The Convent Garden Hotel is pretty and intimate. The rooms are very simple (almost borderline bare) with classical furnishings and subtle though cheerful colors, and the common areas are delightful. The lobby is small and understated, and the restaurant immediately to your right as you enter is bright with windows along one wall and an open entrance through which you can see people go in and out of the hotel. It's a charming environment and also a good place for people watching. The library on the first floor is the star of the hotel – the rich wood paneling and grand fireplace are quite luxurious. In addition to the larger library is a smaller more private room with its own sitting area, as well as a separate fully stocked honesty bar. All areas are well kept and clean, and there is no element of tiredness. The décor works.
The service at the hotel varied but was overall good. The front desk staff was most efficient and perky without being cloying. The waitresses/waiters in the restaurant were equally professional, and the breakfast they serve is exceptional (overpriced, but welcome to London). Do treat yourself to breakfast in the restaurant – it’s worth resisting room service and going downstairs. The concierge service, however, leaves much to be desired. When I asked for restaurant recommendations and specified my preferences, the suggestions offered were completely the opposite of what I had requested (e.g. I said I wanted to avoid Asian and Indian food, and yet the first recommendation was a nearby Indian restaurant). This happened more than once. I wound up answering my own questions with a little help from google.
The hotel sits on a small side street lined with several interesting boutiques and restaurants. The tube station is just a 5-min walk away. Although outside noise was not at all an issue, some rooms offer better views that others. Ask for a street view, otherwise you’ll end up facing an air shaft.
I have just a couple complaints…. Firstly, there are only two small elevators, and the fit is rather tight when there are more than two people needing to go up or down. Secondly, the honour bar is a great touch, but I saw no indication of pricing anywhere. Thus is was a bit of a shock when I received the bill at the end of my stay (and assuming it was correct, then the honour bar is even more overpriced than the restaurant). Lastly, there was a lot of construction during my stay. The first room to which I was shown was right by the elevators, one of which was undergoing massive construction. I was then moved to a room a couple floors up, and for the entire first day the carpet outside my room was being replaced, which made it difficult to luxuriate in an otherwise beautiful hotel.
- 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