Have stayed at Cafe Royal twice, once private for three nights in July, once for business in September. In my review I focus on the second stay.
Being a Leader's Club member I was upgraded to a beautiful Deluxe Room directly facing Picadilly. You can see the view in the picture attached to this review. I've stayed in three different rooms and they were all nice and the bathrooms great.
Here's the summary of my stays.
What I liked:
+ Hairdryer in the bathroom (yes - really!) This is the first UK hotel where you don't have to sit at your desk to dry your hair!
+ Nespresso machine in the rooms
+ Modern design (but that's a matter of taste)
+ Excellent soundproof windows (facing Regent Street, you did not hear the noise from there)
+ Beautiful conversion of a historical building - outstanding stair cases, nice lift door concept
What I didn't like:
- The light switches in the room. You are prone to accidently switch on (or off) all lights in the room when you don't want to.
- Lack of a "Lobby" - there is an entrance from Regent Street with two chairs and a flower arrangement. It's gorgeous but not a lobby
- Staff at breakfast forget things, mix up orders, etc. They removed my milk while I still had a pot of tea to finish, they forgot my toast (while they had brought jam & butter), etc. It was bad in July and it has not improved by September.
- So far, they didn't manage to get the bar going even though it's a beautiful room with mirrors like Versailles. We came in for a night cap on a Friday night after drinks at the "W" hotel and then at the Sanderson. Both bars were packed with people, but Café Royal bar was practically empty. And expensive :-(
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Cafe Royal Hotel London