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.
- 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