Café Royal Hotel to open in June

The historic Café Royal on London’s Regent Street is to reopen as a 159-room hotel this June, and will form part of The Set, a collection of properties including Hotel Lutetia in Paris.

The venue closed its doors in December 2008, and has undergone an extensive renovation project to restore listed interiors dating as far back as the 1860s.

The Café Royal Hotel will feature 159 room including five suites, the restored Grill Room restaurant (previously frequented by the likes of Oscar Wilde, Elizabeth Taylor, Winston Churchill and Princess Diana), and spa facilities including an indoor pool.

Joining an ever-growing list of properties scheduled to open in London before the 2012 Olympic Games, the hotel will form part of The Set, “a collection of contemporary hotels conceived to redefine the concept of the luxury hotel for sophisticated, design literate travellers in the 21st Century”.

The Café Royal Hotel will join the Conservatorium Hotel in Amsterdam as the collection’s first members, with Hotel Lutetia in Paris set to be added “in the coming years” following refurbishment.

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Report by Mark Caswell