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St Martins Lane (London)
Member Name: kingwoodl
St Martins Lane (London)
Date: 28/08/03, updated on 28/08/03 (150 review reads)
Advantages: Very Modern, Great Location, Felt pampered
Disadvantages: Expensive, Bit worried everyone was looking at me cos I'm normal! (not a fashion icon!) Paranoia?
This was a special treat for our wedding anniversary!! We walked from Covent Garden tube station (under 5 mins.) and walked toward what was actually a rather shabby looking building. I joked to Hubby that the building with scaffolding was probably the hotel knowing our luck. Unfortunately it was!
We checked in with a young man on reception who was very friendly and approachable (as seemed all the staff). I cheekily asked for an upgrade as it was our anniversary and he smiled and said we already have upgraded you. So there was a good start! We tried to check in at around 3.10 pm but our room was not ready. He asked if we would like to go in to Asia de Cuba for a complimentary drink. We chose to have the Raspberry and Champagne cocktails, very yummy. After being told our room was ready, we walked out of the restaurant towards the lifts, at which point I started running with the exciting prospect of seeing our room - unfortunately the waitress was running after me to ask for the bill to be paid (oh the shame!) I explained that it was complimentary and she was very nice, didn’t make me feel any worse than I already did, she just asked me to write my name on a bit of paper.
The lifts were quite small, with little plasma screens showing grass blowing and playing ambient music, the lighting was green I think? All very pleasant. The room numbers are cut out of the carpet next to your door, they have a light shining on them, plus the guy at reception asked if we had been here before and when we said we hadn’t he had pre-warned us that floor numbers were located on the floor. We opened our door to a bright hall and a facing floor to ceiling window, we turned the corner to find on our left a beautiful, modern bathroom. Straight ahead was the bed area and another floor to ceiling window. Where shall I start? The bathroom? Okay….
You enter the bathroom, it’s all tastefully decorated. Minimalist, as was the bed
room. There was a huge free standing bath tub on the left (big enough and deep enough for two) above it was a mirror and a shelf with two votive candles on. The fixtures were chrome and came out of the wall into the long side of the bath (so you don’t have to fight over who gets the end with no taps!). Opposite the bath was the free standing sink with the same fixtures, mirror and shelf. The tiles were all stony coloured granite. Then at the end of the bathroom was a walk in shower and next to that a toilet (with phone) and fancy flush (you just touched the chrome circle). You got little Agua toiletries which were really lovely and you could buy the full size products if you liked (£20 a bottle though!)
The bedroom was pretty much all white. The bed was queen sized and nothing special if I’m honest. In the corner of the room was wide screen tv, dvd and cd player and mini bar (extortionate don’t go near it! e.g. Flake £3.50, Evian small bottle £4.00 - there’s a Tesco 2 mins away, use that!). The other corner had a simple desk (which lit up) and Perspex chair. Unfortunately there was scaffolding all around our room but we still loved staying there. There were no builders, that would have been a huge problem! Our tv aerial was broke but they sent up an engineer promptly to fix it. The overhead lights on the bed were nice, you could turn the dial and choose any colour you like but you don’t have to have them on, there are plain lights if you prefer!
Breakfast in bed was lovely and that was all we ate for the rest of the day, despite having it at 9.00 am, and I’m a big eater! So that was a result?! DVD’s are £11 a night to rent and they only really have older titles. We bought our own CDs to play. If you liked anything in the room, you can probably buy it. They have a price list in their in-room brochure. They also have (hidden behind a curtain, so it’s not in your face) a few litt
odies for sale by the bathroom things like candles, relaxation cd’s, sewing kit, disposable camera, shoe-shine kit etc. All very expensive, but like I say they are hidden away.
We had a great time!!!
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