In the bustling heart of Piccadilly, the reborn Hotel Café Royal stands as a testament to timeless elegance and modern luxury. This iconic establishment boasts two distinct entrances, each offering a unique experience to its esteemed guests. The original entrance on Regent Street leads visitors into the former restaurant, The Oscar Wilde Lounge, a harmonious blend of historic Grade II listed features and exquisite rococo design. Meanwhile, the main entrance on Air Street, recently redesigned by the renowned Piero Lissoni, presents a stunning lobby adorned with a magnificent 350-kilo Murano glass chandelier that serves as the focal point of attention.
Stepping into Hotel Café Royal is like stepping into a living tapestry of history. The establishment proudly pays homage to its rich heritage and the many notable individuals who have frequented its doors over the years. From Lady Diana to Churchill, Muhammad Ali to David Bowie, the hotel has welcomed numerous luminaries from various fields. It is a place where the past seamlessly intertwines with the present.
Upon entering your room, you are enveloped in an atmosphere of modern tranquility. The spacious accommodations offer large windows that provide captivating views of Piccadilly Circus and Regent Street, yet manage to shield the interior from the hustle and bustle of the city. The hotel’s meticulous attention to detail ensures that guests can enjoy a peaceful and restful stay in their modern sanctuary.
When it comes to dining, Hotel Café Royal sets the bar incredibly high with its three exceptional restaurants. Located on the first floor, Alex Dilling’s Two Michelin-starred restaurant presents a modern interpretation of traditional French gastronomy. With just 36 seats, this intimate space overlooks the graceful curvature of Regent Street and has been masterfully designed by Chipperfield. Every dish is a work of art, a symphony of flavors that tantalize the senses and showcase the pinnacle of culinary craftsmanship.
For a more casual dining experience, Cakes & Bubbles beckons guests with its charming street café atmosphere on Regent Street. Here, the renowned pastry chef Albert Adrià, formerly of El Bulli, delights visitors with an array of delectable desserts. His many variations of cheesecake are simply divine. Alternatively, guests can indulge in a classic afternoon tea at the opulent The Grill Room, formerly known as the Café Royal Grill. Immerse yourself in the gilded surroundings as you savor delicate pastries, freshly brewed tea, and the quintessentially British tradition of afternoon tea.
Hotel Café Royal is not only an oasis of luxury; it also offers an ideal location for both business trips and weekend getaways filled with cultural experiences. While the hotel may lack extensive green spaces, a 15-minute walk will lead you to the verdant splendor of Green Park. Alternatively, to truly immerse yourself in nature, I recommend booking a signature massage at the hotel’s wellness center before embarking on a countryside excursion. As we did, you can combine the indulgence of Hotel Café Royal with the serenity of the rural landscape for a truly unforgettable escape.