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Just returned from a 2 night weekend break in London staying at the Apex City Hotel to celebrate a wedding anniversary. The hotel is excellent with very comfortable rooms and large walk in showers. The staff were very professional and extremely helpful. We enjoyed an excellent lunch in the Addendum Restaurant and the freshly cooked breakfasts made such a change from the usual buffet style that a lot of hotels seem to provide. The hotel is very close to Tower Bridge Underground and the DLR so very convenient to travel around London. A great stay and will certainly return.
fatal flaws...but otherwise great!
We stayed at the "4 star".APEX city on 6th Jan 2006 paying a total of £91.65 booked through Apex's own reservation website. This was a leisure treat for a wedding anniversary. We have also stayed several times at the "5 star" Grange City near the Apex. We were looking forward to using the health centre but it was closed. We were not advised of this before checking in. No offer was made for us to return and use it another day. Our room was new, modern and well appointed. On sunday morning we were refused breakfast on the grounds that we had not paid for it. We insisted that we had! However, nobody was interested at all. Strangely - the duty staff did not even offer to sell us a breakfast! Extremely slack, poor service and bad business. We left. We have since received a phone call and letter of apology from Apex HQ. Our credit card has been credited with an amount for the breakfast that we had paid for. We have also been offered an upgrade room at our next stay - in the circumstances a full refund would have been appropriate! But this is a scottish company.Things go wrong! But when they do hotels at this level should not assume that the customer is always wrong. One member of staff was particular cool, distant and could not be bothered. At this time we suggest using the Grange depending on price and requirements. We will return to the APEX and see if they have got it write yet! We cannot comment of the breakfast because we never had it! Tower Hill area is very quiet on saturday/sunday with many coffee shops etc. closed. Travelling to this location might require a taxi when the tube is closed. These is a lively pub very near the APEX for food and drink. We slept very well with no disturbance. Once again a lot of money has been spent on the hotel hardware but particular staff have let the hotel down! Jerry & Miki.
a must come back
Modern, CLEAN and QUIET and that's all that need to be said. I was travelling with two children so it was important for me.
There is also ADDENDUM a nice breakfast bar-restaurant within the hotel. Tower of London is a stone throw away. Busses are frequent and can reach the area 24hrs a day (number 15). Not that off the main shopping area if that's what you have in mind. If booked in advance can be relatively excellent on the price/quality ratio.
Just a 5 minute walk from the Tower Hill underground station, this hotel sits in a quiet side street overlooking a small private garden. It is surrounded by office buildings, but, The Tower of London is a couple of minutes away as are main bus routes and tourist sightseeing buses. There is also a pier nearby which does Thames River cruises.
On arrival at the hotel, the staff were extremely friendly and, even though we arrived some 2 hours prior to check in time, this was no problem for them and we got in to our room straight away. We booked into a Deluxe room which was on the 7th floor and had a window which led out on to a shared terrace. We had a view of Tower bridge and the Swiss Re tower from the terrace. The room was on the small side but spacious enough for the two of us. It had the usual amenities - A/C, hairdryer, ironing board, extra blanket and pillows. The bathroom was great, we had a huge walk in shower as well as a bath with lovely toiletries included and yes, as mentioned by others, a little rubber ducky!
We also had a fridge and safe (big enough for a laptop!) in the room, which came in very handy, we also had complimentary slippers and dressing gowns. Wi-fi access is available, but at £5 for an hour to £15 for 24 hours we gave it a miss.
We ate in the hotel for breakfast as it was included, and it was absolutely delicious, the service was spot on, and the staff were very attentive. We did not take any other meals at the hotel, instead we went to the Weatherspoons pub near the Tower as recommended in another review of this hotel. It was great, really cheap but fab food. We were £6.99 for 2 meals in a special offer valid Monday to Friday!
The only thing I would say is there is not enough wardrobe space! No drawers for storing stuff either, no use if you are staying here for longer than a couple of nights, we literally lived out of our suitcases.
Don't stay here if you want to be in the centre of things, the underground in to Central London takes at least 15 minutes, please note that only 2 lines the District and Circle take you out to Tower Hill and whilst we were there parts of these were closed due to engineering works. Also some of the pubs round here do close at weekends when the City becomes deserted. Neither of these are faults of the hotel though!
