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Remember when we told you that a new London hotel would open with rooms under $100 (£59) a night? Between December 15 and March 15, even better value is to be had, with five rooms every day at Qbic London City available at the magic £1 rate.
All proceeds will go to a good cause, only a small part of a charitable ethos that runs throughout the hotel. We sat down with Qbic’s CEO and founder to find out more about the brand and have a chance to see what exactly a ‘Cubi’, which integrates both bed and bathroom, is. Think of it as high-quality flat-pack furniture, which has allowed Qbic to turn this former office building into an operating hotel in six months.
As much as we love exploring the latest luxury hotel, news of another affordable option coming to town - particularly when well-executed (see also: citizenM) - makes us all sorts of happy. London will soon have more choice for those wanting a stylish place to stay on a limited budget, with Qbic London City opening mid-October.
The best part? Rates will start below – BELOW - $100 a night (or £59), and include breakfast and WiFi. Qbic will be in east London on Adler Street, a few minutes' walk from Liverpool Street station and close to Brick Lane and Shoreditch High Street. Inside, guests should find: “immaculate cleanliness, a comfortable bed, a great shower, soundless bedrooms and free WiFi.” Read on for more.
Much like a newborn outgrows his onesies in a matter of months, Qbic Hotels' Antwerp location is looking to move its operations to a bigger property in order to accommodate demand, despite the fact that the hotel hasn't even opened yet.
Apparently, the less than 60 rooms available at the Van Ommeren building that the low-cost design chain planned to have occupied by now just weren't enough. "We regret having to conclude that the number of rooms at this top location will be too small," Paul Rinkens, founder of Qbic Hotels, said in a statement posted on the hotel's website. "It's a beautiful building with great potential in a booming district in Antwerp."
No word on where the new location or opening date will be, but we do know that the Qbic Antwerp property will adhere to the same quirky pod hotel design as the chain's first property in Amsterdam. Rooms, which start at about $69, are called "Cubi" and feature an extra-long bed, Philippe Starck design bathroom elements, LCD TVs, Internet, safe and combination work and dining set.
If you planning on Euro-tripping to Amsterdam, wait until May 14 for the opening of the Qbic Hotel WTC Amsterdam in the city's financial district. The new Qbic chain (Antwerp and Maastricht versions are due to open in September) are a kind of pod hotel that gets described as "high tech but low budget". Check-in will be self-service and breakfast comes out of a vending machine (but fresh from a local bakery) and you'll stay in a Cubi:
a cube-shaped state-of-the-art living space. Each Cubi features a practical set-up; an extra long handmade Hästens bed, Philippe Starck design bathroom elements, LCD TV, audio, safe and high-speed Internet, and an ingenious work-and-dine set. You can even change the color of your Cubi depending on your mood: Mellow Yellow, Red Romance or Deep Purple Love...
Any place that gives us Mellow Yellow lighting options is all right by us. The cheapest prices (booked in advance) will be 39 Euros (just over $50) per pod.
· Qbic's Cube [Guardian]