Covent Garden Hotel
In the heart of Covent Garden and Theatreland, this secret retreat comes with a fabulously artsy milieu. The spacious 58 bedrooms and suites give a nod to British colonial style (think luxury Kenyan game lodge with dark-wood antiques), and though traditional in design, the hotel doesn’t feel chintzy or outdated. Instead, 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 that are all within walking distance.
Insider Tip: Pop into the snug 53-seat cinema, which screens classic and new films on Saturday nights.
Room to Book: The four-poster suite with its 10-by-10-foot bed.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.