Situated in the historic City of London area, just off Fleet Street, the four star Apex Temple Court Hotel is in a quiet courtyard location. Contemporary interior design in the public spaces and guest rooms makes this a hidden gem.
This is the third hotel from Apex in London; the others are also in the City of London. Comfortable luxury and understated elegance are good descriptions of the Apex style.
The post-war buildings were previously barristers' chambers in the legal heartland of Inner Temple and underwent a £50-million conversion to create this 184 room hotel.
Every room has Bose SoundDocks, Sky TV (including some 3D TV options), plus all you would expect: fridge, tea and coffee, iron, hair dryer, and safe. Higher level rooms have Nespresso coffee machines too.
The City of London is now a business district but was the site of the original settlement of London. The area has wonderful alleyways and intriguing street names and is steeped in history. On the other side of Fleet Street is Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese - one of London's oldest pubs where the famous diarist Samuel Pepys drank in the 18th century and Charles Dickens did in the 19th century.
Look down Fleet Street and you get a stunning view of St Paul's Cathedral and head the other way to reach Covent Garden and the West End in minutes.
It's a very central location as you can walk to Tate Modern, the London Eye and the South Bank easily and see many major landmarks without needing to use transport. It's great for theatre stays too as it's so close to Theatreland.
When it's time to sleep, the hotel is in a quiet courtyard location and as The City is primarily a business area these days you won't be disturbed.
Apex Temple Court Hotel has 184 rooms ranging in size from the City Double Room at 25 sq m to the Master Suite at 49 sq m. If you book a Superior Double or Twin Room, a Deluxe Double Room, Junior Suite or Master Suite you get access to the ground floor Club Lounge.
Some fifth floor rooms have views of the London Eye and 'Big Ben'.
For Business Travelers
The complimentary wifi and free local calls make this a good base for a business trip. The rooms have plenty of storage space and the hotel's Chambers Restaurant offers indoor and courtyard dining.
There's a good-size desk in every room and Sky TV too when it's time to unwind.
For meetings, there's an eight-attendee meeting suite, and Chambers Restaurant has a private dining space for up to 42 guests.
Book a Deluxe room or a Suite and there's Club Lounge access to provide the extra space needed during your stay. The Lounge has space to work or relax and includes complimentary drinks and snacks throughout the day.
For Leisure Travelers
That free wifi is appreciated as are the Elemis toiletries. Deluxe rooms and the suites have a lounge/seating area in the room as well as a bedroom, plus a spacious bathroom with a walk-in shower and separate bath.
All rooms have Sky TV too.
Every guest receives a free Apex duck which appeals especially appeals to younger guests.
My Review of Apex Temple Court Hotel
Reviews are consistently good so I had to try the hotel for myself. I took my daughter for a Sunday night treat. We entered via the Serjeants' Inn large cobbled courtyard and didn't realize there was an entrance directly on Fleet Street until after we had left.
The check-in time is earlier than most (2.30pm) and the check-out time is later (12pm midday) giving you even more time to enjoy your room. Check-in at Reception was friendly and efficient and we stayed in a Deluxe Double Room. The separate seating area was really appreciated, as was the dining table where we sat for hot drinks and snacks. Complimentary bottles of water were provided and the free wifi worked well.
The space was surprising for a London hotel and there's plenty of storage too. The bedroom area had two wardrobes and there were more closets in the lounge area. While we appreciated the good blackout curtains and the quiet location, a dimmer switch lamp would be good as the bedside lamp was too bright to leave on and get to sleep. We also struggled to find the on/off switch on the contemporary design lamps around the room.
When in bed and the lights out I could see standby lights on the two televisions, the Sky TV box, air conditioning unit wall control and the telephone. But the bed was comfy and we both slept well.
As in common in many hotels it seems, there were only plug sockets on one side of the bed. In the morning it was good to know we could open the window a small way for fresh air, and the Bose iPod docking station was appreciated.
The separate bath and walk-in shower were welcomed by each of us as were the Elemis toiletries which made getting out of the comfy bed more appealing. And the Apex rubber duck to take home made it easier to leave.
We stayed for breakfast which we both thought was delicious and well-priced.
A great price for a great hotel in a quiet central location. Yes, I would definitely return.
Apex Temple Court Hotel Address: 1-2 Serjeants' Inn, Fleet Street, London EC4Y 1LL
Official Website: www.apexhotels.co.uk/apex-temple-court-hotel