From the moment you step into Hotel Café Royal, it’s clear you’re in for a grand stay. The interior radiates sophistication, with every surface gleaming and a striking 700-pound Murano glass chandelier lighting up the lobby. Can you imagine sipping tea in one of those cozy dark nooks, maybe with a good book? And oh, this side entrance off Piccadilly opens to a grand staircase leading right up to the oh-so-vintage, rococo-style Oscar Wilde Lounge.
About the rooms, let’s just say they’re the kind that make you go “wow.” Think Carrara marble in bathrooms, leather-lined walls, and this high-end sound system. And here’s the coolest part: with the state-of-the-art windows, the bustling London streets feel a world away. It’s so quiet! Service? Top-notch! Imagine this: luggage sorted in the room faster than the check-in. Some rooms even come with their own butler—fancy, right? Might be a bit much for some, but hey, snagging a table at that hot restaurant in town? Suddenly, a breeze.
Location-wise, this place nails it. Nestled right on the edge of Piccadilly Circus, it’s so blended into Mayfair that you could almost miss it. And if there’s one thing to rave about, it’s the spa. Even if you’re not a guest, swing by for a treatment. The ambiance is more snug than basement-y, complete with a pool, steam, and sauna rooms.
Location: London, England
The vibe: From the grand lobby to the gold-adorned afternoon tea room once frequented by Oscar Wilde, everything about this place oozes sophistication and opulence.
Food + Drink: Imagine sipping on award-winning afternoon tea in the opulent Café Royal, a space that once echoed with the conversations of Oscar Wilde. Got a sweet tooth? Head over to Cakes and Bubbles. Not only do they offer a huge selection of sparkling wines, but their cheesecake is truly something to write home about. For those fancying a drink, the Green Bar crafts some of the finest cocktails you’ll ever taste. And if you’re in the mood for an elegant dining experience, the two-Michelin-starred Alex Dilling offers a modern spin on French gastronomy, all set against the scenic backdrop of bustling Regent Street. Every meal here is not just food; it’s an experience.
Amenities: WIFI, onsite restaurant and bar, pool, and spa
Any personal neighborhood recs? Fancy a bit of shopping? Well, you’ve got the crème de la crème with places like Selfridges, Fortnum & Mason, Liberty London, and, of course, the legendary Harrods. If you’re more into soaking up some culture, check out the Royal Academy of Arts or The National Gallery. And trust me, the Natural History Museum and Victoria & Albert Museum are must-sees. Feeling like a theater night? The Criterion Theatre and Piccadilly Theatre are right there. Honestly, this neighborhood’s got a little bit of everything.
Our favorite thing about the hotel: The spa is heavenly. While the hotel already feels like an escape from the bustling London streets, the spa takes it to another level with it’s dimly lit pool and zen-inducing treatments.
What’s nearby?: Piccadilly Circus, Selfridges, Fortnum & Mason, Liberty London, Harrods, Royal Academy of Arts, The National Gallery, Natural History Museum, Victoria & Albert Museum, The Criterion Theatre, Piccadilly Theatre
Pricing: Rates start at £800/night for Deluxe Room night.
Closest Airport: London Heathrow Airport