Arbor City Hotel
What We Love
- A stylish, newly revamped hotel in hip East London – includes breakfast and a dining discountThe fab location – a cultural melting pot, where the fantastic curry houses and mosques (and modern art gallery) of Whitechapel meet the boutiques, vintage shops and hipster dining of fashionable Brick Lane.
- Being just a 20-minute walk from the river and Tower Bridge
- The cool new interior makeover, transforming this dated hotel into a stylish and high-end city base
What To Know
- Conveniently located near the Aldgate East tube station and not far from Brick Lane
- Street-facing rooms can be a bit noisy, especially on weekends
- WiFi is reliable
Arbor City Hotel has a great location for exploring the best of the UK capital. Tucked away in hip East London, within walking distance of Brick Lane and Spitalfields Market, the hotel is right near a tube station, so the sights, museums, shops and dining scene of central London are also a breeze to discover.
This hotel has recently undertaken a major refurbishment, which has added a luxurious splash of ultra-modern style to the somewhat dated exterior and previously basic design. You’re guaranteed to be allocated one of the brand-spanking-new rooms, completely redesigned from scratch with a fashionable mid-century vibe and colorful design accents.
In addition to Wi-Fi, you’ll find a newly designed bar and restaurant on-site, though it’d be a crime not to check out the wonderful local restaurants, from sky-high dining at Sushi Samba to Brick Lane’s famous stretch of curry houses to the hip street-food markets at Spitalfields.
How to Get There
The hotel was well presented with friendly staff and the room was clean. It was too far away from the main sites of London which required journeys on the tube when I prefer to walk as much as possible. This really shouldn't be a negative on the hotel as I should have done my research first but beware you will need to add 30 minute tube time there and back if you intend to head into the West end.
This hotel has a very corporate feel and is no different to any other standard hotel in London. We have stayed in its sister hotel on Hyde Park and in my opinion is far superior to this one.
The breakfast would have been adequate if I had received what I paid for. My booking states full English breakfast but this was never mentioned at check in or at breakfast nor was the £10 per head food allowance in the restaurant. The staff were non existent at breakfast not even being able to get a cup of coffee on the 2nd day.
On the Saturday night I was gently serenaded to sleep about 1.30am to not so gentle thumping base coming from a party downstairs.
The room was immaculate and the bed comfortable with a powerful shower and good aircon. The corridors could do with decorating. I think every door frame on our floor was showing signs of paint chipping and tiredness. Having read a previous review from March on here I can confirm that room 115 still has not had its light fixed over the coffee maker so clearly these reviews are not acted on.
I would not stay here again through choice and if you are looking for a couples retreat I would highly recommend the Arbor Hyde Park.
Great location, on Brick Lane, Whitechapel Road. PLenty of places to eat, 3 minute walk to Aldgate East, on site parking. (expensive though, £30 for overnight) but the car park is secure.
Nice contemporary feel to the hotel, modern bathroom with nice shower.
Only downside is aircon, not that great. It was 30 degrees in the daytime during my stay but even then you expect the air con to be working. Didn't get a great sleep due to this but have had this issue with other hotels I've stayed in recently.
All in all I would probably stay again, definitely cheaper to book direct on their website (£125 quid direct rather than £160 on booking or hotels.com)
We stayed two nights at the Arbor City Hotel. It is located just a few steps from the underground, which made it very convenient to move around London. The rooms were comfy. The food was decent. We had room service and the continental breakfast I the restaurant. The staff was very helpful.
Three of us were visiting a friend who lives near Brick Lane so we decided to stay at The Arbor City Hotel. Rooms were nice and spacious and service was friendly. We had booked online through TripAdvisor and received a reasonable room rate so we thought overall the hotel was a good value. There are a number of fun shops and restaurants in the neighborhood close by.
Very average hotel with very low quality/service ratio, overpriced. Rooms are spacious but very loud. Breakfast was the biggest disappointment: no flavoured teas offered (extra paid), no warm meal (English breakfast and other extra paid), very limited selection for continental breakfast, yoghurts oferred were all opened (in glass pots - you don’t know how long they were kept like that). This is not what you expect with such high price per night. One plus for friendly service. Would not recommend.