Sofitel London St James
在悬挂着两米高原子钟的前台办理入住时，很可能会为房型的选择发愁，毕竟，每一种都有其不同的特点。索菲特伦敦圣詹姆斯酒店共有客房183间，其中包含八种房型，能满足所有客人的多种需求。客房都秉承舒适至上的原则，在色调上偏重不刺眼的自然色，譬如米黄色的羊毛地毯墨绿色的电视柜原木色的衣柜，都能带来家一般的温柔体验。所有房间都遵照索菲特酒店的Mybedtm 理念，确保最优质的寝具；爱马仕的洗浴用品更为空气增添了一丝清香，使住客能想婴儿一样恬静的入睡。值得一提的是，独一无二的剧院套房是客房中最亮的明星，法国设计师克里斯托弗（Christophe Daudré）从滑铁卢广场中爱德华七世的雕像上得来灵感，重新设计了套房的空间，在近百年的建筑构架中营造了现代风格的文艺之美。
酒店就餐的地方像客房一样使人流连。全天候的主餐厅“The Balcon”（“露台”餐厅）由英国著名的高端酒店室内设计公司Russell Sage Studio设计，橡木和乌木相衬的条纹地板表现出沉稳的欢快感，深色的桌椅压住了空间的基本色调，来自百年丝织品工厂的盖恩斯伯勒（Gainsborough）丝绸垂在高大的圆拱形窗边，平添了一丝观感上的戏剧风格。两截实木的旋转楼梯使空间更富于美感与变化，隐藏其下的香槟T台正对着以俱乐部众多闻名的帕尔摩街。 The Balcon餐厅对菜品的要求无疑也是苛刻的。厨师长将其对法国菜的热爱转接到本地的食材上，烹饪出地道的法式大餐，像鞑靼牛排和柠檬干煎比目鱼都是经典菜品。餐厅还提供堪与Beluga鱼子酱媲美的法国顶级Sturia鱼子酱作为奢华体验，搭配着一杯香槟，让旅途不再索然无味。
当然，正餐之外的甜品糕点也一样不可或缺。索菲特伦敦圣詹姆斯酒店把下午茶时光揉进了酒店的图书馆里，装点出了名为“Rose Lounge”（玫瑰休息室）的空间，别具一格。整个休息室以历史上有名的英国玫瑰为题，在众多讲述英法文化的书籍的衬托中满布着粉红和奶油色的家具，不论是桌上的鲜花或是画作中的花丛都能隐约使人嗅到一缕芬芳。在竖琴的演奏声中，住客可以品味到来自法国巴黎，拥有百年茶香的黛曼茶（Dammann Frères），还会为糕点上香浓的英国德文郡厚奶油（Devonshire clotted cream）而垂涎。
Collision Between the British Elegance & French Romance
Near the R iver Thames in London, stands a neoclassical building. Not far from the north is the bustling Regent Street, and a short walk to the south is the 10th Downing Street where the Prime Minister lives.
From the map, it is located in the prime area of London, surrounded by a large number of theaters,museums and restaurants of Italian, French, Japanese,Danish and Scandinavian styles. This building is now the Sofitel London St James. After a tiring day, one embarks on a journey back to the hotel and it will be such a good experience to enjoy the cuisine of various countries in the cultural atmosphere.
Respect the History, Tell the Story
If the French culture brings a warm and romantic atmosphere, then the British culture adds a restrainedand solemn quality, and the fusion of the two create more possibilities. From here, the Sofitel London St James was born.Sofitel is an international luxury hotel brand under the French Accor Group, which is located in many large cities around the world, one of which entered London at the beginning of the new century. The hotel building was built in 1923 and was the continuation of the 19th century John Nash Regent Street renovation program. Before 2002, it was originally a bank building, and when Sofitel received it, it was turned into a first class fivestar luxury hotel.
