Hotel Café Royal
What We Love
- Top location: Mayfair to the west, Soho to the north, Covent Garden to the east and the Thames to the south
- Lavish old-school detailing alongside ultra-modern guestrooms
- Sipping champagne in the Louis XVI–style Grill Room is a must
- 24-hour in-room dining
- The 13,000-square-foot holistic spa (including a lap pool, hammam and gym)
What To Know
- Free WiFi
- There isn’t an official dress code for the Grill Room, but jeans and sneakers would look out of place
- Piccadilly Circus is on the doorstep; expect to dodge tourist traffic when stepping out of the hotel
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- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Following a glam four-year revamp, Café Royal, on London’s Regent Street reopened its revolving doors on December 5, 2012 after being meticulously restored and reinvented by British architect David Chipperfield. Plenty of original details remain, from sweeping staircases cut from Carrara marble to rococo plastering and ceiling paintings that pay homage to its high society heyday. The public spaces have a serious wow factor. The Grill Room is a lavish hall-of-mirrors ballroom turned champagne bar with dusky pink velvet seating and parquet flooring (Oscar Wilde once hallucinated on absinthe in this very room), and the Domino Room restaurant has a gentleman’s club vibe with gilt-edged oil paintings and wood paneling. The look is dramatic but not over the top. A British take on bling.
Bed & Bath
In contrast to the public areas, the 159 guestrooms and suites have a modern bachelor pad feel, with Bang & Olufsen gadgets, giant flat-screen TVs and music systems that can be synched via bluetooth. Ceilings are high and walls are clad with chunky Portland stone–style blocks. They’re large by London standards, starting at 366 square feet, and the soothing nude and slate color scheme offsets the neon glow of Piccadilly Circus, which many of the rooms overlook. Twin sinks and sizable tubs carved from solid stone feature in the bathrooms, which are stocked with products from luxe London perfumer Floris.
In keeping with the hotel’s heritage, the emphasis is very much on attracting London’s creative crowd to drink and dine in a series of buzzy see-and-be-seen hot spots. In addition to the champagne bar and posh restaurant, the lobby level Ten Room (for brasserie dining) and Café 1865 (for dainty cakes and pastries) both exude old-school grandeur.
How to Get There
I recently went to the Green Bar and I have to say the service that I received by the gentlemen behind the bar was exceptional especially Oscar, Abel and osama . The amazing drinks that we ordered were top notch!! I would truly recommend everyone to take a trip here even if it is for one cocktail to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city! Me and boyfriend really enjoyed the few hours we spent here!
The cafe royal hotel is an elegant hotel that has a homey feel to it. The staff is very kind and courteous the underground ( subway train) is steps away from the hotel and the stop is Piccadilly Circus. There is a lot of shopping and dining around the hotel. The concierge is very helpful. You can travel around by Uber in London as well. The room was beautiful and very quiet. I slept like a baby as the beds are very comfortable. I love love love the cafe Royal. Come and stay here you will not ot be sorry
I went with my wife and kids for the high tea and loved it. Our waiters Archi and Marian were very attentive, picked up that we were there for my wife's birthday and brought out a birthday dessert for her. Everyone enjoyed the sandwiches and tea, and when combined with the atmosphere from the venue and pianist, we felt like we had a very special experience.