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Hotel Saint London Review: Contemporary Style with a Dash of Old-School Glamour

Tuesday 12th Sep 2023 |

Elegant interiors, eye-popping cityscape views and one of London’s best rooftop cocktail bars are just three things that make Hotel Saint essential. Located close to Aldgate Station and within walking distance of Spitalfields, Shoreditch and the financial district, it’s perfectly placed to explore the capital and offers a touch of luxury amidst the urban jungle. 

Having recently undergone a remarkable transformation, the former Dorsett City Hotel is quite the visual feast for design junkies. The lobby area is sleek and minimalist, with a dedicated team of friendly staff to cater to your every whim. 

But it’s the rooms that really set Hotel Saint apart from its local rivals. Our Premier City View Twin on the 13th floor was an absolute stunner. Beautifully furnished with floor-to-ceiling windows that allow for plenty of natural light, the contemporary take on old-school glamour has a touch of opulence whilst remaining cosy and homely, but never stuffy. 

The small but perfectly formed living space complete with a striking desk, plush sofa, TV and mini-bar (complete with pre-mixed Old Fashioned and Negronis- they must have known we were coming) oozes class, as does the stunning marble bathroom. The beds were exceptionally comfy and the wireless charger alarm clock was greatly appreciated. 

The views in this room were outstanding too. Our only regret was that our busy schedule didn’t allow for more time to unwind in the room. An upgrade to one of these rooms is a must if your budget allows for it (£350 mid-week, with rooms starting at approx. £135).

One floor up you’ll find the Jin Bow Law skybar. Rooftop bars are ten a penny in London, but few boast vistas as impressive as this one. The Shard, Tower Bridge, the Gherkin and the Walkie Talkie are all clearly visible from its chic terrace. More importantly, the cocktails are first class. 

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Try the Old Tokyo Fashion which blends Hatozaki Whiskey with banana liqueur, Bumbu rum and black walnut and chocolate bitters to great effect. Another highlight was the refreshing Jalisco Brunch, a slushie cocktail which mixes Volcan Blanco Tequila with Cointreau, lime juice and agave syrup. 

The vibe is cool and staff are chatty and attentive. Book in advance as tables get swiped up quickly. Moving on to dinner, we took the brisk 6-minute walk to Spitalfields to check out Crispin, which is officially approved by Hotel Saint.

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Housed in a futuristic purpose-built glass and steel structure with a terrace that spills out the back of the restaurant, its distinctively unique look is a shape of things to come once you sit down to eat.

It’s Wednesday night and with every table booked up, the joint is positively buzzing. Despite this, service is snappy and before long our friendly waitress is bringing our pre-dinner cocktails over. I went with the Brown Butter Old Fashioned – my umpteenth version of my go-to tipple this trip – which was so good, I later enjoyed a second for dessert. My brother’s classic Negroni was great too.

At first glance, the small one-sheet menu seems a little too short, but don’t be fooled. Each plate is meticulously put together and bursting with creativity and flavour. Even the Dusty Knuckle Bread with brown butter appetiser is a showstopper. Other highlights include the moreish Fried Cornish Mids with chive mayo, the deliciously sweet and creamy Burrata with tomato oil, peach and basil, and the fragrant Mussels with ‘nduja, gremolata and pickled fennel.  

The unashamedly calorific Breaded Bacon Chop with caper butter is another favourite, but for me, it was the addictive Fried Gordal Olives with smoked chilli yoghurt that really blew my mind. I’ve loved olives since I was a toddler, and can’t believe I’ve never had them deep-fried before. This could turn into an unhealthy obsession.

We tried both of the red wines available by the glass – a fruity number and a robust, full-bodied variant – both were excellent. These guys really know their stuff and are not afraid to take risks and challenge their guests tastebuds. Do seek them out when you next visit London’s East End.

Back at Hotel Saint, we enjoy a nightcap up in the Jin Bow Law bar before bedding down for some much-needed rest. Breakfast is promptly delivered to our door at 9am and consisted of fresh Black Sheep Coffee and pastries. Just what we needed ahead of a morning exploring nearby Spitalfields Market and the Van Gogh Immersive Experience.

Final verdict

A stay at Hotel Saint is not one you’ll forget in a hurry, thanks to its stunning rooms, enviable views and flawless service. Their decision to pick out Crispin for the best possible dining experience further confirms they have impeccable taste and know how to delight their guests. Book a night with someone you love and prepare to be impressed.

Hotel Saint, 9 Aldgate High Street, London, EC3N 1AH.

Words by Fletch.