Point A, London Liverpool Street
THE HOTEL: The Point A hotel group promises "everything you need and nothing you don't" and targets both business and leisure travellers at the budget end of the spectrum. It has six hotels across London and one in Glasgow, with additional properties opening in Edinburgh and London Kensington this summer.
THE CHECK-IN: The hotel is a short walk from both Shoreditch High Street and Liverpool Street stations. I approached from the latter and found the hotel hidden away on a quiet cobbled street that could easily be passed by without notice. I had a short wait at check-in while two members of staff dealt with other guests.
THE ROOM: Some rooms do not have windows – a guest in front of me at check-in had booked such a room – but mine was a slightly larger, standard double room on the third floor with views east towards Brick Lane. Decor was smart and stylish with a huge grey headboard with colourful studs being the main feature of note. Space was at a premium in the seriously compact bathroom but the shower was good. There was a safe (which unfortunately was locked shut) by the bed and a hairdryer was located in a storage space that cleverly converted into a small desk area with power points. There was a wall-mounted TV, a large mirror and hangers on the wall. Room temperature and lighting – including a mood lighting option – were controlled from a smart panel by the door that illuminated upon close contact. Wifi access was free.
THE FACILITIES: There's a large cafe and dining area on the ground floor where breakfast (a good self-service continental offering) and coffee is served, plus a verdant garden area is open from 8am to 9.30pm. There's no dining menu but basic snacks are available around the clock. There's also an ironing room.
THE VERDICT: The hotel is in a good location for business in the City and connections elsewhere in the capital. Tucked away on a quiet street, it is a good budget refuge with fairly basic but attractive guestrooms – and some great rates for advance bookings.
THE DETAILS: Point A London Liverpool Street, 13-15 Folgate Street, London E1 6BX. Rates start from £69 per night. 'The Brekkie' is an additional £9 and early check-in (11am rather than 3pm) costs £20. see: pointahotels.com
Reviewed by Andy Hoskins (2019)