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Covent Garden, London
31 Jamestown road, London NW1 7DB
“Located in the heart of Camden but set away from the jostling crowds of shoppers, we know Fifty-Five is a rare gem. Set over two spacious floors, Fifty-Five fuses the best in premium cocktails with an unpretentious, buzzing atmosphere every night of...” more...
Uber cool hotel.. designed with a contemporary and relaxed feel.. There are beautiful rooms with its own private patio creating a refreshing space. Check out the Asia-de-Cuba bar and restaurant, a wonderfully dramatic fusion for those with a cultured palate and a love of variety.
First off I must say I did NOT stay here. This review is strictly on rooms themselves.
A friend from NYC recently visited us and as we live in Hampstead and are both smokers she opted to get a hotel (with the fact this hotel is located so closely to the National and she had exhibition visits planned there).
We went up to see her room and I could not believe how small it was! Yes, I know it was designed by I.S. and his hotels are not known for being the biggest. But this room was so small there was no room to move around in it.
Location wise, great. Room size, sorry but I’d rather pay a bit more and stay somewhere like Claridges or Charlotte Street Hotel.
Her room was basically a bed, a swivel cabinet that housed the mini-bar and TV (blocking one of the windows). There’s a desk you can barely get by between it and the bed. The bathroom was nice and in fact bigger than the room itself (or so it seemed).
You wouldn’t get me paying that much ££££ to stay in a closet.
St. Martins Lane Hotel is one of the most stylish, sophisticated and beautiful hotels that central London has to offer.My stay here was memorable, due to the fantastic rooms, spacious, clean and welcoming.The temptations of the restaurant and the impressive cocktails bar haven’t gone unnoticed :~)
fabulous :)) so , for a great location that will make your stay enjoyable in every possible aspect, St.Martins Lane is the best option as far as I’m concerned.
Never actually stayed at this hotel, although I have been to one of its sister hotels in New York (get me!). However its drinking and dining area is an experience worth having, and one I’d definitely recommend if you’ve got a group of people to impress and access to a company credit card…
The light bar at the front of the hotel is kitted out with all kinds of mind-bending furnishings and cool bits of lighting trickery. Further back there is a huge dining area and separate cocktail bar.
I’ve heard rumours that the hotel hired male models to stand out front as security guards when the hotel first opened – not sure if this is still the case!
I wanted to write about this hotel and let people know what a great all rounder it was. Its hard to find the perfect accomodation, location, drinks and dining all under one roof! At St Martins Lane you can!!!
The rooms are not huge but clean, contemporary and functional. The light bar serves some fabulous cocktails and provide a buzzy atmosphere, while the restaurant Asia de Cuba specialises in thai cuisine and is delicious!!
Not only all of the above but once you have dined had a few cocktails you can even pop into the basement to the uber trendy BUNGALOW 8 Club!!!
Fantastic and all on the doorstep of central london!!
First of all: I met Uma Thurman once in the lift here. I don't really have to say any more, do I? Alright: the hotel is right in the centre of London and only one minute from the National Gallery and about three minutes walking distance from Leicester Square (that's where they have all the movie premieres). The hotel is one of the top venues, extremely stylish, beautiful rooms with a good and huge bed, great bathroom and a very good (although extremely expensive) bar in the basement. In my view I like the fact that the rooms of the St. Martin's Lane (apart from the bed) do not offer pay-TV, instead there is a DVD player in the room. There was even a treadmill in the room - which I didn't really use as the weather was good enough to walk outside. Conclusion: all in all perfect.
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The restaurant was very good with great service. The calamari salad was stupendous with a good balance of variety of vegetables. The squi9d was fresh and batter was light enough.
Interior was a minimalist scandinavian slant with lots of white finish.
Cocktails were fresh, creative and made with alot of heart put into it.
High end and top notch.
Good to go if the visit is on expenses.
Not sure what came over the people reviewing this place! I spent several years in London visiting and staying in only the uber chic venues and as much as this place fits in that perfectly, its far from the best hotel or bar in London.
Now before you even think about visiting here do you have plenty of cash because you going to need it. If you want to stay, eat and drink and have fun think £750 as bench mark for 2. Night out for 2 with cocktails (4 each) think £120 - £160.
