Last Updated on March 30, 2024 by Katrina

Photo credit: The Savoy Hotel

While it’s named after a classic shopping hub, Covent Garden Market, the London neighborhood of Covent Garden actually makes an excellent launching pad for anyone who wants to soak up the city’s culture. You’re surrounded by West End theatres and have easy access to the Royal Opera House, the ballet, and the National Gallery. Other top sights, such as Trafalgar Square and St Paul’s Cathedral, are also within walking distance. The top options range from historic grandeur to sleek contemporary style. Here are the best hotels in Lodon’s Convent Garden.

The Waldorf Hilton, London (Aldwych; 44-20-78362400) Covent Garden

This 298-room, 1910 hotel channels a lot of Edwardian style, especially in the public spaces. “Louis XVI-style chandeliers and leather banquets provide the backdrop at the Homage Grand Salon restaurant, where late-afternoon guests nibble on its signature tarte au citron and sip champagne,” says Travel+Leisure. Online reviewers found the rooms a bit small and basic, but nicely updated. “The afternoon tea was brilliant with a touch of theatre,” says one Tripadvisor user. “The lady playing the harp added to the magic.”     >> Book this hotel for less

Covent Garden Hotel (10 Monmouth St; 44-20-7806-1000) Covent Garden

The country-estate decor of this 58-room boutique hotel may feel like a period piece. But it also has modern perks, such as a day spa and a movie screening room. “This secret retreat comes with a fabulously artsy milieu,” says Travel+Leisure. “Though traditional in design … it’s become a hot spot: the lively bar and brasserie fill up with stage actors and media types who spill out of the Royal Opera House and 21 theaters, all within walking distance.” On Tripadvisor, plenty of reviewers rave about the afternoon tea, and the rooms gets props for being spacious. “Small and personal hotel,” says one. “Overall, not the normal corporate London hotel.”     >> Book this hotel for less

Radisson Blu Edwardian Mercer Street Hotel (20 Mercer St; 44-20-7836-4300) Covent Garden

This sleek, eco-certified hotel is located in the Seven Dials quarter, about 10 minutes from the British Museum and Trafalgar Square. “We picked this hotel because of its location,” says a Google reviewer. “It is modern and spotlessly clean. The rooms are not the biggest, but ok if there are only two of you.” Many online reviewers agree: Don’t miss the hotel’s Monmouth Kitchen. “The restaurant takes the biscuit,” says a Tripadvisor user. “This chef is a genius. Having eaten in London’s good restaurants, the food is often easily forgotten. We’re still talking about the food we had here!”     >> Book this hotel for less

The Savoy Hotel (Strand; 44-20-7836-4343) Covent Garden

This Fairmont grande dame sits right on the Thames, just steps from theaters but also convenient to the shops of Knightsbridge and Mayfair. Plus, Gordon Ramsey has a restaurant on site. It gets raves for being friendly, too. “If you want to do London in style, this is the place,” says a Tripadvisor user. “We were a little unsure if it was the correct hotel choice for a family with two 11-year-olds, but … they were fantastic with our girls, who are now desperate to return.” Condé Nast Traveler commends it for its Art Deco ambience. “Rooms are large and traditional but never frumpy; and in a world of shrinking bathtubs, The Savoy’s remain satisfyingly deep.”     >> Book this hotel for less

Middle Eight (66 Great Queen St.; 44-20-7309-9300) Covent Garden

You can cover a lot of cultural ground from this 168-room hotel that’s named after the middle section of pop songs. The hotel sits next to a Tube station, and around the corner from the Royal Opera. Forbes applauds it for “its alluring design aesthetic. Inside, it’s all wavy lines, shimmering coppery surfaces and burnished details.… this is a hotel with soul.” One Google reviewer likes the creature comforts: “The bar is great and our breakfast was amazing. The room was very nice with a great shower. Although the bed was smaller than we are used to, it was a very comfortable night’s sleep.”