If the pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that sometimes the very best weekends away are those just a little nearer to home. Sure, we’re not ones to show down a fortnight inside a far-flung destination, but there’s a lot to be said for things happening on our doorstep.
New restaurants, bars and hotels are opening in quick succession, and that includes The Gate, an aparthotel encompassing a unique variety of 189 modern apartments that is handily located just minutes from Aldgate East tube station. Looking for a stay that feels homely but metropolitan and forward-thinking? Look no further.
The Gate: The Lowdown
Launched at the tail end of last year, The Gate was created with functionality at its core however with interiors that look fresh from the Made.com showroom. Sleek, chic, with statement lighting, the hotel pays homage to the bustling area that the 21-story building towers above, and has made a modern destination filled with personality, providing guests with a home away from home complete with unmatched views of London's impressive skyline.
On the floor floor you’ll discover the reception, and open-plan bar area, having a mix of materials (read leather sofas, plush velvet armchairs, and parquet flooring), it gave us interior envy from the moment we set foot inside. A brief lift ride up (5 floors up), is how you’ll discover the outdoor terrace – a botanical oasis full of foliage and boasting a vista within the capital below.
Offering practicality with a luxury touch, the on-site state-of-the-art boutique gym offers the perfect space to workout, complete with the use of Peloton bikes, Techno exercise equipment and The Gate’s in-house PT service.
The Gate: The Rooms
Unlike a lot of its competition, The Gate has rooms to match all budgets yet delightfully won't skimp on luxury. From skylight suites to minimalist doubles, each room comes with Nespresso machines, appliance essentials and the comfiest beds East London provides.
Rooms on the higher end from the scale have luxuries from washing machines to entire living spaces, but even the more ‘basic’ studios have everything you need for a home away from home. Thoughtfully designed with innovative utilization of space, each room has ample convenience of relaxing, working and sleeping, which makes it well suited for a 1 night stop for any weekend away or perhaps a work retreat. Most importantly, every room seems to have an envious view as well, with stunning sights of the Olympic Park along with other of the capital’s delights straight from your bed, what is better?
The Gate: The Food
Maple Street Eats, a spinoff of the widely popular Maple & Co, heads up the food offering in the Gate. Noted for its joyful, colourful and vibrant dishes – all made using 100 % natural ingredients – the choices available are far from your standard hotel fare.
We’re referring to wholesome, nourishing food comprising halloumi shakshuka, rice bowls, and signature salads (the Julius Cesar is a staple for good reason). Sent to your hotel door or enjoyed around the outdoor terrace, the breakfast menu forgoes the buffet format in favour of fresh seasonal fruits, granola pots and avocado on toast, freshly-baked pastries as well as an unlimited amount of tea, coffee and orange juice.
There’s a lot at The Gate that guests can engage in; Peloton bikes in rooms, dinner on the terrace, a workout during a workout session, or just having a glass of wine in the downstairs bar, you could spend most of the day here and feel just as rejuvenated like a week in a tropical destination.
From as soon as we arrived to whenever we examined, the staff were accommodating and welcoming without having to be overbearing. Book yourself set for a stay and leave London behind, even if it’s just for a night.