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
Stayed at the Hyatt Regency - The Churchill and had a wonderful stay. Loved the location on a quiet street away from all the congestion. The customer service was tops from start to finish. The rooms were plenty big and the beds were soooo comfortable. The bathrooms were a bit small but totally updated (including Toto Washlet toilets). The only thing that was bothersome was that there was a musty smell in the room the entire time. I'm sure if I would have mentioned it to the front desk they would have moved us but we were already settled in. Although a little pricey, the breakfast buffet had a good assortment of quality food. We also ate at the Montagu Restaurant and had a fabulous meal. I would definitely stay here again.
I spent eight nights recently at the Hyatt Regency in London-the Churchill. From beginning to end, I enjoyed my stay. I was prepared for a "reserved" British response to my requests and inquiries. To the contrary, I found the staff to be warm and caring. A special shout out to Simona Battista, the Guest Relations Manager. She went out of her way to make me feel welcome. My room was comfortable and quiet. The air conditioning system worked quietly and efficiently, in contrast to many hotel systems that wake you up when they cycle on and off (while blowing hot or cold air directly at you). The Club Lounge enhanced my stay. This is my go to London hotel from now on.
A perfect West End location. Close to everything but, for us, not in the middle of Piccadilly. Had fish and chips for a quick dinner one night and it was terrific. Fish was light and almost fluffy, not oily and chips were well seasoned. Rooms are bright and well appointed. Looks recently redone. Would definitely stay there again.
Had a great stay at this beautiful hotel. Stayed on the 8th floor and had access to the Club lounge. The concierge on that floor at all times was terrific. Breakfast was continental ish cause the chef happily made me a delicious omelette to go with all the toast, croissants and fresh fruit. Beautiful cheeses and meats were laid out as well. Help yourself to lattes and cappuccinos all day, beer and soft drinks. They had a separate club lounge for adults away from the families so everyone was happy and we felt comfortable. The team even gave my husband a bottle of fizzy wine and a beautiful little cake (so yummy) for his birthday. We didn’t have enough time to eat dinner at the Churchill but with the chefs we had on the 8th floor we will definitely have to try next time we are there. Thanks to all the staff for the great service. Nothing seemed to be too difficult or bothersome to help us with. Even bringing up 2 toothbrushes to our room late at night after I discovered my teens had not brought theirs from home!! Thanks Churchill for a great stay! We will be back!!!
This is not “downtown” which makes tours a mild challenge to get to and back. The service and staff were Outstanding and trained by the best. The breakfast (included in our package) was very well worth it! The staff went out of their way to help and make our stay excellent.
They exchanged dollars for pounds at the front desk at very good rates.
The “underground” and shopping were a block away which is a must to get a complete London experience.
The refrigerator is not overly filled with “sellable items” giving room for local drinks etc....