As an admirer of the Old Cafe Royal, which I had already visited with my parents in its glory days, I was more than excited to find out what the Cafe Royal would become as a Hotel.
Well, they aimed at opening for the Olympics... and as of now are still not fully open, and when you stay there you "feel it".
The rooms are designed to my liking... yet for my wife they are to spartanic.
Yet technical flaws and dead sockets are then also not my joy.
The staff certainly tries, yet we have visited the empty restaurant, and the food was mediocre... with fast starters (with shells in the crab meat)... then an eternity for overcooked mains with cold sides... and then dreadfully dry dessert.
Overall, I might come back in 2015... until then, I hope they get their act together...
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Combining architectural heritage with contemporary design, Cafe Royal has been reincarnated as a luxury hotel in the heart of London's West End with the elegance of Mayfair to the west and the creativity of Soho to the east. Grand historic areas have been sensitively restored while 160 guestrooms, including 49 suites and six signature suites have been created in a contemporary yet refined style. Our guestrooms start from approximately 35 sq m / 377 sq ft to 212 sq m / 2,281sq ft with every room presenting itself as a suite. Continuing its celebrated legacy, Hotel Cafe Royal offers a selection of restaurants and bars for guests to enjoy. At the heart of the hotel, the Ten Room offers British informal dining all-day, while the Green Bar is the perfect place to relax and unwind with a cocktail. Restored to revive the ornate Louis XVI decor and detailing, the iconic Oscar Wilde Bar (formerly the legendary Grill Room, originally established in 1865), is now the place to enjoy Champagne, cocktails and a light menu of British dishes and live entertainment on select evenings. The Cafe, on Regent Street, revives the European tradition of cafe culture. To complete the experience, the Akasha Holistic Wellbeing Centre is an urban retreat in the centre of the capital spanning over 1,200 sq m / 13,000 sq ft featuring a large lap pool, sauna and Hammam/steam room and offering a range of signature treatments. Reflecting a core vision to harmoniously unite the four natural elements of nature, Akasha features four corresponding spaces; lounge/earth, spa/water, gym/fire, yoga/air. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Cafe Royal Hotel London
- Hotel Cafe Royal London, England