St. Ermins Hotel Rating: 4.0 Pearls
Westminster, London, England

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Pros

  • Beautifully restored period plasterwork including intricate Victorian sculpting
  • Sophisticated rooms with up-to-date technology and marble bathrooms
  • White Company toiletries
  • A cozy, upscale restaurant and bar
  • Tasteful large front courtyard with trees and patio seating
  • Mysterious history as a spy headquarters during World War II
  • Hotel's honey sourced from rooftop beehives
  • Numerous meeting and event spaces

Cons

  • Fee for Wi-Fi
  • Rooms in lower categories are small

Bottom Line

The 331-room St. Ermins is a massive, corporate-sized hotel -- with a distinctively non-corporate feel. The interiors are an attractive blend of period styles (including white Victorian balustrades and Art Deco furniture and patterns). Sophisticated rooms also show Art Deco influences, and are decorated in grays, whites, greens, and reds. They also have up-to-date technology, including flat-screen TVs and iPod docks, and all but the lowest room category have marble bathrooms. Overall, the hotel offers decent value for a four-pearl property, and a quiet, convenient Westminster location.

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 Scene

A huge property with a blend of decor styles

The Lobby
The Lobby

St. Ermin’s is a huge property, particularly for London, with 331 rooms and suites. But it's no bland corporate hotel, and has ample character: beautifully restored Victorian sculpting in immaculate, intricate white; Art Decor patterns and fabrics; and funky contemporary touches such as bird’s leg lamps and animal caricature cushions.

The mismatch of patterns, textures, tiles, and furniture is both intriguing and pleasing: Vintage lobby furniture is paired with Art Deco carpeting, mosaic tiling, and marble floors. And the two-tiered Victorian balconies extend like layers of a wedding cake all around the central lobby.

The welcoming front courtyard has leafy trees and patio seating, and there are also a good handful of tasteful lounge spaces, such as The Library and the Caxton Bar, featuring sultry red walls, dark wood, and more of those playful animal pillows.

St. Ermin’s Hotel has a rich history in espionage. It was the birthplace and headquarters of the Special Operations Executive, formed by Winston Churchill in 1940 -- an elite undercover unit that carried out covert operations during World War II. This legacy continued into the 1950s, when the agent Guy Burgess (part of the infamous Cambridge Five) handed over secret documents to his Russian counterpart in the hotel bar.

 Location

A three-minute stroll from St. James’s Park station, in the middle of Westminster

St. James’s Park is one of the quieter areas within Westminster, with New Scotland Yard and several government buildings located nearby -- and not much else. St. James’s Park itself, possibly the only royal park with a high density of water fowl, is romantic and delightful. Buckingham Palace is also a short stroll away, and the nearby tube station can shuttle visitors to the rest of the city's attractions.

  • 5-minute walk to St. James’s Park
  • 8-minute walk to Buckingham Palace and Green Park
  • 11-minute walk to Westminster station including Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, Houses of Parliament, London Eye, and scenic walks along the Thames
  • 12-minute tube ride to Charing Cross station and Trafalgar Square, National Portrait Gallery, London ICA, Tate Modern and the Southbank
  • 13-minute tube ride to Bond Street station and West End shopping district including Selfridge’s
  • 15-minute tube ride to Piccadilly Circus station and theatre district
  • 17-minute tube ride to Notting Hill Gate station and Portobello Market
  • 18-minute tube ride to Knightsbridge station and Knightsbridge shopping district including designer shops and Harrods
  • 19-minute tube ride to Covent Garden and more West End theatres

 Rooms

Sophisticated Art-Deco inspired decor

The Deluxe King
The Deluxe King

With lively shades and a mix of different patterns and textures, rooms are fresh and original in design. A lively lime-and-pink scheme is attractive and quirky, and dark wood furniture is sleek and stylish. But rooms are a tad on the small side; the the lowest room category is around 180 square feet (16 to 18 square meters).

Suites are significantly more spacious, and feature separate sitting areas. Guests in suites get exclusive access to the Club Lounge, which serves a buffet breakfast and evening canapés.

 Features

Lots of meeting spaces, and rooftop beehives

  • As part of a sustainability effort, the hotel houses 200,000 resident bees in hives installed on its rooftop, which produce the in-house honey supply.
  • There are 15 total event spaces, including a beautiful grand ballroom and numerous suites.
  • Fee for Wi-Fi
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 Food

A stylish restaurant and cozy bustling bar

The Caxton Grill
The Caxton Grill
  • Caxton Grill is modern and stylish, with a palette of neutrals contrasting touches of orange and black. It serves modern European cuisine with a focus on Josper grilling -- an innovative grill method developed in Spain that imparts a distinct charcoal flavor to the meat.
  • With warm red walls and a black lacquered bar top Caxton Bar provides a cozy setting. There’s an excellent choice of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, including flights of wines and whiskies.

 Bottom Line

The 331-room St. Ermins is a massive, corporate-sized hotel -- with a distinctively non-corporate feel. The interiors are an attractive blend of period styles (including white Victorian balustrades and Art Deco furniture and patterns). Sophisticated rooms also show Art Deco influences, and are decorated in grays, whites, greens, and reds. They also have up-to-date technology, including flat-screen TVs and iPod docks, and all but the lowest room category have marble bathrooms. Overall, the hotel offers decent value for a four-pearl property, and a quiet, convenient Westminster location.

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Address

  • Caxton Street 2 , London, England SW1H 0QW United Kingdom

Room Types

  • Classic Room
  • Deluxe Room
  • Executive Queen Queen Room
  • Executive Room
  • Executive Suite
  • Family Room
  • Superior Room

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 331
Fitness Center: Yes
Pets Allowed: Yes
Cribs: Yes
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Hotel Information

Location: Westminster, London
Address: Caxton Street 2 , London, England SW1H 0QW United Kingdom
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