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Fodor's Expert Review Durrants Hotel

26–32 George St., London, W1H 5BJ, England See on Map

Fitted snugly into four Georgian town houses, Durrants Hotel and its 92 rooms display the height of traditional English décor. Owned and operated by the same family for over 100 years, this is the kind of hotel where little changes, which explains the loyal following who repeat book for the charming rooms, personal service and authenticity.

YOU SHOULD KNOW Quiet and rather staid, the atmosphere won’t suit those looking for a showy hotel in which to hold court—Durrants Hotel is all understated atmosphere and good manners.

room

Warm, textured décors feature antique furniture, writing desks and large windows swathed in heavy drapes. Rooms are individually decorated and the style is classic to a tee, although there is a nod to the contemporary with large flat screen TVs.

bathroom

Bath products are courtesy of L’Occitane in the neutral—yet smart—bathrooms, which come with either bath tubs or walk-in showers.

lobby

While the lobby may merely be a place to linger while checking in, it’s impressive nonetheless. A grand staircase welcomes guests to a dimly lit lair of dark wood and polished chesterfield couches and the whole experience feels like you could have swapped London for a lodge in the home counties.

dining

Unlike some similarly sized hotels, Durrants restaurant is no afterthought. Expect to find more polished leather banquets in a drawing room punctuated by its handsome wood panelling. As you might expect in a family-run establishment such as this, service is part of the charm.

Lacking weekend plans? Book in for the Durrants Sunday Roast supper.

drinking

After dinner, snuggle down by the log fire in the gorgeous old George Bar where brandy seems like the thing you should be drinking.

LOCATION

Getting Around

A leafy neighbourhood in the heart of Central London, Marylebone is a rarity. Its streets are packed with independent boutiques, old pubs and plenty of traditional architecture so explore on foot. A short walk will take you into Mayfair or Hyde Park and when travelling further, use taxis or Tube, with Bond Street and Marble Arch Underground stations both a ten-minute walk away.

Restaurants

Trade traditional English for modern Scandinavian dining at The Harcourt (14-minute walk) or opt for European glamour at Fischer’s (7-minute walk), an old-world brasserie that turns a spot of London into 19th century Vienna.

Bars

So close to the Langham Hotel, it would be a shame not to venture to its award-winning Artesian Bar (9-minute walk) for cocktails. Or, visit Purl (2-minute walk), an eccentric speakeasy that serves cocktails that will make you whoop.

WHY WE LIKE IT

Few hotels represent such a charming version of the English hotel experience like Durrants, with a quality of service passed down through generations of the same family. The rooms are comfortable and timeless and the nostalgic George Bar is a particular highlight.

QUICK FACTS

Business
87 rooms, 5 suites
Breakfast Yes
Lunch Yes
Dinner Yes
Bar Yes
Cafe No
Room Service Yes
$$$
Yes
No

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 020-7935–8131

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