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Café Royal

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Photo: Courtesy of Cafe Royal

68 Regent St.
London, England, W1B 4DY, United Kingdom
TEL: 44-20-7406-3333
David Chipperfield Architects went to great lengths to create a hotel worthy of this central location (between St. James, Mayfair, and Soho) and the landmarked salons and dining rooms of the site’s eponymous café, where Oscar Wilde famously spent absinthe-fueled evenings. Neighboring buildings now house the 159 ultramodern rooms, all outfitted with custom furniture by Chipperfield and B&B Italia and baths carved out of solid Carrara marble. We loved watching the bustle of Piccadilly Circus from our soundproofed suite, where we could tune it all out just by closing the curtains.

Room to Book:

For the ultimate luxury stay, the Dome Suite dominates Piccadilly Circus. For somewhat more low-key glamour, the suites beneath it, in the former County Fire Office, overlook Piccadilly Circus with amazing views of the famed statue of Eros; book one on the third or fourth floor to capture views of Big Ben as well. Suite guests will also be granted access to the private Café Royal club, on the mezzanine above the Ten Room dining room, which includes a lounge, bar, and screening room.

Insider Tip:

In honor of famed patron Oscar Wilde, who drank a great deal of absinthe in the Grill Room, the bar serves a number of varieties of the now wormwood-free pale green spirit, and the staff are happy to share their knowledge. Try one of the artisanal varieties—the more herbal, less sweet Jade was our favorite—and drink a toast to Wilde, only without the hallucinations.

Amenities

Open / Closes
  • Accessible by Public Transportation
  • Adjoining Rooms
  • Babysitting
  • Childcare
  • Concierge
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Gym/Fitness Center
  • Hair/Beauty Salon
  • Laundry Service
  • Maid Service
  • Meeting Room
  • Parking Fee
  • Parking Available
  • Room Service
  • Spa
  • Valet Parking
  • WiFi

Year Opened: 2012

Number of Restaurants: 3

Number of Rooms: 104

Other:

Number of Suites: 55

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