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Fodor's Expert Review No. 5 Maddox Street

5 Maddox St., London, W1S 2QD, England See on Map

An alternative to a luxury hotel and an ideal option for families and groups, No. 5 Maddox Street is a collection of twelve private suites in their own secretive location, rented with the addition of some of the amenities of a traditional hotel only with a lot more space. Super centrally located on a quiet street behind Regent Street and close to Oxford Circus Tube, the collection of suites is somewhere between your own luxe hotel and a temporary rented apartment in the heart of the West End. Families who want a little more freedom than a hotel affords will find the cooking facilities and privacy a draw.

YOU SHOULD KNOW While Maddox Street itself is peculiarly quiet considering its location, Regent Street and Oxford Street either side of it are anything but, so noise and crowds could be a problem.


Decorated in a slick style with some cool touches — like the coffee table art books and kimonos — rooms are more than stylish enough to remind you that you’re not at home anymore, despite all that space. And if you needed any further help in the hotel/home comparisons, the 24-hour concierge service should help. Available in one, two or three bedroom suites, there are a number of options for families with older children, or couples who want to share an apartment.

Full kitchens in all the suites mean home cooking is always an option for those nights when staying in for food feels right.


More like a hotel than an apartment rental, there are luxe REN bath products in the rainforest showers.


While there is no gym in the complex, guests get complimentary use of a local fitness center.


Apartments are self-catering but the concierge can fill up your fridge with groceries for arrival and advise on the best takeaway options in the area.

Some suites come with a small decked balcony space for all important inner-city al fresco dining.


Getting Around

Sandwiched between two of London’s main shopping streets, No. 5 Maddox Street has no shortage of boutiques, restaurants and bars within close vicinity. The likes of Westminster, the Houses of Parliament and Green Park are walkable and the museums of South Kensington are a short Tube ride from Oxford Circus.


The suites may have kitchen facilities but who wants to cook all the time when away from home, especially with so much choice around. Bombay street food chain Dishoom Carnaby (3-minute walk) does a superlative pulled lamb bun, while nearby Flat Iron (5-minute walk) is a no-bookings restaurant that serves a mean steak. For an occasion—or just for the chance to sit at a table with its own ‘Push for Champagne’ button—go to the kooky Bob Bob Ricard (7-minute walk) for caviar and Chicken Kiev.


No bar means an excuse to get lost in the neighboring bars, of which there are many. Cocktails at Sketch (2-minute walk) are a good place to start for the sheer beauty of it all, and the next place to try is the reservations-only cocktail bar, Milk and Honey (6-minute walk), a place that matches even the most luxurious hotel bar. Not an area known for great pubs, The Lyric (10-minute walk) is an exception, a regular pub with a good range of beer which makes for a reassuringly non-sports bar environment in which to watch sports.


If you want some of the perks of a hotel with the anonymity of a private apartment, No. 5 Maddox Street is the perfect balance. Sleek, contemporary and more luxurious than plenty of luxe hotels, it may not quite be a bargain but the rewards are space and freedom that you don’t find within the rigidity of a hotel.




Phones: 020-7647–0200

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