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“London Amenities Served with English Grace and Charm”

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Covent Garden Hotel
Ranked #19 of 1,068 Hotels in London
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“London Amenities Served with English Grace and Charm”
Reviewed 22 October 2012

I don't say this lightly, but the Covent Garden Hotel is one of my very favorites, in London, in Europe, anywhere. I'm going to tell you why, then I'll weigh some potential downsides, but those are determined by what you're looking for. Sure, this hotel has a great location. It's down a relatively quiet street across from a phenomenal little French restaurant Mon Plaisir which has been around since the Norman Conquest (joke) and uses an actual rooster in their coq au vin.

The British Museum is within easy walking distance, booksellers, Covent Garden, theatre, shopping...there's a lot that's in arm's reach. But even if it wasn't you'd have no trouble finding it. The concierge service at this hotel is the best. They are resourceful, incredibly responsible, attentive, kind and that is the tone of the establishment in general--but in a concierge it is invaluable. Tickets for a sold-out show? Reservations at an impossible restaurant? No problem.

Also, room service is impeccable, the offerings both of tea, the brasserie, cocktails...they are reliably excellent as is the stellar breakfast (I hate juices but who can turn down a raspberry lychee smoothie?). The staff is attentive without being burdensome.

In terms of setting, the rooms are beautiful. Not 'huge', but this isn't a Mariott in Des Moines (though there's nothing wrong with either, but it's just an entirely different setting with different space available). No, the rooms are charming, "well-appointed" as one says. The furnishings for each room take up a slightly different theme. Some are 19th century England, some a bit more modern. So take care on choosing a room that best suits your tastes. They are all excellent, but if you research them (or call and ask the front desk), you'll be even happier, I think. Also, the drawing room is an oasis. Lofty fireplaces, a library with tomes lining the walls, an "Honesty Bar" that is stocked with all sorts of things. This is a great place to socialize, relax if you've arrived too early for your room, take tea, have a cocktail or a nightcap.

I'm trying to think of downsides as I promised, but I haven't any, really. No maid has been a nuisance, no concierge failed me, no room was less than in top shape. Okay, I've had trouble getting a reliable recommendation for Indian food. There, I said it (though one concierge took heart and sent me to a place that was a 25 minute taxi ride away. A little out of the way, but it was the best Indian food I've ever had). Also, the brasserie downstairs gets very crowded, but that's only an issue if you need to have a meal at the hotel in the restaurant for some reason. And you can always get a reservation. There will always be a way of securing a place for yourself--you just might get acquainted with the elbows of others.

Many people in the entertainment business flock here --I've spotted J. Dench at tea--but that's not why I come, obviously. If you want excellent service, revitalizing rooms and a place to stay that is unparalleled for its balance of charm and sophistication, you'll want to come here. I love it and I know that affection is held by many on the subject of this graceful, delightful place.

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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Nueva Andalucia, Spain
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Reviewed 19 October 2012

Having had the good fortune to have visited this very special hotel on a previous occasion, thinking of somewhere to stay in London on a rare 'escape' from the kids was an easy decision. The warmth of welcome, understated yet immaculate service, fabulous interior (and exterior) design combined with first class restaurant and bar and sumptuous bedrooms all adds up to an experience beyond compare in London in our experience. If life is kind we'll be back. If not, then the memories will endure.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 October 2012

We stayed for 6 nights from the 5th October through to the 11th. This was our 3rd visit in 3 years and we were very excited about staying here again. It's a lovely feeling walking through the doors of this stunning hotel and we were warmly welcomed back and up into our beautifully decorated Deluxe room within minutes.
Our room was so comfortable and relaxing and after a very long flight from Australia it was heaven. The beds are unreal!

The Brasserie Max is a great place to eat and has a great atmosphere. The breakfast's we had each morning were fantastic and the service was always top notch. A very big thank you to Lena for looking after us each morning, her service was great and her happy personality is fantastic! We also enjoyed a couple of lunches and a dinner and the food was excellent! The staff that looked after us were brilliant!
This hotel oozes comfort, style and class but it's the staff that make it feel so warm. The service here is excellent! The Reception staff are very friendly and helpful as are the Doormen who always greet you with a warm welcome when you step inside. The Housekeeping staff go above and beyond to keep your room comfortable and spotlessly clean.
The hotel is in a great location with the West End on your doorstep and wonderful shopping in the area as well.

Thank you Helle Jensen and Nicola and the wonderful team for helping to make The Covent Garden Hotel the best in the Universe!

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 October 2012

We highly recomment this hotel.
the location is ideal. the decoration and style is typically english but with a modern touch that makes it really cosy but also very fresh and clean.
the staff is wonderful, very helpful and always there to please you.
The rooms and bathroom are very comfortable and all different which makes the experience very personal.
in short we will be back!

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with family
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Stellenbosch, Western Cape, South Africa
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Reviewed 17 October 2012

I've stayed in a few hotels, none of them have managed to do what Firmdale has done here.
As it name suggests, the position is idyllic. The market, shops and restaurants present almost too much choice.
The lobby, bar and restaurant cut right through stuffy London, as it can be, but your arrival to the room will confirm one thing, no one has achieved greater balance between luxury, attention to detail, genuine service without feeling detached from what London has to offer.
I look forward to trying all the remaining Firmdale destinations.
And to the South African manageress......nice touch, thanks!

  • Stayed October 2012
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Reviewed 9 October 2012

I love this hotel and it's now the only place I stay (outside of a rented flat). The service is top notch, the food is great, and the rooms are cute. If you can, stay here. It's a good neighborhood and a great stay. I was only due to spend two nights but ended up staying a week due to circumstances beyond my control - and the staff could not have been lovelier or more helpful.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled solo
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 October 2012

Loved everything about this hotel. Service good and bedrooms very nice, clean and tidy. Location was just perfect for us as we were meeting friends down the road. Price was little steep but overall worth it

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Covent Garden Hotel

Property: Covent Garden Hotel
Address: 10 Monmouth Street, London WC2H 9HB, England
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Region: United Kingdom > England > London > Covent Garden
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#7 Family Hotel in London
#19 Luxury Hotel in London
#25 Romantic Hotel in London
#28 Business Hotel in London
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:5 star — Covent Garden Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 58
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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