The hotel in general is lovely, the staff are very friendly and helpful and we would definitely stay here again.
Clean tidy and near some good attractions
We spent 3 nights at the Apex. The location wasn't quite where we had expected it to be. The reference to 'city' led us to believe we would be quite central, the hotel is in the 'city' but that isn't actually that close to the 'happening areas'. Having said that, the hotel was clean, the breakfasts were nice and the staff were pleasant. Very close to the hotel were the Tower of London and Tower Bridge.
My new favourite hotel
Travelling around on business provides me with the opportunity to stay in different hotels and normally during visits to London, I stay at the Novotel Tower Bridge. On this occasion, I was unable to get booked in, so decided to try the new Apex hotel.
I am so glad I did - my check in was was excellent and the receptionist was very polite and courteous. The decor in the common areas of the hotel are immaculate and very modern, whilst providing a warm, welcoming feeling. My room, although a little small was very comfortable and provided all the normal accessories you would expect - but the bonus was a really good hairdryer instead of all those dreadful plastic things you normally get - which the female readers will appreciate! Even when checking out, it was quick and the reception staff were extremely polite, offering assistance with transportation.
I would thoroughly recommend this to any business traveller, looking for a relaxed and friendly place to stay.
We only stayed at the Apex form one night but it was the best hotel we have stayed in, in London. It had a lovely clean bathroom, with complimentary toiletries and rubber duck!! There was not a lot of storage but enough for a couple of nights.
The bed was really comfortable and there was a full screen widescreen tv and dvd player.
Ideally situated for the Tower of London, Jack the Ripper walks and Tower Bridge.
Only 5 mins walk from Tower Hill tube station.
The only down side is that as you are in the City, at weekends all the pubs and bars are shut but you can also take a 15-20 min tube ride to Piccadilly or Leicester Square!
Stayed here for my 30th birthday weekend, booked a standard double, but got upgraded to a deluxe room, very nice indeed. probably the best hotel room i've ever stayed in anywhere in the world. very clean, very quiet, huge bed. front desk staff were very plesent. quite near to Tower hill tube, so travelling to the more lively spots is very easy.
Best Hotel Ever!!!
I booked a superior king room in January 06 for my boyfriends birthday. When we arrived at the hotel we were upgarded to the deluxe king room because it was his birthday! When we got there the air con wasnt working and after trying to fix it, they then moved us to the best room in the hotel-the junior suite room!!Awesome!. As i have seen 2 types of rooms, i can tell you that they are all very modern with excellent finishing touches (lovely vase's, throws, cushions etc). The bathrooms are very very nice and immacualte and the rubber ducks are sat on my bathroom shelf now!
The superior and the junior suite both had lovely views of the Tower Bridge and the hotel itself was clean, modern and trendy. The location was brill as the Friday night was heaving with city types out on the town but come Saturday it was deadly quiet because of being the weekend. Very nice and quiet for London!
But the best bit is the price. It is extremely good value for money and i will definitly be returning again soon!
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Hi,me and my mate are heading down to London for a few nights.We are staying at the Apex city Hotel which is beside the tower bridge.Are there any decent pubs or clubs near here,we are also hoping to get to a football match maybe fulham or west ham,is it easy enough to get tickets when we get to the stadium,any help would be great cheers Mark
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Obviously there are pubs & even a few clubs in that part of London...but why not jump a tube or taxi into the West End where there are hundreds! Out of the two it'll be easier to get into Fulham on the day as they dont get huge crowds!
For info on clubs (and loads else) buy a copy of 'Time out' magazine when you arrive for full listings...
RE: First time in London
Further to an earlier comment regarding the football tickets, I think it isn't possible to get West Ham tickets on the day and Fulham would probably be a better bet. Most WH games seem to sell out early, and there is a magnetic card entry system on the turnstiles so touts are non-existant at the ground. You can register on-site and buy tickets in advance for some games, I think 2 April is the next available one (please see link below: http://www.whufc.com/tickets/?page_id=7402 ).
Pub wise if you cross to the South side of the river and walk down past HMS Belfast there are a couple of decent pubs by the River, from memory. Otherwise, areas such as the West End have a real mix of pubs/clubs or get the tube to Old Street and head for Hoxton (about 5-10 mins walk), quite a lot of relatively trendy bars/clubs.