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.
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…
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.
Welcome. Most rooms can accommodate a crib (free for children two and under) and Deluxe Rooms and above can fit an extra bed (£65 a night). Babysitting is available too, from £8 an hour.
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.
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.
No crèche, but nannies can be booked if you want a little time to yourselves.
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…
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.
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.
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.