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Review: Lost Property St Paul’s, London (a Hilton Curio Collection hotel)

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This is our review of the Lost Property St Paul’s hotel, part of Hilton’s Curio Collection

This hotel was part of our ‘top 10 new Hilton hotels for 2022’ list. True to their schedule, Lost Property opened last summer. Apologies for taking six months to review it despite the fact that the hotel is just five minutes from our office!

Lost Property is just the latest in a line-up of hotels that are choosing non-traditional hotel names …. another favourite is Hyatt’s FirstName Bordeaux.

Review: the new Lost Property hotel in St Paul's, London

The hotel website is here. Hilton offered us a free stay for review purposes. We would have paid all other expenses from our own pocket, but as our office is almost next door …..

Where is the Lost Property hotel?

The developers have secured prime real estate for this property, just across from St Paul’s Cathedral in the City of London. It is an exceptional location, although due to the shape of the buildings around it virtually none of the rooms have views of St Paul’s.

Review: the new Lost Property hotel in St Paul's, London

The location obviously makes it excellent for business travellers in the City but it’s also a fabulous spot if you’re down in London for a holiday. In addition to St Paul’s, it’s just a short stroll across the Thames to Tate Modern and the South Bank, plus you have access to the Central Line via St Paul’s tube station.

For anyone travelling from further afield, City Thameslink and Blackfriars are just around the corner with connections to National Rail services including Thameslink.

Inside Lost Property St Pauls

The main entrance is on the corner. It’s quite discreet:

Review: the new Lost Property hotel in St Paul's, London

Inside, you have a small lobby with reception, with the majority of the street-front taken up by the hotel coffee shop which has a separate entrance:

Review: the new Lost Property hotel in St Paul's, London

It’s a very cosy entrance and makes the hotel feel very boutiquey. There was nobody behind the desk when I arrived but someone swiftly rushed out after I said a little hello.

As a Hilton Honors Diamond member I was given a voucher for a free house wine, beer or soft drink per person.

The lifts are further down the hall, as is the hotel restaurant.

Rooms at Lost Property St Pauls

The hotel was sold out so I found myself upgraded to a junior suite, which was a pleasant surprise. Other reviews have highlighted the small size of standard rooms, which start at 17 metres square, which is a bit tight but certainly not out of the ordinary in central London.

I was on the 5th floor, but there is one further storey above.

Despite being in a historic building, my room was surprisingly ‘normal’ shaped – basically a large rectangle. That’s because it’s all new behind the historic facade:

Review: the new Lost Property hotel in St Paul's, London

The bathroom was very large:

Review: the new Lost Property hotel in St Paul's, London

…. with a separate shower next to the bath, which I’ve never seen before but makes sense:

Review: the new Lost Property hotel in St Paul's, London

Toiletries are Quercus from Penhaligon’s, in large refillable bottles mounted to the wall:

Review: the new Lost Property hotel in St Paul's, London

I really liked the grey stainless steel fittings, and the bathroom lighting, which was flattering and had two settings. I couldn’t work out how to turn off the light in the vanity mirror so ended up leaving this on all night and simply closing the bathroom door.

In the entry hall you have a wardrobe with robes, safe etc.

Review: the new Lost Property hotel in St Paul's, London

You then have the junior suite:

Review: the new Lost Property hotel in St Paul's, London

There is a king bed in the middle. You won’t run out of charging options here, with two UK mains sockets AND two USB-A sockets on both sides of the bed. You can charge up to four devices if you really want to!

Review: the new Lost Property hotel in St Paul's, London

On the opposite side to the sofa you have a desk, plus the mini bar:

Review: the new Lost Property hotel in St Paul's, London

There is a Nespresso coffee machine here, plus a kettle. The fridge was empty, but the staff did come round in the afternoon to fill it.

I mentioned before that almost none of the rooms will have views of St Pauls. Here was my view of the (admittedly attractive) offices opposite:

Review: the new Lost Property hotel in St Paul's, London

It was a lovely room – on the smaller side for a junior suite perhaps, but given its central London location still plenty large enough, with lots of free floor area to store luggage or what have you.

I liked the design and it all felt very put together. The only thing that didn’t quite fit was the print on the glass counter top on the desk, which felt a bit cheap up close.

Breakfast and dinner at Lost Property St Pauls

The hotel has a restaurant, aptly named ‘Found’, at the back of the property. It is a long, thin room broken up by the bar:

Review: the new Lost Property hotel in St Paul's, London

There is also a beautiful chandelier that looks a bit like Chihuly from afar but isn’t, as they are tiny glass birds:

Review: the new Lost Property hotel in St Paul's, London

and

Review: the new Lost Property hotel in St Paul's, London

For starters, we had the pan-fried scallops and duck terrine which were both delicious:

and

Review: the new Lost Property hotel in St Paul's, London

We then had the beef bourginon and lobster pates d’alsace spaetzle with comte. I was trying to visualise what the latter would look (and taste) like – spaetzle are basically a type of German noodle, but I wasn’t sure how it all came together. I decided to take a chance on it:

Review: the new Lost Property hotel in St Paul's, London

If I had to describe it, I would call it a lobster bisque with spaghetti. Not exactly what I was expecting, and I’m not sure where the comte comes into it because I didn’t get any cheese as far as I could tell. They also weren’t spaetzle! This dish could do a bit of refining as it was definitely not as good as the beef bourgingon, which was delicious.

