Citadines Islington is an apartment hotel housed inside an Edwardian-era former mail sorting office just behind bustling Upper Street in Islington. It is a great option for families and people who prefer a little extra space.
There are four different accommodation types, which include 25–31m² (269–333 sq ft) studio apartments, 32–37m² (344–398 sq ft) studio deluxe apartments, 40–44m² (431–474 sq ft) one-bedroom apartments and 46–53m² (495–570 sq ft) one-bedroom deluxe apartments.
Studio apartments have either a queen-size or twin beds, a flatscreen television, a comfy armchair, a dining table, a small kitchenette with a cooking hob, microwave oven, fridge, dishwasher and kettle and an en suite bathroom with a walk-in shower. Studio deluxe apartments have all this with a little more space plus a sofa and a Nespresso coffee machine.
One-bedroom apartments have a separate bedroom and living room and will accommodate up to four guests. The bedroom has a bed plus a flatscreen television and the living room has another TV plus a sofa bed, a dining table and a small kitchen with a cooking hob, microwave oven, fridge, kettle, dishwasher and a washing machine and dryer. The bathroom has a walk-in shower.
It is handy having a kitchen in your apartment and this also means that you can save some money by cooking your own meals. However, it is not a fully-equipped kitchen as there is no oven. In other words, you can cook a steak but you can’t make a roast dinner.
Like many apartment hotels, housekeeping is done on a weekly basis. There is a residents’ lounge on the ground floor with you can relax away from your apartment and there is also a small business centre on the ground floor. The first floor has a shared laundry room and a small gym that all guests have use of.
Free Wi-Fi wireless internet access is available throughout the complex.
Citadines Islington is just a couple of minutes walk from Upper Street, which is one of London’s nicest neighbourhood shopping strips with a nice selection of places to shop, eat and drink. It is not a touristy neighbourhood, which makes it a nice option if you want to stay somewhere that feels more authentic than many other Central London districts and the only tourist attraction in the immediate vicinity is the Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art, which is a 10-minute walk away.
Essex Road station is a nine-minute walk from Citadines. The station has eight trains per hour to Moorgate on weekdays and four per hour on weekends.
Angel tube station is a little bit farther away (a 12-minute walk) but is a more useful station with more trains to more places. Angel is on the Bank branch of the Northern line with trains running every 2–3 minutes. From Angel, it is just a five-minute ride to Bank, a two-minute ride to King’s Cross St Pancras and seven minutes to Camden Town.