Hyatt Regency London The Churchill
What We Love
- Leafy location in village-like Marylebone, within strolling distance of Oxford Street and Hyde Park
- Fancy Italian dishes served at Michelin-starred Locanda Locatelli
- Guests have access to the garden in Portman Square (usually open only to local residents)
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What To Know
- WiFi is an additional cost of $26 per day
- Advance reservations are recommended for Locanda Locatelli
- The petite gym is open 24 hours
- Regency Club Rooms include lounge access for continental breakfast, all-day drinks and evening cocktails and canapés
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Behind an unassuming exterior reminiscent of a 1970s office building lies a stately five-star hotel that, in keeping with its political moniker, can count Jimmy Carter, Barack Obama and Nelson Mandela as former guests. A revolving door attended by top hat–wearing doormen leads to a glossy marble lobby scattered with modern artworks; several pieces form part of a collaboration with the Saatchi Gallery to showcase emerging artists. Chris Levine’s iconic portrait of the queen hangs above reception, and there are arty nods to Winston Churchill aplenty, including a bronze bust by the elevators and a life-size sculpture in the bar. The whole of the ground floor is given over to sociable spaces for well-heeled wining and dining, including the Michelin-starred restaurant, Locanda Locatelli.
Bed and Bath
All 434 rooms underwent a multimillion-dollar revamp in 2011. A cappuccino color scheme runs through all room types, which are efficiently laid out for comfort and convenience, with large oval desks topped with glossy mags, roomy wardrobes, plush velvet armchairs and foot stools. Giant plasma TVs and iPod docks come standard. Bathrooms are on the small side, but many feature both tubs and power showers and they’re stocked with Molton Brown toiletries. Regency Club Rooms include access to the eighth-floor Executive Lounge, which is headed by a team of private concierges; free breakfast is served in the morning, drinks (soft and alcoholic) are available all day, and canapés and cocktails are offered in the evening.
Helmed by Italian chef Giorgio Locatelli, his eponymous Locanda Locatelli is a Michelin-starred restaurant where high-end pasta dishes (lobster linguine, braised veal ravioli) are cooked in an open kitchen. Reservations are recommended, especially at the weekend. British produce dominates the menu at the Montagu, an alternative dining spot overlooking Portman Square. The Churchill Bar serves potent cocktails (with a bias toward drinks mixed with locally distilled gin) alongside posh Brit bar snacks such as Loch Fyne smoked salmon and Scotch quail eggs. Grab a drink and sink into an armchair by the cozy fireplace, or head outside to the cigar terrace.
In the Area
The Wallace Collection, in nearby Manchester Square, features a collection of 17th- and 18th-century works by the likes of Rembrandt, Rubens and Velazquez. The small gallery is relatively unknown, even to Londoners, and it offers free entry seven days a week. Iconic department store Selfridges is just around the corner on Oxford Street for a retail fix and free tastings in the impressive food hall. For more independent shopping, head to Marylebone High Street, which is lined with boutiques, delis, pubs and eateries. Top picks include La Fromagerie, Daunt Books and the Designers Guild. For quirky cocktails, make a beeline for Purl, a speakeasy-style basement bar where the drinks are served in silver egg cups and brass goblets, and the menus are hidden in old books. Hyde Park is a 10-minute stroll away. Head to Speakers’ Corner on a Sunday for lively debates, rants and ramblings. Orators have taken to their soapboxes here since 1872 to celebrate freedom of speech. Heckling optional.
How to Get There
First time staying in Portman Square and boy was this hotel a terrific find. It's large but somehow feels like an intimate hotel. The location is perfect - it's near everything (quick walk to the parks, palaces, shopping streets) but also feels quiet and tucked away, which was perfect given how overwhelming London, and any city, can often be. So, my take-aways:
1. The room: it's not enormous, but they are newly renovated, elegant, well appointed and cozy. The bed is amazing (those pillows!), and the bathroom is super elegant. I loved the closets, and the fact that they would treat you with lovely amenities like a kit to help you sleep.
2. The location: as I've said before, I think the location is tops. We stayed at the Savoy last time and while that was old world charm, this location is way better. It's close to everything, which I loved.
3. The Churchill statue in the lobby is a hoot.
1. I'm being picky since there really isn't much to criticize: the gym is ok. Not huge, and no real free weights.
2. The breakfast was a tiny bit irritating: I ordered the "pancakes" for 12 pounds, and got one oily pancake. I did let the manager know this seems outrageous and he was very polite and agreed that they should correct this.
Anyway, Loved this place and am taking my whole family back for our trip to London in March. We booked a club room so will report back on how that compares, but I'm excited!
Very nice & amazing hotel clean room the bed was comfortable & the room service excellent Also the location of the hotel perfect & the foid very delicious I will recommend this hotel to all my family & friendsI wish the best for the hotel
Wife and myself wanted a central hotel to do some xmas shopping. Located in Portman Square we were on 100 yards away fro Oxford Street and the extensive shopping experience we needed. Front desk checked us in early (11.30am) so we could drop our suitcases and start shopping. As our allocated room was not ready they also added free breakfasts for our stay, a very nice touch and well appreciated.
The bar is now excellent. The hotel bathrooms are very small for a five star hotel. The porter service during arrival and departure regarding baggades was very bad. Buffet breakfast is good, but not what it used to be. The price of each night was very high, comparing to past stay.
Poor quality rooms and lounges. In great need of a renovation. Would not stay there again. Lounge chairs were filthy and overall sense was a 3 star hotel and not a 5 star by any means. Food was fair..