I'm just home from a trip to London with my wife and our best friends. My wife and I had stayed at the Covent Garden Hotel two times previously and convinced our friends to give the CGH a shot on this their first trip to the UK. I'm always a little nervous when recommending hotels to friends, but given the quality of the CGH I wasn't really worried and the hotel and its great staff came through yet again.
The hotel itself is beautifully appointed and just oozes class. The restaurant in the hotel is great. The staff is wonderful. And the Seven Dials/Covent Garden neighborhood is hopping and also perfectly located in the center of the city. Yes, there are cheaper places to stay in London, but for a few extra pounds you can stay at a place that is truly special.
A couple of suggestions: (1) Ask for a room facing Monmouth Street ... there's a fair amount of traffic/noise on Shaftsbury Ave which some hotel rooms face. (2) Be sure to take advantage of the beautiful "living room" with honor bar just upstairs from the lobby ... a really wonderful place to hang out.
Final comment is that the hotel's website just doesn't do justice to the beauty of the place. Could really use more images and a video so you have a better sense of the treat you're in store for.
- 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