Great hotels in and near Covent Garden
There’s a more mature feel One Aldwych than some of its fresh-faced competitors, but this English Heritage Edwardian property is as stylish as they come. Guests can expect fresh flowers delivered daily to their rooms, Bluetooth accesible speakers and contemporary interiors with plenty of pastel pink and grey. Not to mention, there’s a subterranean pool with underwater piped music. Cringe? Yes. But so much fun.
If you’re planning to visit London for a show at the Royal Opera House, you’ve lucked out: this quaint, boutiquey hotel sits just opposite. The tourist-trap that is Covent Garden Market is less than a five-minute scroll away, too. Rooms are charming, decorated in pale colours with en suites, tea and coffee-making facilities, wifi and air conditioning. Should you want to work out while you’re in town, hotel guests are granted free entry to nearby Nuffield gym.
Moments from Covent Garden Market, Trafalgar Square as well as the South Bank, which is just over Waterloo Bridge, Strand Palace is surrounded by some of London’s best sights. There’s a mishmash of styles going on here: rooms are contemporary and well-equipped, there’s an Art Deco lobby, a carvery downstairs that’s fantastic for a roast, and an ace Indian restaurant, Daawat. Regardless, this place has been around for over a century so they must be doing something right.
Phillip Starck gave St Martins Lane much more than a fresh lick of paint when he renovated it over a decade ago – and it’s still a complete looker. A more recent renovation has introduced interactive light displays and flat-screen HD tvs in each room but the stunning floor-to-ceiling windows remain. In-house gym Gymbox offers laser-lit dance studios, DJs and an Olympic-sized boxing ring for those that want to get their sweat on.
This members’ club-cum-hotel is retro-chic and popular with media and music types. Its location is one of the most convenient in town; a stones throw from Covent Garden piazza and underground and a short walk from theatreland. Rooms are sophisticated without compromising on comfort, walls dotted with modern art and bathrooms equipped with rainforest showers. And you certainly won’t go hungry – there are four bars and lounges for your perusal and breakfast is not to be missed.
You’ll find this this branch of the Z Hotel just a few minutes walk from Covent Garden’s boutique thoroughfare on Seven Dials, just over Charing Cross Road off Soho’s gay thoroughfare, Old Compton Street. Rooms are small, and the beds are a squeeze for tall people, and there are no phones or proper wardrobes, but at prices like these you can’t complain. En suite rooms can be had from £69. Icing on the cake? There is free wine and cheese in the evenings.
When you need to escape the tourist scrum that is Covent Garden’s Piazza, head to Foster & Partner’s ME Melia hotel. On its roof you’ll find one London’s best bars: Radio, an oasis of calm high above the Strand and the surrounding theatreland. This slick, modern hotel’s 157 rooms (starting at £290), along with its nine-storey central atrium, are elegant, luxurious and quiet – but, thankfully, not too stuffy: pets are welcome too.
High tech and good value is the name of the game here. Yes, rooms may be mini but for the price (from £69), you’re not likely to complain. As the latest branch of Premier Inn’s offshoot, this Hub continues much in the same vein as the other four branches in town. Rooms are sensibly designed, with beds high enough to fit a (small) suitcase under, and then everything, from booking it to turning off the lights, is controlled via an app on your phone or tablet.
It’s easy to love the Covent Garden Hotel, with its pretty tables out front on the most attractive street in Covent Garden. Inside, this 58-room hotel is equally appealing, showing designer Kit Kemp’s panache for combining comfort with decor that gets guests talking – think pinstripe wallpaper with floral upholstery, oak on the walls and granite in the bathrooms. For film bods, there’s a cinema onsite, for book nerds, a private library and a drawing room in which to enjoy its contents.
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