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Super-glam hotel in the heart of London
St Martins Lane (London)
Member Name: makeuprox
St Martins Lane (London)
Advantages: Close to West End, glamorous design, Asia de Cuba restaurant
Disadvantages: Money grabbing, every extra costs a fortune
I went to this hotel for a night in the Summer, although I live in London, I stayed here as a treat for a friend of mine.
It was such a great surprise for him, he had no idea we were booked into somewhere so swanky.
The exterior is very discreet (no name at all) and the lobby is very glamorous - full of bizarre art objects, video screens and music. It felt very Miami as I'd been to the Delano in Miami and it reminded me a lot of that hotel.
Our room was gorgeous, really stylish with a predominantly white decor saved by a splash of lime. There was a huge bed, a funky white unit containing TV and mini-bar and a long table with chairs.
The bathroom has no door which is quite groovy but caused me some consternation as the maid knocked on our door while I was in the shower so was worried at revealing rather more than I'd have liked if she'd come in!!
The shower is huge though and that and the toilet are behind a frosted glass door. There are Agua products available and some storage space available.
The check in process was smooth and efficient and all the staff we met were lovely. They were happy to store our bags on departure for a few hours til we left for home.
The big star of our stay was our dinner in Asia de Cuba which is the in-house restaurant. Very glamorous and arty and apparently the haunt of celebs although we spotted none. The food is delicious but served in massive portions so although quite pricey - probably still good value.
We couldn't finish the shared dessert though but took it away in a doggie bag.
We also went into the Light Bar which is hotel guests and members only but it wasn't very jumping when we were there and the drinks were extortionate. It was also quite small - I was expecting something bigger. Bungalow 8 is in the building but we didn't try to get in there.
My complaints would be that everything is available - but for a charge. Mini-bar prices were shocking, they had various bits and pieces for sale in the room (t-shirts, full size products) but they were covered with warnings about if you remove the tags you'll be charged and it all felt a bit money grabbing. They offered to bring CD's or DVD's to your room but again for a huge charge.
We didn't have breakfast there as it wasn't included in room rate and was very expensive, we visited a small cafe next door that was good value and tasty.
One thing that was missing for me was the tea-making facilities. I know St Martins Lane is for the hip crowd but after a nights clubbing there is nothing better than a cup of tea or a pick-me-up coffee in the morning!!
Overall a very stylish hotel and definitely a great experience staying there
Summary: Glam hotel for a special stay in London
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