Stylish, elegant and a touch eccentric, 22 York Street is the London bed and breakfast for guests who want more than the typical no-frills experience. Step through the expansive double door of the Marylebone hotel and you could be forgiven for thinking you’d walked into a fully functioning family home. Decorative design competes for attention from every corner, the collection of oil paintings, heavy gilt mirrors, French antiques, vintage tiles, and dangling Tiffany chandeliers distracting from the equally attractive floorboards underfoot.
YOU SHOULD KNOW There is no elevator, so access to upper or lower level floors is by stairs only.
Think four poster canopies, vintage steel framed beds, neutral walls and the perfect level of chintz to remain on the right side of stylish. Antique furniture and old pianos fill the gaps between beds and wardrobes in the spacious doubles, while twins and singles hold their own cozy elegance on a compact scale.
Need a good page turner? Some of the rooms have well-stocked book shelves to peruse.
All rooms have the benefit of private bathrooms with shower and bath, heavy decorative basins, and a small selection of complimentary toiletries.
The entrance hall leads guests past elegant oil paintings into a light-filled breakfast room and welcome area full of Gallic charm.
Since breakfast is the only meal served at 22 York Street, they choose to make it count. Guests get together around the stately curved dining table that covers half the room, where they are encouraged to swap holiday stories over the fresh coffee, tea, croissants, and cheeses of a continental breakfast.
YOU SHOULD KNOW If you prefer your own company and shudder at the thought of eating with your fellow guests every morning, then you might have to skip breakfast all together.
While Marylebone isn’t the most bustling neighborhood, it is a short walk to the shops, restaurants, and bars of Mayfair and Oxford Street, while Marylebone rail station offers good connections for trips out of London.
Book in advance for fine dining at the celebrity favorite Chiltern Firehouse (6-minute walk), or take it lowbrow, with burgers, wings, and ribs at the original Meat Liquor (15-minute walk).
Drink cocktails at subterranean speakeasy Purl (7-minute walk), or visit the Prince Regent (8-minute walk) for traditional real ales and craft beer.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Viewed through the lens of its budget rooms rates, 22 York Street is an even more appealing option for a central London stay than its elegant combination of antique-heavy rooms, charming hosts, and eccentric décor already make it.