THE APARTHOTEL: Adagio London Stratford is a contemporary hotel with a welcoming, informal atmosphere. The Adagio group is a well established joint venture by Accor and Pierre & Vacances, with nearly 100 properties across 11 countries (mostly Europe). Each offers studios and apartments with fully equipped kitchens. The Stratford property is close to the Central Line Stratford tube station and has easy connections to Southeast trains and Stratford International.
THE CHECK-IN: The reception area is the social hub of the property and includes a relaxed café serving drinks and buffet breakfast. One wall features essentials to buy for those who want to cater in their rooms (although there is also a large Sainsbury’s next door).The staff were welcoming and attentive and check-in was quick and easy. Staff are available 24/7.
THE ROOM: My apartment was bright, airy and cleverly designed to include kitchenette, bathroom, separate toilet, bedroom and sitting area (with double sofa bed) within a relatively compact space. The décor was stylish and modern with wood effect floors, geometric patterns and bold colours. The kitchen was well equipped and dining table doubled as extra workspace. The tall windows gave great views from the bedroom and the sitting room and it felt like a lot of attention had been given to making the very best of the space available.
THE BUSINESS: There was free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel and plenty of very secure on-site parking. The car park is accessed via a car lift, which is a novel if somewhat temperamental, experience. The hotel is well located opposite the Westfield Stratford City with easy access into central London via the Central Line. There are also easy connections to Southeast trains and Stratford International.
THE FACILITIES: The central reception doubles as the lounge and social area and is dressed as a home, with modern seating areas for dining and relaxation. Themed events are sometimes held here and there is table football to support the socialising. Beyond this there is a laundry for guest use and a small gym.
THE VERDICT: This was a very user-friendly property in a useful location. The style was fresh and contemporary with an informal, relaxed vibe but the facilities were well thought-through and comprehensive. My apartment had a comfy bed, great shower and fuss free facilities.
THE DETAILS: Aparthotel Adagio London Stratford, 42 Celebration Ave, East Village, London E20 1DB; Tel: 020 4524 7900; adagio-city.com
Studios start from £95 per night.
By Julie Baxter