Review: Leonardo Royal London St Paul's Hotel | Affordable 5 Star Hotels in London

Leonardo Royal London St Paul's Hotel Review

Location: London, United Kingdom

Classification: 5 Star

Month of Stay: March

Rooms: 460 Rooms & Suites

London is one of the cities that every traveller must experience once in their life at the very least. I’ve been excited about this weekend for months now — my partner’s birthday. The ultimate goal here was to make every aspect of this weekend as spectacular as possible. Because London is quite a magnificent city, and this spectacular weekend must start with a spectacular hotel.

I had no idea how difficult the hotel search was going to be, being honest, nor did I have any idea what I was getting myself involved in. Like the majority of people when searching for hotels, I was after something pretty central, easy to get to, beautiful and of course, affordable. Something that felt luxurious but didn’t mean I had to live off fast food for the rest of the month. Is that so much to ask?! It took weeks of what consisted of opening and closing a thousand tabs on my internet browser; closing and opening them back up again; pages and pages of Google searching, but no hotel seemed right for what I was after. Call me picky, but they were all either too expensive and not worth the price, too far out of central London, or not as beautiful as I had hoped…that’s until I found Leonardo Royal London St Paul’s Hotel.

About Leonardo Royal London St Paul's Hotel

Situated less than a stone’s throw away from the beautiful St Paul’s Cathedral, Leonardo Royal St Paul’s hotel boasts of contemporary luxury in a historic location, housing 460 guest bedrooms and suites under its belt. The hotel features a stunning glass Atrium that rises 80 feet through the centre of the hotel, holding a superb variety of bars, dining options, spas, fitness clubs and conference rooms, perfectly built for the business traveller.

Location Location Location

This 5 star London hotel is just minutes away from some of London’s best landmarks. These include the Museum of London, Shakespeare’s Globe, Tate Modern and Bankside Gallery, making it a convenient location with easy access to excellent transport links and both underground and overground stations nearby. Getting to the hotel wasn’t much of a problem. Of course, at first, you’re going to be a little lost but situated only a few minutes walk from the tube station, it’s incredibly easy to find, that’s if you have Google Maps at hand. For those that aren’t so tech-savvy, it may take you a couple of minutes longer to find. My partner and I considered driving to London; however, the hotel itself doesn’t provide parking spaces which admittedly was a little frustrating. The hotel has advised that there are local car parking spaces nearby situated at Baynard House Car Park on 133 Queen Victoria Street, but for the sake of a hassle-free trip, we decided to travel by train.

Enjoying a terrific location in one of the city’s most historical zones, you do not need to venture far to find great dining and entertainment spots. One thing I love about London is how lively the city can still be late at night. We love a great late-night stroll so its reasonably central location meant that we could leave our rooms at half ten at night, grab a quick bubble tea and venture out to enjoy the scenics of the UK’s Capital at night.

Checking In

The hotel features a dramatic entrance with an unmissable 80-foot glass Atrium that will stun you upon arrival. Its open-air lobby makes a monumental impression, composing of glass wall structures, incredibly high ceilings and impressive architectural displays that evoke a modern, elegant and welcoming ambience.

As you would expect from a five-star hotel, the service at the front desk was seamless. I had so many surprises up my sleeve for this birthday trip, but the staff and management at Leonardo Royal London St Paul’s were keen to make it even more special. They had already upgraded my room before my arrival and let me know that the kitchen handcrafted a personalised birthday cake to be sent up to my room after we had gotten a little more settled.

The Executive Double Room in Leonardo Royal London St Paul's Hotel

The hotel offers 460 guest suites and bedrooms, each individually decorated with an eclectic mix of contemporary style with classic British comfort. During our stay, we were upgraded to a lovely Executive Double Room with a direct view of St Paul’s Cathedral. The comfortable, cosy room featured a plush double bed, a dressing area, and a bathroom with both a soaking tub and a rain shower.

The Interiors and Room Amenities

With a colour scheme of browns and soft beiges combined with contemporary light woods, the room evoked a sense of warmth and comfort, sort of a home away from home type of feeling. Room amenities include iPod docking stations, LED Flat-Screen TV, monogrammed bathrobes, laundry services and the usual essentials of a hotel room including hairdryers, tea and coffee making. The minibar, I must add, remained locked and to unlock it, you have to pay an upfront deposit of £100 which would be returned within the month which I found a little strange.

