Hotel Highlights

  • Central London location steps from Oxford Street, Covent Garden and the West End
  • Witty British styling and city skyline views from top suites
  • Luxurious private cinema with weekly dinner-club film screenings

Overview

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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Facilities

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Need To Know

Rooms

52, including 13 suites.

Check–out

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

Rates

Double rooms from $403.75 (£240), excluding tax at 20 per cent.

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.

At the hotel

Private screening room, library, drawing room, gym, library, free WiFi throughout, laundry, valet parking. In rooms: flatscreen TV, DVD/CD player, iPod dock, Tivoli radio, minibar, Frette bedlinen, Miller Harris toiletries.

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…

Also

Smoking rooms are available, however smoking is not permitted anywhere else in the property. Pets unfortunately cannot be accommodated. Preloaded iPods are available to borrow.

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.

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Food & Drink

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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.

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Dress code

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

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.

Local Guide

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Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

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, Shochu (+44 (0)20 7580 6464); and elegant Italian restaurant Passione (+44 (0)20 7636 2833), all on Charlotte Street itself; or the clublike French-Vietnamese bar/restaurant on Percy Street, Bam-Bou (+44 (0)20 7323 9130).

Local bars

Intimate all-day bar and restaurant The Club Bar & Dining (+44 (0)20 7734 1002) on Warwick Street is known for its killer cocktails – pop in for food, wine, martinis, champagne, or all of the above.

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Bang-central Bloomsbury

Charlotte Street Hotel

15–17 Charlotte Street, Bloomsbury, London, W1T 1RJ, 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.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

By Mr & Mrs Smith.

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 Read more

Charlotte Street Hotel

By Mr & Mrs Smith.

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.

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Reviews of Charlotte Street Hotel from Smith members

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Stayed on 28 May 2013

We loved

I stayed at the Charlotte Street Hotel with my daughter and 14-year-old grandaughter for two nights to enjoy a shopping spree and a theatre trip. The rooms were very comfortable and luxurious and very quiet at night. We loved the honesty bar in the private lounge and the staff was very attentive and pleasant. A perfect treat!

Rating: 10/10 stars