25 Jun 2013
Tried & Tested: Blackfriars Apartments
Here at Check-in-London, we make it a point to know exactly what we're offering our customers so we regularly visit our London apartments and sometimes, we're even lucky enough to stay for a bit longer. Last week one of London specialists, Brett Power tried and tested our popular Blackfriars Apartments near St Paul's Cathedral in Central London with his partner and below is a recount of his stay:
Having received the email with our codes we arrived at Blackfriars tube station and walked the five minutes to our apartment. It’s a pretty simple entry system. Some people think not having a reception is a big downside, but having two codes to get into the building and then the apartment is easy enough to use (as long as you don’t lose them - I wrote them in my phone just in case!) and it’s nice to have the freedom to just arrive whenever you like rather than between specified check-in hours.
The access details provided prior to arrival also stated the wireless internet code, and the welcome pack inside gave instructions on how to use the apartment’s amenities, as well as a 24 hour emergency telephone line if there was a problem or question you had.
The apartment block is step-free so our lift took us to our apartment on the second floor.
The first thing I noticed once inside the apartment was the nice clean decor and spacious living area. The bed linen was nice and soft, and the leather sofas were comfortable. The beds were also comfy and it was nice to have free The White Company toiletries to use. Being a fan of cricket, having Sky Sports channels was a major plus point as I know that most apartments or hotels in London only feature digital Freeview channels.
As we were only there for one night, we didn't have much need to use the kitchen, but I had a browse through the drawers and in the cupboards and the utensils appeared to be of good quality. Of course, free tea and coffee is always a welcoming touch.
I was also surprised at how many towels there were; we only used two but there was at least four more. I had a little rummage around and found a washing machine, a hoover (though the apartment is cleaned on a weekly basis), electric fans, an ironing board and iron, a trouser press, and tablets for the dishwasher. Again, we didn't feel the need to use all of what was provided, but if we were staying there for a week I’d imagine we’d appreciate them being easily ready to hand.
The location was also great. Set right in the heart of Central London and only a two minute walk to the River Thames and the iconic St Paul's Cathedral. The brand new One New Change shopping centre is around the corner and is buzzing with shops and some great eateries. Fleet Street and Tooley Street are also within a short walk away with plenty of stylish restaurants and bars and just over the road there was a Mexican restaurant, a burger restaurant, a small supermarket and a really nice cafe with views of St Pauls where we had breakfast. There are also a few pubs around, but surprisingly though there was only minimal street noise that you could hear in the apartment at night.
Overall we had a very enjoyable and relaxing stay at Blackfriars Apartments. It may not have luxury features, but it's very private, homely and has everything you would need at good value. I would recommend the apartment for anyone visiting the capital for a week or more for business or a family vacation.
- Brett Power, London Specialist at Check-in-London
A big thank you to Deep Blue Apartments.
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