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
- 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.
How to Get There
When we arrived at St. Martin’s Lane Hotel on a Saturday night (which isn’t super obvious from the street), I thought we’d accidentally wandered into a nightclub at first. The music and dressed-up people coming and going made me a little apprehensive about the overall environment at the hotel, but my first impression was completely wrong! The hotel is not any noisier than anywhere else in London. I’ve visited the city several times and this was by far my best stay!! The initial nightclub impression wore off as soon as I’d rested a bit from my flight. It’s actually just an exceptionally nice hotel with some really cool lighting, especially in the rooms. The restaurant is good, and there’s a hidden speakeasy downstairs as well. The rooms were clean and well-maintained. Also, the hotel has their own scent line, and the entire place smells great. My mom loves it so much that she makes sure to buy several candles from them before she comes home (she’s stayed at St. Martin’s Lane several times and she’s never had any complaints).
The staff is excellent!! Everyone was wonderful and helpful.
The hotel employs at least two concierges. One of these gentlemen was absolutely incredible and arranged for my mom and me to eat at a phenomenal restaurant that we would never have found otherwise, because the place was literally underground. However, the other concierge should, in my opinion, find a new line of work (I did not let this affect my overall rating, because my stay was excellent overall and the first concierge was so amazing and by now the second concierge may be working somewhere else anyhow- my stay was in June of 2018). We asked for recommendations for restaurants offering halal options, as we were meeting a Muslim friend of mine for dinner. As soon as we asked for halal, the concierge acted somewhat strange and said he knew nothing about that (it seems unfair to jump straight to an accusation of Islamaphobia or racism, but I can’t think of another explanation). We asked for vegetarian options instead, and, rather than making use of his own knowledge of the city (which one would expect a concierge to possess), he simply Googled, “vegetarian restaurants London” and showed us the results. Needless to say, we were not impressed with his service. As I’ve said, I did not let that affect my rating or my overall impression of the hotel, which I highly recommend and will absolutely stay at again. I would also recommend the concierge service, despite the hiccup with their second concierge, because the first one did his job SO WELL and I have only complimentary things to say about him and the hotel as a whole.
The best thing they have going is location. I upgraded rooms and was surprised to see just how big the room was! However, I couldn’t figure out the lights. They were blue, purple, green, red, but I couldn’t get just a regular light except for in the bathroom. I was so tired, I just. Brought my suitcase to the bathroom and asked the next morning. To my surprise, the light was on this artistic looking piece that I had been afraid to touch. The restaurant food was good, but gotta day. The service at the front desk was a little too uber cool for me and the restaurant service was just awful. All this against an expensive rate, not great.
We visited the hotel 's restaurant. Delicious food with unique dishes. I ate a steak with mushrooms. Service was excellent too. Vicky, the waitress that serve us was very friendly and very helpful. I recommend this place.
Customer service from reception right across the board excellent friendly and helpful from all staff! Rooms, facilities and location all great.
Breakfast whether with a package or paying well worth doing, one of the best we’ve had. All in all highly recommended.
Just home after a wonderful weekend in St Martins Lane Hotel Covent Garden. This is my second stay here and I was delighted that our stay was as great as it was two years ago. On arriving we were warmly greeted by Abdel on reception who very quickly checked us in and made sure that we were sorted out.
Our room was fab - the decor is simple and classy, the bed and shower fantastic and the ability to control the temperature in your room effectively means that there is no stuffy feeling that you normally get in hotels. Although we were staying in a real hub of activity there was no noise and we had a great sleep.
The breakfast was wonderful - great choice of really fresh food, pastries, smoked salmon, breads, cereals along with a great menu for hot food. Everything or anything you could want. I was hooked on the smashed avocado and poached eggs. The waiting staff were unobtrusive, attentive and really nice - we were served by Tunde and Virginia and welcomed by a friendly and chirpy hostess called Alessa.
The restaurant was also a lovely place to enjoy an early evening cocktail - we had some wonderful ones - the menu was extensive. Once again the waiting staff were great - Miguel was really nice and attentive.
Nothing quite beats the concierge Michael. He must have a busy and sometimes tough job but you would never guess it. Talk about someone who really appears to love his job - always happy, charming and a beacon of welcome - I would have liked to take him home with me to cheer me up and help organise my life! If you could bottle his attitude, warmth and happiness you would make a fortune!