checking in | trafalgar st james

The Trafalgar St James underwent a huge transformation back in October 2017 and now they’ve got a rooftop terrace and a fancy pants, distinctively London look, so we went along to experience waking up on the south side of Trafalgar Square.

Part of the Curio Collection by Hilton, the hotel describes itself as a sanctuary for work, rest and play in the hustle of SW1, which we can’t argue with. The Trafalgar St James is just as grand as you’d expect, with bold colours and lots of gold and marble delivering a big old ‘oh yes, this will do’ type stare. You can’t miss the bar just on the other side of the lobby and behind that is The Trafalgar Dining Rooms restaurant, with Biblio, a member’s club ‘living room’, downstairs. The Trafalgar St James features 131 rooms, with 15 suites, three of which are signature suites.

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The room was very cool and stylish with art a big part of the look. The king bed was a dream to sleep in, the separate sitting area was another huge plus point, adding extra colour and warmth to the room, and the en-suite bathroom had both a walk-in shower and tub. You also have all the little things that make your stay easier like multi UBS points, a mini bar, and a Nespresso machine. Anything we needed, they had (dental kit… everytime ????).

But yes, the Rooftop is where it’s at and with these mega views of the London skyline it’s easy to see why. Their retractable canopy means it’s accessible all year round and their cocktails and Asian-inspired small plates are there help with the entertainment; they do an excellent Tommy’s Margarita by the way. There is even a private glasshouse, ROOM, which you can hire out.

The Trafalgar St James is chic and urban, and the service is excellent. One of our favourite things was looking at Hogie’s Heroes exhibition, which sees a number of unseen signed iconic images from celebrity photographer Dave Hogan dotted around the entire hotel.

The Trafalgar St James, 2 Spring Gardens, London SW1A 2TS