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Inside One of London’s Greatest Hotel Rooms: A Review of the Hyatt’s Churchill Residential Suite

Downtown hotel rooms have a reputation for being a bit cramped for occupants — but this one bucks the trend for jaw-dropping style. It’s about the same size as a large detached house.

Welcome to ‘The Churchill Residential Suite’ at the Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill Hotel, which spans 3,498 square feet (325 m²) – that’s about three times the square footage of a house three bedroom British average.

So it has plenty of space for the whole family – and any passing friends too. Plus, it’s right in the center of London overlooking Portman Square, a two-minute walk from Selfridges on Oxford Street with Soho, Marylebone and Mayfair within walking distance.

Siobhan Grogan has settled into the Churchill Residential Suite – “a suite about the same size as a large detached house” – at the Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill. Above, the master bedroom of the suite

The huge suite spans 3,498 square feet (325 square meters), roughly three times the square footage of an average three-bedroom UK home.

The huge suite spans 3,498 square feet (325 square meters), roughly three times the square footage of an average three-bedroom UK home.

The suite is so huge that when I arrived recently I could barely hear my two children when we were in separate rooms.

Elegantly decorated in soothing shades of gray and taupe with mahogany furniture throughout, the suite’s four bedrooms all have their own marble bathrooms amply stocked with an extensive range of Molton Brown products down to lip balm and in mouthwash.

One bedroom can be converted into a private gym if you prefer, while another is specially designed for children, with a pop-up tent, Childs Farm toiletries, mini bathrobes and a range of toys and books .

Above is the view from the wraparound balcony that adjoins the master bedroom.  The hotel is 'slap bang' in central London, overlooking Portman Square

Above is the view from the wraparound balcony that adjoins the master bedroom. The hotel is ‘slap bang’ in central London, overlooking Portman Square

The master suite alone is considerably larger than the average London flat, reveals Siobhan.  Above, the dressing room of the parental suite

The master suite alone is considerably larger than the average London flat, reveals Siobhan. Above, the dressing room of the parental suite

Above is one of the suite's four bedrooms - each with its own marble bathroom

Above is one of the suite’s four bedrooms – each with its own marble bathroom

One bedroom is specially designed for children, with mini bathrobes and a range of toys and books

One bedroom is specially designed for children, with mini bathrobes and a range of toys and books

Above is the suite's family-style twin bedroom.  Kids can take home their very own plush version of Winston Churchill's beloved cat, Jock (pictured on the bed)

Above is the suite’s family-style twin bedroom. Kids can take home their very own plush version of Winston Churchill’s beloved cat, Jock (pictured on the bed)

Kids can even take home their very own plush version of Winston Churchill’s beloved cat, Jock, which is already waiting for them on their bed when they arrive.

Although surprisingly – as the staff are too tight-lipped to reveal the names of former guests – it is leaked that the suite’s last resident stayed here for a year on his own.

That’s despite the fact that the master suite alone is considerably larger than the average London flat, with a dressing room, cavernous bathroom, and wraparound balcony with sofas.

Pictured is the huge living room, with its ornate fireplace and Offenbach grand piano

Pictured is the huge living room, with its ornate fireplace and Offenbach grand piano

Guests booked into the suite can access it via an exclusive elevator to avoid the horror of mingling with other guests.  Pictured is the dining area, which has a table that seats up to 10

Guests booked into the suite can access it via an exclusive elevator to avoid the horror of mingling with other guests. Pictured is the dining area, which has a table that seats up to 10

The suite and hotel itself take design inspiration from Sir Winston Churchill - the suite's giant study (above) is modeled after Churchill's with a leather Chesterfield armchair

The suite and hotel itself take design inspiration from Sir Winston Churchill – the suite’s giant study (above) is modeled after Churchill’s with a leather Chesterfield armchair

The study has shelves lined with books and even the odd bronze ornament of the politician in the top hat

The study has shelves lined with books and even the odd bronze ornament of the politician in the top hat

If you fancy a change of scenery, you can simply head to the opposite side of the suite where there’s a second balcony for more skyline views.

The suite also includes a full kitchen and dedicated chef on request, a dining room that seats 10, and a huge living room with ornate fireplace and Offenbach grand piano.

Although the hotel opened after the death of Sir Winston Churchill and has no real connection to the man himself other than borrowing his name, the suite and the hotel itself are inspired by the former Prime Minister.

Bathrooms are amply stocked with a wide range of Molton Brown products, right down to lip balm and mouthwash.

The bathrooms are amply stocked with a wide range of Molton Brown products, right down to lip balm and mouthwash.

The suite is equipped with a full kitchen (pictured) and a dedicated chef on request

The suite is equipped with a full kitchen (pictured) and a dedicated chef on request

The walls of the suite feature original works of art by Churchill himself, such as his painting

The walls of the suite feature original artwork by Churchill himself, such as his painting ‘A Day at Chartwell’, pictured above

This is particularly noticeable in the suite’s giant office, which is modeled after Churchill’s with a leather Chesterfield armchair, shelves lined with books, and even the bizarre bronze ornament of the top-hatted politician.

His presence is also felt in the art throughout the sequel. The walls display selected pieces from both the hotel’s private collection and the prestigious nearby Thompson Gallery, and even include original artwork by Churchill himself.

Of course, you can expect full VIP treatment if you stay. A dedicated team are on hand at all times to organize anything you desire, including champagne picnics in London’s parks or access to a private art gallery.

Above is the hotel's Churchill Bar & Terrace.  The hotel opened after the death of Sir Winston Churchill and has no real connection to the man himself other than to borrow his name.

Above is the hotel’s Churchill Bar & Terrace. The hotel opened after the death of Sir Winston Churchill and has no real connection to the man himself other than borrowing his name.

Rates per night for the Churchill Residential Suite start from £4,000 and include accommodation, breakfast, access to the Regency Club lounge and VIP amenities.  Pictured is the hotel's club lounge

Rates per night for the Churchill Residential Suite start from £4,000 and include accommodation, breakfast, access to the Regency Club lounge and VIP amenities. Pictured is the hotel’s club lounge

Guests of Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill (above) can ask reception for a key to the private gardens in Portman Square, just across the street.

Guests of Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill (above) can ask reception for a key to the private gardens in Portman Square, just across the street.

You can also use an exclusive elevator to access the suite without – horror! – mingle with other hotel guests.

But if you really want to feel like you have London all to yourself, ask reception for the key to the leafy, private gardens of Portman Square just opposite.

Although square residents and other hotel guests are allowed beyond its high walls and locked gate, it was completely empty when we visited despite the sunny weather so we had the tennis court , the children’s play area and flower lined lawns all to ourselves, right in the heart of London.

If that’s how the other half lives, I could definitely get used to it.

TRAVEL INFORMATION

Rates per night for the Churchill Residential Suite start from £4,000 and include accommodation, breakfast, access to the Regency Club lounge and VIP amenities. To book, email [email protected] For more information, visit www.hyatt.com.

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