Background and Concept
Beautifully positioned in Portman Square which oozes quintessential British charm and refinement the hotel was built to a meticulous design and opened in 1970 by the Loews Hotel Group as ‘The Churchill’. In Feb 2004 Hyatt Hotels took over full ownership of the property and the hotel that we now know and love was born.
The hotel’s semi brutalist exterior makes way to sleek and spacious interiors complete with chandeliers, marble pillars and polished wooden floors. Interiors offer references to Winston Churchill throughout the communal areas and guest rooms, with unique Churchhill artifacts dotted around the property too.
The hotel has partnered with Daunt Books to create curated bookshelves in some of the suites and in The Churchill Bar. The shelves feature books that were Churchill’s and Clementine’s favourites. While the furniture in the hotel was designed with input from Churchill’s family, and the fabrics and furniture designs reflect Churchill’s appreciation for British craftsmanship. A statue of Churchill, created by Lawrence Holofcener, is a stone’s throw away from the hotel in nearby Hyde Park.
The hotel is moments away from Oxford Street and Selfridges and the West End and Hyde Park are both a short walk away. The closest Underground Stations are New Bond Street and Marble Arch and the property’s location offers easy access to the city’s airports by public transport and car.
Rooms and Suites
The hotel’s 390 rooms and 50 suites – many of which have views over the gardens range from standard to the grandiose. Guestrooms offer with tea and coffee facilities, a minibar, desk safe and 42” flat-screen HDTV. While bathrooms present Japanese heated toilet seats and toiletries by Hyatt Brand Pharmacopia Argan Oil and Molton Brown in the Suites.
Rooms range in size from 25sqm to 27sqm and are grouped into King, Twin, and Queen options which can come with or without Club Access and with or without a garden view.
Staying with the family? Then opt for a Garden facing family room set over 52 sqm room comprising of one King connecting to two Twin Beds, conveniently offering two bathrooms, ample space and privacy for your stay. Ideal for parents travelling with children.
Enhance your stay at the hotel by opting for one of the six suite categories. Ranging from the Regency Executive, Balcony and King Suites, the Garden View Suite, Regency Kings Suite, and the top suite The Churchhill Residential Suite. Discover our favourites below.
2-Bedroom Garden View Suite
Regency Suite Balcony
The Balcony Square Suite is a one-bedroom suite with a king bed, lounge area, bathtub, and walk-in shower. The suite offers balcony views of the lush gardens of Portman Square and access to the Regency Club.
The Churchhill Residential Suite
The largest suite in the property at 325 sqm this four-bedroom suite with original artwork by Winston Churchill, a dining room, living room, study, kitchen, and views of London’s skyline from rooftop terraces.
During our stay, we were hosted in a King Bed Room with Club Access.
Regency Club Lounge
The two club lounges offer standalone breakfast dining, snacks and alcoholic beverages throughout the day and evening along with a nightly canape selection.
Enjoy exclusive benefits and personalised service in the hotel’s Regency Club Lounge, which is dedicated to business travellers and families. All guests staying in Regency Club rooms and suites can take advantage of complimentary all-day snacks and refreshments, a shower facility, and meeting room access. Upgrades are available to enjoy these exclusive privileges.
Food and Drink
The Montagu Kitchen
The Montagu Kitchen is run by Chef Roger Olsson and is known for its modern British dishes and is located on the ground floor of the hotel with views of the square. The all-day dining menus epitomise fresh, local, seasonal ingredients sourced from the land and sea. The menu choices are based on the seasonality of the English Gardens at Chartwell House, which was Sir Winston Churchill’s former private residence.
This stunning restaurant, headed by Michelin Starred chef Giorgio Locatelli, is renowned for its award-winning dining. With a strong focus on Italian-inspired cuisine, Locanda Locatelli highlights fresh, flavourful dishes including monkfish and suckling pig, bringing the ultimate indulgence to this refined restaurant. Additionally, sommelier Virgilio Gennaro can amplify the meal with an exquisite Italian wine to perfectly complement your dish of choice.
The Churchill Bar & Terrace
Throughout this space there are nods to Churchill, with decorative details that reflect his life and work. The menu features the finest quality cigars, light bites inspired by British cuisine, sharing plates, cheese boards, and mouth-watering main dishes such as The Winston beef burger. When the weather is good, guests can enjoy alfresco dining on the beautiful outdoor heated terrace.
Our Dining Experience
During our stay, we dined at wonderful The Montagu Kitchen – here is a snapshot of our experience.
Fitness Centre & Tennis Court
A well-equipped 24-hour gym means you can keep on top of your fitness whenever you want and if you like tennis ask the reception for a key to Portman Square Gardens which is complete with a tennis court and children’s playground.
The hotel offers five-star luxury in a discreet and private location in the heart of central London. Staff are charming and friendly, while the guest rooms and suites offer luxurious surroundings to unwind in. The hotel’s club lounges really add to the overall experience and the dining options are some of the best in London. For anyone with an interest in British heritage, the touches of Churchill memorabilia woven throughout the hotel experience will be of great interest. We have included the hotel in our guide to the best hotels in London.