Despite its ultra-luxurious character and its unparalleled service, the amenities of the room are a bit limited, and the technology is a little outdated. As a brand, Leonardo Royal London seems to push the five-star factor; however, in all truthfulness, I don’t think the hotel can quite compare to such standard. Don’t get me wrong, the room was nice but did it blow me away like a five star would, not particularly.

Facilities at Leonardo Royal London St Paul's

The property features an outstanding number of facilities to keep you occupied, fit and well-fed throughout your stay. What I find remarkable and quite different is how much the hotel can offer you in services housed under one roof.

Located on the first floor contains Leonardo Royal London St Paul’s hotel’s Business Centre which accommodates a range of business facilities, including PC workstations, colour printers, fax machines and photocopying services. The business centre in a hotel is entirely unheard of and perfect for me. I find myself a lot more motivated and inspired in a public space, which is why I would always prefer working in cute little coffee shops and my local Starbucks if I’m looking to be extra productive that day.

Leonardo Royal St Paul’s Hotel features a health and fitness club, packed with luxurious spa treatments on the lower ground floor. Included are hot tubs, saunas and an indoor swimming pool so you can keep yourself busy and pampered on those days the weather forces you to remain indoors.

Dining at the Hotel

Before this trip, I had never stepped foot in St Pauls before. That’s a lie. I had visited the Tate Modern over twenty years ago when I was around six years old, but I had never really looked around St Pauls. Waking up and exploring St Pauls in the morning and even evenings was quite refreshing. You wouldn’t have to walk far to find something to eat. St Paul’s is brimmed with many coffee shops, little restaurants and lovely small boutique stores.

Leonardo Royal St Paul’s Hotel itself has a range of different bars and restaurants to take advantage of so you wouldn’t even need to leave the building to find a beautiful place to sit down for a drink. Restaurants and lounges include:

  • Benihana Restaurant: A Japanese restaurant for the adventurous type of diners
  • Globe Restaurant: Fine dining with an eclectic range of international cuisines
  • Novello Restaurant: A breakfast lounge with a view of the Atrium below
  • Quarter Jacks: A great place to sit down and enjoy a range of alcoholic beverages to wind down to
  • Silks Cocktail Bar: A sophisticated cocktail lounge that overlooks St Pauls Cathedral
  • City Sports Bar: The newest bar with a sports theme for those that don’t want to miss a game
  • Temple Bar: An Express breakfast bar for visitors that are on the go

Leonardo Royal London St Paul's Hotel Bottom Line

This trip to London has been a trip that I will never forget. And one massive part of the fact is staying with a fantastic hotel. In my honest opinion, for accommodation that classifies as 5 Star, I would have expected a higher marking on the luxury scale but what made it for my partner and me was the spectacular service and the arrangements that they made for us. If you’re planning on staying at this hotel with the expectations of it being a celebrity-status type room with every luxury you could imagine like the majority of the hotels out there that cost a grand a night, I will turn back now because that’s not what this hotel is. This hotel is incredibly comfortable, and I’d say perfect for the business traveller who prefers something a little bit better than average. Would I stay here again? Sure, it’s a beautiful place. But it hasn’t stopped me from venturing out to other hotels to find better.

PROS

  • Great service
  • Comfortable rooms
  • Plentiful dining options to choose from
  • Great access to public transport
  • Affordable price

CONS

  • Wouldn’t quite rate it 5-star
  • Outdated interiors
Design
3.5/5
Dining
3.5/5
Value
4/5
Location
3.5/5
Service
4/5
Comfort
3/5
Amenities
3/5
Cleanliness
3.5/5
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Overall Rating

Getting to Leonardo Royal London St Paul's

London’s a pretty easy place to get to, and so is Leonardo Royal London St Pauls hotel. For those coming by plane, London serves a total of six different airports: Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Luton, City Airport and Southend Airport.

Getting to Leonardo Royal London St Paul's Hotel by Tube

The closest tube station to the hotel is Blackfriars Underground Station, located just 2 minutes walk from the hotel.

