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Hotel Sofitel London Saint-James Hotel 5 star
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Amy Adejokun Section editor

The Sofitel London Saint James is one of the most sought-after hotels for a stay in London (whether on business or a weekend break), as it has everything to offer (comfort, location, cuisine, etc.) and reasonable prices. If the hotel is full (which is often the case), book a table in the restaurant for an excellent and reasonably-priced meal.

This hotel review is a translation from the French by the agency Traductéo.

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    Location 6.28 /10

    A few steps away from Piccadilly Circus (and its underground station), 50 m from Saint James' Park and 150m from the National Gallery (in Trafalgar Square). Saint Pancras station is 5 underground stations away (direct line). The hotel also offers direct access (5 minutes on the underground) to the city centre (Covent Garden).

    Accommodation 8.45 /10

    The 186 rooms include standard, deluxe and executive rooms and suites. There are 6 rooms (executive suites) in the executive category, with wallpaper featuring watches and clocks - very popular among enthusiasts! In the other rooms, the decor, which is very British in style and not too over-the-top, favours dark colours (browns, blacks, greens, midnight blue) and straight lines, but the rooms aren't always spacious. Request a deluxe room or above (19m²), if you don't like having to watch your step. As far as lay-out is concerned, the rooms on the top floor are located in the attic and the standard rooms have less windows and are therefore not as bright and airy. This doesn't matter too much in the winter, but is rather annoying in the summer. The comfort is first-class though, there is a bed with a duvet and a good quality mattress, a flat-screen television, a telephone, free tea and coffee-making facilities, a mini-bar, air-conditioning and a safe (large enough to hold a laptop computer). The bathrooms in the standard and deluxe rooms have a bathtub (with an umbrella shower head). Other categories also have a separate shower as well as a bathtub. A hair-dryer and a basket of branded hospitality products are also provided.

    Overview 8.20 /10

    A historic, 6-storey Georgian-style building, the Sofitel London Saint James was a bank at the beginning of the 20th Century. It became a hotel (and a Sofitel) in 2002. The listed façade hasn't changed. The inside, especially the lobby, has preserved certain details of the former bank. You will also find a glass window where old coins are displayed. A mezzanine floor houses a piano, which is played live every evening by a musician. In the afternoon, at tea time, a harpist provides live music. Why not take a look at the library-lounge and the beautiful books stacked on the shelves? Here you can have a drink, a bite to eat (patisseries), or take tea (between 3pm and 6pm). There are mini-sandwiches available, as well as scones, sweet delicacies, a choice of coffees and teas and even a flute of champagne, all for around £37. Due to the emphasis the hotel places on cuisine, it is perhaps a little lacking in sporting activities and leisure facilities. There is no spa at the Sofitel, just a small gym with no outside views, and a massage area and beauty treatments can be booked in advance.

    Food and drink 9.20 /10

    Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served in the Roux brasserie, the decor of which is true brasserie style (polished wood, filtered ceiling lights, simple medallion motifs, etc.). It takes its name from the chef Albert Roux, who oversees the quality of the dishes served. It is a famous restaurant that should be tried by all those who like authenticity. Reasonably-priced (for London) and open 365 days a year, it offers various set menus. The most reasonable option is the "theatre menu" served between 5.30pm and 7pm: a 3-course set menu for £17.60, or £23.10 with a glass of wine. Or would you prefer to have lunch there? The RouXpress 4-course set menu is served from Monday to Friday in a maximum of 45 minutes, for £22.80. Of course, at that price, the grilled fish and fillet of venison in peppercorn sauce is not available, but it is a chance to sample tasty (and organic - the Basquaise salmon) products and varied dishes (mushroom risotto, tarragon chicken and cauliflower velouté). A good selection of wines and several types of mineral water are also available.

    To know

    The Sofitel London Saint James is housed in a former bank (with a listed façade). Those in the know will notice certain details from this period in the lobby. Others will turn their attention to the floral decor (vases in a variety of materials, tall exotic or seasonal flowers, etc.): it has even been awarded for its originality.

    A word of warning: as the hotel is much in demand during festival and conference periods, it is often fully booked outside of the school holidays. If this is the case, try to have tea there (in the pleasant, floral print library-lounge), or even lunch or dinner.

