London, United Kingdom

Charlotte Street Hotel

Rates from (ex tax)$333.41

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (GBP318.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Arty-smarty English eccentric

Setting

Bang-central Bloomsbury

Central London living at its finest – the Charlotte Street Hotel easily charms with an intimate bistro, elegant bar, private arts cinema and comfortable, artistically decorated rooms. Its West End location, bang in the centre of quiet and artsy Bloomsbury, is a respite from the noisy crowds of Oxford Street shoppers.

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Cocktails for two in the hotel bar

Facilities

Photos Charlotte Street Hotel facilities

Need to know

Rooms

52, including 13 suites.

Check–Out

11am, but flexible subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 2pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $333.41 (£265), excluding tax at 20 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (GBP318.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates exclude breakfast. Continental breakfast, £16.50; full English, £19. Other choices, from £4.

Also

Leave plenty of extra space in your suitcase for all that shopping from Oxford Street and Covent Garden. All shopped out, or in need of some last-minute grooming? In-room beauty treatments can be arranged – just ask the concierge.

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At the hotel

Private screening room, library, drawing room, gym, library, free WiFi throughout, laundry, valet parking. In rooms: flatscreen TV, DVD/CD player, Bose Bluetooth iPod dock, Tivoli radio, minibar, Frette bedlinen, Kit Kemp's range of Rik Rak bath products..

Our favourite rooms

Bright, bold decor makes every room a winner, but Mr & Mrs Smith love the split-level Loft Suites. The fifth-floor, open-plan Penthouse Suite has additional TVs in the bathroom, for those who like to watch while they wash. We’d much rather hang out in its walk-in shower/steam room or spend the night gazing out across its incredible city-skyline views, though…

Packing tips

Opera glasses, if you plan on taking in a West End show. A central London street map – there’s a lot to see within walking distance, including Soho Square, theatreland and the British Museum.

Also

Pets unfortunately cannot be accommodated.

Children

Welcome. Most rooms can accommodate a crib (free) and Deluxe Rooms and above can fit an extra bed (£66 a night). Nannies available, from £8 an hour.

Overview

Welcome. Most rooms can accommodate a crib (free) and Deluxe Rooms and above can fit an extra bed (£40 a night). Nannies available, from £8 an hour.

Best for

Any age.

Recommended rooms

Most rooms can accommodate a cot or crib (provided free) or an extra bed (£40 a night), and you can stash milk and snacks in your minibar. Your best bet is a family-friendly Junior Suite; even with the sofabed, there’s still room for an extra bed.

Crèche

No crèche, but nannies can be booked if you want a little time to yourselves.

Activities

London has plenty of family-friendly attractions – take your pick from the Natural History Museum, Science Museum, British Museum, Hyde Park, ballet or children’s plays at the theatre, the Tower of London…

Meals

There’s no dedicated children’s menu, but if you don’t fancy room service, kids are welcome in the restaurant at any time and there’s plenty to choose from; the kitchen is happy to warm up milk or baby food and high chairs are available. There are family-friendly options nearby, too.

Babysitting

Nannies are available with advance notice, subject to availability (so book ahead if child-free time is a priority). There’s an agency fee of £10 to pay, then it costs £8/ hour for a minimum of four hours (£6 thereafter) plus the sitter's taxi home.

No need to pack

Cots and high chairs are available on site.

Also

Families with older, independent kids will enjoy the film club: every Sunday night at 8pm, the movie of the week (a new release or classic – check the rating) is played in the Charlotte Street Hotel’s state-of-the-art screening room; dinner (or afternoon tea) is served beforehand in Oscar restaurant. The three-course dinner plus cinema ticket costs £35 a head.

Food and Drink

Photos Charlotte Street Hotel food and drink

Top Table

Grab a table for two on the tapestry-print banquette beside the bar – one of you gets to admire the cinematically colourful 1910-style mural; the other gets a wide-angle view of the whole restaurant and its open kitchen.

Dress Code

Think Bloomsbury artist and affect an air of casual indifference (while wearing your favourite city-chic outfit, of course).

Hotel restaurant

The Oscar (named for the award-winning films screened in the adjacent private cinema) is Charlotte Street Hotel’s bold, bright bistro restaurant; settle in for Modern British classics such as grilled Dover sole and roast chicken with savoy cabbage, pancetta and chestnuts. Oscar also gives great breakfast.

Hotel bar

The buzzy Oscar bar is popular with Bloomsbury’s media crowd for after-work cocktails and sharing plates. Perch atop a multicolour humbug-striped stool and sip an Oscar Limeade (Grey Goose vodka and apricot brandy muddled with fresh lime) with a tapas platter of chorizo, manchego and octopus, or knock back rock oysters with a glass of fizz.

Last orders

Oscar is open for breakfast (7am–11am), lunch (noon–3pm) and dinner (5pm–11pm); last drinks are mixed at midnight. After that, adjourn to the art-filled drawing room for digestifs from the honesty bar.

Room service

A round-the-clock 24-hour room service menu should keep those hunger pangs (or champagne requests) taken care of. You can also take afternoon tea in the drawing room or library.

