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Covent Garden has a noted place in London's history as the longest running market in the city and as a more salubrious footnote as the home of London's theatre district, which was once synonymous with brothels, drunkenness and debauchery. The market has long since been converted into fashionable rows of shops and artisan stalls, and whilst there are still some eminent drinking establishments, the debauchery has been refined somewhat, and Covent Garden is one of the most picturesque and desirable neighbourhoods in the city. Seven Dials Hotel, a reasonable 2-star establishment, allows tourists to stay within feet of this vibrant area, residing in a historic building near Seven Dials, a bustling junction filled with cafes and pubs, where roads lead off to other quarters of the city.
Seven Dials Hotel has 18 rooms, available from Single to Quad sizes. Rooms are basic and can be slightly cramped (a notorious trait of London's converted period buildings), but comfortable enough, and feature an array of amenities to see you through your stay, including tea and coffee making facilities, direct-dial phone, a hairdryer, en-suite facilities and a colour TV. The staff at the hotel are warm and friendly and a range of extra facilities is offered for guest convenience, including a luggage storage room, wake up calls, a 24-hour reception desk, ironing facilities if needed and free wireless internet throughout the hotel. A full English breakfast is also offered, but Covent Garden has a stunning selection of cafes and patisseries, so you may wish to explore the area for an exciting alternative. The hotel doesn't have a restaurant, but guests will undoubtedly find something tasty just a few minutes walk away. From a quick snack at The Monmouth Coffee House company, to dramatic dining at Souk Medina and Salieri's, to a rustic French atmosphere at Beaujolais, to an elite dining experience at The Ivy (booking very much recommended!), you will find something to suit all budgets and tastes.
The hotel is in a prime London location, from which many of London's world-renowned sights are within walking distance. Soho bars and clubs, Charing Cross museums and sculptures, London's Theatreland district, Shaftesbury Avenue, Oxford Street shopping, the River Thames, London Eye, South Bank exhibition centres and so much more are all easily reached from the hotel, making this the ultimate in convenience. The hotel also enjoys very good transport links; with Covent Garden tube station just a 5-minute walk away. This station is situated on the Piccadilly line, which can take you directly to Heathrow Airport in about 25 minutes; King's Cross St Pancras Station for the Eurostar terminal in just 10 minutes; and many other fascinating areas of the city.
Covent Garden is a notoriously expensive area to stay in, due to its proximity to London sights; it's picturesque surroundings and vibrant nightlife, so it is refreshing to find a hotel, which offers reasonably, priced rooms. You may have to forego design-led decor, but for a comfortable place to store your bags and rest your head this is an excellent choice. Rooms on higher floors here are quieter and offer better views, but there is no lift in the hotel, so guests with disabilities should request a room on the ground floor. It is also recommended to book a room, which is larger than your requirements to ensure you have enough space.