Hotel Cafe Royal
“Hopping back and forth to and from London for work and pleasure, I get to experience a lot of the city’s newest and best hotels. However, few have given me such a pleasant surprise as the recently re-opened Café Royal. Located on Regent Street, it’s not in my usual preferred location (the area gets incredibly busy with tourists and shoppers), but I thought I’d give it a go to see if the new incarnation lived up to the old reputation. Inside, it is a world away from the central hustle bustle.
For starters, I was surprised to find that the noise factor was none. Stayed on the second floor looking onto Regent – could see the city passing by – but never heard a sound. Interiors are stunning, a mix of original features and mid-century modernism. Rooms feel spacious and contemporary (apart from the six impressive and individual Historic Suites). My guestroom, though a double, felt like a suite with an extra vestibule before arriving at the bed and bathroom – which were extraordinarily designed (like the rest of the hotel, very minimalistic chic). For instance, the entire bathroom is marble – one piece simply flows throughout – it’s amazing. Even the sink stopper and bathtub were hand carved out of marble. I was concerned service wouldn’t match up to established classics like Claridge’s or The Dorchester, but the butlers are veterans of London’s top hotels and everything is quick, efficient and pre-emptive.”
- Trusted friend: Neil Howarth, Easthampton, NY
(Date Experienced: February 2013)
A city stay in the heart of London with a good sense of style and plenty of history.
Rooms aren’t the best for business, but they are well-located for a shopping or theatre stay with a design-savvy friend or partner.
Dinner in the Grill accompanied by stories of past diners - such as Oscar Wilde, David Bowie or Elizabeth Taylor. Brings the history to life and adds an irreverent, fun air to accompany with the scene-y crowd and nightly DJ. To top it off, the entire restaurant is filled with extravagant Louis XVI detailing.
Best time to go
London is an all-year destination, although you can (try to) avoid the rain by heading over June-September.
Despite recent regeneration the location is not the smartest.
From £450 a night
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