If you’re looking for a great budget hotel in central London, I’ve found a real gem for you. It’s cheap, quirky, and well-located – but it’s the hotel’s green credentials which really set this forward-thinking business apart.
Qbic Hotel is situated in the heart of East London, just a 2 minute stroll from the famous Brick Lane. The nearest tube is Aldgate East, right at the edge of Zone One.
From the outside, QBic really doesn’t look like much at all, but step inside, and immediately there are little things which make this place stand out: the casual, laid-back and friendly staff; the quirky, bright, design; and a spacious bar & kitchen area – a nice spot for a coffee (or something stronger) at any time of the day.
It’s in the bedrooms though, that QBic really stands out.
There are 3 differently priced options for guests to choose from, all of which are designed around QBic’s signature, pod-style bathroom. This feature incorporates the bed built on to the other side of the compact wet-room, and means the set-up can be installed in almost any space big enough. The options are:
- Fun Rooms – with large double beds,
- Cosy Rooms – with small double beds, and;
- Smart Rooms – my personal room of choice, and the cheapest of the lot. These come with a cosy double bed but no windows.
Every room comes with all the modern-day essentials as standard: fast, free wifi; a great rain shower; and a very comfy bed.
Watch the video below to see how they assemble one of these compact little rooms in just two hours:
Pretty cool huh? But as well as being charmingly quirky and wallet-friendly, Qbic has also earned the title of London’s greenest hotel via a number of initiatives, including:
- Generating part of their own electricity via solar panels on the roof.
- Lighting the hotel using LED technology (the most energy efficient).
- Providing re-fillable filtered water in the rooms – they don’t buy in wasteful plastic water bottles.
- Cleaning with products that are 100% chemical free.
- Stocking natural, environmentally friendly toiletries that also help to provide access to water to communities that don’t have it.
- Using Natural Mat mattresses in the rooms which are handmade using only organic, natural materials such as lambswool, cotton and coir fibre.
In addition, they have partnered with Bikeworks, a local charity, to provide 10 recycled bikes and helmets (all fully serviced) – available for guests to jump on and go out exploring London, all for free. I mean, personally I am shit-scared of cycling in London, but if you’re not, then crack on!
Whenever I visit London these days, the primary reason is to catch up with old friends I used to work with, so I never end up spending much time in my hotel room. For me this means that QBic is the perfect choice, as I’m not paying for any of the luxuries I don’t actually need. I booked in advance online, using the discount code ‘QBIC’ to get a 10% discount, meaning that a Friday night stay for two, in central London, cost a mere £85.
It’s safe to say I’ve found my new favourite budget hotel 🙂
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