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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I have stayed here before so chose it again for a special couple of days with my daughter before she returned to Australia. On check in we were told that we’d been given a newly refurbished room on the 5th floor...how nice we thought. Well-on opening our bedroom door...there was one bedside table missing, exposed wires on the wall behind the bed and no overhead lighting. The fridge was absolutely filthy. Definitely not a new one.
We were then moved to a different floor where our room was acceptable but had a completely cracked washbasin and wires on the floor taped and a cracked radio volume control button in the bathroom.
There was an issue with noise from the next door bedroom on both nights whereby we could every word of their telephone conversation. On our first morning I complained to reception who said that they’d sort it but low and behold we were kept awake on the 2nd night too.
In a hotel where rooms are over £250 a night, I would not expect to gave to pay £2.50 for water in the room either.
. All in all a thoroughly disappointing visit and needless to say we will not be back, let alone recommend this hotel to anyone.
My partner and I were given a three course meal voucher for his birthday and it did not disappoint. Our starters, mains and desserts were all lovely and very tasty. We didn’t manage to grab the names of the two waiters who looked after us this evening but we would like to note how attentive, professional and friendly they were. They are a credit to the hotel. Great service and we would definitely come back again. Thanks for a lovely evening!
This is the worst "nice" hotel in London I've ever experienced. I was put in a room on the fifth floor that is undergoing a complete renovation -- literally all the rooms on the floor are under construction except a handful. There were construction crews at work until 10 or 11pm. My room totally smells of plaster, and that isn't to mention the techno music that was thumping from upstairs until 11pm on a Tuesday night. The reaction from reception when I asked for a room change was no better than the smell in my room. Management should be ashamed of itself and this hotel just lost a potential corporate contract moving forward if I have anything to say about it. STAY AWAY!