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Hotel Highlights

  • Perfect London Theatreland location
  • West End shopping and entertainment on your lap
  • Beloved by famous folk for its discretion and intimacy

Overview

The Covent Garden Hotel couldn't be better located for every kind of West End experience: galleries, shopping, theatre, clubbing. The decor of our bedroom is all traditional tapestry and paisley fabrics, and the CGH's signature dressmaker's models feature in all the rooms – very Establishment, and charming for it. The wonderful thing about this hotel is that while it certainly caters for the well-heeled and deep-pocketed, it also works hard at a genuinely laid-back, home-from-home atmosphere.

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Facilities

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Need To Know

Rooms

58.

Check–out

11am. Earliest check-in, 2pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $350.39 (£225), excluding tax at 20 per cent.

More details

Rates exclude breakfast.

Also

Book restaurants and theatre tickets well in advance.

At the hotel

Gym, beauty room (book treatments in advance), library, state-of-the-art cinema and free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TVs, iPod docks, Kit Kemp's range of Rik Rak bath products.

Our favourite rooms

The Loft Suite is where Armani’s fashion entourage often stay.

Packing tips

Opera glasses.

Also

Classic films screened on Saturdays at 8pm. A two-course meal and a viewing costs £35 a head.

Children

Children welcome, babysitting and nannies available by prior arrangement. Extra beds are available (£69 per night).

Food & Drink

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Hotel Restaurant

Brasserie Max serves fabulous Modern European. Breakfast is from 7am to 11am.

Last orders

11pm in both restaurant and bar.

Room service

24 hours.

Smith Insider

Dress code

No jacket required.

Top table

Ask for a table away from the entrance.

Local Guide

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Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Worth getting out of bed for

All the West End theatres are on your doorstep (www.ticketmaster.co.uk), as is the Royal Opera House (www.royalopera.org). Major art spaces include the National Gallery (www.nationalgallery.org.uk) and Tate Modern (www.tate.org.uk). See the city from the London Eye (www.londoneye.com). Take a riverboat cruise from Embankment to Greenwich (www.londontown.com/sightseeing). Somerset House (www.somerset-house.org.uk) for ice-skating in the winter and concerts in the summer.

Local restaurants

BKB in Soho (+44 (0)20 7734 5656) for inexpensive bistro food in buzzy surrounds. Eat up at the bar at Le Caprice (+44 (0)20 7629 2239): fantastic for people-watching. Hakkasan (+44 (0)20 7927 7000) for the best Modern Asian. Celebrity favourite the Ivy (+44 (0)20 7836 4751). Locanda Locatelli (+44 (0)20 7935 9088) for Michelin-starred Italian. The Savoy Grill (+44 (0)20 7592 1600) for the best in Modern British. See www.gordonramsay.com for details of Gordon Ramsay’s outstanding London restaurants. Mon Plaisir on Monmouth Street, W1 (+44 (0)20 7836 7243) is the oldest French restaurant in London and a fun place for a pre-theatre meal.

Local bars

CVO Firevault on Great Titchfield Street is a cosy bar beneath a showroom. Salvador & Amanda is a DJ bar with tapas at 8 Great Newport Street. Windows on the 28th floor of the Hilton on Park Lane has fabulous views. For fantastic late-night espresso try Bar Italia on Frith Street in Soho. Lab bar on Great Compton Street is just around the corner and has mean mixologists. Also in Soho, The Endurance on Berwick Street is great for a pint or posh pub grub.

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Covent Garden Hotel

10 Monmouth Street, London, WC2H 9HB, United Kingdom

Planes

London Heathrow is a 40-minute drive from the hotel.

Trains

Tube stations are within easy reach – there's Covent Garden (on the Piccadilly line) and Holborn (on the Central and Northern lines). The overland stations at Charing Cross, Euston, King’s Cross and St Pancras (for the Eurostar) are around a 10-minute taxi journey away.

Automobiles

You're in the heart of London's theatre district and a motor is unnecessary. Stick to your legs, buses and Tubes.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

By Mr & Mrs Smith.

There’s no feeling to match that of being slap bang in the heart of it all, with swinging London on your doorstep. The Covent Garden Hotel couldn’t be better located for every kind of West End experience: galleries, shopping, theatre, clubbing – or just watching the world go by. It’s a hop and a skip from the Seven Dials roundabout on Monmouth Street: an excellent vantage p…
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Covent Garden Hotel

By Mr & Mrs Smith.

