We stayed here during their first few months of it opening. I've been going to the flagship restaurant for years and have long been a fan of Fergus Henderson.
We arrived midday on a Friday. A friendly guy in a white chefy jacket opened the door and greeted us. An early check-in wasn't a problem. The common parts of the hotel felt a little like a design studio. Not 'cool' clinical, like the restaurants, but instead a bit dull. The rooms however were wonderful. We had a standard double. It was full of light and bigger than I had anticipated. Bright green flooring, whitewashed panelling on walls with signature pegs. Great bed. Beautiful sink and bathtub/shower in main room, with a separate toilet. It was spotlessly clean and smelt of the complimentary Penhalegon toiletries. We had a corner room, with Leiscester Square to the left and China Town to the right. So we weren't expecting a totally quiet night.
I wanted to try all the food on offer. I had read a lot about what Fergus had called 'a bun moment'. I love that they have devised foods that are only available at the hotel. We went to sample them. We were a bit early, but the waitress was happy to come up with some alternative treats to keep us going. The bar was a surprise though. It felt a bit like an NHS waiting room - ordered rows of red sofas and low, featureless pale wooden tables. Brilliant white lacquered venician blinds added to the sterile feel. The food of course was awesome, and the quirky guests added the texture and colour. We whiled away the afternoon before returning to our room to try out the mini bar and bath tub.
We ate at the restaurant that evening. It was fully books and buzzing. Our evening ended back in the bar, chatting with some of the other guests.
As I suspected, we had a pretty disrupted nights sleep. The hotel is on the corner of Leicester Street and Lisle Street. We had a corner room that overlooked both. The general London noise is fine and to be expected. But any rooms looking onto Lisle Street are right across the road from a Slug And Lettuce. The late night noise was aggressive and rowdy and threatening. The hotel really should have installed proper, airport hotel quality sound proofing.
If you are into people watching, being up and about early in the centre of London is always eye-opening entertainment. A wonderful cross section of life passes (and staggers) by the hotel.
We were booked in for two nights and had all our meals in the restaurant and bar. The place is wonderful. It feels like it shouldn't be in the middle of the West End, but that infact just adds to the delight of the place.
For what you get I really think they have priced it right. I look forward to my next stay.
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