By Mariam Nihal
Out of all the best surprises London has to offer- Hotel Cafe Royal is one you cannot afford to miss.
Deep rooted in history, the hotel’s legacy speaks for itself even today.
The story began in 1863, when Daniel Nicholas Thévenon, a French merchant and his wife Celestine escaped to England from Paris. Celestine reportedly invested in the course with the savings she had put aside. Many say the hotel’s motif is a creation of Nicholas and his son based on political witticism. But before it became this exceptional five star hotel, it was a restaurant and meeting place where the French brought unfamiliar and fascinating flavors to the English palette.
The name soon became a force to reckon with when fate decided to change its course. Hotel Café Royal was far from ordinary.
For instance, there was nothing regular about the regulars at the hotel, from legends like Oscar Wilde, Muhammad Ali, Winston Churchill, Virginia Woolf, D. H. Lawrence, George Bernard Shaw, Elizabeth Taylor and Bowie, among many others; the hotel was the chosen home for legends. Some of the 21st century celebrities who have been a part of the new prestige are Rihanna, Naomi, Kanye West, Frank Ocean, Lewis Hamilton and many more.
Stars regularly walked in and out of the landmark hotel, while guests today hope to follow in their footsteps and cross paths with their icons to relive those extraordinary moments in history. Take for instance the Oscar Wilde setting that serves the most authentic and compelling afternoon tea. Take a moment and let that sink in next time you visit.
But much like London, Hotel Cafe Royal may have a similar illusion. London is a big fan of membership-only places that sometimes may not even look like they deserve that privilege, even though more often than not, that comprehension changes once you get inside and see what the big deal is about. Hotel Cafe Royal does the same. Tucked away on Regent Street, the hotel is a gem waiting to be discovered. It is the place everyone wishes they could keep secret. The penthouses are awe-inspiring and the suites are great for a Saudi family vacation.
Hotel Cafe Royal pride themselves in having Mayfair to the west and creative Soho to the East, as the hotel is positioned within walking distance of some of the best shopping streets, tourist attractions and theatreland.
It has 160 guestrooms and suites including seven signature suites that have been created in a contemporary yet sophisticated style. Just like the hotel’s understated entrance, you may be fooled into believing otherwise but rest assured, everything from their pool, spa and guest rooms are remarkably large and perhaps the biggest in the city. Definitely a plus for Arabs traveling alone or with families.
Their one bedroom suite is 66 square meter with a separate living, dressing and bedroom area.
In fact the Carrara marble bathrooms alone are as big as some of the other luxury hotel rooms in London. From carved walls to bathtubs, the spa like interiors are meticulously designed to create a plush yet tranquil experience.
The only glitch was part of room service and their misplaced sense of privacy. But even that was handled with sincere apologies.
Overall, the hotel offers a great selection of restaurants and a holistic wellbeing concept, Akasha. This is the only hotel spa in London to offer treatments in the Watsu pool or private Hammam, an Arab requisite. Learn more about their latest offers for great deals on their website www.hotelcaferoyal.com
London Dreams Come True at Hotel Café Royal
This winter, Hotel Café Royal brings the Middle Eastern traveller the perfect London holiday. From 23 carat spa treatements to the best London shooping sprees along Regent’s street, The Spa Dreams escape will leave the London streets paved with gold.
Guests will start their dream vacation in the comfort of a spacious suite, where options range from sumptuous, modern simplicity to a collection of regal signature suites. Private wings allow larger groups to enjoy a private and secure stay. Soothe away the stress of everyday life with a reviving spa stay in the heart of London. Experience the vibrancy of the capital and the serenity of the Akasha Holistic Wellbeing Centre with a spa treatment of your choice.
Pioneering a new approach to wellbeing, the Akasha Holistic Wellbeing Centre is the perfect sanctuary to relax and revive. It offers a range of wellbeing specialists trained in nutrition, intuitive counselling, performance and lifestyle coaching, personal training or aquatic bodywork and a schedule of holistic classes including workout, cardio, yoga, meditation and pilates, choose from their range of bespoke specialist treatments or signature experiences including classic facials and massages. Take a dip in the Gold Hammam, a two step treatment to polish away the stress and revitalize the glamour. Starting with a full body cleanse using rhassoul clay and black olive soap blended with 23 carat gold minerals, Guests are given the choice of an indulgent massage or an extravagant facial in one of Akasha’s lush treatment rooms to complete this ritual.
Mornings will begin with a hearty English Breakfast at the Oscar Wilde Tea Room and days will be spent taking advantage of a generous 10% VIP discount at luxury brands placed along the surrounding Regent Street.
Overnight stay in a luxurious guestroom or suite
Access to all facilities within Akasha Holistic Wellbeing Centre, including our range of holistic classes
£120 spa credit per person to be used on treatment of choice
Full English breakfast
Regent Street VIP shopping card offering 10% discount on luxury brands
Late check out 4pm upon availability