Cafe Royal has re launched as a 5* hotel having acquired neighboring buildings and so the cafe royal and all its history is at the centre of everything. The rooms are large comfortable and have all the touches you expect from a top hotel, but they are a contrast to the old world charm of the original building. So dont be shocked by that, just enjoy the contrast and the efficiency of the rooms.
The photos of the rooms on the website do not really do them justice, we stayed in a Portland room and its hard to capture something so stripped back and minimalist in a shot. Black-out curtains really work and the glazing keeps out every noise.
Staff are fantastic and the service was superb. Everyone seemed genuinely warm and friendly as well as ultra efficient. Concierge guys were fantastic at running about grabbing cabs off Regent Street, there seemed like a dozen, or else it was three guys running about a lot.
Great location and an easy walk to all the West End attractions. It was great to get into town and see London as the tourist does. Having grown up in the south east and been in and out of town all my life its amazing how staying somewhere special gives you a completely different feel for a place you know so well.
If you don't know London, a nice early morning walk (which we did) is cross Piccadilly Circus, walk down Regent Street into Waterloo Place, cross The Mall and continue until you reach wide steps that take you down to The Mall. Cross The Mall (Buckingham Palace is to your right as you cross). Go into St James Park and walk down with the Lake on your left, cross the bridge and you get two great views. Turn left over the bridge and walk back towards the top of the park and Horse Guards Road. Now go across Horse Guards Parade ground (its to the left as you cross the road) and through the arch onto Whitehall. Stopping to take the obligatory photos with the Guardsman. Turn left back up to Trafalgar Square and then back to Piccadilly. Takes and 45 minutes to an hour at a leisurely pace.
PS the staff will offer to show you around the historical part of the Cafe so leave your bags and say yes.
Have fun, enjoy London, and the Cafe Royal. I would recommend due to location, attentiveness of genuinely friendly staff, and the mix of old and new.
- 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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- Cafe Royal Hotel London