What We Love
- A super-central luxury hotel set in a former magistrates' court
- Dining at Silk Restaurant, with the original courtroom furnishings from the trials of Oscar Wilde, John Lennon and Mick Jagger
- Heading to the basement to unwind with some time in Sanook Spa's heated indoor pool
- Gazing over the twinkling London cityscape from the retro Soho Sky Terrace
What To Know
- Only a couple of minutes away from the Oxford Circus tube station and Oxford Street
- Very close to Mayfair, Soho and the West End neighborhoods
- Free WiFi is known to be slow
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
As you may have guessed from its name, Courthouse Hotel occupies a Grade-II listed magistrates’ court. But far from being old and stuffy, this luxe five-star hotel has given its historic home a contemporary twist. Up on the roof, you’ll find Soho Sky Terrace, a unique hideaway above the city with a retro-chalet vibe, while the basement houses Sanook Spa, complete with a heated pool, sauna and fitness room. There’s even a private cinema, with showings on Saturday nights.
There are still plenty of original features to be found, however, such as the judge’s bench, dock and witness stand, on display in Silk Restaurant, and the old prison cells, which now provide the bar’s VIP seating area.For more historic charms (and modern treasures, too), simply head out your front door. Sitting right where Mayfair, Soho and the West End meet, the hotel is just steps from Oxford Street, Regent Street and Carnaby Street, and many of London’s iconic attractions, theaters, restaurants and shops are within walking distance.
The contemporary guest rooms feature a neutral color palette that combines rich earth tones, such as chocolate-brown and claret-red. Deluxe King rooms are a bit more spacious than the Superior King rooms, and boast a super-king-sized bed, but otherwise share the same modern amenities and stylish vibe.
Amenities- Air conditioning- Dual-line, direct-dial telephone- High-speed data port (laptop connectivity and web mail)- Flat-screen LCD satellite TV- Safe- Writing desk- Minibar- Entertainment system
Silk Restaurant offers Asian-fusion cuisine within elegant, oak-paneled walls and under a vaulted, glass ceiling. The building’s history as a magistrates’ court is evident here, with the original judge’s bench, dock and witness stand providing unique focal points. Carnaby Brasserie sits opposite vibrant Carnaby Street and is open for lunch, afternoon tea and dinner, while the Soho Sky Terrace offers an unusual retreat overlooking the city’s rooftops. This unique destination takes inspiration from a 1950s ski scene, with candle-lit lanterns, vintage posters and soft lighting. Downstairs, The Bar offers a further insight into the building’s history, with the reincarnation of the original cell blocks as VIP rooms.
Sanook Spa offers a haven of peace and quiet, every day between 10am and 7pm. You’ll find a heated indoor pool here, as well as a sauna and fitness room. A range of relaxing treatments are available, from facials to massages.
Courthouse Hotel occupies an enviable spot in the center of London, where the West End, Soho and Mayfair meet, just minutes from Oxford Circus tube station. You can count the iconic department store Liberty’s and The Photographers’ Gallery as your immediate neighbors, while the London Palladium, Carnaby Street and Regent Street are all just a stone’s throw away. This part of town is a destination for shopping and entertainment, with cafés, bars, restaurants, theaters and clubs around every corner.
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Not what I would call a luxury hotel. The best thing I can say is that the location was great. The staff we dealt with were generally fine. We stayed there twice. Once on our arrival in London for three nights & again after we returned from a trip to Scotland a week later. If we had not pre-paid the second stay we would not have stayed there the second time. When we arrived for our second stay, there were numerous police and emergency personnel outside the entry door. Just prior to our arrival, there had been an explosion outside the hotel. We were assured that it was safe and the hotel staff took our bags and escorted us through another entrance to the lobby. A bit unnerving, but ultimately all was ok. We never found out exactly what happened and were told it was still being investigated. The rooms were average size & generally clean except for the carpets. No view. Paint on the bathroom ceilings was peeling badly. The bartender was very slow. It took 20 minutes to get two drinks listed on the menu and there were only five people in the entire lounge. The rooftop lounge was constantly full of young non-guests there for the hookahs. The only newspapers available in the lobby were Middle Eastern publications making it appear that they cater to a specific clientele. When leaving, We got in the lift and it did not go to the ground floor. Instead, it didn't move and then just dropped a floor. The doors would not open and we repeatedly rang the emergency alarm. A female voice responded, but we could not hear or make out what they were saying. Finally the door opened and we took the other elevator to get to the lobby.I would not recommend this hotel, nor would I stay there again.
We visited to afternoon tea - the staff were lovely, we were not rushed at all. We had a pimms cocktail which was very nice. They afternoon tea consisted of 4 finger sandwich’s, 2 scones with cream & Jam and 4 cakes each. 2 pots of tea there is a choice of different teas.
Afterwards we went into the bar and saw the original cells and looked around silks which was the original court. The renovation has been sensitively done retaining some of the original features
I bought my friend and I an afternoon tea at the Courthouse as a birthday treat before heading of to the theatre. We were warmly greeted and they brought the champagne out first for us to enjoy at our own pace. The tea came with the sandwiches and cakes 30 minutes later which was nice as we didn’t feel rushed. Everything was very relaxed. There was a nice selection of sandwiches and cakes for us to enjoy and we left feeling completely full. If I had one criticism it would be that the scones were small and they could have been fresher. Overall though we enjoyed it
Is this really a 5-star hotel? Thread bare carpets, mouldy rooms, mousy smell in dark, long corridors, rude staff at breakfast.... Personal belonging went missing from room! The owners of this property give shame to Indian hospitality which is renowned to be one of the best in the world. This hotel needs an overhaul or they should reduce its status and prices. Stay away until serious change happens here
This was given as a gift voucher.
The two members of staff we had dealings with were very nice and polite, however the time we had to wait for our tea really was too long. We were given our champagne almost immediately but had to wait over half an hour for our tea and food to arrive, even though the place was very quiet. The sandwiches and scones were ok but I’d say the cakes/tarts were mediocre.