What We Love
- The boozy goodies in the mini-bar, such as mezcal, scotch malts, micro-distilled gin from London’s Sipsmith, and Chartreuse
- Even the smallest rooms have double sinks in the (pastel pink) bathrooms
- Bath towels big enough for two
What To Know
- Book a fifth-floor room with a balcony for a view past the Victorian-era chimneys to the London Eye
- Rooms have no desks or workspaces
- There’s no lobby per se; the restaurant and bar are the gathering spots
- Free WiFi
One of the two townhouses that make up the Henrietta was once a publishing house with a list that included George Orwell and Kingsley Amis. Today, it’s another clever project from The Experimental Cocktail Club, which made its name bringing fab cocktails to the Paris bar scene and has branched into hotels with aplomb. The Henrietta, their second, has just 18 bedrooms, decked out with boldly mixed patterns, elaborate headboards, and clawfoot tubs by designer du jour Dorothée Meilichzon. It’s a spot for chic couples exploring London: if you love creative cocktails and furniture that pays homage to the Art Deco years, this is the place; if you travel with kids or need a desk to catch up on email, it might not be for you. The menu at the eponymous restaurant is overseen by Ollie Dabbous (Michelin-starred, youthful, creative) and mixes best-of-British fare with continental touches—try the barbecued quail with toasted wheat, fenugreek, and clover or the grilled mackerel with cockles.
In the Area
Covent Garden’s tourist-crammed streets seem an unlikely spot for such a chic little hotel, but the Henrietta’s immediate surroundings are quiet—and its proximity to such a high-energy neighborhood can’t be beat. You can walk to Europe’s largest center for the arts, the Southbank Centre, to catch everything from Shakespeare to Chinese contemporary dance to lectures. The hotel has Nespresso machines in the rooms, but a seven-minute stroll brings you to the sophisticated Monmouth Coffee—they roast their own beans to perfection. Treat your sweetie to a romantic dinner at Clos Maggiore, just around the corner, which serves creative Provencal food in a stunning courtyard and greenhouse lit by candles and an open fire. For something more casual, try Dishoom for all-day creative Indian eats, including some killer breakfasts. Shoppers should head to Cheaney for hand-lasted leather boots and Neal’s Yard for handmade British skincare products.
How to Get There
Great location as you are right in the heart of Covent Garden, attentive staff, friendly without being arrogant. The hotel is light a large Georgian house converted so it only has around 18 rooms however our room was beautiful (no18 on the top floor), it was spacious and the bathroom also had ample room, it even had small balcony that you could see the London Eye front. Would I come back to this little Gem, absolutely, it was quaint however had bit of an Art Deco feel however rather than it being like a hotel it felt a bot like staying in someones home and thats quite rare from a hotel, it all felt very familiar and I really liked it, well done all you have struck the right balance so I will be back !!!
I visited London with my son and we stayed at the Henrietta Hotel which provided for a great experience.
The location next to Coventry Garden is superb. The room was nicely designed, spacious and clean. But there are other aspects that makes this hotel standing out. It’s the personal approach that makes the difference. For example upon arrival I found a hand written welcome letter. One could feel the hotel team really took care and was very helpful in whatever request we had.
Highly enjoyable was the breakfast buffet with a wide range of choices. The Henrietta Bistro is also highly recommendable.
All in all we had a fabulous time and we’ll certainly come back to stay again at The Henrietta Hotel.
We stayed in the Grand Henrietta Suite for 6 nights and it was truly a home away from
home. Super comfortable beds, AMAZING view, and the best claw foot tub! The complementary products placed in the rooms were great! It’s beautifully designed and the location could not be any better!!
Nothing short of fabulous. With a super king bed that literally makes you feel like royalty. Thank you Henrietta. We had a great stay and the room was very well appointed and super clean. Great job we’ll be back.
My family of 9 spent 3 nights here. The rooms were fantastic and exceeded our expectation. Spacious and extremely comfortable. The beds were like marshmallow as the kids said, had our best sleep in our trip at this hotel. Highlight were their bathroom amenities which differ from day to day, makes a difference during a tiring trip. Lastly, staff were very friendly and helpful guiding us around the city.