Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Cocktail Room Service Is Great but Let's Avoid the Minibar ; LISA ROLAND Checked out the Fashionable Hospital Club on the Edge of London's Covent Garden - Where the Drinks Trolley Even Comes to You

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Cocktail Room Service Is Great but Let's Avoid the Minibar ; LISA ROLAND Checked out the Fashionable Hospital Club on the Edge of London's Covent Garden - Where the Drinks Trolley Even Comes to You

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IHAVE always been brought up not to touch the contents of a hotel minibar... at all costs.

Nothing good can come out of necking a few tiny bottles of booze and a bag of nuts when it comes to settling up.

But my eyes were well and truly left watering by the boast of a rather special minibar up for grabs at a rather special London hotel.

And it was one which would most definitely have left a sting in the tail.

The Hospital Club's erotic minibar featured a blindfold (Pounds 120), tie cuffs (Pounds 125) and something else not suitable for mention in a family newspaper's leisure supplement.

But my pain was left at arm's length as this non-compulsory offer only starred in the top-of-the-range suites. Such tailor-made penchants come at a tailor-made cost.

I have stayed in quite a few London hotels over the years and very pleasant most have been. But the quirky and uber-trendy Hospital Club is one on its own.

On the edge of Covent Garden, it's a short walk from Euston and fantastically placed to reach every sight we wanted to visit - we didn't use the Underground once over the whole weekend.

It's a private members' club set up by Eurythmics star Dave Stewart and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, who apparently discovered the building while having a drink nearby.

They renovated the seven-storey former 19th century women's hospital and opened it in 2004... letting non-members in as overnight guests.

It's aimed at cool media-types who settle in corners of the various eclectically-decorated cosy lounges and bar areas with a martini in one hand and an iPhone in the other.

It also features a cinema club, TV studio, regular talks by a host of guest speakers and a fantastic array of art - either in the formal gallery spaces or just festooned on every wall in every corridor and in the bedrooms.

Oh yes, the bedrooms.

More often than not the average London hotel room is nothing very special - more just somewhere to lay your head or to nip back to before getting ready for a night out.

Our room, even with an extra bed in it for our daughter, was a great size and, in keeping with the rest of the place, full of character, comedic touches and that bold artwork. …

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