Charlotte Street Hotel
- Style Arty-smarty English eccentric
- Setting Bang-central Bloomsbury
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.
Need to know
- Rooms 52, including 13 suites.
- Rates Double rooms from $393.00 (£240), excluding tax at 20 per cent.
- More details Rates exclude breakfast. Continental breakfast, £16.50; full English, £19. Other choices, from £4.
- Facilities 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.
- Check–out 11am, but flexible subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 2pm.
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.
- Hotel closed Never.
- 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.
In the know
- 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…
- Packing tips 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.
- 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.
Food and drink at Charlotte Street Hotel
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.