Getting to Leonardo Royal London St Paul's From the Airport

Journey times will depend on which airport you are arriving from. Leonardo Royal London St Paul's Hotel is approximately 1 hour drive from London Heathrow Airport, 1 hour and 20 minutes from Gatwick Airport, 1 hour and 35 minutes from London Stansted Airport and 1 hour and 15 minutes from London Luton Airport.

Leonardo Royal London St Paul's Hotel Details

Hotel Address

10 Godliman Street, London, EC4V 5AJ

Hotel Website

Click here to visit the Leonardo Royal London St Paul's Hotel website

Contact Number

0207 7074 1000

Frequently Asked Questions

Check in time is 15:00 at the hotel and check-out is 12:00. If you find you arrive in London any earlier, I’m sure the hotel won’t mind you leaving your luggage there for convenience. 

Unfortunately there is only street parking available for guests at the hotel and this is subject to availability.

There are a number of rooms to choose from at Leonardo Royal St Paul’s Hotel:

  • Superior Room
  • Club Room
  • Executive Room
  • Suite
  • Penthouse Suite

Best Time to Visit London

  • Best times for shopping: All the best sales in London happen mid-June to late July due to its summer sales. If you haven’t heard of Harrods, you may want to look it up. It’s a department store that’s not to miss if you visit London for the first time. Incredibly luxurious, you could spend hours in Harrods, and guarantee that you’ll get lost, it’s that big. Yes, mid-June to July means summer holidays and more expensive airfares, so the next alternative is visiting London in January where all the January sales happen. You could save a lot of money across the board, with cheaper airfares, cheaper accommodation and bargains left, right and centre. If you’re looking for an all-year-round sale, consider heading North of London to Bicester Village. Bicester is a luxury outlet centre that has all your luxury brands from Gucci and Fendi to Burberry and Prada. It’s also where Kate Middleton is known to shop.
  • Best times for galleries and museums: The galleries and museums in London tend to be quietest during January and February so you can be sure to avoid the long waits and queues to get in. Many museums and galleries also offer later visiting hours at least once or twice a week too so this gives you a chance to visit these attractions in a quieter setting; avoiding the daytime crowds.
  • The higher seasons: London is heavily touristed during the months from June to September when kids are off school and climates are a lot better, but this is probably a given. Not to mention December when there’s a rush of seasonal shoppers and festive activities happening. So if you’re planning a trip during these months, expect peak airline prices, long lines and booked hotels so plan your trip early and book well in advance.
  • The lower seasons: London’s quieter seasons tend to lie in January and February where you can expect cooler temperatures (and when I say more relaxed, I mean quite cold) and a substantial drop in tourism levels. Those who don’t mind the colder climates and wants to experience London life then these may be the best months, but make sure you pack warm clothes and an umbrella for the wetter days.
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Place Name: Leonardo Royal London St Paul's Hotel

Place Description: Situated less than a stone's throw away from the beautiful St Paul's Cathedral, Leonardo Royal London St Paul's Hotel hotel boasts of contemporary luxury in a historic location, housing 460 guest bedrooms and suites under its belt. The hotel features a simply stunning glass Atrium that rises 80 feet through the centre of the hotel, holding a superb variety of bars, dining options, spas, fitness clubs and conference rooms, perfectly built for the business traveller.

  • Design
  • Dining
  • Location
  • Amenities
  • Service
  • Wi-fi
  • Value
  • Cleanliness
  • Comfort

Summary

In my honest opinion, for accommodation that is classified as 5 Star, I would have expected a higher marking on the luxury scale but what made it for me was the spectacular service and the arrangements that they made for us. If you’re planning on staying at this hotel with the expectations of it being a celebrity-status type room with every luxury you could possibly imagine like majority of the hotels out there that cost a grand a night, I would turn back now because that’s not what this hotel is. This hotel is incredibly comfortable and I’d say perfect for the business traveler who prefers something a little bit better than average. Would I stay here again? Sure, it’s a nice place. But it hasn’t stopped me from venturing out to other hotels to find better.

Overall
3.6

Pros

  • Great service
  • Comfortable rooms
  • Plentiful dining options to choose from
  • Great access to public transport
  • Affordable price

Cons

  • Wouldn’t quite rate it 5-star
  • Outdated interiors
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