Tap­ping into the love of In­sta­grammable spa­ces is the newly ren­o­vated lobby and guest ar­rival ex­pe­ri­ence in Ho­tel Café Royal – Lon­don’s first mod­ern grand ho­tel de­signed and over­seen by the world-renowned ar­chi­tect and in­te­rior de­signer Piero Lis­soni.

As Lis­soni states: “I wanted to re­spect and con­vey the true feel­ing of Lon­don by com­bin­ing the con­tem­po­rary life and taste of the city’s in­hab­i­tants with its in­her­ent el­e­gance and tra­di­tion.”

As vis­i­tors ar­rive they’re greeted by the be­spoke 350-kilo­gram Mu­rano glass chan­de­lier de­signed by Ital­ian firm Vis­tosi; other de­signer brands rep­re­sented in­clude Paolo Castelli, Poltrona Frau, Cassina and Liv­ing Di­vani, as well as Ar­chi­tec­tural FX (whose sus­tain­able LED sys­tems are used), Atrium/Flos and John Cullen.

But it’s the back of the room that speaks to an­other of SLH’s top trends: “A resur­gence of lit­er­a­ture in like-minded smaller ho­tels who are reach­ing out to guests with li­braries, read­ing rooms and li­brary but­lers.”

It holds the re­cep­tion and guest re­la­tions desks, which are flanked on each side by large book­shelves con­tain­ing a li­brary of books pro­duced and cu­rated by Mai­son As­souline.

Ho­tel Café Royal lobby

Lobby concierge

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