London, United Kingdom

The Soho Hotel

Rates from (inc tax)$329.97

Price information

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Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (GBP300.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Modern British wit

Setting

Central secrecy

Cool and collected (and unexpectedly child-friendly), London's Soho Hotel is the colourful, trendy sister of the more staid Covent Garden Hotel. Designed by Kit Kemp, this luxury boutique hotel hides on a small, quiet street in the midst of Soho's bustle; inside, a massive Koons-esque Botero cat, potted plants, brightly coloured acrylic glass greet you in a welcome change of pace and theme from most central London hotels. That it also has a private movie screening room and is a favourite haunt of international media types don't hurt either.

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

96.

Check–Out

11am

Rates

Double rooms from $329.97 (£250), 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 {dayrange} days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (GBP300.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates exclude breakfast (£21.50 for a full English).

Also

The hotel has a screening room which hosts a film club every Sunday – contemporary, classic and 3D films are shown with free popcorn at 3.30pm. You can combine it with a three-course lunch or dinner or a champagne afternoon tea for £35.

At the hotel

Free high-speed internet access, cinema, CD/DVD player, flatscreen TV, Frette linen, iPod dock, Kit Kemp's range of Rik Rak bath products, valet service.

Our favourite rooms

Rock stars opt for the sprawling Terrace Suite, with its views over Soho’s rooftops, but we love the deluxe rooms on the fifth floor.

Packing tips

Hangover remedies; with cocktails this good on tap and amid so many late-night bars, you'd be mad not to take full advantage.

Children

Families are welcomed. Extra beds are available (£66 per night).

Overview

Families are welcomed.

Best for

Babies and up – children of all ages welcomed.

Recommended rooms

The two-bedroom apartments have a fully equipped kitchen. All rooms have minibars where you can store milk. Children up to three years old can stay for free in their parents' bed; extra beds are £40 a night.

Activities

There are DVD players in every room, and a good selection of child-friendly DVDs to borrow at no extra charge. If you have a lot of kids (or are feeling extravagant), a private screening room is available to hire for £250 an hour. The hotel is filled with striking works of art – children adore the oversized cat sculpture in the lobby created by Fernando Botero.

Rates

More details

Rates exclude breakfast (£21.50 for a full English).

Meals

Children are welcome in the restaurant for all meals, which will be provided at half price and half the portion size. The Soho hotel can also provide milk and baby food.

Babysitting

This can be arranged for a £10 booking fee; give 24 hours' notice if possible. It costs £9.50 an hour from Monday to Friday, and £11 on Saturdays and Sundays, plus the sitter's transport costs.

No need to pack

High chairs and cots are provided.

Also

Older children might get a kick out of playing spot-the-celeb: everyone from P Diddy to Friends star David Schwimmer has checked in.

Food and Drink

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At the hotel

Refuel offers an à la carte menu filled with decadent and down-to-earth modern international cuisine (such as truffled macaroni and cheese or beer-battered cod) if you're looking for a full-on banquet, or cosmopolitan food platters to pick at with your drinks. Settle in for some afternoon tea (which can also be taken in the private drawing room or library).

At the bar

Refuel is great for pre or after dinner drinks.

Last orders

11pm.

Room service

An extensive 24-hour menu including tapas-style snacks, gluten-free options and hefty organic meats from a farm in Hampshire if you're after something substantial (as well as a selection of sundaes for afterwards).

Location

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Address
The Soho Hotel
4 Richmond Mews
W1D 3DH
London
United Kingdom

Planes

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

Trains

As the name gives away, the hotel is right in the middle of Soho, so several Tube stations are within easy reach – Oxford Circus (on the Central, Bakerloo and Victoria lines) and Tottenham Court Road (on the Central and Northern lines) are your best bets. 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

The super-central setting makes motors unnecessary, but if you do bring one, you can park it on Brewer Street.

