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.
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.
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.
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.
Abigail King is a writer and photographer who swapped a career as a doctor for a life on the road. Now published by Lonely Planet, the BBC, CNN, National Geographic Traveler & more, she feels most at home experimenting here: covering unusual journeys, thoughtful travel and luxury on www.insidethetravellab.com