Photos and Review by Oyster.com Investigators
Boutique hotel crammed with lavish details that scream "over-the-top glam"
The Soho Sanctum is packed with luxe furnishings and extravagant details that make for an over-the-top, rock 'n' roll vibe. The lobby has a neo-Gothic feel that is vaguely reminiscent of a boudoir, complete with a black fringe lamp, shiny alligator-skin chairs, and a stained glass wall piece featuring various guitar legends and singers. The playfully ostentatious vibe extends to the guest rooms, which feature quirky details such as enormous circular beds, mirrored mosaic columns, and starry ceilings above the bath.
Even the staff have a touch of the rocker vibe, down to the maintenance guy clad in sleek black clothing and a designer belt. The staff are attentive and professional, however, leaving the rowdy attitudes to the crowds of rock star wannabees that frequent the rooftop bar.
On the west edge of Soho, just a five-minute walk from both Oxford Street and Piccadilly Circus
The hotel is within walking distance of many major tourist spots, including Piccadilly Circus, Buckingham Palace, and Trafalgar Square. Such a central location, however, means that nearby streets are often crowded with tourists.
Soho is arguably one of the most entertaining areas of London, as this trendy neighborhood is home to the city’s red light district, gay quarter, fistfuls of independent dining, plenty of boutique shopping, a smattering of legendary record shops, and a ton of street-side cafés that make for great people watching. Expect to mingle with tourists, as well as the local hip and gay crowd.
Extravagant furnishings and high-tech amenities create a decadent feel, though some rooms are tiny and feel a bit tacky
Each of the 30 rooms are individually designed with an emphasis on over-the-top luxury and funky glam accents that make for a decadent feel. The ostentatious decor may feel a bit tacky to some guests, though.
Luxe amenities that evoke the rock 'n' roll lifestyle, including guitar and Harley Davidson rentals
Modern British cuisine served up in a glitzy dining room with a vintage feel
The enclosed rooftop bar serves cocktails 24 hours a day and has an adjacent open-air Jacuzzi and garden.
This boutique hotel exudes a playful rock 'n' roll vibe, thanks to extravagant details such as diamante-studded door handles and electric guitar rentals. It isn't as classy as the Metropolitan, however, and rooms are starting to show a bit of wear and tear. Celebs such as Britney Spears have been spotted here, but the Sanctum Soho mainly attracts British reality TV stars and rock star wannabees who like to party all night (the rooftop bar and Jacuzzi are open 24 hours). Since rooms are not well insulated from noise, light sleepers may prefer a more tranquil hotel.