In design, French interior designer PierreYves Rochon combines modern elements into this neoclassical building and preserves the roots of British culture to a great extent. Entering the hotel‘s main entrance, you can see a tall glass wall engraved with the history of the building. The hotel lobby is decorated with black and white marble, brightly colored carpets and red sofa chairs, adding an unusual perception to the space of the former bank lobby. The semicircular terrace in the mezzanine overlooks the entire lobby space, and you can notice a lot of paintings on the wall, including not only the works of English and French artists, but also portraits of the hotel predecessors.
When checking in at the front desk with a twometer high atomic clock, it is likely one will worry about the choice of room type. After all, each has its own characteristics. The Sofitel London St James has a total of 183 rooms, including eight room types, to meet the diverse needs of all guests. The rooms are designed based on the principle of comfort, with a natural color that is not dazzling to the eyes, such as beige wool carpets, dark green TV cabinets, and woodcoloured wardrobes, all of which bring a homely experience. All rooms are designed in accordance with Sofitel‘s Mybed concept to ensure the best quality beddings are used; Hermes‘s toiletries add fragrance to the space, so that guests can fall asleep quietly.
It is worth mentioning that the oneofakind theatre suite is the highlight of all the rooms. The French designer Christophe Daudre is inspired by the statue of Edward VII in Waterloo Square to redesign the space of the suite and create a modern style of beauty in the architectural structure of nearly a hundred years.
A Precious Stage Show
The dining place is like a room that makes the guests linger.The allday main restaurant ”The Balcon” （”Patio” restaurant）is designed by Russell Sage Studio, a famous British highend hotel interior design company. The oak and ebonylined floor shows a calming feeling, and the dark tables and chairs override the basic color of the space. The Gainsborough silk from the centenary silk factory hangs on the tall arched window, adding a touch of drama. The hardwood spiral staircase makes the space more aesthetically pleasing with change, and the Champagne Tstage hidden beneath it is facing Palmer Street, famous for its many clubs. The Balcon restaurant‘s requirements for dishes are undoubtedly demanding. The head chef transferred his love of French cuisine to local ingredients and cooked an authentic French meal, such as steak and lemon fried halibut. The restaurant also offers a French luxury Sturia caviar comparable to Beluga caviar as a luxury experience, paired with a glass of champagne, so the journey is all the more interesting.
Of course, desserts other than dinner are also indispensable. Sofitel London St James brought afternoon tea into the hotel‘s library and decorated a space called ”Rose Lounge” with a unique style. The entire lounge is designed with the theme of the famous English rose in the history. Sitting among the books of English and French cultures, and pink and cream furniture, the flowers on the table or the flowers in the paintings seem to bring forth a fragrant smell.In the performance of the harp, guests can taste the Dammann Frères, a centuryold tea from Paris, France, and taste the rich Devonshire clotted cream on the pastry.
Luxury Reenactment of the Millennium Bar Culture
How can the Europeanstyle life lack the quintessence of the bar culture In British culture, the history of bars has been more than a thousand years. The hotel‘s St James Bar stands out among the many bars in the city, just because of its restrained luxury. Inspired by Coco Chanel‘s apartment, the bar‘s walls are erected with a black screen of lilacpatterned silk, and the blackandwhite floralpatterned rug at the foot highlights the Chinese art style, paired with French classical goldplated seats and mohair benches.
The bar counter is topped with gorgeous amethyst, and the Edwardian salmonskin bar chair is full of charm. The golden light from the classical lamp is scattered to the whole space. Perhaps due to the Frenchman‘s witty personality and respect for the past, a portrait of the Duke associated with the hotel‘s predecessor bank is displayed on the ceiling. Interestingly, the position of the face is replaced by a rooster‘s head. What a fun joke If you have time, it is a good choice to go to the hotel‘s SoSPA for a spa treatment and sweat at the SoFIT gym.
In this fulfilling accommodation experience, no one will not be impressed by the charm of English and French culture. Sofitel London St James is definitely worth a visit.