Five of the best hotels in Marylebone
Dorset Square is a Firmdale hotel and, like the rest of the group, is a classy mix of style and cosiness. Owner Kit Kemp has ensured that each of the 38 bedrooms looks different; all are comfortable yet chic and come with high-end mod cons (iPod docks, flat screen TVs), smart toiletries and luxury linens. Some of the rooms overlook a garden square. The converted townhouse also has a charming drawing room with a fireplace and an honesty bar, plus a sophisticated all-day restaurant, the Potting Shed. The subtle cricket memorabilia dotted about reflects the hotel’s location: the garden square out front was the site of Thomas Lord’s original cricket ground.
One of London’s original stately railway hotels, the Landmark remains a magnificent building; bedrooms are decorated in classic international luxury style – the furnishings won’t win any prizes for originality, but you will be super-comfortable. Make sure you factor in time for a slap-up afternoon tea in the Winter Garden restaurant, which is housed in the hotel’s showpiece: a stunning eight-storey, light-filled atrium complete with towering palm trees. The Landmark has all the bells and whistles you’d expect from a five-star hotel, including a Spa & Health Club which features a pool.
Sister hotel to the Zetter in Clerkenwell, this Townhouse hotel has 24 individually designed rooms set behind a Georgian façade. Rooms have Roberts radios and a selection of books, as well as TVs, rain showers and free wifi, and are decorated in a modish update of nineteenth-century style. Some have four-poster beds. For total indulgence, splash out on Lear’s Loft, which features a roof terrace complete with an alfresco bath. Seymour’s Parlour is where the mixology magic happens – or you could just have afternoon tea (with or without a cocktail).
For an upmarket but intimate stay, the eight rooms at the Grazing Goat gastropub are a safe bet. ‘Modern country house’ is the vibe the owners (Cubitt House) are going for: the rooms are classy but unfussy and feature some lovely extras, such as Aesop products and cafetières, while wifi and bottled water are free. The same aesthetic is carried through into the bar and restaurant downstairs. Guests can enjoy their meals in their rooms if they prefer.
Glamorous Chiltern Firehouse is the first London hotel from André Balazs, the man behind the Mercer in New York and Chateau Marmont in LA. It’s best known for the paparazzi-friendly restaurant, but the hotel is even more alluring. The handsome red-brick façade (it really was a fire station) holds 26 generously sized rooms, all beautifully retro-styled, with working fireplaces. The Firehouse suite is the size of a small flat, and has a lovely window seat overlooking Chiltern Street. You get what you pay for in terms of service, too. If you can force yourself to leave the building, Marylebone’s shops and restaurant are on the doorstep.
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