Tried & Tested

Hotel check: The Nadler Soho

4 Nov 2013 by GrahamSmith
BACKGROUND The 78-room Nadler Soho opened in May. It is the third hotel owned by Robert Nadler, following Base2Stay Liverpool and the group's first property, Base2Stay Kensington, which has now been renamed The Nadler Kensington. WHAT'S IT LIKE? At the time of my stay, the hotel had been open for four months. It was converted into a hotel from an existing building with a newly added extension. On arrival, the first thing that greets you is a large statue of a goddess attached to the building's exterior, directly above its revolving door entrance (see the picture below). Called 'Selene', the statue is as unusual as it is surprising. Nadler Soho statue 'Selene', the statue that sits above the hotel entrance Nadler Soho lobby Uncluttered: The lobby area Inside, the lobby is bright and uncluttered. The reception desk is against the back wall to the right. A 24-hour desk, it is manned by "local ambassadors", there to provide visitors with information about the surrounding area. There is also a small lounge area consisting of four black leather armchairs and two sofas. And, reflecting the hotel's modern, urban aesthetic, a large glass screen panel plays silent splices of classic London-set films, including Blow Up and Repulsion. Hidden away on the other side of the lobby is a market vending machine that sells items including shoe polish and phone chargers (not that you'd really need a charger given the connectivity on offer in each room). WHERE IS IT? Slap bang in the middle of Soho, on Carlisle Street, which is just off Dean Street, and connects onto Soho Square. Pizza Express' famous Jazz Club is literally a 20-second walk away. ROOM FACILITIES The Nadler Soho comes with eight room types - Small Double, Soho Single, Standard Double, King/Twin Double, Superior, Deluxe, Nadler Deluxe and the Carlisle Suite. These vary considerably in size, from a small single-bed room to a large suite, to cater for different budgets. My Superior room was on the first floor. Twenty-six sqm in size, it was spacious with two windows, one of which overlooked the end of Carlisle Street, while the other was above a typically narrow Soho alley. For comparative purposes, the size of the rooms on either side of the Superior are the 21 sqm King/Twin Double and the 26 sqm Deluxe. I did get a chance to look at the 50 sqm Carlisle Suite, which had a living room, an opulent bathroom/shower area and a four-poster bed, among other luxuries. Nadler Soho Superior room When I walked into my Superior room for the first time, the flatscreen television on the left-hand wall was switched on, welcoming me with my name on it. An interactive device, you can use it to browse the internet (using the remote control), set an alarm, or plug your own device into it via the ports/sockets on the table below. It also provides information on local amenities. The king-size double bed, with a fur rug thrown over the end, was very comfortable. On either side of the bed were small tables with a lamp and plug sockets on each. The room had an additional two lamps, one floor-standing and the other on the table/desk below the television, and there were two phones in the room - one by the bed and the other on the table/desk. An iron and ironing board are located under the bed. A dim night light can be turned on from the bed, so if you need to visit the bathroom during the night you can find your way without waking up your partner. A double wardrobe is on your immediate left as you enter the room. The right-hand wardrobe was standard and contained a clothes rail, shelving, a safe, hairdryer and a mirror on the inside of each door. The left-hand wardrobe's doors opened to reveal a mini-kitchen, complete with a sink with a dedicated Brita fresh water tap, microwave, cutlery, Nespresso coffee machine, kettle, wine glasses, fruit juice glasses, plates, bowls, a teapot and mugs. Nadler Soho mini-kitchen A mini-kitchen inside the left-hand wardrobe The bathroom was by the entrance door on the right and had a shower cubicle (with a rainshower and a more traditional shower-head), a toilet, sink, a smart tissue box, and heated towel rail. Facial soap, shampoo, conditioner and shower gel were all Gilchrist & Soames products. There was also a Bose speaker system installed in the bathroom - you can connect your device to an outlet on a wall in the bedroom and play music, or whatever you want, to listen to while in the bathroom. Wifi was complimentary and connecting to it is done through the room television. Simply turn the TV on, select the wifi icon and enter your room number. Each room comes with plugs, USB charging points and an HDMI link for the television. There was also a small leather box containing various chargers and adaptors. RESTAURANTS AND BARS What sets the Nadler brand apart is the absence of a restaurant or bar. The logic being that the vast majority of guests in a city centre hotel are likely to want to eat out and, for those that don't, every room contains a mini-kitchen anyway, well-equipped enough to rustle up a decent meal. However, there is a range of wines and beers available to purchase at reception. A breakfast service (at additional cost) is provided by local Soho bakery Paul and delivered to your room. An order form is in each room and needs to be filled in and handed to reception by 2030 the night before. The menu contains items including coffee, fruit juices, yoghurts and croissants. BUSINESS AND MEETING FACILITIES There is a boardroom that can seat up to eight people. Located to the right of the front desk, it comes equipped with a 55-inch LED screen and wifi. LEISURE FACILITIES There are no leisure facilities, although guests can use exclusive offers for local restaurants and bars. VERDICT A thoroughly comfortable and well-organised hotel with impeccable service. The concept of not having a restaurant or bar works well in an area such as Soho that is filled to the brim with both, while the mini-kitchen in each room allows guests to eat in should they so choose. FACT FILE
  • How many rooms? 78 - five Soho Single; ten Small Double; 22 Standard Double; 14 King/Twin Double; 18 Superior; three Deluxe; five Nadler Deluxe; and one Carlisle Suite
  • Highlights The spacious, well-designed room complete with mini-kitchen, while the location in central Soho couldn't be better for those wanting to check out London nightlife
  • Price Internet rates for a midweek stay in a Superior room throughout November cost £285. Try to book under the same conditions in mid-February and the cost is £270
  • Contact The Nadler Soho, 10 Carlisle Street, London, W1D 3BR; tel 020 3697 3697; thenadler.com
Graham Smith
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