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St. Ermin's Hotel Review: Feminine, friendly and floral, this hotel has emerged from renovations looking and feeling polished to perfection. Once a set of 1890s mansion flats, this beautiful building sits at the end of its own cul-de-sac, cradled away from noise and traffic. Close proximity to New Scotland Yard and Westminster means the hotel often plays host to politicians and security services, and it still features old back passages that once led to MI6 headquarters. Twee Britishness greets guests in the lobby with pretty vases filled with blooming bouquets, an antique lamp shaped like duck’s feet and a beaming photo of a newly wedded Duke and Duchess of Cambridge coming out of the church. Rococo flamboyance, Art Nouveau decor and a grand staircase lead up to the 331 rooms and suites of eight different categories. Rooms are designed with subtle luxurious touches, from velvet armchairs to softly ridged wallpaper. The owners have opted for a four-star rating to ensure money could be spent on perfecting a smaller amount of rooms rather than catering to the expectations of five-star luxury, so accommodations come equipped with flat screen TVs, iPod docks, multinational sockets, PlayStations and White Company products.