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
Ok so we went there to have a few drinks at the bar, upon entrance the staff and reception were very welcoming and smiley, in specific the receptionist Daniela (great customer service).
The bar in the ground floor was really nice and cozy. The bar on the roof was also great, bar tenders are also very friendly.
What really astonished me was that I forgot my bag in the roof bar and only remembered the next day. Called them, amazing Daniela answered the phone and ensured that she will look for it and notify me. 5 mins later she called and confirmed that it was found and in reception for collection at any convenient time..
Thanks to the management team, and to Daniela!!! 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼
Was here for an evening and joined in an Artist's exhibition party. Always something interesting happening at The Karma Sanctum, Soho. A very enjoyable time; staff were professional, friendly and attentive at all times.
Not a great welcoming from reception staff at all. She clearly didn't want to be there. Arrived to check in twice and was refused as the room wasn't ready. I was then given 2 complimentary glasses of champagne however there was noone behind the bar to serve me and after waiting ten minutes someone arrived. It's a good thing he was polite because I was started to get fed up at this point. The room still wasn't ready and I was asked if I would want to change to junior suite instead of the loft suite which I had already paid £400 for!
Reception and cleaning staff are rude, roof terrace is tiny and really run down. I will not be returning! Not how you expect to be treated in a 5 star hotel!
Very happy with our one night stay at Karma Sanctum. It was for our wedding anniversary and we were looked after very well and given that extra special treatment. Great location in London, very central with lots to do and see within walking distance. Would certainly stay again.
The real rock star experience awaits for whoever stays at the fabulous Karma Sanctum Soho. One is not only pampered like a he was Andy Warhol but lives in a setting taken out of a combined set of a dream production illustrating the best of Mad Men and American Hustle.
The entire place is designed with such detail, such bravado and yet a real touch for genuine style. Nothing, in the entire property is a look-alike, wannabe, or even new - everything is dated (in the best sense of the word) therefore timeless and classic. walking in the front desk, wooden and glorious like an old bar a dude like Sherlock Holmes would have sat by. To its left, right before the antique, carpet covered wooden staircase, a gigantic, lit mosaic of Jimmy Hendrix, as if he was a modern day jesus. And right before the stairs, staring at Hendrix welcoming the guests, a real size silver bulldog.
Behind the swinging doors, ones that could have been brought from a wild west bar, lays the saloon itself, or rather a well-sized restaurant - bar area. Again, beautifully decorated with chandeliers, and golden tree-like lamps, sparkling gentle rays of light.
But the highlight of our stay must have been the suite. EVERYTHING in it, the living room area with its 70's styled leather sofa, the corner-elliptic bar, the coffee table, was taken directly out of a periodical exhibition at the MOMA or better yet the VIP lounge at the iconic Studio 54. The Bedroom, with it's extra-soft round bed was decorated with a variety of antique purses along with some canvas painting of urban scenery. And the bathroom was the size of a normal-sized hotel room in London. Again, antique and styled with an authentic luxurious not-over-the-top touch.
Throughout the hotel, it's lavish hallways, a gentle hand scattered signed portraits of famous rock stars. Everyone from Bowie to Debbie Harris are there along with some mind-blowing memorabilia.
Given we stayed there during January, we didn't use the heated hot-tub on the roof, which again, was absolutely stunning in it's design. The entire roof is a deck, with trees fencing it from the other roof tops of the area. There's a stylish cocktail bar, which is enclosed and one can easily find his way from bathing to the bar and vice versa.
One more outstanding feature this hotel offers is a whole cinema built in its basement, which of course provides for a complete cultural experience.
Once again, it is not only the setting that affords this hotel's guests the pop star experience, it is the staff that really goes out of its way to provide the guests with every need. Starting with fabulous on-the-house cocktails and ending with special treats for the kids.
Moreover, when it comes to location, and after staying at London's finest hotels, I can easily state that the Karma Sanctum's obvious plus is its location on a very quiet yet central street in Soho. So central, it is actually one street over from Regent street's Hamley's. That's how central it is.
Hands down, this has been one of the best hotels we have ever stayed at. Certainly one we would love to come back to.