Those beds are Naturalmat, which means all natural materials and a proper nightís sleep, something every hotel guest can get behind we think. The bathroom, jazzed up by some bright yellow in the room we saw, has a rain shower, toilet, and vanity in a single open-plan space, and all-in-one body wash in large dispensers. Those that are particular about their bathroom privacy should take note of the sliding door and glass panels.
We love the fact that the Cubiís pillars contain easy to understand light switches and much-needed plugs (UK and continental Europe) to be able to work while sitting on the bed.
The public spaces downstairs are filled with all sorts of quirky furniture, like the chair (as the lamps in the rooms) made from a garden hose. Free WiFi throughout means itís easy to find a spot and get some work done. Food from the kitchen, set up very much in the style of citizenMís canteen, is sourced locally wherever possible.
Like we said, giving back to the local community and beyond isnít just limited to those £1 rooms:
- Part of the hotelís roof will be turned into a vegetable garden where locals can grow their own produce for free
- Surplus space in the building will be made available to small start-ups as office space at no cost
- Area rugs are sourced from Nepal through a company that shares half of its profits with the village where the rugs are made
- Charity Bikeworks will set up shop at the hotel to offer bicycles for guests to use, providing a training scheme to help people gain skills and get back into work
- Volunteers of Foodcycle use surplus food and spare kitchens to serve free meals to people who otherwise would risk going without
Given the Cubiís flexibility, opening additional Qbicís is done in a (relative) jiffy. Qbic is planning two or three more hotels in London, with future additions across Europe very much possible.
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