So the staff are really friendly I see the other reviewers cry, What did you expect? Everything has a price and as one previous person wrote - £4 for Kit Kat and £50 for breakfast Of course the service is going to be good because whats on the plate is not worth £50. And lets face it unless you are part of the big spenders club telling your mates you did £50 on a fry up instead of going to one of the many farmers markets or hidden gem deli’s in town are just going to get you the “are you mad” looks. Breakfast in bed with the special someone as mastercard may put it, priceless, not here its not :)
The place is stylish, amazing in places. If you want to impress and this is what floats you boat then this is the place for you (but look a little harder in london and theres much better out there). Your date will be blown away, and you will have a good time. Yes go and see it and have some fun, avoid the kids with dads credit card, the party girls, celebs, older men in suits and its awesome. But please, this place is good, very good but not amazing.
better when someone else is paying. rooms are not large for the price, but location and style hard to beat. its that old price dilemma - if you could forget that (and do try) you’ll be enjoying it. the cocktail bar is a sceney little number too, so grab a gimlet or good dry martini (mines a Vodka based variety if you are offering) and enjoy the possibilities
Imagine, if you will, a bare white room. Add a Scandinavian-style double bed with crisp white linen, a tall white unit set at a jaunty angle in the middle of the floor, a glass desk which lights up and a white plastic stool. Odds on, the room you are imagining has a door. Shut it and paint it white so that there is no clue that there is a door there. Welcome to your bedroom at the St Martin’s Lane hotel.
The St Martin’s Lane hotel is more than a hotel, it’s an experience. Part of the Morgans group of hotels it is known for its quirky nature which is aided and abetted by Phillipe Starck’s rather unique designs
Reception service could not be faulted. Bookings were swiftly located and the needs of the guests ascertained. On subsequent visits to the desk one was greeted by name. Similarly, the concierge was superb. Simple tasks, such as the booking of cars and restaurant recommendations were met with enthusiastic responses which felt personalised. This hotel seems to know about service.
This is a hotel where anything is possible but at a price. A KitKat from the mini bar? That’ll be £4 Sir! A CD for the player in the jaunty white cabinet? That’ll be £25. There is a Tesco metro just around the corner, use that! A call to room service for some drinks elicited a swift response, but then so it should have for the price. A call to housekeeping for some fresh towels was similarly met with a positive response. What’s more, we had a choice as to when we wanted them delivered – we were off out, so it suited us to have them later in the evening.
There are various options for dining within the hotel. Room service is swift and portion sizes are good. The prices? You guessed, extortionate! Our room service breakfast came to over £50 for one cooked breakfast, cereal, French toast with a berry compote, tea and juices. It was very nicely presented, arrived on time, was set up in the room on a trolley table with crisp napery and so on, but was it worth that much?
Breakfast in the restaurant is better value. A full cold English and Continental buffet is available which is discretely restocked at every opportunity. A cooked menu is also on offer and ordering off-menu is permitted.
For meals at other times of the day your best bet by far is the Asia de Cuba restaurant. This is a renowned restaurant in London frequented by the “beautiful people”. It produces Asian-Cuban fusion cooking in a way unrivalled by many. For lunch bento boxes are the order of the day (although a full menu is available). Afternoon tea is also taken with a twist of the East. Dinner though is really where this place comes into its own. Portion sizes are excellent, if anything they are too large. Prices are not as hefty as one might expect (having seen the KitKat for £4 in the room) but you won’t get much change out of £100 for a basic meal for two with drinks. It’s worth dining here just for the atmosphere, however. Bare bulbs hang from extra long wires above the tables, pillars are adorned with objects d’art ranging from books to mini-tv’s showing arty pictures, to flower pots to… well… it’s art! Dishes are designed for sharing, service is first class and presentation is to die for. The crispy calamari salad comes highly recommended to start. Leave room for dessert though – not only are the desserts fantastic, they are works of art in their own right! Justice to this restaurant can only be done in a full opinion, however!
For drinking you have two options (other than room service); the Rum bar and the Light Bar. The Rum bar is situated at the entrance to Asia de Cuba. A rather odd little area, it features tall brushed chrome tables designed by Starck taking a pop at the traditional English pub. The tables are tightly packed, about 10” square and there are no seats. Odd, slightly uncomfortable, but strangely appealing. Service is slick and individual with the bulk of drinks coming from a rotating cabinet.
The more comfortable alternative to the Rum bar is the Light Bar. When the bar opens in the evening, the doors are replaced by a charming hostess at a podium and a rather burly bouncer. The bar operates a “hotel guests and guest list” policy. On a Friday and Saturday night it is packed full of those “beautiful people” I mentioned previously. It is possible to get on the guest list, a discrete call to the hotel will usually suffice. It’s also possible to get in if you are not on the list, however, unless you are a guest, be prepared to be looked up and down before you are granted entry. If your face, clothes and demeanour don’t fit, you won’t get in, list or no list. Whilst this type of discrimination doesn’t appeal to me I think I can understand why they operate such a policy. There is a buzz about the place which shouts money and good times. The Light Bar is, primarily a cocktail bar. An average of £15 will buy you a beautifully presented cocktail selected from a long list. The waitresses serve you at your table and are happy to recommend. This is a place to people watch, to sip slowly, and to remember that there is a real world lying outside of the bar.
