The 5-Star Sofitel London St James hotel features 183 guest rooms, with 18 suites including a royal suite, each one with its own distinguished style. Most of the rooms overlook Pall Mall or Waterloo Place, and the hotel is within easy walking distance of Buckingham Palace, theatreland, Trafalgar Square, Regent Street and many more tourist attractions. Being this close to amenities and attractions you would expect the rooms to let through some of the hustle and bustle London noise but I can honestly say when my head hit the pillow I nearly forgot where I was it was so quiet.
The restaurant, The Balcon, is renowned for its cuisine and atmosphere. There is a staircase in the restaurant which one can only presume is from the fact this is a Grade II listed building as it doesn’t seem to go anywhere but it looks stunning. The Balcon is a busy restaurant with a vast selection of wines and food to suit every appetite and taste. The Restaurant Chef, Matt Greenwood, recommends his favourite dishes and these are displayed on the menu with highlighted box brackets around them. This is where the generous buffet breakfast is also served, although we opted for room service in the morning to save having to look presentable in public before 8am which was when we chose to eat.
All the staff we encountered at the hotel, from the greeting with a smile on arrival to the fond farewell, were without exception friendly and nothing was too much trouble. If ever I was in a position to hire staff and they had Sofitel on their c.v. I would look no further.
On the same floor as the restaurant is the St James Bar, which is super for pre dinner drinks. The Rose Lounge is a beautifully decorated area in which you can have drinks or light bites – in my opinion it is the place to relax.
Attentive and caring service, coupled with essential amenities, makes this hotel one of the finest addresses in London. The Sofitel London St James is a perfect location to host modern business too. Meeting rooms have a warm, luxurious feel and are equipped with the latest in technology. When business is done and you want to relax the So SPA and Gym at the St James come highly recommended, the gym being more practical offering state-of-the-art equipment including a multi-sensorial Sha Chair. In contrast, the spa is so luxurious that after a treatment and being shown to the relaxing room with my green tea I could have slept there all evening – it was so peaceful.
Sofitel London St James’s standard of service is excellent. This luxury hotel offers a wide range of services to cater to the most discerning traveller. The concierge team is experienced and resourceful, that ensures they are able to assist with all guests’ requests and give general information on what to see and do, including reservations, tickets for shows, babysitting, and all transport arrangements.
Sofitel London St James
6 Waterloo Place, London SW1Y 4AN
Tel: 020 7747 2200 Website: www.sofitelstjames.com