My wife and I were celebrating our anniversary and we got off to a rocky start with the hotel. We had booked it via Lastminute.com's Mystery Hotels having done a bit of research. So I knew what I was booking. When we arrived St Martin's Lane had no record of a booking, despite my confirmation email. They were very helpful and apologetic but they were fully booked. There was apparently an error with Lastminute's system. We were about to be taken to another hotel (much to our distress) when by pure chance someone checked out a night early. Gemma, the manager, managed to get it all sorted straight away.
When we returned in the afternoon we had been upgraded to their best room in the hotel (or Gemma's favourite at least) with 180 degree views over London. The floor to ceiling windows gave way to views on Nelson's column, Big Ben, The Eye, The Shard, The Gerkin and everything in between. I've never had a hotel room view like it. 2 minutes later we were sent a complimentary bottle of champagne to apologise for the confusion. Between this and the outstanding room this truly made our anniversary.
As for the hotel and the room, it's truly 5 star. The design is the coolest I've seen. Not like so many nice, but forgettable hotels. This place truly stands out, even in a city like London. I've stayed in quite a few hotels with work and there are a few things that make the top hotels stand out. Quality of sheets, mattresses and pillows is a big one. Bathroom fittings that don't just look nice, but perform and are of solid quality. Polite and helpful staff. This place had it all. If you can get in to one of the 6th floor room in this place then do it, you will not regret it.
A special thanks to the staff that helped make this a special stay. We hope to see you soon!
- 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