Can a hotel really be considered no-frills if it comes with a Nespresso machine? Robert Nadler, the man behind the Nadler Soho, says it’s not life’s little luxuries but costly extras like restaurants which bump up overheads, making most West End hotels eye-wateringly expensive.
So you’ll have to breakfast out, order in or make your own at this establishment within eyesight of Soho Square, but you will get high-quality linen, giant flat-screen TV, free wi-fi and a very good, well kitted-out bathroom as standard. Not to mention the kitchenette with filtered water, fridge, microwave, kettle and said Nespresso machine and ironing gear to get your glad rags in shape before a night out on the town.
While some rooms are a tad cosy, others are big enough to accommodate a family, and all have comfortable beds with 300-count sheets and stylish faux-fur throws. Bathrooms are spacious with fluffy towels and quality toiletries – specify a wet room if you prefer it to a more traditional ablution set-up – and you won’t be charged extra for a cot or your first half-hour of local or national calls. A proper workdesk has plenty of power points and built-in USB chargers, and same day laundry and dry cleaning are available.
Importantly for edgy Soho, there are in-room safes, secure access only to rooms and triple-glazing to keep out the noise from famous nearby establishments like the Candy Bar next door and George Orwell’s favourite pub, the Dog and Duck.
As early check-ins and late check-outs somewhat defeat the no-frills mission statement, a reasonable service for those wishing to freshen up from an overnight arrival before a day out, or before an evening departure, is a small room made available for £15 per hour. These, normally good-value singles, and the two special hypo-allergenic rooms, are welcome additions to a buzzy London neighbourhood which has hitherto out-priced too many visitors.
10 Carlisle Street
Tel: 0044 20 3697 3697