St Martins Lane
What We Love
- An iconic five-star hotel designed by Philippe Starck, newly redesigned and including breakfastThe incredible location in the heart of London's West End, steps from Leicester Square and Covent Garden
- The hotel's unique design, which means there's a surprise around every corner
- Interactive light displays in every bedroom, allowing you to set the tone to match your mood
What To Know
- St Martins Lane isn’t for shrinking violets —young couples and trendy business types will love the beats in the lobby and the Light Bar
- There isn’t a spa on-site, but guests have access to Agua Spa at sister hotel the Sanderson, a few blocks away
- WiFi costs $16 per day
- The nearest underground station is Leicester Square, on the Piccadilly and Northern lines
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
From the moment you pass through the towering, luminescent yellow revolving doors (the tallest in London, in fact), it should be apparent that it was the unique vision of iconic designer Philippe Starck that transformed this 1960s block into a stylish wonderland of a hotel. Occupying a dazzling location at the hub of Covent Garden, West End theaters and Trafalgar Square, the five-star St Martins Lane is a dramatic and daring reinvention of the urban resort.
The hotel is fresh from a huge redesign, and the new-and-improved iteration features a play on Starck’s original concept. Individual style permeates the whole building, from the neon-lit lobby to the moody Blind Spot bar. All this is rounded off by delicious signature cocktails and one of the most adventurous fusion restaurants in London, Asia de Cuba. A soothing resuite from the frenetic buzz of the public areas, the revamped bedrooms, updated by designer Tim Andreas, are the ultimate marriage of warm-meets-minimalist.
Pared back, playful décor defines the rooms, with stark-white walls, neutral accents, elegant furnishings and a newly designed light installation that allows you to choose between a range of colors. Floor-to-ceiling windows let natural light flood in. Rooms have been completely updated by Tim Andreas and have a fresh, homey feel to them without losing Starck’s original minimalist aesthetic.
– Complimentary GymBox access- Deluxe shower with Malin+Goetz amenities- Flat-screen HDTV- Down duvet and pillows- Wi-Fi
Asia de Cuba is overseen by Cuban-born executive concept chef Luis Pous, who combines elements of Asian and Cuban cuisine, served sharing-style in a high-energy space. Housed in a beautifully designed restaurant, it boasts an innovative menu matched in its surroundings by a dramatic series of soaring art columns. The modern and comfy Den makes a great setting for light snacks, tea or champagne.
Blind Spot is an innovative cross-cultural blend of tea time and happy hour. With a hidden entrance, guests find themselves sneaking behind the lobby’s tea counter into a golden-hued cocktail sanctuary. Master mixologist Andrew Loudon serves up an interesting menu that combines modern British elegance with an Asian flavor. Signature cocktails are inspired by flavors of the ancient tea trade and sweet and savory snacks.
This extraordinary hotel has a location to match. On St. Martin’s Lane, you’re right in the center of the West End, with the theaters of Leicester Square practically on your doorstep, the shops of Covent Garden and Oxford Street only a short walk away and the cultural delights of the South Bank just across the river. You’re also across the road from Leicester Square Tube Station, so whenever you want to explore other areas, just hop on a tube and go.
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Had such high hopes for this hotel and was so looking forward to staying here. It disappointed at every turn other than its location.
Having stayed in many 5* hotels this in no way deserving of its rating. Staff were rude to say the least. Facilities weren't as implied and we've never felt less welcome staying in a hotel. In fact, I would go as far as to say, whenever I asked a question I felt as if I were intruding on their personal conversations with their friends that must've come to visit them in work at their "fancy work hotel". Everything was answered with a no. A few changing lights in a bedroom does not make a 5* establishment.
Other than location I have nothing positive to say about this hotel.
We absolutely won't be staying at this hotel again.
Overall a great hotel. This modern contemporary hotel with designer features everywhere is a good hotel and very central in the heart of London.
We were given a standard disability room - simply because we checked in early and it was available - we didn’t mind of course.
Pretty room, nice and bright (all white) with all the amenities you could want.
Once settled in we realized that there was no door into the bathroom and toilet. Even though it is a disability room and the doorway is wider than normal - it would still be great with a door for toilet visits.
There was however a door into the bedroom from the hall - but it might as well have been a curtain as you could hear everything through it.
Washing your hands was another challenge with the designer faucet pointing straight down into the huge sink in an angle that made it impossible to get your hands in.
Your hands needed to be rubbed up against the sink it self in order to clean off the soap. I can’t help to wonder how a disabled person in a weal chair could possibly be able to reach - as it was so far back that even I with my relative long arms had to bend in over the sink to get my hands clean.
The same designer shower head was of course installed - again with the odd angle pointing right down and with no way of moving it around. I’m 187 cm tall and I had to bend my knees quite a bit to rinse my hair.
Designer features can be pretty and nice in a hotel like this. And yes it looks good. But in this case there has been no thought about the practical use of it at all. They should really consider doing something about it.
With all that said - the bed was great - the breakfast was good and the staff was nice.
Although - every day we were here a room service person knocked on our door in the late afternoon with a little toolbox in hand - just asking if everything was alright in the room. At first we though “how considerable of them to ask”. But it quickly got quite annoying - although I’m sure it was in the best intention.
Another great stay with the friendly and professional staff at St Martins Lane Hotel. From checkin to checkout, including room cleaning, room service and breakfast the whole stay was perfect. See you again soon - want a great team!