Citadines Apart'Hotel, Holborn-Covent Garden, London
THE HOTEL:Conveniently located close to Covent Garden and a few minutes walk from Holborn Underground station, this Ascott property is well located and wellequipped as a homefromhome in the heart of the city. It has 192 studios and apartments. The property has its own underground car park, which was very convenient, and I entered the reception from here. The staff were friendly and informative, providing plenty of useful details on my accommodation and the facilities available at the location
THE ROOM: I was allocated a onebedroom studio which was contemporary in style and comprised a bedroom, separate bathroom and combined openplan kitchenette and sitting room. The sofa opened as a comfortable second double bed. The laminate flooring, lime furnishings and deep windowsills gave it a clean and modern vibe. The kitchenette was very wellequipped (including a small dishwasher) for catering a simple supper and breakfast, and there was no problem inviting nonresident colleagues to join me. Weekly housekeeping is included or a daily cleaning service is also available on request if needed.
THE BUSINESS: The studio's sitting room included a desk area with lamp and multiple plug sockets and the large window meant it worked well as an airy office. There was complimentary access to highspeed internet throughout the property. On the ground floor, beyond reception, the communal lounge area and business corner provided a relaxed and stylish meeting place. A dedicated meeting room is also available for an additional charge.
THE FACILITIES: Additional public areas include a fitness centre and launderette. The reception is manned 24hours a day and it is possible to arrange housekeeping, grocery delivery, breakfast, car rental and other services on request.
THE VERDICT: A great location for a cool London pad which works well whether you are travelling around town for business meetings or want to meet and work within the property itself.
THE DETAILS: Citadines Apart'Hotel, 9499 High Holborn London, WC 1V 6LF. Prices start from £118 per night for a studio apartment. Tel 0207 395 8800; see: www.citadines.com.
Reviewed by Julie Baxter (2015)