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A New Glamorous Experience

Hotel Café Royal unveils a revamped design.

An oasis of calm and candlelight, this is a far cry from the madding crowds of Piccadilly Circus. The lobby, restaurants and 160 guest rooms of Hotel Café Royal are thoroughly prim and proper, with no details taken for granted and nothing out of place. The room design is thoughtful, suites have truly separate spaces with doors that close so guests can entertain and indulgent. Walls are clad in fumed English oak or rusticated Portland stone, and floors are herringbone parquet. The bathtubs-built-for-two are solid Carrara marble, carved out inside the rooms. All the usual facilities are accounted for, such as stylish gym, pool, sauna, hot tub, steam room and cosseting treatment rooms offering glorious face and body treats.

Last month, Hotel Café Royal unveils a revamped lobby and guest arrival experience. Designed and overseen by the world-renowned architect and interior designer Piero Lissoni and created with a total investment of almost £5m, the large new lobby delivers an outstanding and glamorous entrance to the hotel. Inspired by the lobbies of the world’s Palace hotels, the new reception area at Hotel Café Royal is double height and one of the largest in London. With the new restaurant above, also designed by Lissoni, this new grand space fully completes the offering at the hotel, now open for five years.

Lissoni’s previous global projects are varied and extend to yachts, residential properties and luxury hotels including the Conservatorium in Amsterdam, also owned by The Set hotels. Working closely with the hotel team, Lissoni has transformed the main entrance to the hotel on Air Street. The transformation of this historical space, part of the original Café Royal built in 1926 is a sensitive yet striking one, a hallmark of Lissoni’s work.

The minimalist yet opulent lobby is characterised by a sense of space and contemporary glamour that marries the building’s gilded past with its patrons’ contemporary lifestyles. As visitors arrive through the double height revolving door they are first greeted by a view of the bespoke Murano glass chandelier that dominates the room.

“I wanted to respect and convey the true ‘feeling’ of London by combining the contemporary life and taste of the city’s inhabitants with its inheritant elegance and tradition, explains Lissoni. “On working with The Set hotels in the collaborative efforts to create and complete the project he stated “on this project the word ‘impossible’ was forbidden to use”.

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