Worth getting out of bed for

Local restaurants

Soho's meandering streets are packed with gastronomic pit stops. Stop for tea and cakes at Yauatcha on Broadwick Street (+44 (0)20 7494 8888), or book a table for their delicious dim sum. The Palomar (+44 (0)20 7439 8777) on Rupert Street has a fabulous Israeli menu with intriguing dishes such as Tunisian lamb tongues, or perch on a stool in the tiled former-fishmonger's interior of Randall & Aubin on Brewer Street (+44 (0)20 7287 4447) for seafood or a grill. Dinner at the Ivy on West Street (+44 (0)20 7836 4751) promises showbiz faces among your fellow diners. The real reason to book well in advance, though, is the surprisingly reasonable classic British dishes, among oak panelling and stained glass. The Ninth on Charlotte Street (+44 (0)20 3019 0880) is a moody venue for Med dishes; Roka (+44 (0)20 7580 6464), close by, and Frith Street's Chotto Matte (+44 (0)20 7042 7171) are renowned for their sushi; and fellow Smith stay Dean Street Townhouse (+44 (0)20 7434 1775) has a lovely Brit brasserie. J Sheekey on St Martin's Court (+44 (0)20 7240 2565) is another favourite specialising in seafood and modern British dishes. Blanchette (+44 (0)20 7439 8100) is a cosy French bistro (take a peek at its saucy wallpaper…), and if you want very fine dining, chic Chinese joint Hakkasan (+44 (0)20 7927 7000), authentic Italian Bocca Di Lupo (+44 (0)20 7734 2223) and Michelin-star holding eatery L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon (+44 (0)20 7010 8600) should suit. Sketch on Conduit Street (+44 (0)870 777 4488) is celebrated for its extravagant, futuristic design, and offers haute cuisine, brasserie fare or delicate patisseries in its tearoom.

Local bars

Hit 100 Wardour Street (+44 (0)20 7314 4000) for Pop Art prints, live music and cool cocktails (their restaurant is also rather splendid). Blind Pig at Social Eating House (+44 (0)20 7993 3251), has sophisticated old-school trappings: leather banquettes, rich woods, cut-crystal decanters, and a cocktail menu that shakes up the classics. The secretive Experimental Cocktail Club in Chinatown lives up to its name, and Mark's Bar at Hix is a true Brit eccentric. Diversify your drinks at 68 and Boston (+44 (0)20 7287 3713) – the former is an elegant and extremely reasonable wine bar, the latter a svelte, late-night cocktail joint. Bar Italia (+44 (0)20 7437 4520) serves espressos into the small hours. Lab (+44 (0)20 7437 7820) is a bar with mean mixologists. 

Reviews

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Anonymous review

When the offer arises to experience one of London’s most desirable hotel debutantes, I can’t resist – especially since it’s but a stumble from this couple’s Covent Garden office. But don’t let beaded curtains and neon adults-only signs creep into your imagination at the mention of Soho – Kit and Tim Kemp’s transformation of a former carpark at the end of a cul de sac couldn’t be any further from that ever-fading image. And though, just like the namesake districts in Manhattan and Hong Kong, it’s as bustling as neighbourhoods come, this chic-sleep sister to the Covent Garden Hotel is a bubble of cool calm amid a storm.

As we veer off Wardour Street and head towards a twinkly-lit porch, a sharply dressed doorman is waiting to welcome us to us to this extraordinary urban Neverland. A 10-foot-tall porcelain Botero cat sculpture, oversized plant pots and a clash of driftwood and neon-tinted Perspex are a refreshing alterative to the marble and brass lobbies of most hotels in this postcode. (And the pebble-adorned pillars must have fans of home-makeover shows scribbling in their notepads.) The only reminder at check-in of the hotel’s all-but-airbrushed motoring past is a collage of Botero’s puss comprised of tax discs and Monopoly board strips.

It’s only 6pm on a week night, but the tea-light-dotted lobby, and Refuel, the hotel’s bar and restaurant, are already buzzing. This is an establishment where the watering hole and eatery have independent allure; local folk flee editing suites and photography studios for after-work tipples perched at the long, pewter bar, under the deco-style auto-themed mural. As we pass Refuel’s glass front, we can’t resist craning to spy which famous faces are among the chattering masses tonight. (I spot a big-name DJ, and Mr Smith clocks an award-winning director.)

A magnet for movers and shakers, the pony-skin seats of the screening room downstairs regularly hold the derrières of the most high-falutin’, and a daringly decorated cocktail lounge and function room hosts endless star-studded launches. (And should guests who are less keen to see and be seen want to escape the media mêlée, there’s an elegant all-white, pink-lit library, and lime and fuchsia-accented drawing room on the ground floor to retreat to.)

