The best hotels near Primrose Hill
If you’re after a reliable place to stay on the Hampstead side of Primrose Hill, this Marriott is a safe bet. It may be a little more dated than some of the chain’s other hotels, and the neutral decor won’t get the hearts of any design-focused guests racing, but with spacious rooms, free wifi, a heated indoor pool and a branch of Carluccio’s Italian restaurant and espresso bar within its lobby, it ticks many boxes. Business guests can make use of the meeting and events spaces, and there’s also a gym and sauna for de-stressing.
This Firmdale hotel sits on the southern side of Regent’s Park in nearby Marylebone; but if you’re looking for boutique luxury to match the chi-chi vibe of Primrose Hill, then this Regency townhouse is worth the five-minute cab ride. The hotel’s 38 rooms have been individually designed with adept use of colour, all have luxury toiletries and linen, and high-end mod cons. There’s a charming drawing room with a fireplace, and a sophisticated all-day restaurant. The subtle cricket memorabilia throughout reflects the location, as the private garden square out front was the original site of Thomas Lord’s cricket ground.
Set in a John Nash-designed townhouse, this boutique hotel is a ten-minute walk from the eastern edge of Primrose Hill, and is situated above Gordon Ramsay’s eponymous restaurant. The nine cosy, individually designed rooms are decked out in classic British style, with period antiques, luxurious fabrics and rich hues. As well as the standard mod cons of an upmarket hotel, rooms also feature ghd hair straighteners – for those who don’t want to lower their standards through travelling light.
Want to have a lion’s roar as your alarm clock? Primrose Hill is a just a monkey swing from London Zoo, in Regent’s Park. And if the idea of bedding down with (or at least near) the wildlife appeals, then consider an overnight stay at the zoo’s Gir Lion Lodge, where nine colourful wooden huts come with verandas and double or twin beds, all housed in a re-creation of a classic Indian village next to the lion enclosure. As well as breakfast, a two-course meal and two days’ entry to the zoo, guests are treated to special night-time and dawn zookeeper tours.
For a taste of north London living at its most genteel, book one of the two double rooms available at this upmarket guesthouse, on a quiet street in the heart of Primrose Hill. Owned by the amiable Carole and her neurosurgeon husband Edward, the townhouse – which they’ve run as a B&B for more than 26 years – is beautifully decorated with antiques, paintings and shelves upon shelves of books. Rooms have brass beds and teal walls; one is en suite while the other has access to a private bathroom. Breakfasts consist of homemade bread, fresh fruit salad and friendly conversation – the owners are a fountain of knowledge on London and the local area.
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