    Accommodation advice:
    If you are coming as a family (2 adults and 1 child), request a deluxe room (20 m²) or above so that there is enough space for an additional bed. Standard rooms are not spacious enough for this (16m²).

    The rooms are very comfortably fitted out and it is not necessary to select a room "with a view" (deluxe, executive or suite), except for in the summer so that you can open the window. The view gives on to Piccadilly Circus and the surrounding area edged with old, tree-shaded buildings.

    Equipment

    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      massage, beauty salon, hammam, keep fit, spa, Turkish bath

    • Sports equipment

      gym, fitness, sports

    • Animals allowed
    • Whirlpool bath
    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • A stone's throw away from Saint James' Park.
    • Excellent restaurant.
    • Award-winning floral decor.

    disadvantages

    • Standard rooms with no outside views.
    • Noisy guests in the restaurant.

    Traveller Reviews

    6
    • Overall Score nc/10
    • Sarah P. Sarah P.  
      1 Opinions
      • Package deals in janvier 2016 Posted on 2016-06-19 Seul - 1 nuitée (Chambre avec vue)

        Magnifique cadre et très convivial. Tout le personnel est agréable

      • Advantages

        sympa, sérieux, convivial, personnel respectueux

      • Disavantages

        aucun inconvénient à signaler tout est correct

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      • Overall Score 8.00/10
    • Michel R. Michel R.  
      1 Opinions
      • Package deals in janvier 2015 Posted on 2015-01-19 En famille - 2 nuitées (Chambre sans vue)

        Excellent hôtel, chambre confortable (mais matelas trop mou), belle salle de bain et équipement, personnel charmant et serviable, très bien placé. Seuls bémols, retard un matin pour faire les chambres, et pas de place pour "five o'clock"! Nous recommandons cet hôtel qui est le meilleur que nous ayons eu à Londres

      • Advantages

        Au centre ville, à proximité de la National Gallery et de Buckingham Service très serviable et aimable

      • Disavantages

        Un petit "bug" pour le service chambre, mais mineur par rapport aux aux qualités. Pas de vue de notre chambre

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      • Overall Score 9.40/10
    • Julien A. Julien A.  
      2 Opinions
      • Package deals in septembre 2013 Posted on 2014-01-29 En couple - 3 à 5 nuitées (Chambre avec vue)

        Un hotel de choix, très bien entretenu et très bien aménagé. Des chambres superbes et surtout un personnel au petit soin malgré le monde présent lors de notre séjour. Je recommande sans hésitation et n'hésiterai pas à y retourner pour mon prochain séjour dans quelques mois.

      • Advantages

        Personnel au petit soin et chambre très soignée

      • Disavantages

        A part le fait que l'hotel était bondé lors de mon séjour je ne vois rien.

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      • Overall Score 8.50/10
    • Jessica S. Jessica S.  
      1 Opinions
      • Package deals in mars 2011 Posted on 2013-11-26 Seul - 2 nuitées (Chambre avec vue)

        hôtel très classe où un majordome vous attend pour vous portez vos affaires les chambres sont grandes, confortables et dotées d'une baignoire

      • Advantages

        propreté confort de la chambre proximité du centre de Londre

      • Disavantages

        pas de chaines françaises télé

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      • Overall Score 8.75/10
    • Jose Manuel P. Jose Manuel P.  
      7 Opinions
      • Package deals in septiembre 2009 Posted on 2012-04-03 Familia - 2 noches (Habitación sin vistas)

        Habitación amplia y muy comoda. La decoración del hotel con mucho gusto. Calidad en todos los aspectos y restaurante muy recomendable.

      • Advantages

        Situación inmejorable, a un paso de Picadilly Circus. Atención exquisita Gastronomia Relación calidad precio

      • Disavantages

        Habitación sin vistas. El precio no es demasiado asequible pero su calidad lo justifica

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      • Overall Score 8.57/10
    • Véronique R. Véronique R.  
      22 Opinions
      • Package deals in avril 2008 Posted on 2011-11-30 En famille - Une semaine et plus (Chambre avec vue)

        Un hôtel excellent. Cher, mais très bon service et équipements. Belles chambres.

      • Advantages

        Localisation parfaite !

      • Disavantages

        Tarifs élevés, il faut essayer de dénicher une promotion...

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      • Overall Score 7.00/10
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