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
Loved the location, my room (quiet, a decent size, very comfortable) and the very helpful staff. Located in Covent Garden this hotel is a perfect base for exploring London. There are some great restaurants very close by, and the bar and dining room at the Henrietta are good too.
Pros: Great location, centrally located to Covent Garden and within short walking distance to shops, Soho and sights.
Nicely decorated rooms and bathroom, we got the Henrietta Room so it was bigger and had a good sized bathroom and good heating throughout.
Cons: You are mainly paying for location as reception was only a small desk at the corner of the lift lobby, which wasn’t a main concern but I felt a lack of service. On the first day I ordered a simple coffee to my room but my order was forgotten - though they did not charge me for it after. On the last night of our 6-night stay we came back to the hotel at 8pm with no one at the reception, I rung reception at intervals for the next few hours until 11pm with no one picking up at all to which I gave up. If I were to be paying for a £300/night hotel I would at least expect a 24-hour reception, otherwise I might as well be staying at a serviced apartment. Also, a small bottle (not full-sized bottle) of white wine from the mini bar costed £22, which is very expensive for European standards. However some staff were nice and polite, but unfortunately that wouldn’t make me come back to this hotel the next time.
Wonderful experience here. Hotel is very clean. Good quality from bedding, towels, robes - to the restaurant downstairs. Staff is very courteous and accommodating. It's in a great part of town, steps away from the market and many wonderful restaurants.
superb room, large, clean, amazing soft sheets ,pillows of real duvet, coffee maker, the heating was working very well , no noise from the street.
I will definately return here.
The minus point is the little space in the bathroom to put our things
We had Room No. 1
Very elegant and extremely nice furniture. Delightful amenities (which come in a fabric bag) in the bathroom. Very comfortable bed, The whole light system I dimmable, And we only had a standard room, so imagine. The windows are no 100% airtight. But no worries, the air con system works very well (cold/warm).
Only the water did not flush properly (WC) and some light bulbs did not work in the bathroom. Not very dramatic.
The house is old, but they restructured it very very good. The staff is very attentive. Especially the bartender and the guy who brought the breakfast were adorable. And not to mention the reception members: love them all.
Covent Garden was new to me: extremely good situated, extremely elegant.
Would recommend this small and deluxe hotel straight away. No cheap though.