St Martins Lane Hotel

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St Martin's Lane Hotel - Garden room
St Martin's Lane Hotel - Loft room
St Martin's Lane Hotel - Corner Suite
St Martin's Lane Hotel - Penthouse Suite
St Martin's Lane Hotel - Penthouse Bathroom
St Martin's Lane Hotel - Lobby
St Martin's Lane Hotel - The Den
St Martin's Lane Hotel - Blind Spot
St Martin's Lane Hotel - Asia De Cuba
St Martin's Lane Hotel exterior

A hip hideout wedged into the West End proves the perfect place to pitch up.

So, you grab a golden hand sticking out of a wall and a door opens to the buzz of a party on the other side. Close it again, look around and the reception area of St Martins Lane Hotel carries on as normal – serene with super-hip staff gliding around, clothed in black, there to help when needed, almost invisible when not. And then, of course, you go back to the golden hand because that party on the other side is The Blind Spot – a hidden cocktail bar in the heart of the establishment. Downside? Drinks are markedly more expensive than other bars in the area. Upside? You know your room is only stumbling distance away.

Rooms, while we are on the subject, aren’t particularly on the huge side – Philippe Starck has done well to create a stylish, minimalist design that gives a feeling of space where there isn’t any – here, less really is more. Dominating the space, big and comfy beds with marshmallow-like pillows coax you to sleep – but not before you play with the mood lighting’s colours and dimmers. Tiled bathrooms that are long, thin and sparse still manage to exude luxury.

Squeezed between the West End and Covent Garden, outside offers an inexhaustible list of shops, bars, galleries, theatres and restaurants all within walking distance – it’s a struggle to think of anywhere better to make base camp. But before you even walk out through the revolving doors, look behind you to one of the capital’s destination restaurants – Asia de Cuba. A bustling, noisy experience of exceptional Cuban cooking married with South East Asian influences – if you want to know if crispy calamari goes with banana, you’ll find out here. In the morning it doubles as a breakfast area where our advice is to order from the menu rather than go for the cooked buffet, which tends to go cold quite quickly – not the best if you’re nursing a hangover from the night before in The Blind Spot.

Time Out tip
Where to start? Everything you want is literally never more than five minutes walk. Pubs in the area are all over-populated and busy, but if you want a good selection of ales, look no further The Harp (Chandos Place) for something a bit different. If beer’s not your thing, The Port House (next to The Adelphi) on the Strand does fine gin and tonics along with tapas and, er, port. For food, look no further than the local branch of Dishoom just three minutes away.


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St Martins Lane Hotel says
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.
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Venue name: St Martins Lane Hotel
Address: 45 St Martin's Lane
Transport: Tube: Leicester Square tube or Charing Cross tube/rail
Price: Rates £282-£564 double
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Staff Writer

Such a hip hotel and great place to be in for other than sleeping. Staff of front desk are amazing. I was delightfully surprised by upgrade on check to a bigger room. Beds and bedding all amazingly comfortable. Shower was spot on in terms of power and temperature control. Bar and restaurant clearly there for non guests as well, but a great place for drinks and eating.

I stayed at this hip hotel and found it very nice and the fact that is not hip anymore made it even better. The rooms are small but stunningly functional, the bathroom has the perfect size, and the service was great all in. All in all my second fave hotel after the Langham.