The Soho Hotel is much bigger than you’d imagine, and we’re grateful for a friendly escort through the pretty paisley corridors. Our spacious deluxe digs are sunny and cheery – even though, outside, the weather is anything but. The fresh country-manor kiss to the decor of faded painted rustic furniture, and pastel- and bright-coloured prints, bedspread and curtains are, rather uniquely, the stuff that both Country Living and Elle Deco dreams are made of.

Sadly the photo-shoot feel doesn’t last, as I decide to unpack and get changed for dinner. (This Mrs Smith has a knack of transforming a showroom-perfect setting into a movie scene depicting a locale that’s just been turned over in a hunt for a top-secret microchip.) Clothes shucked and cosmetics strewn, and I’m prancing around, clad only in shoes, when the doorbell rings. I lunge into the respectable, roomy marble bathroom and grab one of the cotton-wool-soft Henry VIII-dimensioned robes.

Settling down with his room service-delivered Tanqueray and tonic, I wonder if Mr Smith has noticed my fresh purchase from around-the-corner shop Agent Provocateur. It proves challenging even for a beribboned cleavage to compete with such a perfectly mixed G&T and the enormous olives delivered with it. At least the guy sitting at his computer in the building over the road (provided he is extremely long-sighted) can appreciate my cabaret. Shame he’s not looking. I abandon my burlesque show and suggest we head down for dinner. At the mention of which my chap’s mouth is at long last watering.

It is when Mr Smith glimpses the wine list when I finally get the boggle-eyed, raised-eyebrows response that I’d hoped my lacy smalls might have achieved. ‘They do each one by the glass,’ he puffs, excited that he can have a Chablis with his foie gras parfait, a Mendoza with his Aberdeen Angus beef fillet, and a muscat with tarte tatin. Plans of visiting one of the many cocktail joints within stumbling distance start to fade, usurped by the desire to spend as much of our stay in situ.

After a fireside nightcap from the honesty bar in the drawing room, we return to a boudoir fresh from a magic turndown service. All traces of my Tasmanian devil tendencies have been tidied away, and rather wonderfully, mineral water and an aromatherapy spray labelled ‘sleep well’ have appeared on the bedside tables. The sheets have been folded back invitingly. Mr Smith collapses on the bed, smiling. ‘I’ve never known a post-work night out like it,’ he sighs. ‘And one I could get used to,’ I think to myself…

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 The Soho Hotel’s Guestbook below.

We loved

All of it! Loved the rooms, love the breakfasts and atmosphere in the restaurants and service was great.

Don’t expect

Don't expect this to be a typical impersonal London hotel – service was great, and the hotel itself is very unique with great object d'art to make it seem more homely.

Rating

Stayed on 6 Feb 2016

We loved

The location. Centre of Soho and so close to everything without the craziness. The Soho Gin and Tonic served in Refuel Bar. Free umbrellas if it's raining.

Don’t expect

A Swimming pool.

Rating

Stayed on 21 Sep 2015

We loved

The service at the hotel was exceptional and the rooms spacious and well presented. The whole experience was brilliant.

Don’t expect

To stay here on a budget. Prices are premium but the hotel is luxury.

Rating

Stayed on 25 Jul 2015

We loved

The Soho looks to me like the trial run for Ham Yard - it clearly works so well, they must have wanted to build on that buzzy, slightly theatrical, highly professional offering and team that they have built there. It's a great hotel, good service, lovely rooms, a great location between 2 busy, interesting Soho streets - it's good for business and good for pleasure and leisure too.

Don’t expect

I wish Firmdale would mark out some of the sitting rooms downstairs at this hotel and the others in the group for guests only. Travelling alone as I did on this trip, I had to retreat to my room to read or relax. I guess its the price of commercial success: the hotel is like a beacon to the cool after - work crowd, so you have to negotiate with them every time you enter the hotel or want to use its amenities.

Rating

Stayed on 24 Jan 2015

We loved

Cosy and stylish interiors gave a real home away from home vibe....so much so we didn't want to leave and return to our actual home! Steam room / shower was amazing, as was the gesture of complimentary chocolates delivered to the room (a birthday treat!) Food was incredible.

Don’t expect

Reasonably priced rooms.

Rating

Stayed on 2 Jan 2015

We loved

I chose Soho because of its ideal central location. But also the rooms are very spacious and beautifully appointed, and the beds are luxuriously comfortable. Breakfasts are wonderful, but most of all the staff at Soho were the most friendly and helpful people ever.

Rating

Stayed on 13 Oct 2014

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