The Moorgate offers 27 suites and apartments that are designed to feel like a hotel, but with the space of an apartment. Based in the City, near Moorgate, they are perfectly located for business travellers. The key to understanding this place is two fold, a private spacious apartment with a focus on design.
I stayed overnight at The Moorgate to get a feel for the offering. The architecture of the internal space was so clever, multiple derelict and rundown townhouses built in the 1780s and 1830s were brought together with the largest challenge being levelling the floors between the buildings. The multi award-winning architects Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands (LDS Architects) designed and built the place. LDS retained the original stucco façade designed by Robert Smirke in the 1830’s to ensure the continuing character of Moorgate Street and thoughtfully restored historic features.
You might have heard the term apart hotel before and not quite sure what that meant, but this new sub sector in the hospitality industry is flourishing. Particularly in the business sector. Apart hotels are sort of a mix between a hotel and serviced apartments. As a frequent business traveller, I have mixed reactions to both those types of accommodation. The formality or lack thereof of a hotel is not always what I want when I’m on business and the lack of comfort and services available in a serviced apartment doesn’t quite do it for me either. JLL published a great article explaining how serviced apartments are tuning into modern travellers needs.
The interiors were so wonderful to explore, above the light filled reception area is a beautifully designed sculptural staircase that takes guests up to their suites. At each turn, you get a different view of adjacent buildings, from modern office towers to historic guildhalls, it’s a real delight finding your way to your room.
The lighting by Flos illuminates the walkways as you move through the space with incredible detail making it feel very premium, just as it does in your own home.
Each apartment is well designed with familiar names like Gubi and that wonderful touch of blush that we’re all just loving at the moment. I stayed for one night and really enjoyed my stay, it was so very comfortable and I loved trying to guess the brand and then jumping onto google to see if I was correct. All those visits to design shows have paid off and I guessed it all correctly, but it’s great to see a hotel that’s so in touch with contemporary design.
For more information, you can visit The Moorgate.