Slumber party at the QBIC hotel

A few weeks ago I was invited to a little get-together at Qbic hotel. The event was organised by May from Red Velvet London, again! My first though was “Yess – I get to skip my one hour commute to work”. Other than was I was of course excited to check out the hotel and meet some old/new faces: April from Apriloves, Sarah from Let Me Tell You About a Hotel, Laura from Little Travel Bee, Emily at The Cosy Traveler and Elie from The Young Domestic Goddess. I brought my beautiful sister along as my plus one.

Qbic is conveniently based in Aldgate East. It reminded me very much of the Student Hotel in Amsterdam. Funny enough Qbic do have a branch in Amsterdam too. The difference is that the crowd is more diverse and mature. Think of it as a campus-style hostel. The interior throughout the hotel was very modern, artsy and most importantly brand new.

THE ROOM
I had been working on this Sunday to gain an extra holiday (two birds in one stone, boom!) and went straight to my room for a shower before dinnertime. My first impression of the room was that it’s very homely and spacious – we got the fun room. It was clean and simply unique. I must say that the bed is very comfortable and has more than enough space for two people. A bonus point is that you get 2 puffy pillows each – no fussin’ no fightin’. My sister tried their free Wi-Fi as well and had no complaints even from the 4th floor.My guess is that if you’re staying in a hotelroom with someone, you’re comfortable with them. If not… then the gap allowing you to see into the toilet even when the door is closed could get a little awkward to say the least. A privacy glitch in my opinion.

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DSC_0376 I received a secret package upon arrival which I opened in my room – it was an owl onesie from Kigu! So cute and cosy. Don’t I look….. sexyyy?

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PART & LABOUR
Obviously I didn’t wear it for the dinner though. After freshening up we went downstairs to eat. Parts & Labour offer simple European cuisine for all taste buds. We were served a selection of food to share. Needless to say we dug right in. I really liked that the food was filling but healthy – I call it healthy comfort food.

The salmon and the pasta took the crown for sure. The salmon was infused with a strong flavours of lemon. Normally I pour lemon all over fish but there was really no need. For those who are vegetarians, the tagliatelle is a great option. The truffle and parmesan ingredients were definitely noticeable, delicious.
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We had Dr Evil joining us for dinner

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DSC_0403We then headed to the common area, stuffed and satisfied. As we all had work the next day we retreated pretty early but really enjoyed the evening and a bit of White Chicks – classic.

The staff were nice and very welcoming.  You may think Aldgate East is a little far out but the hotel reflects the area – quirky. I’m talking Shoreditch, Brick Lane and Spitalfields market, all within walking distance.  In the morning we got to try their breakfast – a very simple continental buffet. It was nice to start work a little later and sit down with my sister for breakfast like a normal person!

I thought QBIC was a great combination of a hostel and a hotel. One of the best parts of traveling is meeting new people but most of the time I don’t want to compromise my comfort for it. The price starts from £90 on weekends for rooms without windows, I’d recommend paying the extra £20/£25 for a bigger room with a window. London can be very expensive as we all know so at around £100 per night for both comfort and a good atmosphere, its definitely an option worth considering.

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Thank you Qbic, Parts & Labour and Kigu for the great evening and May for organising. Peace out y’all! xx

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2 Comments

  1. September 7, 2015 / 3:04 pm

    Love this! I had a really good time. Lets meet up sometime soon :)
    A x

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