Approaching the imposing Sofitel St James resort simply off Pall Mall in St James, I felt compelled to cease and stare for an extended lingering second to take pleasure in its gorgeous Grade II-listed neoclassical façade.
A part of AccorHotels the constructing is simply stunning. It was designed by E. Keynes Buy in affiliation with Durward Brown and was accomplished in 1923. It had an extended life as a financial institution for a few years earlier than the French resort group took it over and turned it into this fabulous resort.
Strolling via the massive doorway takes you onto white and black marbled flooring donned with an ornate Persian carpet, darkish purple armchairs, darkish wooden furnishings and interesting pottery and flowers.
The darkish marble reception desk with its inexperienced cushioned backdrop and seemingly sky-high ceilings counsel that pleasure is a severe enterprise delivered with precision.
Employees are amazingly attentive and as it is a French resort you might be greeted in each French and English. Checking in is straightforward and my luggage had been taken to my room with none prompting. Later a textual content popped up on my WhatsApp asking if I used to be proud of my room. A pleasant contact.
You possibly can take a tour of the resort right here.
Everybody would take pleasure in a keep on the Sofitel St James. There are household rooms, assembly rooms and interesting eating and cocktails experiences that will make you need to keep some time.
Rooms are reassuringly trendy and are available in a wide range of colors from pink to marine blue. Mine, room 294, had a inexperienced color scheme with a inexperienced headboard, tartan carpet and a stunning lime inexperienced designer chair that I’d have favored to liberate similtaneously the Hermès toiletries.
There’s the odd piece of pop artwork on the partitions and on cabinets and artwork deco styling together with a smeg kettle that stands out amid the Nespresso machine and a totally stocked minibar.
A big comfortable mattress comes with three sorts of pillows and crisp linens and the ensuite rest room has a walk-in bathe, fluffy towels, slippers and a dressing robe.
Mod cons embody an iPod docking station, a hairdryer a TV and I appreciated the fantastically quiet air-con, the studying lights above the mattress and a nifty radio. Conveniently there’s loads of thoughtfully positioned plugs and USB ports.
Two complimentary glass bottles of water are supplied and the turndown service features a teacup with a chamomile flower teabag that will help you drift off to sleep.
I had my laptop computer with me and so actually appreciated the work desk and chair to work on.
Meals and Drink
The restaurant, Wild Honey St James, is a stunning area designed by Jim Hamilton with a mixture of seating starting from soft-to-touch blue banquettes and tanned leather-based chairs. Overhead there’s chandelier type lighting and a few nice paintings.
A trendy breakfast is served there. The bar turns into a buffet with a collection of freshly squeezed juices, fruits, French pastries, cereals, cheeses and yoghurts.
There’s additionally a cooked breakfast menu together with poached eggs and omelettes and even unique spicy Akari eggs, pancakes, porridge and waffles and a Full English.
After breakfast, Wild Honey St James provides all-day eating. Dishes are principally French classics created by head chef Simon Woodrow in collaboration with Chef Anthony Demetre.
The piece de resistance is the sensational St James bar that’s so good it has a separate assessment you possibly can learn right here.
A quaint afternoon tea is served in a really fairly pink-hued Rose lounge. This isn’t a typical tea, this contains French onion soup, Croque monsieur and celeriac, truffle and bacon quiche. You possibly can although select a standard tea of freshly baked scones, finger sandwiches, and delicate pastries.
There’s a fitness center on the primary ground that’s open 24/7 – useful in the event you can’t sleep.
The Sofitel spa on the bottom ground is a good looking area providing the superb trending final pores and skin detoxifying facial – the HydraFacial. Different hydra experiences embody Haman and jacuzzi and a number of remedies utilizing Codage Paris and Cinq Mondes merchandise. For the final word in romance, they provide couples’ remedies.
For enterprise, there are excessive tech assembly rooms and valet parking too and Wi-fi all through.
How a lot:
Doubles from £439 for 2 folks per night time.
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What’s Close by?
Nationwide Gallery, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, Soho, Regent Road and all of the West Finish theatres. Piccadilly Circus and Charing Cross station are additionally handy do you have to want to journey additional afield.
The Sofitel St James is undeniably trendy with interesting amenities and eating choices. It’s a spot to hang around and likewise a spot with quick access to the class of London at its doorstep. A giant thumbs up.