I’ve been to the Henrietta Hotel twice in 24 hours. In my defence, it’s a stone’s throw from my office, so easy to get excited about. Yesterday for drinks, today for a nosey around the rooms. Because yes, I am a hotel geek and I do like to do things like that on my lunch break.
Founded by the Experimental Group guys (think the Experimental Cocktail Chinatown, but they also own lots of hip venues in Paris, New York & Ibiza), the Henrietta is many things. Firstly it is a small, luxury hotel, with 18 rather beautiful rooms. With heavy Art Deco influences and pastel colours, each room is unique, from the pretty headboards to brass lamps and mirrors in all different shapes and sizes. Many of the bathrooms have large baths and all have fluffy branded robes and towels.
The Henrietta has also got a great bar. Last night, post excellent dinner at Frenchie (which I would recommend to all who would fork out a casual £38 on lamb), I dragged my friend there for cocktails. We were there long enough for the bill to be fairly substantial (be warned). The cocktail menu is a little unusual, as I suppose you would expect from these guys. I wasn’t sure about my Palomar cocktail (tequila based but perhaps with a touch too much salt) but the vibe was good, and I love the design of the place. There is also a mezzanine level with another bar and more tables.
Perhaps the most talked about aspect of the Henrietta is its restaurant, with the food being by the one & only Ollie Dabbous (of Dabbous fame). I sent my colleague there for lunch yesterday (come to think of it I really have been giving this place a lot of love) and he said the food was excellent.
And so today, having not seen any of the rooms, I popped by and was shown around. Sadly their two suites were booked, as I would have loved to have seen the views from their terrace. But I saw two rooms: their smallest Covent Garden room (super cosy, under the eaves of the house, not for giants) and the Henrietta room (much more spacious, fabulous bed).
All in all it’s good to see Covent Garden has a new, hip hotel, and I’m sure I’ll be stopping by regularly for food and booze, and maybe even a snooze..!
14-15 Henrietta St,
London WC2E 8QH