Hotel Vicinity:Nearest: Tube Station: Piccadilly Circus 0.2 miles (0.4 km), Railway Station: London Charing Cross 0.3 miles (0.5 km), DLR Station: Tower Gateway 2.5 miles (4.1 km), Motorway: M1 Junction 1 6.1 miles (9.8 km). This hotel boasts 5 tube stations with a half mile radius (0.8 km). Wonderfully located in the heart of the tourist area of London is the Sofitel St. James Hotel London, a grade II listed building. Originally the hotel was the base for the Cox and King's bank and its original neo classic facade remains in place having been renovated to capture the grandeur of those bygone days. Waterloo Place (the Sofitels' location) is a small road at the very bottom (southern end) of Regent Street. At one end you walk down a few steps and you're into the grounds of Buckingham Palace while at the other end is Pall Mall which isa very short walk to Trafalgar Square. Pall Mall is also home to several well known Gentleman's Club. Quite simply this location gives access to all of London's attractions as its central and in a desirable and affluent part the Capital. Within minutes from here are many of the areas and landmarks famous the world over. Whitehall (0.2 miles), Leicester Square (0.2 miles), Downing Street (0.3 miles), Piccadilly (0.3 miles), Soho/Chinatown (0.4 miles), Mayfair (0.7 miles), the list goes on. Regent Street itself is a mecca for shoppers from all over the UK, with many of the shops names famous throughout the world such as the Hamleys Toy Store. Around the Regent Street area is also many of London's top theatres including the London Palladium. Surrounded by two great parks, Green Park (0.4 miles) and St James's Park (0.1 miles). Just a short stroll from Haymarket (0.1 miles) with its theatres and bars, notable the Sports bar and Her Majesty's Theatre.
Hotel in Detail:The Sofitel St James manages to offer a combination of contemporary accommodation within a traditionally and elegant styled building with a French modernist feel.
Bedrooms are decorated with rich fabrics with chocolate, almond and olive colours. They have lacquered mahogany furniture and thick pile carpets and are individually air-conditioned. Inside your room is high tech lighting, interactive satellite LCD television, dual line telephone with cordless extension and voicemail, desk space, high speed internet access, ISDN line, docking station with iPod connection and CD player, well stocked minibar, laptop sized safe, hairdryer, ironing facilities and coffee/tea maker. The in-room internet access is wireless and complimentary for basic use.
All rooms and suites have their own private bathrooms complete with hands free phone, top brand toiletries, power hairdryer, rain shower heads, robes and slippers. They feature chrome fittings and black marble.
Classic Rooms: Single rooms with walk in shower. Less amenities than other type of rooms.
Disabled rooms: 24m2. Wheelchair accessible, emergency cords and had rails in bathroom. Vibrating alarm under pillow.
Superior Rooms: Bathrooms have bath tub and shower combo.
Deluxe Rooms: Larger than deluxe rooms. Most have views of Waterloo Place or Pall Mall and most have separate bath and walk-in shower. Some interconnecting rooms available.
Junior Suites: Views of Waterloo Place. Bath tub and separate walk-in shower. Separate seating area.
Executive Suites: king-size bedroom with a separated lounge area with sofa. Views over Pall Mall or Waterloo Place. Some corner suites have dual aspect views. Upgraded features compared to above rooms and suites. Large desk in lounge which has a fax machine, printer and copier. Separate lounge and bedroom. Guest cloakroom.
Royal Suite: This is the Sofitells largest suite. The bedroom has a four poster king size bed with en-suite bathroom with a walk-in shower. There's a separate lounge area with a large plasma screen television, separate lounge dining room that can accommodate 8 guests and has a fully fitted kitchen. Available with interconnecting junior suite. Extra features in the Royal Suite include DVD player and surround sound system.
The Sofitel St James hotel offers 24 hour room service.
Dining Options:The Balcon Restaurant: Opened in October 2011. The setting was once the banking hall of Cox and Kings Bank. Features extra high ceilings. The air-conditioned restaurant is located on the ground floor and with a dedicated entrance at 8 Pall Mall. There are three 15 feet high windows with pale yellow and white American blinds that look out over Pall mall and Waterloo Place. The Balcon is a grand brasserie serving the finest of French-British cuisine.
