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St.Martin’s Lane Hotel: London’s Design Hotel

London is always a city us UAE Insiders like to visit, with unrivalled shopping, lashings of history and entertainment on tap, the task can sometimes be where to stay in such a vibrant, evolving city.

One of the oldest of the ‘new hotels’ is St Martin’s Lane, part of the Morgan’s Hotel Group. Located in the bustling theatre district of Covent Garden, a stones throw away from the luxury brands of Bond Street, high street haven that is Oxford Street, traditional style of the Square Mile and the meandering markets of Notting Hill Gate, this hotel is still reigning in a saturated market of luxury hotels.

One of the main reasons, besides its perfect location to enjoy the best that London has to offer, is it’s truly unique design.  It’s hard to miss this hotel, despite its boutique size and attempt at a hidden entrance. Large floor to ceiling windows may be masked with white curtains but the glass revolving door on the street hints at the neon, funky design that beckons within. It’s like walking through a uber stylish wardrobe to design Narnia.

It’s fun, it’s quirky and you get the impression St Martin’s Lane Hotel doesn’t take itself too seriously and that’s just why we love it. With a newly renovated lobby welcoming guests to a design concept that resembles a modern museum, the carnival light show contrasts against the stark white interior, a reinterpretation of Philippe Starck’s original lobby that plays on colour, proportion and movement in a jovial self-expression. If ever there was a hotel lobby worthy of a selfie it is this one.

Leading off the lobby are three of London’s hottest nightspots. Asia de Cuba, a restaurant brand that has recently hit our UAE shores, is a favourite with the fashion set for its stylish take on fine dining. Boasting a new menu and an eclectic yet enchanting interior, this Cuban born restaurant centres on experimentation and offers twists on old favourites. Clearly inspired by Old Havana’s Chinatown, this upscale eatery interprets Asian influenced Cuban fare for those with a discerning, inquisitve palate.  Ceviches are a popular choice here with the menu offering everything from Red Snapper to Shrimp and main dishes such as Spicy Coconut Lobster Curry keep foodies coming back for more year after year. In fact, so good is this hotel restaurant that you can easily find yourself whiling away the hours over a Mojito or three and before you know it, you’ve been there all night. If you can tear yourself away from Asia de Cuba however, or if simply the staff prise you from your table so in demand is this place, then pop next door to Blind Spot, a cocktail bar so cool it wouldn’t look out-of-place in a Bond movie. Found via a hidden entrance, carefully shadowed by day and inviting by the City’s energy at night, this cocktail sanctuary is a mecca of mixology. Cocktails are inspired by the ancient tea trade and make for a perfect post-dinner meeting spot for those in the know.

When it’s finally time to venture up to bed, St Martin’s Lane offers a different room for each different preference. From Standard bijou rooms, Deluxe Garden accommodation as well as Loft Suites, it may be small but it sure packs a mighty punch. Take a Deluxe Room, yes it may be smaller than we’re used to in the Middle East but for the location you can’t expect more. Floor-to-ceiling windows look out onto the City offering a dramatic perspective on the fast-pace of London life below. These rooms, newly designed evoke spaciousness and luxury in their crisp starkness. Think lots of white lacquer, polished aaluminium lighting fixtures and etched glass surfaces that shift in colour as you move around the room. We told you this hotel was as cool as ice. It’ll be unlike anywhere you’ll have stayed before, a modern Pandora’s box with the luxurious necessities you would expect

Floor-to-ceiling windows at St Martins Lane pull the cityscape into each guest room, offering a dramatic perspective on the energetic city below. The newly designed rooms by Tim Andreas of Banjo evoke a sense of spaciousness and luxury by using a mix of both naturally inspired and modern materials such as linen draperies, a pale leopard print carpet with white lacquer, and etched glass surfaces that shift in colour as the guest moves around the room. The overall effect is an ethereal, yet sensuous experience. Each room comes with a state of the art Nevaya HD IPTV with movies on demand, not that you’ll want to waste your time watching movies whilst in the midst of the London action. There is even complimentary GYM BOX access for all guests if you feel like working up a sweat on your travels.

If you fancy upgrading, The Penthouse at St Martin’s Lane has long been synonymous with style. An exuberant 1000 square foot space, offering a similar interactive experience as the other rooms, this exciting suite offers a one-of-a-kind light installation with a colour spectrum to reflect your every mood. The open plan layout plays home to custom-designed furnishings and even includes a service kitchen, dining area for six and a separate living area. With stunning views out across London, The Penthouse really is a sanctuary you won’t want to miss.

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