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The Soho Hotel (Soho) or St Martins Lane (Leicester Square)?

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The Soho Hotel (Soho) or St Martins Lane (Leicester Square)?


I'm indecisive about which hotel to choose! My mum and I are staying in London together (I'm a 25 y/o female).

We are looking at staying at either The Soho Hotel in Soho or St Martins Lane Hotel near Leicester Square. Both are roughly the same price.

Both have great reviews on tripadvisor but I've heard different reviews from people I know as some have said Soho is disgusting but some have said it's great, and the same with Leicester Square (some say it's great but some say it's not what it used to be)! We'd like to stay somewhere central, walking distance to good things and easy to get around to see the tourist attractions. We're in London for 3 nights.

Please help!

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1. Re: The Soho Hotel (Soho) or St Martins Lane (Leicester Square)?

Both locations are fine (and only a short walk apart). They are busy all day and much of the night, of course.

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2. Re: The Soho Hotel (Soho) or St Martins Lane (Leicester Square)?

The Soho hotel is in a quieter bit of Soho, the St Martin's is on the very busy St Martin's Lane although rooms away from the road shouldn;t be a problem. In any case the Soho is the significantly better.

Soho (and the bit the hotel is in ) is the centre of much of London's film and TV industry , with some smaller fringe theatre, comedy clubs and bars/restauarants and a bit away from the slightly seedy sex area which is in any case pretty tame. Or lame, depending on point of view.

The St Martin's isn't on Leicester Square - it''s maybe very slightly nearer than the Soho.

As mentioned on your previous threads you will not be able to walk to everything anyway. Either is well placed for public transport

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3. Re: The Soho Hotel (Soho) or St Martins Lane (Leicester Square)?

It would be the Soho for me.

The Soho Hotel is in a quiet cul de sac off Dean Street, I haven't noticed any sleaze around there.

The Pierre Victoire Bistro in Dean Street is my favourite French Restaurant .

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4. Re: The Soho Hotel (Soho) or St Martins Lane (Leicester Square)?

I have stayed at the Soho Hotel several times and can't recommend it highly enough, if funds allowed it would be my choice of hotel in :London.

Love the place.

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5. Re: The Soho Hotel (Soho) or St Martins Lane (Leicester Square)?

I must have walked past the St Martin's Lane Hotel hundreds of times, possibly getting into the thousands, and have never noticed it! I can't comment on it as a hotel, but I would say that the location is ever so slightly better than the Soho location. St Martin's lane is home to several theatres, including London's de facto second opera house, the London Coliseum. It's just minutes on foot from the National Gallery and National Portrait Gallery. Covent Garden is a leisurely 5 minutes away.

I have eaten at the Soho a couple of times. If the restaurant is anything to go by then I'd say it bodes well, despite an awful rice pudding. If it's the case that the Soho is a better hotel I would say it makes sense to go for it. If both hotels were of exactly the same quality I would opt for St Martin's Lane.

Don't pay any attention to anyone who describes Soho as disgusting. The last vestiges of the former sex industry are still there to be seen, but it won't cause you any trouble.

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6. Re: The Soho Hotel (Soho) or St Martins Lane (Leicester Square)?

Both are well located. Were it me, I'd book the Soho.

Come and enjoy.

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