High Holborn is a constantly busy thoroughfare that is quintessential London. The surrounding streets are packed with shops and offices with Holborn Underground station just a short walk away. Check in here and you'll be well placed for a trip to the theatre or opera, shopping in Covent Garden and a cultural high at the British Museum.
This six-storey former office block is mainly filled with roomy two-person Premier Studio apartments with kitchen facilities, air conditioning, free WiFi and shiny new bathrooms. There are also 40 one-bedroom apartments with a sofabed that sleep up to four and are a good option for families. The 18 Club Studios, sleeping two, offer a larger kitchen area and come with bathrobes, a welcome pack of fruit and drink, and a Continental buffet breakfast is included in the rate. Twin beds are available. Some apartments look onto High Holborn while those at the back and sides face quieter streets - although thanks to the double glazing I've never had any noise issues.
A generously-sized reception area leads into a stylish, parquet-floored lounge area with books, iMac computers and complimentary tea/coffee. Corridors have brown striped carpeting with doors and walls in complementary hues. The aparthotel also has a laundrette and underground car park (charges apply).
Eating and drinking
Drinks and snacks are on sale at reception. A Continental breakfast is served in the lounge. If you want to use that sparkling new kitchen, there's a large Sainsbury's supermarket by Holborn station. If you don't, there's plenty of sandwich bars and restaurants in the vicinity.
At the back of the building is a small, unstaffed gym exclusively for guests.
Reception is manned round the clock. The uniformed staff are friendly and can be reached by calling from the phone in your room. Apartments receive a light daily cleaning with further services depending on your length of stay.
Who stays there
Business travellers, couples, tourists, families... Having kitchen facilities, a gym and a laundrette means you can stay here for a long spell if so desired.
Rates exclude VAT. Prices drop if you stay for more than a week. Continental buffet breakfast costs £11.
- High-Speed Internet
- Business travellers
- Families with younger children
- Mature travellers
Pros & Cons
- Newly refurbished apartments
- Free WiFi
- Set amid busy streets
- No room service