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Luxury 5-star Royal Hotel Café in London

One very big & positive aspect is “Transformed into a modern grand hotel in 2012, the Café Royal
still stands proud at the corner of Regent Street and Piccadilly Circus and has now been further
enhanced with the redesigned lobby in the Art Deco atrium with its striking Venetian chandelier,
and a top-notch steak and on the first floor is sushi restaurant.
You here are on the doorstep of Theatreland and Soho and diversions such as the Royal Academy
and famous Hyde Park are just a short walk away and, of course, this is the area to shop until
you drop.
Here is space to breathe and get your bearings. The blend of the historic Grade II listed features,
such as the staircase, cornices, the original gilt lift doors and the fabled rococo Grill Room
(now the Oscar Wilde Lounge) works well with David Chipperfield’s pared-back design for the hotel.
All part of The Set Hotels group (the others are in Paris and Amsterdam), the Hotel Café Royal also
plays heavily in its past with references to patrons of the Café: Churchill, Muhammad Ali and
David Bowie, among them; this place is with a great history and it very clear the hotel aims to
continue its tradition.
Do you know that you are in for a treat as all the rooms have a butler assigned to them who do
everything from helping with your itinerary to packing/unpacking your suitcases. Service throughout
is efficient also unobtrusive and charming.
Here in the huge basement is one of star features of the hotel: the Akasha Holistic Wellbeing Centre
with a tranquil 18-metre lap pool, Hammam, sauna, hot tub and well-equipped gym. Nine treatment rooms
here offer anything from facials and massages to the more unusual, including water treatments in the
Watsu pool and a healing therapy unnervingly called bone setting.
Here all 160 rooms, including 53 suites, are all beautifully and sympathetically designed, spacious,
well equipped, understated and with subtle tones – Stone walls and a hint of the Far Eastern,
such as with the internal doors. Curated modern art adds a touch of colour too. Suites are more varied
from the Regent Suite, one has a magnificent view down Regent Street St James’s and of Piccadilly Circus;
the oak-panelled Tudor Suite is based around a fireplace, while the top-floor Royal Suite is a masterclass
in open plan design and the top-floor copper-domed Dome Suite has a rooftop terrace. Specially the Italian
marble bathrooms feature rainforest showers, with huge baths; all have Floris products.
Bars choose between the cool Green Room (which began life as wine shop in the 1860s) where an absinthe
inspired cocktail is a must, or head upstairs to Ziggy’s (this is where David Bowie “retired” Ziggy
Stardust in 1973); the walls are decked with pop pictures by photographer Mick Rock.
Breakfast with table service and à la carte menu is served on the balcony overlooking the atrium.
Here are eight adapted rooms, all double rooms from £440, year-round. Breakfast excluded (from £20) &
Free Wi-Fi.

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