Sometimes when travelling it’s a pleasant change to simply have time to yourself, without the formalities of a hotel. Whilst I enjoy staying in luxury hotels, the privacy you get from luxury serviced apartments or self-catering accommodation is always a welcome alternative. SACO Apartments have serviced apartments at 160 locations in 44 countries across the world, and I recently had the pleasure of staying at their flagship London property, Covent Garden St. Martin’s, just a short walk from Leicester Square Underground station.
I was met by David, the SACO representative for the property, and shown to apartment. All I’d had to do was give him an approximate time indication of when I expected to arrive, and then phone him a few mins before and he was there to meet me. He kindly gave me a short tour of the accommodation and then left me to settle in.
I stayed in Apartment 8 on the 5th floor which has a spacious, open-plan, fully-equipped kitchen, dining area and living space. It is brightly furnished
There are three bedrooms (sleeping 6) in the property, one of which can be adjoined or divided from the main living area by a sliding partition.
The master bedroom is en suite and decorated in a similar style to the rest of the propety, with mutual tones
The bathroom to the master bedroom has twin basins, a WC and shower.
A second, shared bathroom has a bath also.
Both properties come with a supply of L’Occitane toiletries.
The apartment also has a balcony with enough space to sit out, or you can just stand and watch the hustle and bustle of the London streets below.
The WiFi was reliable and worked throughout the property.
There are plenty of restaurants to be found on the doorstep, including Jamie’s Kitchen and the Indian Dishoo which had a very long queue waiting outside even though it was mid-week.
Other nice touches
There was a supply of milk, tea, coffee, hot chocolate, orange juice, cereal and biscuits to get me through my first morning.
One bedroom properties at SACO Covent Garden – St Martin’s are available from £258 per night. The 3 bedroom superior apartment that I stayed in and that you see here starts from £435 per night.
The best bit
The property is very well maintained and offers a wonderful amount of space. Although I was away on business, this would also have been the perfect base for me had I been in London with my family.
The final verdict
Perfect for business travellers and tourists alike. If the former, you’re just a short Tube journey away from the City and, if the latter, it’s an easy to walk to Soho and Chinatown; you are also well-located here to take in a show at London’s West End theatres.
Disclosure: My stay was courtesy of SACO Apartments.