Now a hotel, the Victorian-era Port Authority building in the Maritime Quarter has lost none of its period features: moldings, pillars, stained glass, and wood floors. The modern rooms, in both the main building and in a town house across the road, are immaculate, with crisp cotton sheets and drapes of satin, silk, and suede. The separate Townhouse building across the street offers greater privacy (and is cheaper—rooms there start at £65). The stylish restaurant serves
dishes like panfried sea bass with crushed-pea-and-potato cake.