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
- 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.
How to Get There
Stayed one night here, Its not well signposted and the cabbie had to point out where it was. It does have the name on the mat as you go in so that helped. The reception was comfortable and had some unusual seating and other furniture. The receptionists were very helpful but they had quite strong accents and it was sometimes hard to understand what was being said. Our room was on the second floor and had a rubbish view, we would have preferred one facing the opposite street of Carnaby street, although I guess this could have been quite noisy. The hotel retains three cells of the original courthouse which you can sit in and have nibbles and a drinks which is quite quirky.
Our room was large and comfortable, the bed was huge,! The bathroom was well decorated and had bath and shower, bidet and toilet plus a large sink. All very nice.
I did have a problem with the hairdryer however which was in the wardrobe and took a while to find. The first hairdryer overheated very quickly and I had to ring down for another. This turned up very quickly but again overheated. I have fine, thinner hair and it dries quite fast but it took ages trying to use the dryer before it cut out and then having to wait until it cooled down and I could use it again. Subsequently I ended up just putting my hair up when I wanted to wear it down, so not very happy about that. Someone from receptionist did ring up to check I had received the second dryer and I told him of the problem to which he commented that they should look into this and perhaps get better quality dryers, and I agree with this. There are restaurants in the hotel but nothing for me as I am dairy free. We chose to eat out. Would recommend this place though as it is well situated and very close to theatre land.
Fabulous location. Bed was comfortable, room was clean and plenty big enough for two. I figure I was paying for a great location. Close to Liberty London, Carnaby St, Oxford & Regent St’s. Lots of restaurants nearby so didn’t need room service. Tesco close by and a fridge in the room. Bathroom as clean and shampoo, conditioner etc provided.
Having stayed at this hotel for the weekend, I have to point out that the only 5 Star things about this hotel are the prices and the location.
£390 for two nights in a tiny double room where the beds are just springs virtually poking through, view of the neighbouring roof!!!!
Premier Inn hotel rooms are bigger.
£9 for two coffees and £24 for an English Breakfast!!!!
We stayed 5 nights at the hotel from a couple of weeks ago. The hotel is well located in London, but unfortunately there is no more positive to say.
Never have I stayed in more broken and unclean rooms. The walls were dirty, the furniture was broken and half of the lamps did not work.
But the worst thing must be that in the middle of our stay we got a shoebox and a bag removed/taken/thrown out from our room, both with valuable content.
I contacted the front desk who said they would handle it. After waiting for a couple of hours without reply, I contacted again, this time to talk to the same but a very rude employee who said he had looked and he could not find my belongings.
I asked him to take it up with the manager, which he promised me he would - But I didn't hear anything back. 2 weeks after, I followed up on mail just to get told that they couldn't do anything about this case as they have no proof of the things removed from the room. So here I stand and have lost values for about 200 GBP without as much as an excuse. I am speechless about this hotel, I am speechless about the staff and I am speechless that they get to call themselves a 5 star hotel.
One recommendation from me - Skip this hotel!
This hotel is most definitely not 5*. There are none of the features of a 5* hotel that you would expect, except the price charged! There was no doorman, and security was non-existent. People frequently wandered in off the street, walked through to staff areas, chatted to staff, then wandered out again. There was no offer of help with our bags. The room was dingy, no hot water supply to the wash basin, no lighting for the bathroom mirror and no hotel information in the room. To use the hairdryer I had to open the wardrobe door to use the mirror on it, and plug the dryer in by the entry door, as there were no points near a mirror. The heating didn't work, nor the safe as the battery was too low. In the bar, we paid for drinks, only to wait nearly 20 minutes for them while the lone barperson took orders from someone after us and served them first - about 12 of them in that party. Only two of us and we had ordered first! They also forgot the food we had ordered and only brought it when we checked up on it.
The worst experience was at breakfast however. The table linen was dirty, there were no cups or cutlery. The bacon was stone cold, and food ordered never arrived. I decided to have a couple of rolls, and searched for some butter to spread on them. Couldn't find it so I asked a waitress for some, only to be told 'butter is finished'! I have never heard anything so ridiculous in all my numerous hotel stays. So no, definitely not 5* On the only plus note, the hotel has a good location - very convenient for the London Palladium.