You may or may not have known, the Hyatt Regency London The Churchill hotel was closed for most of 2015. That’s because they were carrying out a multi-million pound refurbishment which involved three new meeting and event spaces and six new bedrooms, with a nip and tuck on the majority of their luxury guest rooms.
I’ve featured this five star hotel – inspired by Sir Winston Churchill – a few times on the blog before, but I had never actually stayed there.
So when I had the opportunity to review one of their luxurious new rooms, I jumped at the chance.
Staycation in London? Yes please…
Hyatt Regency London The Churchill: The Location
If you’ve read my reviews of the afternoon tea and NY-Italian brunch here, you’ll know that the Hyatt Regency London The Churchill is a stone’s throw from Marble Arch. It’s a fantastic option if you’re visiting London for a city break and want to be within walking distance of Hyde Park, Oxford Street, Fitzrovia, Soho, Mayfair and Belgravia. It’s also a short walk from Park Lane (if you want to pop into more super swanky hotels and restaurants) and a bus or tube ride from Covent Garden, Trafalgar Square and Leicester Square.
If you’re into shopping, the super quaint St Christopher’s Place (home to chic eateries, coffee shops and boutique shopping) is a couple of minutes’ walk away. And you’re at one end of Oxford Street, so you could walk the whole length during your stay, making sure you don’t miss a single shop!
The hotel itself fringes the very lovely Portman Square gardens. If you’re looking for a super swanky city wedding location, the hotel coordinates weddings here.
The exterior of The Hyatt Winston The Churchill, I admit, is nothing to shout about. However the terrace of The Churchill Bar twinkles on the corner of Seymour Street. And once you approach the entrance – marked by the marble sign, flags and immaculately dressed doormen – the mediocre turns into something pretty special.
Pass through the columned entrance and revolving doors and you emerge into a classic, marble-clad lobby with fabulous flower arrangements, high ceilings and pillars. There’s a shop selling signature Winston Churchill-inspired memorabilia and souvenirs and the Montagu restaurant is also on this level.
My check-in was quick and seamless and the front of house staff were chatty, warm and friendly. I was escorted to the lift and was invited to wait in the 8th floor Regency Club lounge until my room was ready.
The Rooms & Interiors
There are 440 guest rooms at the Hyatt Regency London The Churchill hotel (six of these are brand spanking new) and you’ll find eight different room categories. These range from the standard room, up to the various suites, which total 50 (do check out the Saatchi Suite on the website, it looks pretty cool.)
The hotel doesn’t feel this big when you emerge from the lift into the boutique-style corridors. The interior design here – by internationally acclaimed design firm Spinocchia Freund – really is lovely. Think soft greys, herringbone carpets, classic armchairs and the occasional nod to Winston Churchill’s character and life.
In the Regency Executive Suite where we were staying, there was enough room to really relax and feel at home.
You have a toilet immediately by the door (I loved the classy black and marble design)
Then you have a vast lounge area decked out in greys and warm golden colours with wall-mounted TV, sofa, mini-bar, sweet treats in jars, coffee table and oversized lamps.
And a huge desk, Nespresso machine and ever-so-comfy-chair that’s the envy of every freelance writer.
There’s minimal traffic noise as they have an extra layer of slidable glass on the windows which keeps the noise out.
I was right at home that afternoon. Especially with these sweet treats, wine and savoury snacks to keep me going. (I hope every guest receives this – it’s such a lovely touch).
Through the double mirrored doors you have a stylish bedroom with a second TV, wardrobe with all the essentials such as bathrobes, hairdryer, slippers, safe etc. (Don’t you love the pinstripe headboard?)
It was very difficult to get out of this bed the next morning – it was very comfy.
The bathroom is a brightly lit space with a single sink, bath with shower and separate cubicle with a great shower. You also have oodles of Molten Brown toiletries and a separate vanity area which I liked. There’s also a small collection of things you might forget (cotton buds, cotton wool etc) and a card that invites you to use their in-room spa services (at an extra cost).
Oh, and a quirky thing about the toilet – it’s heated! It also comes with five or six other fancy functions which I can’t say I’ve ever seen in a UK hotel before. You’ll have to book in for a stay to find out what they are ‘cos I’m not telling….
The interiors in the Regency Executive Suite were warm, cosy and stylish without trying too hard. I adored the fresh hydrangeas in the room, there was loads of natural light and the housekeeping staff were excellent (they dropped by to check if I needed anything).
I felt that it was perhaps a tad business-like for the luxury weekender, however I was told that the hotel is currently collating various curios and nik naks inspired by Winston Churchill to add to the rooms (they work closely with Churchill’s family to do this).
Some of the rooms also have tweed-like throws and blankets and I was able to have a peak at some of the smaller, Regency Club rooms which I thought, had a very homely feel. The suites are ideal if you’re here on business. I’d definitely book into one of the smaller rooms if I was looking for a luxury city break.
Hyatt Regency London, The Churchill: Food & Club Lounge
There are two options for dining at The Hyatt Regency The Churchill – you can eat at The Montagu restaurant on the ground floor or there’s the Michelin-starred Locanda Locatelli. (I’ve been to the Montagu before – once for a Gatsby-themed dinner, once for their weekend NYC-Italian brunch and a couple of times for afternoon tea). We didn’t have dinner this time around, but we did drop into the Regency Club lounge for early evening drinks and canopes.
There are three of these in the hotel on various levels and it’s a perk that’s included in the suite rate, or if you’re in a standard room you can pay a fee (if I recall, it was around £130 – but don’t quote this). During the daytime, you can enjoy unlimited tea and coffee, snacks and access to national newspapers and a good selection of magazines (great place to come and work as there’s very good wifi throughout).
Come 6pm, there was a lovely buzzy atmosphere and you can help yourself to chilled beers, soft drinks, wine and prosecco. Foodwise, you’ll find snacks, bread, cheese boards, salads and various canopes. The staff also float around with hot canopes which we felt weren’t perhaps as good as we expected. But it was a nice relaxed way to spend the evening.
Guests with lounge access can enjoy a light continental breakfast here or you can hop down to The Montagu, (which we decided to do).
Breakfast at Hyatt Regency London The Churchill
When you come down to breakfast, you’ll find there’s a huge spread of cold meats, cheeses, fruit, yoghurt and all sorts of cereals and continental offerings at one end of the room.
Then at the other end, you have a hot buffet and table of pastries and bread. You can also order fresh hot breakfast dishes off the menu. We decided the buffet was more than suffice! And while some of the pastries were a little dry, we were really impressed with the croissants and poached eggs (which were perfectly soft in the middle).
You will notice The Hyatt Regency London the Churchill attracts a huge variety of international guests and they cater really well for various cultures and dietary requirements. I will never forget how accommodating the staff were when I had afternoon tea here with a friend who ordered dairy-free. They were once again, very friendly and attentive this time around.
All good things have to come to an end and after multiple cappuccinos, we checked out and headed back to work.
Everything from the service and the atmosphere to the subtly fabulous (never gimmicky) Churchill theme, this hotel really is on point in just about everything they do. It offers a great British experience and is stylish, but not too stuffy. I’d highly recommend a stay here.
And, if you’re ever in the area, you might like to pop into the Churchill Shop – they have some great souvenirs if you’re looking for a very British gift.
The Hyatt Regency London The Churchill Hotel, 30 Portman Square, London, England, W1H 7BH
+44 20 7486 5800
Have you been to the Hyatt Regency London The Churchill – if so, what did you think? Feel free to leave a comment and let me know.