I was graciously hosted by the Trafalgar St James for 3 nights free of charge. All opinions are my own.
Looking for a hotel in London can be really overwhelming: there are thousands of options in dozens in neighborhoods. But look no further, the Trafalgar St. James is the perfect lodging option in the heart of London. Located centrally on Trafalgar Square, the Trafalgar St. James is a trendy and elegant boutique hotel with sophisticated decor, incredibly easy access the city’s landmarks and one of the best rooftop in London. Here is my review of the Trafalgar St James which is one of the best places to stay in London!
The hotel is modern, trendy and incredibly chic. The decor is luxurious without ever looking over the top. The vibe is subtly Art Deco, with stylish light fixtures, large comfy chairs and large black and white photographs of movie stars and celebrities. The decor is ultra hip but also quintessentially British, with an incredible attention to detail. A colorful orchid in a sea of black, white and grey. A carefully placed pile of coffee table books. The Trafalgar St James exudes elegance and style, and immediately when we walked into the lobby I was impressed.
The hotel’s location really cannot be beat. Incredibly central, the Trafalgar St. James is right off of Trafalgar Square, in the heart of downtown London. The hotel is walking distance to many major London landmarks, including Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace, Leicester Square, Covent Garden, the London Eye. Charing Cross and Embankment tube stations are only a few minutes walk from the hotel so you are very well connected to the rest of the city and have easy access to the express airport train. Finally there is a double decker stop right by the hotel so if you decide to tour the city using the big red buses, it is super convenient. My only recommendation is to avoid most restaurants located in the close vicinity of the hotel. Since the area is incredibly touristy, we had a few disappointing fish and and chips that really didn’t live up to London standards.
The room at The Trafalgar St James was definitely the highlight of our stay. The room was very comfortable but most of all extremely well appointed with a very smart use of space. We found plenty of storage for our luggage which were never in our way. We enjoyed relaxing in the small living area, and having a dedicated space to grab a drink at the end of the day. The room decor was Instagram goals. I was swooning over the trendy gallery wall above the bed featuring a black and white picture of a young Mick Jagger… oh so delightfully British! The big bed was plush and heaven to lay into after a whole day walking the streets of London.
The room was also full of useful amenities. There was a complementary mini bar full of soft drinks and snacks (and obviously a full selection of alcoholic beverage for a charge), lots of USB ports for charging appliances, a large flat screen TV and a Nespresso machine. The hotel provides each room with a personal tablet to check the weather, search for restaurants or order room service. The free wifi all throughout the hotel was a huge plus. We absolutely loved the extra bit of comfort! To top it all, we found a delicious plate of chocolate cake and a bottle of wine in our room upon arrival. A really nice touch and undoubtedly the way to my hear! We didn’t have a view of Trafalgar Square but I think some of their rooms do.
The breakfast at the Trafalgar St James was seriously the highlight of my day. I do have a soft spot for hotel breakfasts… but this was was literally over the top. Along with a large breakfast buffet, we had a choice of a few A La Carte options including omelette, egg Benedict and traditional English breakfast. Everything was absolutely delicious. If you decide to stay at the St James make sure your room includes breakfast! Trust me it will be worth it…
The most impressive part of the Trafalgar St James is without a doubt the rooftop bar. With both alfresco dining and canopy-covered seating, the Rooftop St James is one of the trendiest spots in the city. It’s the perfect place to grab a cocktail before dinner year round, staring at sweeping views of the city. The craft cocktails we tried were inventive and delicious, especially their signature expresso martini. The rooftop is a hotspot for locals and tourists alike so be sure to make a reservation as soon as you check in so you don’t miss out. Weekends at the rooftop can get especially crowded.