I'd have to say that it's not normally the sort of place that we'd stay at but a combination of this being a birthday treat for my better half and other excellent TA reviews persuaded me to push the boat out a bit further than it might normally go. Sited in Monmouth Street, just to the north of Covent Garden itself, it's ideally sited to use as a base to explore that area of London and for theatre-going, which was really the main purpose of the trip. I booked two nights in a luxury room and when we arrived, my initial disappointment that we were on the ground floor dissipated somewhat when shown to Room 8, situated with several others behind the check-in desk. "Magnificent" didn't quite do it justice - short entrance halfway leading to large spacious bedroom with ultra-king size bed, modern decoration and usual accessories. To the left was a door leading to a bathroom that wasn't that much smaller than the bedroom itself. Two washbasins, toilet, bidet, a bath that the Mrs could have used as a swimming pool and a wonderful walk in shower...and to top it all, at the age of 53, I finally get to stay in a hotel room where the bathroom has a TV in it....shallow ? Me ? Both bedroom and bathroom were absolutely spotless. Room had excellent air-con and despite some concerns at the road visible outside, there was no traffic noise and we had two good nights sleep. The deal we got included breakfast, which was served in the Brasserie Max. Now, the food and service in here were excellent (as was service throughout the hotel) - but somehow the atmosphere wasn't. It felt like we were gate-crashing a large business meeting - or rather several business meetings. It's not unreasonable that such an establishment should attract a large number of business people - or be a place that is chosen for a "power breakfast." It just wasn't for us really. Evenings seemed to be somewhat more relaxed affairs and we enjoyed post theatre drinks in there. Overall, a fantastic short break and I'd certainly return...but maybe take breakfast in one of the many, many, less formal eateries that are available in that part of town.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Covent Garden Hotel opened in April 1996 but the building dates back to the 1890’s when it operated as a French hospital. It is located in Monmouth Street, a charming cobbled street in the heart of the theatre district and surrounded by interesting boutiques, restaurants, cafes and bars. Covent Garden Hotel is "a quirky modern take on traditional English style." The hotel's interior has been dramatically designed by owner and design director Kit Kemp, and reflects her personal attention to detail. The ground floor is just like a stage set. A quietly bustling lobby leads into Brasserie Max, the hotel’s bar and restaurant. Up a sweeping stone staircase and into a sumptuous wood paneled drawing room and library, each with a log burning fireplace, quirky furniture and vivid upholstery. Downstairs there is a gym, private event space and a screening room. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Covent Garden London
- Hotel Covent Garden
- Covent Garden Hotel London, England