I stayed at St. Martins Lane for nine nights in January 2013 on business. I would normally not be able to afford this class of hotel, so it was nice to know what 300 GBP buys you.
The hotel is very modern, with clean lines, sharp angles, and lots of glass, metal, and white walls. I almost felt like I wasn't cool enough to stay there. :)
My room, as these things are in London, was small (for this American), but probably average by London standards. The bed was perfect, very comfortable with a nice comforter. On nights that I wasn't getting over jet lag, I slept very well.
The bathroom was nicely appointed, and decent sized for London. The room had a flatscreen TV in a hutch above a mini bar. You can guess how expensive those items were.
In the entry hall was the only clothes-storage space: a small closet (but big enough for several shirts and sweaters), and four good-sized shelves on which to place the rest of your items. There are four hooks in the hall as well to hang your coat, scarf, etc.
Extras at the hotel were pricey, so beware of those charges you may rack up: 40GBP to park your car, 2.75GBP to make a local call, 20GBP for a nice, but cold, buffet breakfast, etc.
The hotel was minutes away from the Leicester Square Tube station and all of the attractions in the West End, so the location was right in the center of things. Plenty of food options just down the street, and more than you could possibly try in a fortnight within five minutes walk. Less than five minutes away is Trafalgar Square, so Parliament/Big Ben, and across the river to the London Eye are all walkable.
The front desk was very helpful and friendly, and very accommodating. I got a call after I had checked into my room after five minutes, to see how I was doing, and when I returned the room later that evening, found a nice handwritten note and some sweets to welcome me to the hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the bustling Theatre district in London’s Covent Garden, St Martins Lane is a dramatic and daring evolution on English luxury. This boutique hotel retains all the youthful, unexpected charm of a London hideaway, at the very heart of the art-loving, energetic West End. St Martins Lane is truly a hidden gem – a newly renovated lobby welcomes guests into high-concept design with the sophistication of a modern museum and the joy of a carnival light show. The soaring and theatrical space, a reinterpretation of Philippe Starck’s original lobby, plays with colour, proportion, and movement in a way that energises every guest and inspires active self-expression for the duration of the stay. Guests can begin their journey in the Den, a modern gathering place and decompression zone. Situated just off the lobby, the Den is the perfect place to enjoy Afternoon Tea, play a game of backgammon or sip on a Gin & Tonic. The decor is warm and sophisticated with a tongue-in-cheek British flair – even the art on the walls is irreverent, animating the space with larger-than-life portraits and visual puns. Embrace the journey with a striking new look from London’s finest hairdressers at the neighbouring Jones & Payne salon. Luxurious treatments and innovative vision make this salon a place of new beginnings and creative expression. At night, guests will find a hidden entrance to Blind Spot, an innovative cocktail bar, behind the tea counter’s posh facade. Blind Spot is a golden cocktail sanctuary designed like a modern hunting lodge and inspired by the colours and aromas of exotic tea leaves. Light and colour continue to enhance the guest experience in every corner of St Martins Lane - interactive light displays brighten each room, transforming them into spaces of youthful excitement and changing mosaics of colour. Special garden rooms offer private patios and floor-to-ceiling windows that invite the vibrancy of the city into every room. At the newly renovated Asia de Cuba, concept chef Luis Pous joins restaurateur Jeffrey Chodorow to offer a dynamic Latin-Asian fusion menu in an inspiring space. Guests can explore all the unpredictable delights of London and end the day with an invigorating workout at Gymbox Covent Garden, London’s most unorthodox fitness experience. ... more less
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