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It's that time of year again: the 2012 HotelChatter Awards! Between last Friday and today, we're showcasing the best (and worst) of hotels over the past year. But we couldn't do it without you! Let us know your thoughts in the comments below, or shoot us an email. And the Award goes to..
Between the Diamond Jubilee and the Olympics, 2012 was a big year for London. Everything went off—thankfully—without a hitch, and in the aftermath of the festivities, we got loads of shiny new hotels to gawk at. To say the least, it's been a tough job just trying to keep up with it all.
Most hotels aimed for a pre-Olympics opening, and most inevitably failed (but does a hotel delay really surprise us at this point?). Our winner for Best Renovation of 2012 falls in this category, having recently re-opened its doors after four years of renovation work: we're talking, of course, about Café Royal.
Modern meets history is an oft-used phrase to describe hotels that mix the traditional with the contemporary, but there are few where the description is as apt as it is here.
Having shown you the view Britannia enjoys from the roof, we’ll now take you inside on a brief tour.
Our visit to Café Royal London last week was memorable for a number of reasons: we’ve been watching construction around Piccadilly Circus and Regent Street progress for several years, and now we could finally see both the historic public spaces and thoroughly modern hotel rooms coming together.
But the highlight for us was standing next to the famous statue of Britannia on the roof, looking down on Piccadilly Circus and beyond to St James’s and Westminster. It was a very London moment, and one that, when the hotel opens, will be reserved for guests staying in the Dome Suite. The suite, with its spectacular circular space crowning the hotel, features an 85m2 (915 square feet) terrace, accessed through an arch underneath the statue.
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UPDATE: The hotel will actually open in October. A firm opening date is expected in a few weeks. We pulled the December 1st date from the LHW website.
We’ve been following the transformation of the venerable Café Royal in London from meeting place for artists and intellectuals (Oscar Wilde used to be a regular) into a hotel for the 21st century since way back in 2008.
We saw some of the construction progress earlier this year, with the hotel facing Regent Street and Piccadilly Circus, and an office/retail complex (including a giant Whole Foods) behind it. The site is in the middle of an area that is undergoing a little renaissance, with a chunk just to the south between Piccadilly and Jermyn Street being rebuilt (opposite the Le Méridien Piccadilly we talked about last week), the hotly-awaited Firmdale flagship a few steps east, and a planned 500-room pod hotel in the Trocadero complex just a bit further, right up to the shiny white spaceship that is the W Leicester Square.
With an expected pre-Olympics opening being missed and the website of parent group The Set Hotels having so few details available, we’ve eagerly awaited a first look at the hotel’s interiors. Imagine our surprise when we stumbled on a number of renderings over at The Leading Hotels of the World, where Café Royal is already listed.
If you were crestfallen to hear that the Bulgari London, now opening June 1, would be out of your price range, you'll be happy to know that there's another new hotel opening in London this summer (actually, there's quite a few, thanks to the Olympics) that will better suit your budget--The Cafe Royal.
We first learned of this place way back in 2008 when plans were first announced to turn the landmark Cafe Royal on Regent Street into a hotel. Now, nearly four years later we're starting to learn a little more about the property and thanks to our Hotel Bond, James Bond, we've got some snapshots of the construction too.