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
What an incredible experience and the staff were exceptional! Particularly Andreas for Business Travel and Olivia and Claudia at the Front Desk. The attention to detail, level of service, stunning property and overall hospitality were unparalleled. I travel for work frequently and was truly blown away. My phone had unfortunately been stolen (at a restaurant outside of the hotel) and the staff were beyond sympathetic and sent up a lovely amenity and card; all unexpected, however very much appreciated. When I asked for a late checkout, new keys were slipped under the door the night prior so that I would not have to stop by the front desk. Water replenished in full nightly. Again, the attention to detail was certainly impressive. When in London, Cafe Royal is the place to stay! In addition to the property and service, the food and beverage outlets were superb.
Fantastic! Best scones ever, pasteries to love, and a nice cooling orange mousse as a in-between. What a venue! Very nice and the kind you want to find - and perfect service by our hostess Estelle :-)
I really recommend you to have your very British Afternoon Tea here!
What a wonderful place the Cafe Royal is. Beautiful surroundings, attentive service and lovely food.
We visited on Saturday for my friends 60th birthday and what a special occasion the Cafe Royal made for us.
The sandwiches were yummy and plentiful and the gorgeous chocolate, salted caramel cake was divine. Martin was the perfect waiter, friendly, knowledgable and friendly and cheerful service.
Would certainly recommend, First Class Cafe Royal
great hotel, room quite hi-tech as regards tv, lighting, curtains, breakfast very nice, staff friendly and helpful especially the doormen, there were some streets blocked off due to some event so we needed their help to get transport to the airport, lady who checked us in was most helpful and gave us a very warm welcome to the hotel which was appreciated since we had been on an early flight that morning
This was my first time at the Cafe Royal & I loved it. The bathroom in my room was fabulous - a truly great rain shower plus lovely marble tub. Great bronze doors too. Not going to lie - the bedroom design is quite taste-specific with the large sandstone blocks (there is an alternative wood based design on some floors). Took me a while to get used to but decided I liked it after a day or so. The website photos are a fair representation so make sure you look at them so you know if it's for you. It was extremely quiet despite being bang in central London near Piccadilly Circus & with a Whole Foods next door - no delivery truck noises in the night. Couldn't hear noises from adjacent or overhead rooms either. The public spaces are all different - I loved the Green Bar for cocktails, sophisticated & elegant. The stairways & lifts are original stone, metal etc and very decorative. What really made this different from another luxury London hotel was the staff - I showed up with a cold & croaky voice & when I called room service they sent up fresh lemon ginger tea with honey on the house (thanks Lindsay!), and when I booked a massage at the spa they sent round someone in minutes with a special aromotherapy oil to help me breathe & bath salts too. The massage was excellent (thanks Theodora) and there is a great pool & other facilities I didn't have a chance to try. Extra points because I raised an issue with the light fixtures in my room showing fingerprints (yes I'm picky) - it turns out they are being replaced throughout the hotel because its a design problem not cleanliness but regardless, they cleaned & replaced them within an hour and followed up to see if there was anything else. I will definitely be going back.