STARK MINIMALISM IN THE 1960'S OFFICE BLOCK THAT IS ST MARTINS LANE HOTEL
For those seeking culture this hotel offers you the perfect base to explore the hustle and bustle of London. Situated neatly between Trafalgar Square, Soho and Covent Garden, this hip hangout will not disappoint. With a plethora of local attractions nearby you will never be short of something to do, whether it be taking in a show, shopping till you drop or tasting the nightlife.
As soon as you enter St Martins Lane Hotel, what strikes you first is the vast expansion of the white lobby, designed by none other than Philippe Stark. It is dramatic, uber stylish, uber minimalist with fanciful touches such as oversized chess pieces or seats in the shape of gold teeth with well placed floor to ceiling mirrors offering a beautiful light and contemporary feel. The staff are hidden behind a sleek white desk with the most amazing flower display and are impeccably dressed in black, they are on hand to assist with your every whim and no task seems too much.
Adjacent to the hotel which incidentally used to be a 1960's office block is Gymbox, one of London's hip new fitness chains. Gymbox offers fast paced and exciting classes such as Ashtanga Yoga, Ballet Barre or Ripped & stripped free of charge to the hotel guests.
Our room was compact but what it lacked in space was made up by the stylish, tech savvy perfectly designed stark white decor, which included a wild leopard print carpet, floor to ceiling windows with amazing views of central London. Fluorescent lights around the bed which could change colour made for an entertaining experience. The Malin + Goetz bathrooms were not huge but were incredibly sumptuous and well thought out, in fact everything was luxurious from the service to the beautiful sheets and extra comfy beds.
For amazing food head to Asia de Cuba, its an exciting mix of Asian and Cuban food, the decor is bright, stylish and eye catching. I would definitely recommend the Rocoto-glazed black cod, it was phenomenal. The breakfasts at the restaurant are also above parr with healthy options such as homemade protein shakes, fresh fruit smoothies or maple syrup pancakes.
This hotel is so quirky, my favourite place was The Blind Spot, it's the hotels secret bar, hidden behind a beautiful tea counter, it has a gold hand in the wall which is the door handle. It is like Narnia for adults. The bar has beautifully crafted cocktails inspired by the ancient tea trade and although the drinks are slightly dearer than other cocktail bars it is still a real treat and a definite must.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay, it was utterly faultless. If you are travelling to London and want an exciting weekend away then definitely book a room at St Martins Lane.
Double rooms from £270 per night excluding breakfast.
45 St Martins Lane
London, WC2N 4AX
T. 0207 300 5500