Z Hotel in London
Fantastic hotel to book for the Olympics in London 2012
London’s Soho has the best of everything including The Z Hotel
Hotel Review by Nicole Hanratty, Editor
It’s difficult to book a hotel abroad when traveling to a location you have never been. One must rely upon advice / recommendations from others and hope that the area they have chosen will pan out geographically.
Heading off to London recently, I found myself in a similar situation. If I booked a hotel too far away from events I would be attending, my travel time and expense would increase.
After researching every possible hotel, location and price range I weighed the importance of being centrally located, with top notch customer service and having clean accommodations as significantly more important than staying in a resort claiming a certain star level or as offering spacious rooms.
While I would love to take credit for finding the hotel all on my own, I must credit the incredibly helpful travel agent at American Express for doing the leg work and helping me find this marvelous boutique hotel that suited my needs perfectly at a price that reflected a smart venture.
Being a single traveller, booking The Z Hotel in Soho London turned out to be a brilliant move. The rooms are small--some of the smallest I have ever seen--there is no doubt. But you are made aware of this going in, and the website represents itself with an honest depiction of who fits the bill as their type of guest.
Upon arrival I was greeted with a delicious soy cappuccino while I waited briefly for my room to be ready. Every effort was made to put me into my room expediently even though I had arrived quite early.
Upon perusing the menu in the cafe, I could see that it is full of options--many healthy--to accommodate any diet and is a lovely little place to enjoy a snack or meal.
With free Wi-fi throughout the hotel, the cafe is a great spot to sit and catch up on emails while people watching out the sidewalk windows.
Outside in the center courtyard of the hotel is another meeting / dining area with a flat screen t.v. for viewing sporting events or news and is always bustling between the hours of 4 and 7PM as there is a free wine and afternoon BBQ buffet with everything from sausage, hamburgers and rolls to salad.
With Covent Garden and St. Martin’s Courtyard shopping in walking distance, The Z Hotel is idyllically set amongst great restaurants and a bustling city life.
If you are visiting London for an event, a show, a night out or traveling into town with a full itinerary like I was, this hotel room will suit your needs perfectly. There is space to hang your clothes, store your suitcase, flat screen t.v., and a night table that offers complimentary water and tea with a hot pot.
If you are traveling with kids, ask to have a room booked next door for the children as the maximum capacity per room is 2 persons, and you will not want to try and squeeze in more. The Z Hotel is situated in such a way that there are different types and sizes of rooms with varying views. My room had a balcony which had a fabulous view of the bustling street down below. As I was up late at night, the fun noises of Soho did not disturb me. However the hotel does have some rooms that are quieter and located on the inside of the hotel which you may request if you are looking for an earlier night’s sleep.
A fantastic feature of the hotel is the multiple private hallways throughout offering entrance to only a few rooms. This keeps down the traffic outside your door and makes a nice accommodation for a family in need of renting a few rooms offering a corridor that is somewhat private. (Such requests should be made at the time hotel reservations are made.)
The Z Hotel Soho in London is multi-level (there is an elevator) and is a refreshing mix of contemporary and traditional. The decor is as you would expect in a high end hotel and while the rooms are sized to just be functional, each offers a bathroom and shower with plenty of space.
The staff is beyond courteous and was always there to greet me morning and night. They were on hand with directions, maps, and helpful tips whenever I was in need--which was almost daily!
As a side note: The staff’s eyes are always on the front door and elevator adding a safe feeling throughout one’s stay.
With prices that start from just £85 per night, you will rest easy knowing that for the little bit of time you are spending in your hotel room you paying a fantastic price.
In the end, I found myself checking out and feeling sad to say goodbye to the new friends I made at the hotel. I most certainly look forward to my return!