Ah, hotels. Utopia of the untidy person, never-never-land for the secretly lazy and heaven for the tired. A good hotel is one that treats its guests to an existence that the stresses and obligations of ordinary life would never normally permit; one of luxury, comfort, style and above all, ease. My recent stay at the Apex Hotel Temple Court in London confirmed that it passes all four tests with roaring success.
The location isn’t exactly a deterrent. Based on historic Fleet Street, it has access to, well, just about everything! The vibrant cafes, bustling shops and exciting street life of Holborn, Piccadilly Circus, Covent Garden and Farringdon are 5-10 minutes walk away – and there are numerous tube and bus stops scattered around nearby.
For me though, it’s the hotel itself rather than the location that has me all of a flutter – and the Apex wins on both accounts. From the kilted – and very polite – doorman who greets me, to its imposing, elegant courtyard, Temple Court sets out to impress with all guns blazing. The huge elephant in the courtyard adds a modern, arty touch to an otherwise historic facade and the reception is incredibly modern and sleek with a healthy dose of minimalist glamour. I was checked in quickly by courteous staff and made my way up to my fifth floor room.
Ah, the room. Chic, considered decor, a spotless, super-modern bathroom and most impressively – a balcony with views over the London skyline including CentrePoint and St Pauls. Despite the fact that the Apex is a chain hotel, it felt individual and boutique-y in all the right ways. Elemis bath products , fluffy white bathrobes and a huge flat screen TV made for quite the cosy night in. The bed is dangerously comfortable – all thoughts of donning our glad rags and hitting the town (as was the intention) went straight out of the window as soon as we lay down on its super-soft sheets!
The food’s pretty impressive, too. We had a three-course evening meal in the glamorous surroundings of the Chambers Restaurant; my dining companion chose the quail ravioli with spinach and bacon lardons, which was light as a feather and deliciously flavoursome. I went for a Dorset Crab salad, which was equally impressive. We both went for a steak for main course, which was perfectly cooked and accompanied by salad. We were very impressed when our waitress even had a peppercorn sauce made for us especially at our request, despite it not being on the menu! For dessert, we shared a mango cheese cake, which has to be tried to believed. Main courses start at £15.25, and wine starts at £17.
The breakfast didn’t let them down either. From hot cooked breakfasts like eggs benedict to a full buffet with cold meats, cheeses, pastries and fruit, whether you like a little or a lot in the morning, Apex have got it covered. We checked out in a matter of moments, fully refreshed, well-fed and feeling rather underwhelmed about our sleeping arrangements back at home…
You can book directly with the APEX Temple Court via their website.