Z Hotel, Piccadilly, London

THE HOTEL: The Z Hotel Piccadilly is one of five properties – with more to come – in the group, and it’s a brand that comfortably fits into the new wave of budget design hotels. This particular property, a former office building, now has 112 bedrooms across seven floors and is located just off Haymarket.


THE CHECK-IN: I arrived at the hotel midafternoon and stepped into the ground floor all-in-one lobby, café and bar area. The staff were busy attending to a couple of guests so I was invited to take a seat and grab a drink from the refrigerator, though I never quite got my head around the ‘help yourself’ policy in terms of what was complimentary and what was not.

THE ROOM: My fairly compact Queen room was of the variety with windows (‘inside rooms’ do not have them) and was decked out in simple, clean-cut surfaces in chocolates and browns. It came with a reasonablesize double bed, wall-mounted flatscreen TV with complete Sky package, kettle with tea and coffee, air conditioning, hanging space on the wall and frosted glass cubicle-style bathroom with a good walk-in shower. There was enough space for a desk too, which would have been a useful addition.

THE FACILITIES: This is central London on a (designer) shoestring so there’s no meeting rooms or leisure facilities. Wifi access is free and the ground floor Z Café serves as a multipurpose eating, drinking and casual meeting place.

THE VERDICT: The Z Hotels group promises ‘concentrated style, an out of town price and the city right at your feet’ which was certainly all true of my experience. The room was ideal as a quiet and comfortable crash pad for the night after a day of meetings and events and, in fact, an ‘inside room’ – ie, one without a window – might even have sufficed. An early evening wine and cheese ‘meet and mingle’ with the staff and other guests is a nice touch

THE DETAILS:Z Hotel Piccadilly, 2 Orange Street, London, WC2H 7DF. Rooms start from £85 per night.See: www.thezhotels.com

Reviewed by Andy Hoskins (2014)