When you get an invite to a movie slumber party that’s taking place at a trendy Shoreditch hotel with some of your favourite bloggers and a handful of delicious food, there’s only one thing to say: WHERE DO I SIGN UP.
For a travel blogger whose sole purpose in life is finding comfort, I was aching to try out Qbic London City Hotel. In addition to its achingly cool design, rooms are fitted with comfortable beds with an organic handmade mattress, plus lots of little extras to make your stay as cosy as possible. Heck, they even have a category of rooms named ‘Cosy’ – it’s like it was made for me!
I rocked up to the Qbic hotel around 6pm, and was given a surprise parcel by the reception staff. My mind was whirring at all the possibilities it could be as I took the lift up to my room. Within a few minutes, I was joined by all the other bloggers, all excited for the evening ahead: May from Red Velvet London, Em from Catch 52, April from Apriloves, Sarah from Let Me Tell You About a Hotel and Laura from Little Travel Bee.
Our evening meal, courtesy of Parts & Labour, was exquisite. Laid out in buffet form, we were able to help ourselves to bits including organic slaw, chips and hummus. I’m not a massive foodie (as in, I’m happy eating anything) but even I knew that this meal was something special. The tagiatelle with truffle butter, plus the five beans with guacamole were completely out of this world.
After a glass (or two) of Prosecco, we returned to our rooms to get changed into our PJs before returning back to the lounge for our evening movie.
There was one little addition though – remember that surprise parcel I mentioned before? It was a sloth onesie from the lovely people at Kigu! A few weeks before, Qbic had asked us all over Twitter which animal we most identified with. With my special affinity with sleep, I could hardly go for anything other than a sloth! Each blogger got their own onesie, with April dressed as a hamster, Em and May as owls, Laura as a cat, and Sarah as a lion.
Aaand a close-up of my sloth onesie – still can’t believe Kigu have them, ha!
We huddled around the huge flat-screen TV in the lounge area to watch the chosen film, White Chicks. Unfortunately it didn’t go entirely to plan as Netflix decided to cut out after an hour or so, so we watched the rest of the film on one of the staff member’s laptop! Dressed in our onesies and wrapped in duvets and blankets in the middle of the hotel was a bit of a surreal experience, but hey – I think it gave some of the guests a bit of a smile. To finish off the grown-up blogger sleepover, we each had some tea before we headed back up to our rooms for a good night’s sleep.
As far as hotel rooms go, mine was absolutely glorious.
As well as a window looking out over East London, the room also had its staple double bed, a 32″ TV, en suite facilities, a safe and a desk. But the room is much more than just a room – it’s a work of art in itself!
Colourful, quirky and fitted with all the gadgets you could need, I fell in love with my room straight away. As much as I loved chatting away with all the girls, one of my big highlights of the evening was snuggling up in the bed all by myself watching a crappy movie on the telly (with a short nap break included).
Looking at the rest of the room, it’s fair to say that the interior designer was a huge fan of colour, wood and hoses. It’s a good theme though, don’t get me wrong.
The bathroom is just as quirky, with splashes of yellow to start your day off right. Complimentary toiletries are included, which you’ll need a lot of when you step under that rain shower – I don’t think I moved for approximately half an hour. (Side note: the only thing I wasn’t too keen on was the fact my bathroom didn’t have a door. It’s perfectly fine if you’re staying by yourself, but if you’re with someone else this could be an issue. However, the majority of rooms do have a bathroom door, but it may be something you need to ask for when you book!)
If you do decide to stay at Qbic London, you’d better factor in at least one extra night just so you can explore all the features! I was like a kid at Christmas when I first stepped into the reception, eagerly lapping up all the colours, the quirky art and the huge touch-screen TV. You’re not bored for a single minute: there’s always something new to discover, from the lights shaped as bowler hats, to the farmyard furniture!