Finding the Golden Fleece – A Chic Hotel in Covent Garden

Covent Garden, London

A golden sofa waits in the lobby of the Radisson Edwardian on Mercer Street, its spine forming a glamorous backdrop that cannot be ignored. It’s nearly upstaged by the gilded birdcages and the gold-leaf shaggy sheep – but not quite.

This glitzy boutique hotel lives in the very heart of London’s Covent Garden, the cool part of town where actors strut their stuff, designers flaunt their wares and even chain eateries and stationers have to up their game to fit in.

According to the paperwork, this hotel only has four stars, but with its glamour and service, it seems like a five.

The doorman spots me struggling with my suitcase before I’ve even reached the door. The level of gadgetry in the rooms impresses even my own techy tastes.

Rooms are spacious for London and their decor matches that of Covent Garden. Striking black and white photos of dancers tumbling over one another. Fuchsia and green bedspreads. A quilted headboard with a touch of, what else, but gold.

Chic & Stylish

The bathroom seems quite tame in comparison – a gentle blend of beige, white and silver with a bath as well as a shower for soaking away any London cares.

Useful touches such as an ironing board, dressing gown, kettle and tea and coffee stay in the room right where you would need them and the flatscreen TV also syncs with your i-gadget (if you know how to get them to play nicely, that is.)

The free, fast wifi puts a smile on my face but the more universal source of joy is the relative quiet that this hotel provides. Despite its central location, you’ll still only hear birdsong at your window in the morning and atmospheric street chatter at night.

Breakfast is a little chink in the armour, though, with the service not quite as good as it should be.

Conclusion

Overall, though, the Radisson Edwardian Mercer Street Hotel has a mouthful of a name but a great eye for design. It makes a lovely place to enjoy the chic, central side of London in Covent Garden.

View from the restaurant…

Disclosure: I received complimentary accommodation at this hotel for review purposes. I was free to write whatever I thought about my experience, as ever, as always. Read more about the review process here.

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4 Responses to Finding the Golden Fleece – A Chic Hotel in Covent Garden

  1. EurotripTips March 21, 2012 at 11:44 pm #

    I haven’t had the chance to stay overnight, but I did experience afternoon tea and it was exquisite and luxurious – definitely just like their rooms!

    • Abi March 22, 2012 at 8:12 pm #

      Ah…perhaps I should have given that a try! It’s such a great location – I’m surprised I hadn’t heard of it before. Glad you enjoyed it!

  2. Mary March 24, 2012 at 5:24 am #

    I do love Covent Garden. It has so much to offer and there are many other attractions not far from there. I especially love to go to The Royal Opera House. Oh and The Astrology Shop which is not far.

    • Abi March 26, 2012 at 7:57 am #

      I love Covent Garden – the market, the performers…even the Transport Museum (which is far more interesting than it sounds!!)

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