When my husband tells me he’s taking me away for the weekend I always know we are going to have a great time. So when he told me to pack an overnight bag for a couple of days in London I was over the moon. Now I must admit I’ve been to London…well….too many times to count but that doesn’t mean I ever tire of it. On this occasion (a couple of weekends ago) we arrived at St Pancras just after lunchtime on a glorious sunny Saturday in February. We headed across to Kings Cross and jumped on the Piccadilly line, four stops later we got off at Leicester Square. I love this area, the second you emerge from the tube station you are hit with the full hustle and bustle of central London. My husband quickly google mapped where we were heading and off we trotted wheeling our overnight bags in tow. 2 minutes later he said ‘well it’s around here somewhere’. And there it was right in front of us – St Martins Lane Hotel.
To be honest it did take us a couple of minutes to decide if it was actually the hotel as there was no massive lit up sign or flags which you find on a number of high end hotels in London. This hotel is very discreet and unassuming. We were met with two men (the doormen) who towered over my husband who is 6 foot but were not intimidating in the slightest, in fact very professional and polite giving us a ‘good afternoon’ as they held the door open for us.
The foyer of this hotel is very modern and minimalist with awesome green lighting. In fact if you didn’t know this was a hotel you would think it was an art gallery. I knew he had made a great choice instantly. Not only is the hotel a visual delight but it is also located at the hub of Covent Garden, West End theatres and Trafalgar Square.
Now to the main part of the stay – the room. We were allocated a room on the 4th floor. As I opened the door I was greeted by what seemed like a never ending corridor which was beautifully lit. At the end of the corridor the room opened up before me – a lovely, modern, white room with floor to ceiling windows giving awesome views of St Martins lane and the shops and theatres on it – great for people watching. I had read reviews of the hotel before we stayed there, many people saying the rooms at this hotel are small. Now I know my husband had booked a standard room, was this a standard room? If so, I do not know how anyone in their right mind could say the room was small, even by London standards. Perhaps we were upgraded? If not, I can’t start to imagine what the other rooms in the hotel are like – amazing I bet!
The crisp white linen on the king size bed and the LED color-changing light cove with a full spectrum of vibrant colours around the bed was so inviting, even though we arrived mid afternoon I couldn’t resist jumping on having a little lay down. If we’d not had an afternoon tea reservation I think I could have stayed there all afternoon.
Needless to say by the time bedtime finally came I slept like a baby. Free wi-fi throughout the hotel made checking in on Facebook easy 🙂 and the massive mirror was great for checking yourself out before leaving the room! The bathroom was lovely too, a great open plan area with toilet and shower cubical – with A-MA-ZING rainfall shower and a great selection of complimentary Malin + Goetz toiletries. Also, a selection of additional toiletries are available in the bathroom, at a price, just in case you have forgotten anything.
When we visited (February 2015) renovation works where being undertaken, due to be completed mid April 2015, which meant the on-site restaurant Asia De Cuba was in a different location within the hotel to where it usually is. We did not eat in the restaurant so therefore cannot comment on the quality or service but if it was to the same high level as the rest of the hotel I’m sure it is lovely. It was quite disappointing that the hotel’s bar was closed for refurbishment when we were there as we do normally like a drink before heading out for the evening – even so this doesn’t make me think any less of this hotel. The price tag may be hard for some people to swallow but in my opinion you get what you pay for and this hotel is a great example of that. I would highly recommend this hotel in central London for a treat or special occasion and would love to stay here again once all renovations are finished.