Review: the new Lost Property hotel in St Paul's, London

The portions are slightly smaller than normal, but for anyone having more than one course I think this is a good thing as often I find mains portions are too large.

For dessert, I had the apple and blackberry crumble, which was as big as my main!

Review: the new Lost Property hotel in St Paul's, London

Breakfast at Found

Breakfast is served in the same spot, and there is a small buffet to pick from. Options include a range of cereals and pastries:

Review: the new Lost Property hotel in St Paul's, London

…. plus cold cuts featuring Emmentaler, prosciutto and Italian salami. There was no smoked salmon but there was some smoked mackerel:

Review: the new Lost Property hotel in St Paul's, London

It is an admittedly limited selection. There’s no ham, for example, or soft cheese such as brie or camembert.

The hot food selection is more impressive, and includes all the bits you need for a Full English. The scrambled eggs were particularly impressive and quite possibly the best buffet scrambled eggs I’ve ever had – still a little on the runny side.

Review: the new Lost Property hotel in St Paul's, London

If you didn’t want scrambled eggs you could also order poached or fried eggs, plus pancakes.

About halfway into my breakfast I realised that some tables were getting what appeared to be a la carte options, including avocado toast. After asking one of the staff it turns out there is a separate (paid for) a la carte menu which features eggs royale, benedict and more. Unfortunately this is not included in the hotel breakfast – you need to pay extra.

Whilst it’s a relatively limited selection for breakfast, I did think the quality was good.

Conclusion

Lost Property St Pauls is clearly a popular hotel, and it’s easy to see why.

With an exceptional location it could easily rest on its laurels, but the developer has put a bit of thought into it and built a hotel with personality. It’s certainly more interesting than the majority of hotels in the City of London.

Rates start at around £200 per night but can be substantially higher during busy periods; redemptions start at 60,000 Hilton Honors points per night.

You can find out more, and book, on the hotel website here.


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Comments (28)

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  • tony says:

    Stayed here using points before Christmas on “mad Thursday” when an inside room at the Z was £400!

    I was a Gold member. They upgraded my room without asking (was also available quite early) and there was also a half bottle of red wine as a gift. The hand written card was addressed to the wrong guest and there was no corkscrew. Needless to say, I enjoyed the wine last night – a very pleasant Cotes du Rhone.

    Interesting quirk, I had a breakfast meeting across the road so took the 1k points instead. That also triggered the 2022 double your points bonus, so I got 3k back. My room was 70k, but as I said cash rates that night were off the charts.

  • Moley says:

    It’s called Lost Property as the building their previous was a Lost Property office. It’s not a random allocation of a name.

    • Richie says:

      That’s where proper Londoners used to get back their black Fulton umbrellas.

  • Michael C says:

    Looks a little dark/windowless? But could well just be the pics/season!
    Bar looks v pleasant – this appears often on Hilton Family & Friends, so will def. try it out at some point.

    • Rhys says:

      I went at 3pm on a winter’s day…

      • Michael C says:

        Yeah, I imagined, Rhys! Nice review and def. looks worth checking out for something a bit different (and also an area we don’t usually stay in).

  • Damian says:

    I stayed here in November for a couple of nights as my wife was having treatment at Bart’s hospital. It’s a great hotel, nice rooms and friendly staff. They recognised the gold status at check in and complimentary breakfast available as per the article. We stayed during a points bonus promotion which posted quickly. We stayed in an accessible room and the facilities were very good for wheelchair users. There is also a small gym in the basement with running machines. It’s a fantastic location particularly if you’re visiting London. Right next to St Paul’s and the Central Line.

    There is an M&S almost opposite the hotel and a number of the usual chain restaurants on the street as well as some traditional pubs.

    It is worth going into One New Change Shopping Centre (5 minute walk away) and getting the lift to the roof. There is a roof top bar and you can walk along the roof and see great views of the city and landmarks.

  • DevonDiamond says:

    The state of those beans

  • Mr Benjamin Murphy-Ryan says:

    Stayed a few times here – location is handy for work or London sights – thameslink station on doorstep and ribs too, great walk to Thames. First stay got upgrade to what looks like same junior suite which was decent. Next stay was moved to king superior but room was tiny – for one person fine, but would recommend if two travelling go for a bigger room. Decent choice overall though

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