Fodor's Expert Review Covent Garden Hotel
10 Monmouth St., London, England WC2H 9HB, United Kingdom See on Map Fodor's Choice
Located on one spine of the Seven Dials section of Covent Garden, this beautiful hotel housed behind a historic, handsome red brick façade is ideal for those who want to be in the beating heart of the city. Part of the Firmdale Group, the design flair of co-owner Kit Kemp is evident throughout, from the embellished headboards to the colorful wallpapers. With Theatreland on the doorstep, Soho a short walk and the Covent Garden Market a stone’s throw away, this boutique hotel is well-positioned at the center of a buzzing neighborhood.
Using bright pops of color in tandem with muted, neutral tones, the spacious rooms come straight off the pages of high society’s Town and Country Magazine, with their chic textiles and stylish furniture. Filled with light, some rooms overlook Monmouth Street, for that extra evocative appeal.
What the Firmdale Group’s bathrooms lack in individuality, they make up for with their gorgeous swathes of grey granite and wood, which never gets old. RikRak bath products are provided for use in the walk-in rainforest showers.
Cozy and compact, the country house style of the lobby is the ideal introduction to the Covent Garden Hotel. Fresh flowers, comfortable chairs, and busy textiles give you the gist of what’s to come.
Facials, manicures, pedicures, massage, and specialist treatments are taken care of by the Soholistic Beauty spa. Guests can also have in-room treatments.
A well-equipped gym is filled with cardio equipment as well as free weights.
At Brasserie Max you can expect to see plenty of manicured couples, dressed up for a day in town, to enjoy cocktails, afternoon tea, or perhaps a fillet of John Dory before a show. While only relatively formal, service in the restaurant is prim and slick. The modern European menu is served all day.
Indoors or outdoors, at the bar or at a table, Brasserie Max is equally good for drinks. Well-mixed cocktails are a specialty and we can highly recommend The Oscar Goes To, the hotel’s signature drink.
Roughly equidistant from Covent Garden and Leicester Square Tube stations, the hotel is well served by transport links when the time comes to leave the immediate vicinity. However, dragging yourself away from the area won’t be easy with its collection of galleries, shops, restaurants, bars, and theatres all within walking distance.
Thanks to its location there are plenty of dining options around the hotel. Try the hip restaurant Flat Iron (7-minute walk) for first-class steak at affordable prices, or go big at Hawksmoor Seven Dials (3-minute walk) for exceptional steak and awesome cocktails at premium prices. Alternatively, make it a special occasion with a trip to seminal celebrity restaurant, The Ivy (3-minute walk).
You won’t fail to get served at the Porterhouse (8-minute walk), such is the size of this Gallic haven of beer on Maiden Lane, but you might want something a little classier, in which case sample the excellent wines at Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels (1-minute walk).
WHY WE LIKE IT
Ace location in the heart of Covent Garden aside, this hotel balances an accessible version of chic boutique living in its rooms, with a desirable, almost formal style in the public areas, perfectly complimenting the neighborhood it’s in. The in-house screening room only adds to the hotel’s glamor.