There’s no feeling to match that of being slap bang in the heart of it all, with swinging London on your doorstep. The Covent Garden Hotel couldn’t be better located for every kind of West End experience: galleries, shopping, theatre, clubbing – or just watching the world go by. It’s a hop and a skip from the Seven Dials roundabout on Monmouth Street: an excellent vantage point for seeing all manner of London life strut or crawl past. Monmouth Street itself is on the edge of Covent Garden’s main shopping area, and has some very enticing shops, such as CoCo de Mer, Kiehl’s, I Love Voyage, Koh Samui and the Loft, just waiting to gobble your plastic.

Checking into a swanky boutique hotel in London is always going to have a touch of the film star about it; the wonderful thing about this hotel is that while it certainly caters for the well-heeled and deep-pocketed, it also works hard at a genuinely laid-back, home-from-home atmosphere. The entrance has a smart and formal English appearance, softened by down-to-earth staff (the concierge, Nicky, is a trouper who can sort out anything, from umbrellas to show tickets). The decor of our bedroom is more traditional than the lobby areas: tapestry and paisley fabrics, and the CGH’s signature dressmaker’s models feature in all the rooms – very Establishment, and charming for it. We find the usual facilities, from an extensive minibar to VCR, with unexpected touches such as the quintessentially English Roberts radio next to the bed.

Once checked in, we set off for lunch ‘all the way’ over in Marylebone, wanting to check out the Orrery – apparently the jewel in Terence Conran’s empire. It takes us barely half an hour to walk there; we Tube-dependent Londoners forget that so many areas are within walking distance of the centre – Hyde Park, Green Park, the Embankment. From Monmouth Street, you have the option of any number of outings, with the promise of a return, every time, to the calm sanctuary of the hotel (and the daily pick-me-up neck massage offered free to guests).

Before heading to the boudoir for a bath and a roll around on the very roomy bed, we drop by the sitting room for a G&T from the Honesty Bar. Mr Smith sorts out the drinks, and I sink into an armchair built for two to check out the company: foreign families, businessmen, fashionistas and media types – and, oh my goodness, it’s an actor from Hollywood’s A-list. I sidle up to Mr Smith as casually as I can and proudly whisper my celeb spot. We turn around slowly, looking at our shoes, the ceiling, in a vain attempt to conceal our true intent of celeb staring. Mr Smith sounds as though he’s having an asthma attack, and turns me back the other way, gripping my arm frantically. ‘No, it’s Boromir.’ I nod enthusiastically. Well, he has watched Lord of the Rings 16 times.

Once washed and coiffed, we proceed to the 54-seater private cinema (complete with state-of-the-art THX technology and vast cream leather seats). Saturday night is Saturday Film Club, which combines a two-course dinner with the film of the week for the bargain price of £25 a head – the fun bit being you can arrange your dinner around the film: starter beforehand; main course and pudding as a chaser. It was certainly an intimate affair – just six of us watching The Maltese Falcon. We ate in the hotel’s restaurant, Brasserie Max, which serves Modern British food in an airy art deco room.

Next we’re off out and about the buzzing streets of Covent Garden and Soho. The Lab bar on Old Compton Street is a great place with hip folk sipping swish cocktails, right in the thick of it all. After veering into Bar Italia on Frith Street for a steadying latte stop, we headed back to the hotel, picking up the Sunday papers on the way. We head straight to the honesty bar and, topped up with double vodkas, emerge into the smaller of the two lounge areas.

There’s a party of eight celebrating an engagement: will we join them? Smiles all round – yes – and, again, a sharp intake of breath from Mr Smith. Another great celeb spot. Twenty minutes later, and I am singing my heart out solo to ‘Streets of London’ (no reason, it was just that time of night) as a famous comedy actress hushes the ensemble with cries of ‘Go on, girl!’. That’s another great thing about this place – you never know quite who you’ll bump into next.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith hotel with us, we'll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Covent Garden Hotel's Guestbook below.

 

GoldSmith

Stayed on

We loved

One of my favourite hotels in the world (and God knows I travel a lot). I love the atmosphere and exquisite decor as well as very welcoming, friendly, client-centric (they recognize you in a nice way) and very efficient teams. It feels like home. I like the slightly underground crowd where alternatively you can meet Hollywood stars without make-up and up-and-coming english artists, etc.

Don’t expect

I still appreciate Brasserie Max (I'm deeply regretting Etienne's departure) but the quality of the food has somewhat lowered – but it's still good.

Rating: 10/10 stars

SilverSmith

Stayed on

We loved

This is a beautiful, stylish hotel. They really made us feel welcome. These are very quiet, comfortable rooms in the centre of London, with beautiful decor. A real find.

Rating: 10/10 stars

GoldSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Thank you for arranging our stay at the Covent Garden hotel last weekend. We had an amazing time, the room was fabulous, service impeccable and the breakfast was to die for!

Rating: 10/10 stars