St Martins Lane, London – Hotel Review
“Kindness” is not the first word that comes to mind when thinking of a hotel stay but there’s no better way of characterizing a recent visit to the St Martins Lane than with that word. I’ll explain why I say this shortly.
The hotel, with a cutting-edge design by Philippe Starck, opened in 1999. Notable design that seems to infuse the property with a particular kind of energy includes its illuminated entrance and the celebrity-filled Light Bar, and rooms with variable mood lighting. I knew a top-to-bottom renovation was in full swing and I was curious to see how it was progressing.
Many of the guest rooms have already been renovated and much of the work taking place during my stay was in the lobby, the restaurant, and Light Bar.
I arrived at the hotel feeling a bit under the weather and was warmly welcomed by a bellman, tall, good looking, and dressed in all black, and the front desk manager, Gábor, also admittedly handsome, and shown to my room.
While only one lift was in operation, I was pleased to see the hotel continued to show short film clips in the elevator interior.
My Deluxe room, one of the renovated rooms, was a natural progression of the original design I experienced a decade early. The white lacquer and glass surfaces, some of which still light up (although the desk, notably, did not), played with color and light, and the variable mood lighting (adjustable by the guest) further amplified the playful atmosphere. (The mood lighting is even institutionalized at turndown service, when it is always turned on.)