Contemporary Oasis in Hip New Area
Submitted: November 4, 2012
Stayed: September 2012
If you like contemporary, clean, sleek décor, high ceilings, lots of light and a large spacious great room, this apartment is for you! The layout perfectly accommodates four people with two good-sized bedrooms including individual patios, comfy queen beds and two spacious bathrooms with plenty of storage. We found all appliances to be almost new, of high quality and easy to use. The AC in each room worked great, and we actually needed it during one especially sunny week in September!
Location: We loved the location because it wasn’t in touristy (overpriced) central London. Since the Angel and Old Street tube stations (Northern line Zone 1) are only 8 minutes walk and the bus stop is practically at the door, we tended to go into the city center during the day for sightseeing and return to Islington for dinner. There are a plethora of excellent (reasonably priced) restaurants, jazz bars, and pubs filled with young families, professionals and students in the neighborhood. If you prefer to cook, grocery stores (mini-marts, Marks and Spence, Sainsbury, Tesco) are nearby. Walking home at any hour through a quiet residential area with families out and about always felt completely safe.
Support Staff: Kalvin, the owner, is available by phone, text, email and usually answers every message within minutes. He provides a map of the area, recommendations for grocery shopping, restaurants, pubs and personally visited us twice (during the three weeks) to make sure we were okay. Tina, the house keeper, is a jewel. She not only makes the apartment sparkle every week, but rescued us on the day we departed. Our reserved mini-cab did not arrive. She spotted us stranded on the street, called a friend’s cab company and got us to Heathrow just in time for our flight. We will be eternally grateful!
Overall, this apartment is one we looked forward to returning to after a long day of sightseeing (always felt like a breath of fresh air and calmness). The patio overlooking the canal with kayakers and wild life is a great place to have cocktails before dinner. And the kitchen is perfect for breakfast and light dinners. We have stayed in apartments all over the world and this one ranks among the best.
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