Hotel Café Royal 

Hotel Café Royal, nestled in the vibrant heart of London, stands as a beacon of luxury and history, seamlessly blending the grandeur of its storied past with contemporary sophistication. Located on Regent Street, bordering the dynamic Soho district and just a stone’s throw from the bustling Piccadilly Circus, this iconic hotel offers guests a sanctuary of luxury amidst the city’s ceaseless energy. With its rich heritage, exquisite architecture, and commitment to impeccable service, Hotel Café Royal is more than just a place to stay—it’s a journey through London’s illustrious history, reimagined for the modern traveler.


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What We Love

The jewel in the crown of Hotel Café Royal is undoubtedly the Akasha Holistic Wellbeing Center. Akasha transforms the concept of a hotel spa into a sanctuary of tranquility and rejuvenation, offering an escape from the urban flurry into a world of serene luxury. With a comprehensive array of treatments that blend ancient practices with contemporary wellness techniques, guests can find personalized paths to relaxation and revitalization. The spa boasts an 18-meter lap pool, Hammam, sauna, and Jacuzzi, set against a decor that evokes calm and restoration. The attention to detail extends to the healthy snacks and herbal teas offered, encouraging a holistic wellness journey. Beyond the spa, Akasha offers a state-of-the-art gym and a range of classes and wellness programs, ensuring every guest’s needs are met with the utmost care and expertise.

What We Don’t Love

While the allure of Hotel Café Royal’s central location is undeniable, offering unparalleled access to London’s vibrant cultural and social scene, it comes with its contrasts. The transition from the peace and calm of Akasha or the hotel’s luxurious interior to the lively streets of Soho and the Piccadilly Circus area can be a bit jarring. The bustling surroundings mean that stepping outside the hotel’s sanctuary immerses you back into the city’s pulsating rhythm, a stark contrast to the serene haven within. This juxtaposition, though, serves as a reminder of the unique oasis Hotel Café Royal provides in the heart of one of the world’s most dynamic cities.

Wellness & Spa

Akasha Holistic Wellbeing Center is a realm of peace meticulously crafted within the energetic heart of London. From the soothing ambience of its decor to the comprehensive selection of wellness facilities, Akasha caters to every aspect of physical and spiritual well-being. The center features an 18-meter lap pool that invites serene swims, surrounded by lounging areas that epitomize relaxation. The Hammam offers a traditional purification experience, while the sauna and Jacuzzi provide sanctuaries of warmth and comfort. The gym, equipped with the latest fitness technology, alongside a variety of classes from yoga to Pilates, supports personalized fitness journeys. The treatment menu is expansive, offering everything from massages and facials to tailored therapeutic sessions, all using organic and natural products. Akasha’s holistic approach is designed not just to pamper but to nurture lasting wellness, creating a peaceful experience that stands in contrast to the vibrant life outside.

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Design and Comfort

Hotel Café Royal has elegantly appointed rooms and suites that seamlessly blend ornate, historical detail with contemporary luxury. The rooms are spacious for London, particularly in such a central location, with the average room size being quite generous. Standard rooms offer exceptional comfort and luxury. However, for couples or those celebrating a special occasion, upgrading to a suite might enhance your stay with additional space, stunning views of the city, and luxurious amenities such as marble bathrooms and bespoke furniture.

Amenities and Services

With Akasha leading an impressive array of amenities and the hotel’s dedication to personalized, attentive service, guests are assured a stay that caters to their every need with sophistication and care.

Dining and Cuisine

The hotel’s dining options, which range from casual to Michelin-starred experiences, offer culinary delights that cater to diverse palates, emphasizing quality, creativity, and flavor. You can always go right out your door to some of London’s best restaurants as well.

  • Laurent at Café Royal: As the hotel’s flagship restaurant, Laurent offers a sophisticated grill and sushi bar under the guidance of renowned chef Laurent Tourondel. The ambiance here is both chic and inviting, with a contemporary design that complements the historic elements of the hotel. Recommended Dish: The Black Cod with Miso is a standout, perfectly pairing with the restaurant’s signature cocktails.
  • The Oscar Wilde Lounge: Known for its opulent gilded décor, this historic lounge dates back to 1865 and is the perfect spot for afternoon tea or a glass of champagne. It’s a truly unique culinary experience, offering a glimpse into London’s rich history. Signature Experience: The traditional afternoon tea here is a must-try, featuring a selection of hand-crafted pastries and teas.
  • Green Bar: Offering a vibrant setting for cocktails, the Green Bar at Café Royal is inspired by the hotel’s long history with London’s artistic community. It’s a great spot for pre-dinner drinks or a casual meet-up, with a menu featuring both classic and innovative cocktails. Favorite Pick: Try the ‘Absinthe Experience’ for a taste of the bar’s specialty.

Location and Accessibility

The hotel’s prime location offers unmatched access to London’s attractions and social hubs, though the vibrant city life right outside its doors may not appeal to those seeking a more secluded retreat. But, on the other hand, it can also be great for location and accessibility, as the tube station is only a few steps away. 

Situated in the heart of London, Hotel Café Royal enjoys a prime location on Regent Street, bordering the vibrant Soho district and just moments away from the city’s major attractions like Buckingham Palace, the West End theatres, and the British Museum.

  • Walking and Public Transit: Most of London’s key attractions are within walking distance, or just a short tube ride away. Piccadilly Circus Tube Station is less than a 5-minute walk from the hotel, providing easy access to various parts of the city.
  • Transportation Options:
    • Uber: Readily available in the area, Uber provides a convenient and flexible way to navigate around the city.
    • Chauffeur Services: For more luxurious travel arrangements, companies like Wheely offer a high-end chauffeur service that can be booked via an app, similar to Uber but with a premium on comfort and style. More information can be found directly on their website at Wheely.

Exclusivity and Privacy

While Hotel Café Royal offers luxurious privacy within its walls, its central urban location means the exclusivity is more about the interior experience than the immediate surroundings.

Sustainability and Ethical Practices

While the commitment to luxury and guest experience is evident, the hotel’s dedication to sustainability and ethical practices is less pronounced, a point for potential guests who prioritize environmental and social responsibility to consider.


  • Cherida Patterson

    Cherida, with her background in managing business development for a travel agency serving the ultra-wealthy, founded Lusso Escapes to offer genuine reviews and unique insights into luxury travel. The site presents a curated selection of the world’s finest hotels, exclusive travel guides, and access to often inaccessible luxury experiences forged from personal relationships. Lusso Escapes is a trusted source for unbiased opinions and exceptional travel opportunities. Cherida focuses on her Luxury Couple guides as she travels the globe with her partner.

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