On a crispy Friday evening, lots of cancelled trains, delays and much more… I arrived at the stunning Sofitel London St James located in the former home of Cox’s and King’s bank in the very heart of London. Built to house the headquarters of a successful army of banks, the building only became a hotel in the last century when Sofitel saw its hidden potential and transformed it into a 125,000 sq ft luxury 5-star hotel.
Behind a stunning neoclassical facade lies an exceptional 5-star hotel with a warm heart and stylish interior. Located in central London, only round the corner from Trafalgar Square and on the corner of Pall Mall, the hotel is on the doorstep of London. The district is a posh area with lots of beautiful buildings and it looked even better when I visited last month as all the christmas decorations were up and lighting the way! It is also within walking distance of a myriad of attractions including: the National Gallery and National Portrait Galleries, Institute of Contemporary Arts, shops of Regent Street and tourist hotspots of Piccadilly Circus.
From the moment you walk through the door, in fact before then, from the moment you step out of your taxi, or Uber, you are welcomed by the doorman in his traditional wear, to welcome you to the hotel and take your suitcase and bag from you as you check into your room. The entrance of the hotel is stunning with not a bland shade of neutral in sight. The black and white marble floors are topped with a huge Persian rugs, and dotted around the room are decadent red-velvet chairs and sofas, which make the place seem magical. Then because it is Christmas there was a huge tree in the corner of the room and Christmas inspired decorations dotted around both the entrance hall and other rooms in the hotel.
This stunning theme continues into the Balcon restaurant and alongside the Oriental-style in St James Bar the hotel oozes a compelling but homely feel throughout. There’s also a grand brasserie featuring twin spiral staircases, an old-world-style lounge serving cocktails and afternoon tea, fitness centre and a 3-storey spa.
Once checked in we were taken to our room, where I was invited in by a stylish and comfortable bedroom with beautiful bathroom and spacious space. The elegant rooms feature free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and minibars, as well as tea and coffee making facilities and a velvet seat to relax and read your favourite mag.
The rooms aren’t as opulent as downstairs but they do have discreet touches, like the wallpaper and old-school bathroom. The checkerboard tiles and a suitably deep bath were also great additions. The bed was also super comfy, giving me and T a great night’s sleep!
The pricing for the room service was rather expensive, as was the drinks menu but other than that, most thing can complimentary within the room, with the exception of the mini bar. Tea and coffee facilities were comp as were the toiletries in the bathroom.
Once morning arrived, we went downstairs for breakfast and enjoyed a hot and continental buffet in portion sizes that enable you to try a little bit of everything, alongside great additions such as health smoothies and a large choice of options. We checked out with no fuss and made our way into London, ready for our cookery course at Bourne and Hollingworth!
Doubles from £276. Breakfast excluded (continental £19, full English £25). Free Wi-Fi.
Sofitel London St James, 6 Waterloo Place London SW1Y 4AN
*I was invited to stay at the Sofitel London St James however all opinions are my own.