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Café Royal Hotel

Café Royal Hotel

Café Royal Hotel

Café Royal Hotel

Café Royal Hotel

Café Royal Hotel

Café Royal Hotel

Café Royal Hotel

Address 68 Regent Street; London W1B 5EL
by Air Street
Neighbourhood Soho – Piccadilly Circus | See on map
Tube Piccadilly Circus [Bakerloo, Piccadilly]
Telephone +44 20 7406 3333
Website http://www.hotelcaferoyal.com/
https://www.facebook.com/CafeRoyalHotel
Price From £450. Introductory rates from £350

Finding this kind of old school luxury setting usually involves a trek across Mayfair to the five-star grand dame hotels of Park Lane. Yet, Piccadilly Circus, with all of its touristy tat (Ripley’s Believe It Or Not has a lot to answer for), is exactly where you’ll find the Café Royal Hotel.

Originally opened in 1865 as a restaurant and club, the building’s sweeping staircases, sky high ceilings and public spaces like The Grill Room, the mirrored Louis XVI-style ballroom, have always impressed. But now the legendary place has been immaculately redesigned for accommodation by David Chipperfield Architects, restoring all of its high society grandeur, with just enough restraint to keep things from going all Disney theme park.

The 159 rooms and suites are tastefully decorated, contemporary, in soft tones and textures, and replete with high tech gadgetry that includes Bang & Olufsen gear and built-in mirror TVs in the marble bathrooms. Huge by London standards, sizes start with 36 m2 Mansard rooms and top out at the 212 m2 Empire suite, although the smaller Dome suite – complete with its own terraces and outdoor Jacuzzi, a full DJ set-up, and Big Ben views – probably is the more fun option.

Overnight accommodation also gets you private butler service, free hotel-wide Wi-Fi and, from February 2013, access to the 1,200 m2 Akasha Hollistic Wellbeing Center. Get watery in the spa and pool, heat it up in the gym with Kinesis machines, yoga, pilates and tai-chi, and hit the hammam if you haven’t quite sweated it all out. For other kinds of sauna activities, you’ll need to head over to Sweatbox though.

Informal fare is served all day in Ten Room, the brasserie, café and bar, while chef Andrew Wilton, previously at Wiltons and The Landau W1, cooks up fine dining in the more exclusive Domino Room at night. There’s also light food and live performances to be had under the gold leaf ceiling at The Grill Room’s champagne bar, and you won’t be left wanting for choice with Soho on your doorstep. That’s something none of the Park Lane hotels can claim.