Karma Sanctum Soho
What We Love
- Super-central location in the heart of Soho
- Chic interiors: The hotel is filled with quirky one-off pieces
- The 24-hour hot tub on the roof, and the cool underground cinema room, with its own bar
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What To Know
- Crash Pad rooms are bijoux (they don’t have wardrobe space)
- Free WiFi
- An intimate retreat with just 30 rooms
- There’s no gym, but there is a Wii Fit in every room
- Free WiFi
Housed within two elegant Victorian townhouses, the Sanctum Soho scores high on the design front. Candlelit interiors are dark and lavish; think deep crushed velvet chaise longues, huge leather sofas and a mirror-backed bar. Photographs of rock star regulars dot the walls, and the place is filled with quirky treasures, from the old cinema seats at the rooftop bar to graphic print skull wallpaper.
Bed and Bath
Each of the 30 guestrooms is ultra-glam. Crash Pads are petite (150 square feet), with white tiled bathrooms; Deluxe Rooms are either bright and airy with all-white furniture, or dark and sultry with minibars where you can shake your own cocktails. Suites are downright decadent; 401 is tucked under the eaves and has a circular bed and its own little balcony, and 501 has disco written all over it, with silver sequined blinds and a freestanding tub surrounded by glass pebbles, lights and a mirror glass column. Even the diamante door handles sparkle.
The Sanctum Soho is all geared up for indulging. On the ground floor there’s restaurant No. 20, where traditional British dishes are served against a glamorous vintage backdrop, and up on the roof there’s a round-the-clock bar serving cocktails as you soak in the Hydro-Spa hot tub. Downstairs you’ll find an atmospheric underground cinema (the room once belonged to MI5), with sink-into Art Deco–style velvet chairs and a bar.
How to Get There
The staff at Karma Sanctum go well above and beyond for their guests! I accidentally left some valuable jewelry behind in my room; not only were they promptly stored in their safe (before I even discovered I was missing them), they purchased shipping materials and assisted DHL in getting them safe and sound back to me! I couldn’t believe how smoothly the situation went!
This was after the owner gave us a free room upgrade and bar credit due to room not being ready at check-in.
Would definitely recommend this hotel not just for the service but for excellent location and great rooms.
Receptionist was very nice, got a complimentary glass of bubbles when the room was not ready, room was cool, cleaning staff was helpful and the roff top bare was just good fun.
Add to that that it is in the middle of everything you may want from London in terms of food, beverage and quality brands - I´d come back!
We stayed here last Saturday night for our 10th Wedding Anniversary. Having looked into lots of hotels I was a bit spoiled for choice, I liked the fact that Soho sanctum had different style rooms so that is what swayed it for me in the end, and that it was available at a cheaper rate on another booking site though there are constantly deals on this hotel through places like lastminute.com, secretescapes etc so don't ever book full price.
What we liked about the hotel:
Nice room (though in need of some repair
Good choice of drinks in mini bar
in room bath (we had a junior suite)
The rooftop bar, lovely place to go after a night out
Delicious cocktails (though you need to remortgage your house to buy them at £14)
The receptionist very kindly provided some paracetamol for my husbands headache on Sunday morning (prob due to delish cocktails)
The style of the hotel and decor, especially the art everywhere
What we we didn't like:
Room wasn't ready until half an hour after check in time (which is 3pm) (despite the fact we had arrived at 12pm and told them we were around and dropped our bags off). We were asked to wait in the bar which we didn't as it was far too noisy
They forgot our second cocktail order in the wild heart bar despite not being busy, after waiting half an hour and realising no one was making anything I chased it up. Consequently took 1 hr 15 mins to have 2 drinks
Room need some TLC, broken glass in the wardrobe doors, wardrobes looking a bit tired
No tea and coffee in the room, I knew this beforehand but in reality it is a real pain. Woke up dying for coffee, ordered from room service, took 10 mins (not bad but only 2 mins if making yourself) were small cups and cost £3.75 for the two, again not bad price but don't really expect to pay for my morning coffee in a hotel
Had continental breakfast included in our booking, was told on check in we could order it as room service, when I tried Sunday morning was told that's not possible. Therefore ended up missing breakfast
Flat pillows - my word they are just filled with air, went flat as a pancake during the night resulting in me folding up a dressing gown to wedge between the two so I could sleep
No mention of our anniversary, most hotels ask if you are celebrating and do something like wine in your room, nice dessert etc
So overall, the hotel looks nice but needs a bit more putting in to it. The lack of tea and coffee in the room is real pain for me. Would I go back? probably not. For the price there are many other hotels that probably offer a better night sleep and more amenities with the only downside being that maybe they don't look quite as nice. The late check in for me was a real letdown with no real apology and got things off to a bad start. Service needs improving and a bit of attention to guests, it had a way of making you feel insignificant to the hotel which is not how it should be.
2 night stay, good value for money and great location. Continental breakfast included. Room was quiet as requested but there was a lot of noise very late from the roof top bar on the Friday night and then what sounded like all the empty bottles being taken down, or guests talking loudly in the early hours. Room was small but had a huge very comfortable bed. Unfortunately the in room complimentary wi-fi wasn't working and wasn't able to be fixed during our stay, a bit frustrating for overseas visitors. The onsite restaurant had some great value meals. Overall would recommend the hotel.
Sanctum Soho is a personal hotel with very good location. We had deluxe room, which was comfortable and furnished with good taste. Airconditioning wasn't working, but it wasn't big problem because of the weather. Continental breakfast is very modest.