Location

Photos Charlotte Street Hotel location
Address
Charlotte Street Hotel
15–17 Charlotte Street, Bloomsbury,
W1T 1RJ
London
United Kingdom

Planes

London Heathrow is 17 miles away and you'll have several options in terms of rail and Tube links to central London.

Trains

Charing Cross and Euston are roughly a 10-minute taxi ride away. King's Cross St. Pancras (and the Eurostar) is just a mile from the hotel. Goodge Street (on the Northern line) is your nearest Tube station, less than 5 minutes walk from the front door.

Automobiles

Public parking is available on Clipstone Mews. There is also valet parking should you prefer.

Worth getting out of bed for

There’s a lot to see within walking distance, including Soho Square, theatreland and the British Museum. Hit the shops on Oxford Street, Bond Street or in Covent Garden; visit department stores Liberty and Selfridges; slope around Soho; go East to Chinatown; take in a West End show… London’s your lobster, as it were.

Local restaurants

Hakkasan on Hanway Place (+44 (0)20 7927 7000) has to be the sexiest Chinese restaurant ever designed, and it was the first ever to be awarded a Michelin star. Its glamorous interior boasts a Christian Liaigre-designed bar and staff uniforms created by Hussein Chalayan. Don't expect it to be cheap, though… Other great local options are Modern Japanese restaurant Roka and its downstairs lounge bar, The Shochu Lounge (+44 (0)20 7580 6464). On-trend French and Mediterranean restaurant The Ninth (+44 (0) 20 3019 0880) serves up sharing plates and beautifully presented à la carte options in buzzy Fitrovia. Elegant Indian restaurant The Red Fort (+44 (0) 20 7437 2525) is a can't miss for Mughal court dishes and traditional Italian restaurant Latium (+44 (0) 20 7323 9123) is known for its traditional Lazio pastas; both are an easy stroll away from the hotel. 

Local bars

Just off Berner's street, stylish pub Percy & Founders pours seasonal cocktails, beer, craft ales and wines from its carefully curated selection; it does a mean weekend brunch too.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

There’s something very decadent about spending the night at a London hotel when you actually live in the city. And, when you’ve got a one-year-old at home, smearing banana into your sofa cushions and pushing fish fingers into your Jimmy Choos, you need to feel decadent from time to time. Our weekend at the Charlotte Street Hotel is all about celebration – Mr Smith is about to become another year older – so we’ve handed the tot over to his grandparents and are planning a night of unbridled hedonism. Well, as unbridled as two sleep-deprived parents can manage these days…

In our eagerness to get the weekend off to a flying start, we arrive too early at the hotel and, despite the reception desk’s best efforts to get us installed, our room isn’t quite ready for us. We pop down the road for a relaxing massage at Walk-in Backrub, followed by a steaming bowl of noodles at a nearby Japanese café. We then stroll down to Covent Garden for a pitstop at the Monmouth Coffee Company, which both Mr Smith and I agree serves the best coffee in London by a mile. We’re loving being toddler-free for the day, and even manage to indulge in a little shopping before Mr Smith starts sticking out his bottom lip and stamping his feet crossly.

Back at the hotel, our room is ready for us, so we head upstairs to settle in. Since we’re celebrating, we’ve gone for a Loft Suite  – a split-level chamber in which the bed sits on a mezzanine level above a stylish sitting area and en-suite bathroom – decorated in a wonderful mix of colours. I love that there’s nothing minimal about designer Kit Kemp's styling, and the shocking pinks and reds in the ornate curtains provide the polished and homely room with a splash of real personality. If that weren’t enough, there are also dressmakers’ busts, mood-lighting lamps and orchids dotted around to up the fun factor. A wrought-iron chandelier gives the whole room an air of grandeur.

Mr Smith particularly loves the huge cushioned shelf next to our personal library, and he spends an enjoyable 20 minutes or so lying down on its plush base and leafing through a few of the hundred or so volumes in there. Simple antique mirrors make the room feel bigger than it is, and an enormous painting of a cat on a footstool over the sofa manages to distort the proportions further. It’s bliss. There’s no child screaming for attention, no toys to trip over and no food being flung at me. If I had my way, we’d stay in this peaceful paradise all night.

But it’s Mr Smith’s birthday, so out we go. We’ve booked a table at Hakkasan – I know, I know; it’s been around for ages, but we both really like it – so, after quick showers in the stylish all-granite bathroom and some outfit experimentation, we make our way over to Hanway Place. For an eight-year-old restaurant, Hakkasan still looks and feels great. I love the dark basement feel, and the way it makes you feel in-the-know as you walk downstairs and the buzzing restaurant opens out in front of you. We thoroughly indulge ourselves with big platefuls of crispy chilli squid, super-fresh sea bass and the obligatory lump of meat for my non fish-eating husband. By the time we’ve finished our second bottle of wine, we’re feeling very decadent indeed; and we decide to end the evening at the Club Bar & Dining in Soho. It’s owned by a friend of ours, so we get a big welcome, free glasses of champagne and lots of lively chat. By the time we stagger out into the central London darkness, it’s well into the next day.

