Lets start with the issue of tea/coffee tray ....or lack of one in the room! For me it's a must have being a night owl in need of caffeine and early bird in need of caffeine. I read several reviews kind of complaining about the lack of this basic facility in the rooms but management responded with 'just ask and we'll bring one up'. That's what I did and that's what I got....a well stocked tray promptly delivered so please don't be put off by other reviews. Then there's room size.....well mine was great. Not sure what I got but I'd booked a standard room and it was great....2 double beds with plenty of space all around, a huge bathroom, dressing area and great desk space (think it was 116 or 126). Noise? Not a peep from the banging Lightbox bar even though I stayed Friday and Saturday night. Location...great! Theatreland and covent garden on the doorstep and so central that everything is easy to access. Service...tiptop! Staff were all young vibrant fun and friendly...nothing was too much trouble. Restaurant...can't comment having not used it but it looked great....fully booked....buzzing atmosphere. I hit the cocktail bar instead..the lightbox was buzzing...huge cocktail menu..yummy although the snacks/lite bites menu was a little limited. The hotel itself is cool....it feels cool & calm...lots of space...no clutter....white white white peppered with funky light and the odd statement piece that is pure fun entertainment. I would definitely recommend a stay at SML...I'd definitely go back. If you want traditional grandeur you won't find it here but if you want a place where there are no airs and graces but plenty of chic and fun in a top central spot then SML does the trick.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the bustling Theatre district in London’s Covent Garden, St Martins Lane is a dramatic and daring evolution on English luxury. This boutique hotel retains all the youthful, unexpected charm of a London hideaway, at the very heart of the art-loving, energetic West End. St Martins Lane is truly a hidden gem – a newly renovated lobby welcomes guests into high-concept design with the sophistication of a modern museum and the joy of a carnival light show. The soaring and theatrical space, a reinterpretation of Philippe Starck’s original lobby, plays with colour, proportion, and movement in a way that energises every guest and inspires active self-expression for the duration of the stay. Guests can begin their journey in the Den, a modern gathering place and decompression zone. Situated just off the lobby, the Den is the perfect place to enjoy Afternoon Tea, play a game of backgammon or sip on a Gin & Tonic. The decor is warm and sophisticated with a tongue-in-cheek British flair – even the art on the walls is irreverent, animating the space with larger-than-life portraits and visual puns. Embrace the journey with a striking new look from London’s finest hairdressers at the neighbouring Jones & Payne salon. Luxurious treatments and innovative vision make this salon a place of new beginnings and creative expression. At night, guests will find a hidden entrance to Blind Spot, an innovative cocktail bar, behind the tea counter’s posh facade. Blind Spot is a golden cocktail sanctuary designed like a modern hunting lodge and inspired by the colours and aromas of exotic tea leaves. Light and colour continue to enhance the guest experience in every corner of St Martins Lane - interactive light displays brighten each room, transforming them into spaces of youthful excitement and changing mosaics of colour. Special garden rooms offer private patios and floor-to-ceiling windows that invite the vibrancy of the city into every room. At the newly renovated Asia de Cuba, concept chef Luis Pous joins restaurateur Jeffrey Chodorow to offer a dynamic Latin-Asian fusion menu in an inspiring space. Guests can explore all the unpredictable delights of London and end the day with an invigorating workout at Gymbox Covent Garden, London’s most unorthodox fitness experience. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- St Martins Lane London Hotel London
- Hotel St Martins Lane