walk from Aldgate East underground station. And about a 15 minute walk from the bigger Liverpool Street Station. Besides that you will also find the atmospheric Brick Lane just a few minutes walk from the hotel. Convenient if you want to check out the Shoreditch area’s colourful street art scene.
It’s hard to find anything bad to say about Qbic Hotels in London. It’s just a comfortable, friendly and fun place to stay whenever you’re In London – and you can do so with a clean conscience. I will definitely consider Qbic next time I visit the capital – and I am already curious to check out Qbic’s other hotel in Amsterdam.
Qbic Hotels London City
42 Adler Street, London, E1 1EE
Nearest tube station: Aldgate East
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