Sofitel London St James
What We Love
- Top location between the theater-packed West End and Buckingham Palace
- More than 50 champagnes served in the Coco Chanel–inspired bar
- Sofitel MyBeds, Hermès toiletries and free bottled water come standard in all rooms
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What To Know
- Advance reservations are recommended for afternoon tea in the Rose Lounge, especially on weekends
- Free WiFi
- Popular with business travelers
- Decor combines French style and a great British aesthetic
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
With a killer location between the West End’s theater-packed streets and leafy St. James’s Park (the queen’s backyard), this stately sleep occupies a former bank that dates back to 1923. Clad in traditional Portland stone, the six-story edifice is protected by English Heritage, and tons of original features remain, including mighty marble columns and ornate ceiling moldings. The lobby is dotted with banking paraphernalia (counting apparatus and typewriters), and oil paintings of the former execs peer down from the wood-paneled walls. The interiors are courtesy of lauded interior designer Pierre-Yves Rochon, who has managed to combine Sofitel’s signature French style with a great British aesthetic; this five-star property offers a taste of Paris just steps from Piccadilly Circus.
Bed and Bath
All 183 guestrooms come with Sofitel MyBeds (a cozy featherbed/mattress/wood base combo wrapped in Yves Delorme linens and topped with jumbo pillows), free WiFi and free bottled water. The masculine color scheme combines black, white and gray furnishings and dark lacquered furniture, and photos of London scenes decorate the walls. In keeping with the French-English theme, all bathrooms are stocked with Hermès toiletries, and radios from Brit brand Roberts sit next to the bed.
The Balcon is a bistro-style dining room that serves classic British dishes served with French finesse (Herefordshire snails in a garlic jus, Scottish beef rib with gratin dauphinois). Follow up with a drink in the St. James Bar, an intimate wood-paneled drinking den inspired by Coco Chanel’s Paris apartment where you can kick back on a velvet armchair and quaff your way through the champagne-heavy drink list. The Rose Lounge is a popular afternoon tea spot for its bold floral decor, specially commissioned Wedgwood china and live harpist. Hit the spa for a treatment using products from French brands Carita and Cinq Mondes. The space expanded in 2009, when Sofitel knocked through to the neighboring Bank of Nigeria to create a three-story Zen-like enclave, home to five treatment rooms, a designer relaxation room and a Jacuzzi.
In the Area
You’re a short walk from St. James’s Park, London’s oldest green space (which backs onto Buckingham Palace Gardens), and Hyde Park, where you can boat on the lake, ride along ancient horse trails or swim in the Serpentine Lido. Shopping thoroughfares Oxford Street, Bond Street and Regents Street are all within strolling distance. Hit Carnaby Street and Kingly Court for smaller independent boutiques and to browse Liberty, arguably the city’s prettiest department store, where creaky staircases lead to artfully designed rooms stocked with luxe labels. Soho is full of gourmet hot spots, from Alan Yau’s excellent dim sum restaurant Yuatcha to New York–style dive bar Spuntino to the bohemian Maison Bertaux, London’s oldest patisserie. For a culture fix, walk along Piccadilly to the Royal Academy for blockbuster art shows.
How to Get There
Excellent & attentive staff. Our special requests were always met.
Great location and superb Rooms & their features
Multilanguage Television Menus & Progs, great for foreign guests
Great Bathrooms and features
Absolutely wonderful service. Nice rooms. Excellent location especially if you are on a vacation trip. Very good restaurant and bar. Stayed for several times and celebrated New Years 2018. Highly recommend to stay.
We had a recently renovated deluxe premium room. Quiet, spacious, and confortable. The room was on the fifth floor overlooking Pall Mall. Very nicely decorated. The bathroom had only one sink and the rain shower and tub combination was rather cramped. The controls were awkward to access. For visitors staying more than a few days, the storage for clothes was limited. The light switches in the room were not easy to coordinate. The buffet breakfast was excellent with a wide variety of choices. The dining room staff were very friendly and helpful, especially our hostess Nestli and our server Agate. We had two issues with the room (sink stopper stuck closed; requested a top sheet for the bed that was removed twice and not replaced by housekeeping. Both issues were resolved.) I would certainly recommend the Sofitel St. James to any travlelers to London.