When we get back to the Charlotte Street Hotel, we’re surprised to find the lounge full of people. One family have obviously just arrived from abroad, and are sitting on a couple of the sofas eating a full meal. Nothing, it seems, is too much trouble for the staff. Mr Smith and I head straight for the well-stocked honesty bar – a lovely touch – and pour ourselves some seriously stiff drinks. Needless to say, I can’t remember much more about the evening. I don’t recall going back to our room, but that’s certainly where I wake up the next morning. I’d like to say I slept like a baby, but the only baby I’ve got experience of seems to emit blood-curdling screams whenever he’s put near a pillow and duvet.

In a world where hotels are getting overly complicated, and come with gizmos and gadgets, biometric recognition systems, showers you need a PHD to work and TV controls that would baffle a rocket scientist, the Charlotte Street Hotel is a breath of fresh air. It’s got the basics just right. The Frette bed linen is sumptuous and deliciously soft to sleep on, the TV has one simple remote, the bath fills in around two seconds flat and you definitely don’t need to run around to get wet in the shower. Everything is intuitive.

Mr Smith and I have now stayed in three of Kit Kemp’s hotels, and each time we’ve been really impressed. Each one has her personal sense of style ingrained into its make-up – they’re luxurious and comfortable, and the attention to detail is second to none – but each feels utterly unique. If only we could stay here forever. Unfortunately, somewhere in west London, there’s a toddler who’ll soon be wondering where his parents have got to. We’ll have to put the decadence on hold – well, till my birthday at least.

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 Charlotte Street Hotel’s Guestbook below.

We loved

We received a free upgrade to one of the one bedroom suites which was beautifully designed, quiet and very comfortable - we wished we couldve stayed there for longer. The other standout for us was the breakfast menu. It was one of the best I've encountered at a boutique 5 star hotel - lobster benedict was genius and delicious! The hotel was very impressive from the moment we saw it and that continued on throughout our stay. House of Ho on the same street does fabulous vietnamese food with bottomless prosecco on the weekends!

Don’t expect

 

 

Rating

Stayed on 15 Jul 2016

We loved

The room was beautiful. Breakfast was amazing, full buffet as well as cooked options. The staff were very helpful nothing was too much trouble. 9/10

Don’t expect

Champagne voucher on arrival

Rating

Stayed on 9 Jul 2016

We loved

The lively vibe combined with quiet, comfy rooms. We also loved the attentive yet unpretentious service. Charlotte Street is filled with terrific restaurants, cafes, and pubs.

Rating

Stayed on 12 Jun 2016

We loved

The rooms, the breakfast, the afternoon tea, and the honesty bar!

Don’t expect

The sound of birds singing in the morning!

Rating

Stayed on 16 Jan 2016

We loved

The service and care the hotel showed! Concierge is exceptional.

Rating

Stayed on 28 Dec 2015

We loved

The bed was amazingly comfortable, the bath was so deep and the shower brilliant. It was my husbands birthday and we were given a bottle of champagne in our room and two delicious cup cakes. Check out is at 11 and breakfast runs until 12, so this was perfect for one night away and a good lie in.

Don’t expect

A quiet meal on Saturday night; the bar was heaving and it is attached to the restaurant.

Rating

Stayed on 7 Nov 2015

We loved

Great location, great hotel and great service! We stayed in a luxury room on the 4th floor, with roof top views, really comfortable bed, lovely bathroom and toiletries. We enjoyed cocktails in Oscar's bar (briefly) and the lounge in the evening, and following a fantastic night's sleep, a wonderful breakfast including a glass of bubbles.

Don’t expect

To find a seat in Oscar's bar on a Friday evening!

Rating

Stayed on 16 Oct 2015

We loved

The perfect London hotel. Fantastic location, beautiful rooms, bar and restaurant, offering amazing service and attention to detail. Make sure that you try the terrace bar at the hotel for amazing drinks and cocktails. The Charlotte Street hotel is the best hotel that Ive stayed in for a very long time and the customer service is second to none. Thank you. 

Don’t expect

Free parking.

Rating

Stayed on 11 Sep 2015

We loved

The room was lovely, very comfortable bed. The breakfast was varied and had lots of options outside of an English breakfast. Service was friendly and warm. The bar is very handy!!

Don’t expect

Spa facilities

Rating

Stayed on 1 Aug 2015

We loved

I was miraculously upgraded to the Penthouse for my single night here and thought I had died and gone to heaven. After 16 nights out in a row, I was ready for a quiet night in and I couldn't think of anywhere I would rather spend it .. space to spread out, gorgeous furnishings in the prettiest of rooms, hot spicy soup and toast on the couch, a glass of champagne and a hot bath (with Penelope Keith on the screen at end of the tub) - well who wouldn't LOVE that?

Don’t expect

Nothing could be better. This was fantastic from the minute I walked in the door. Late check out was no problem, heavy bags were whisked away. Well done all round.

Rating

Stayed on 7 Feb 2015