The restaurant covers five distinct areas. The brasserie itself, the custom-made charcuterie bar, the Champagne Balcony, the tasting table and the private dining room.
The Balcon offers breakfast, morning tea and savouries, lunch, French and English afternoon tea, Champagne and cocktails, charcuterie, dinner and late night dining.
St James Bar: takes its inspiration from Coco Chanel's 1920's Paris apartment. A cosy and traditional bar with fire place and leather chairs. Very much with the feel of a gentleman's club and Anglo-French chic. Serves a bar menu. The cocktail list includes vintage cocktails from antique recipe books as well as a wide champagne list and English sparkling wine animated by the Sofitels very own champagne angel.
Other services include a full concierge service and 8 high tech meeting rooms for up to 180 guests.
Within the Sofitel St James Hotel is a fully equipped gymnasium along with steam rooms and beauty treatments are available.
The 'So Spa by Sofitel' is arranged over three floors with a hammam, deep-relaxation area, "rain sky" showers and treatment rooms.
Bedroom Numbers: 186 (20 suites) / 6 floors
Check-in: 14.00 (2 pm)
Check-out: 12.00 noon
Parking:Public parking is available in close proximity to the hotel and charges apply.
Internet:Complimentary wireless internet access throughout.
Compared to other London hotels: This hotel has been rated 90% by past guests. The London average is 79% and the average for 5 star hotels is 89%. Therefore this hotel is above average for its sector (star rating) and for London as a whole. Sofitel Hotels across the chain average 89% so this hotel is just above the average rating for Sofitel hotels.
Milesfaster ranking: 52nd from 861 London hotels, 1st of 3 Sofitel Hotels, and 31st of 132 five star rated hotels.
Another to Consider: Another hotel that is much like the Sofitel St. James London Hotel and not too far away (0.2 miles, 0.3 km) would be the 5 star The Trafalgar St James, where prices begin from around £212 and which has a 90% guest satisfaction rating.We can also suggest a cheaper options nearby which would be the Royal Horseguards Hotel. 0.3 miles from here (0.5 km), has scored 89% from former guests and has rates from around £140 (theres free WiFi too).
Howabout an alternative hotel that has scores higher in guest reviews? Then the 5 Star Haymarket Hotel ticks many of the right boxes. The Haymarket Hotel is only 0.1 miles (0.1 km) away. The Haymarket Hotel has a perfect unblemished customer rating 100%, a truly stunning achievement.
Local hotels analysed:The closest fifty hotels around this area (6 Waterloo Place, SW1 postcode) that are listed on this website cover a 0.6 miles (1.0 km) radius. The star rating breakdown shows 25 five star hotels (average rating 88%), 17 four star hotels (average rating 87%), 7 three star hotels (average rating 85%) and 1 two star hotel (rated 80%). Top rated of the local hotels is Haymarket Hotel (5 star) at 100%.
Base Rates: Here we breakdown the starting rates (base rates) by overall average and by star rating. However base rates do not take account of special offers and one off deals so are just a guide. Looking at all the base rates of the 50 local hotels the average rate is £189 per night. Rates range from £18 at SoHostel (2 Star, 80%) and the highest rates top out at £445 at Ritz Hotel London (5 Star, 90%). The following are the rate averages per star level: Five Star average: £257, Four Star average: £142, Three Star average: £88 and Two Star average: £18.
We use a proprietary algorithm to rank hotels based on user reviews but adjusting for contributing factors. We rank Sofitel St. James London Hotel 12th (joint) of the 50 local hotels and 9th (joint) for the 25 five star hotels in the area. Our ranking for sheer lowest base rates is 37th of 50 (12th of 25 five star hotels.). To give an overall ranking compared to hotels nearby we combine the rating and base rate scores which gives this hotel a ranking of 20th of 47 for sheer bang for buck (SoHostel was top).
note: Do not confuse this hotel with the similarly named Crowne Plaza St James Hotel or St James Hotel and Club which are also in SW1.
Tea Council awards:
for excellence 2010-2013
Conde Nast Johansens:
2014: Best Urban Hotel
2011: Top UK Hotel Spa
2010: Most Excellent Spa
2008: Most Excellent London Hotel