SACO The Cannon, London
THE APARTMENT: This is the first aparthotel in the City of London from SACO, the serviced apartment company. Immediately across the road from Mansion House tube station, it features 77 studios and one-bedroom serviced apartments. I was one of the first guests to stay when it fully opened in the summer.
THE CHECK-IN: A reception is staffed around the clock so there’s no need for access codes at the property. I was met at the door with a smile and the registration details were completed swiftly. I was shown to ‘The Lounge’, a communal area, and then escorted to my apartment on the third floor. From early 2017, guests will also be able to use a SACO app to check-in and access their apartment doors.
THE APARTMENT: I was in a good-sized and spotlessly clean, one-bed apartment. It included a king-size bed and a living and dining area complete with a sofa and designer soft furnishings. The living area featured a HD flat screen TV, multi-socket plugs with integrated USB ports, and super-fast wifi. A modern and stylish kitchenette included a full set of mod cons, like a dishwasher and washing machine, and there was water and milk waiting in the fridge. The bathroom had a walk-in monsoon shower, demister mirrors, underfloor heating, heated towel rail and L'Occitaine toiletries.
THE FACILITIES: The centrepiece of the property is the club-style Lounge – a new concept for SACO. It has a fireplace, plush sofas, complimentary tea and coffee, a library, large communal table for guests to work on their laptops and free wifi. There is also a small gym.
THE VERDICT: The aparthotel was extremely well-appointed and my apartment was a good size, although perhaps a little ‘dark’. Its dark woods and silver sleek kitchen facilities gave it an ultra-modern and functional rather than cosy feel, but it was still very comfortable and it also benefits from extremely good soundproofing. It is in a great location with a range of facilities – supermarkets, pubs, restaurants – all within a few minutes walking distance and close to three tube stations. The only negative: the property was fully open but there was still some minor work going on.
THE DETAILS: 4446 Cannon Street London EC4N 6JJ; Rates for a one-bedroom apartment start from around £160 a night. See: sacoapartments.com.
Reviewed by Steve Hartridge (2016)