I stayed in the Cafe Royal in September 2013 with my girlfriend after finding that there weren't all that many cheaper hotels in London available. The cost was between £400-£500 for a Portland Deluxe room for the night, which they also described as a junior suite when we arrived.
The hotel's location is perfect, being a 30 second walk down Regent Street from the heart of Piccadilly Circus.
On arrival, we were greeted by very well turned out doormen and very warmly welcomed by the reception staff. And were utterly blown away by the interior. This is a seriously swanky hotel. We were quickly checked in by Alex, the receptionist, and he then took us around the hotel facilities before taking us up to our room, going through stunningly appointed corridors.
The room itself was absolutely stunning. An enormous bed, lovely furnishings and a gigantic bathroom with a brilliant shower and very large bath. The TV in the bathroom mirror and speakers throughout the bathroom were a brilliant touch.
After heading out to a show, we came back to the hotel to get changed and found it had been prepared for bed, with the bedding turned down, our luggage (which we'd dumped!) nicely arranged, the bathroom cleaned again and a pair of slippers and towels left by the bed - brilliant!
After the show we went into the hotel bar, which was really nice. The only real downside is that the barstaff weren't quiet up to the standard I'd have hoped for. On my girlfriend asking what cognacs were available, the barman just listed them out in a hard to hear way (the music was loud-ish), turning his back, which made making an informed choice difficult. He did the same when I asked about bourbons and then poured a single rather than the double I'd requested. It's not a big thing, and I know it sounds terribly snobby, but we had no idea if we were ordering £10 brandies or £300 cognacs - a real possibility in the hotel!
Anyway, we went up to bed and the room was nice a cool with the climate control and almost completely silent due to the fabulous windows and blackout curtains (remote controlled, of course). The bed was incredibly comfortable.
With a checkin time of 2pm and a checkout of noon, this is a perfect hotel for going to a show, or potentially spending a longer time if on business (and your work is paying for it!). It's immaculately presented, very well staffed and a real WOW experience. But, is also the same price for one night as a week's holiday somewhere else!
With breakfast being £32 each (!!!) we didn't bother and went to a cafe over the road.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Combining architectural heritage with contemporary design, Cafe Royal has been reincarnated as a luxury hotel in the heart of London's West End with the elegance of Mayfair to the west and the creativity of Soho to the east. Grand historic areas have been sensitively restored while 160 guestrooms, including 49 suites and six signature suites have been created in a contemporary yet refined style. Our guestrooms start from approximately 35 sq m / 377 sq ft to 212 sq m / 2,281sq ft with every room presenting itself as a suite. Continuing its celebrated legacy, Hotel Cafe Royal offers a selection of restaurants and bars for guests to enjoy. At the heart of the hotel, the Ten Room offers British informal dining all-day, while the Green Bar is the perfect place to relax and unwind with a cocktail. Restored to revive the ornate Louis XVI decor and detailing, the iconic Oscar Wilde Bar (formerly the legendary Grill Room, originally established in 1865), is now the place to enjoy Champagne, cocktails and a light menu of British dishes and live entertainment on select evenings. The Cafe, on Regent Street, revives the European tradition of cafe culture. To complete the experience, the Akasha Holistic Wellbeing Centre is an urban retreat in the centre of the capital spanning over 1,200 sq m / 13,000 sq ft featuring a large lap pool, sauna and Hammam/steam room and offering a range of signature treatments. Reflecting a core vision to harmoniously unite the four natural elements of nature, Akasha features four corresponding spaces; lounge/earth, spa/water, gym/fire, yoga/air. ... more less
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