Regarding cost do I think it was worth it? Absolutely! I’d do it again which speaks for itself! I think that the room service items were a rip off but the price of the room, bars and restaurants were acceptable and not that far out of line with other London establishments. I’d pay for the atmosphere alone.
Can I just ask, are you really telling me that £750 minimum ish pounds for a single night out at this venue is worth it for the atmosphere alone?
Have you been to stay in the top 5/6 private and open hotels in London. Thinking not. I could get you a night in a Mayfair private apartment with butler and cook for less and have you driven to St Martins lane for dinner and drinks as well!
I have stayed in many of the public and private “top” hotels in London and would consider that St Martin’s Lane is “of a type”. It will attract a certain type of person and, if that’s your bag, then I think it worth the money (although I didn’t spend close to £750 a night). Yes, there are better places but they’re different - it’s like comparing a good vintage Claret with a Chablis - they’re totally different.
What do you deem as not close to £750, cheapest rooms there are around £250 I think (av about £400), Dinner say £150 with wine, Bar drinks for 2 £100, Room service for 2 £100, kit kat £4. Thats £604 and as I am sure you know this is not going to town!
Im not comparing St Martins Lane to any other hotels (your wine ref) but suggesing there are far better places in London (of a type) that offer more for less and if its an atmosphere your after then there really are far better. I agree St Martins Lane is a good venue, I have stayed there 3 times (twice on invite) and also at The Sanderson. I just dont feel that it represents good value even if “thats you bag”
What a fantastic review. Thanks!
Wow this place is sooo stylish and trendy, but dont let that make you think it’s going to be stuck-up and not friendly. If you’re lucky enough to spend some time in this posh hotel, you’ll be treated very well by the friendly staff, and have a great time in the luxurious rooms.
Like it’s sister hotel the Sanderson this truly is the epitome of modernity and contemporary design.
None of the rooms are the same and each have the trademarked Phillipe Starck bed set at an angle.
This hotel is wonderfully situated in the center of London allowing easy access to all the sights and theatre land.
The exterior gives nothing away but the moment you come into the lobby you are greeted by a fusion of art and design. Keep an eye out for the Dali Lip Couch and the Andy Warhols adorning the walls.
Don’t be scared of the reception though (it’s an open coffin!).
St Martin’s also houses an exclusive Vodka bar with one of the best selections in the UK.
What a great hotel.
I stayed here last night and I had a fantastic evening. The staff were exceptional from check-in to check-out and the corner suite room was perfect - spacious, stylish, really comfortable bed, excellent views (it feels like you are right in the thick of the west end!) and a monstrous TV. I thought street noise was going to be a problem, but the room was perfectly quiet. I later learnt that each window in the room is worth about £10k. Super duper quadruple glazed noise cancelling technology or something. The full english in the morning is well worth ordering and having a late check-out time of midday is great for people with a bit of time to kill (unfortunately i was out at 8.30am this morning).
An excellent place. Probably one of the best hotels in London.
Well, for a painfully trendy and stylish hotel, the place is awfully friendly. The staff seems to try to get to know you, and the bouncers in the evenings seem to instinctively know who's a guest and who isn't. So don't let the exterior fool you.
The beds are lovely as is the bathroom. Never want to wake up! Asia de Cuba as always serves up a fantastic meal and solid cocktails, and I do regret not going to the Light Bar although I was with mum... bonus points to the hotel for not being snobby like I expected they would in such a "celeb" place - they treated my mom with her old-fashioned sweater sets as wonderfully as the uber-hip fashionistas who you will certainly run into in the elevators, who on the other hand offer just a little too much condescending looks for my taste. The location is also just perfect. Covent Garden - but away from the tourist hoards, and near some tiny little shopping streets with quirky things as well as the National Gallery. There are (count 'em!) three tube stops simply five minutes away.
One major blow though --- the rooms aren't soundproof to the outside. Which meant that every morning without fail, my mum and I woke up to the garbage truck. It was so awful, and they couldn't do anything about it besides offer to switch us to another room halfway into our visit. For the price we paid for this place, I would really not like to be woken up at eight o'clock in the morning when my body is jetlagged.
And tiny bum too -- wireless is not free, and indeed is overpriced. I hung out at Med Kitchen next door where you can leech off them - something they don't announce, but hey I ended up eating there every other day because of it. Actually come to think about it.... most things were overpriced in the hotel. Even the laundry bag! I've never been to a place where you had to pay for that before...
Anyway yes, good experience, but burns money away like mad and definitely try to get a good room.
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