This grand five-star hotel is situated in the central neighbourhood of Marylebone, close to the attractions of Oxford Street, London Zoo and Regent’s Park. Originally built as a Victorian railway hotel, the building slipped through various uses until reopening in its current guise in 1993. A stunning edifice that’s all classic red brick and towering turrets, the hotel eschews contemporary flair, opting instead for a strict adherence to traditional British style. In a great location, the vast 300-room property is ideal for a range of visitors, including families.
YOU SHOULD KNOW A busy road runs right outside the hotel but while not the most attractive accessory, noise doesn't puncture the soundproofed rooms.
Elegant rooms channel the style of a charming Cotswold mansion with their textured wallpapers, muted pastel colors, and homely wall hangings. Even the smallest rooms are incredibly spacious with guests able to request either interior or exterior facing views.
Families are accommodated with large suites especially dedicated to parents with children with toys provided.
Most of the luxurious marble-clad bathrooms feature combined bath and shower with complimentary White Company bath products. Vast vanity mirrors above double basins make the already adequate sized rooms feel positively grand.
As you would expect from seeing the grandeur of the regal hotel from the outside, the interior is something special. The entrance lobby is all marble floors and vaulted stone ceilings with views into the hotel’s spectacular Winter Garden.
A relatively large chlorine-free pool provides guests with a place to unburden themselves. And if the pool doesn’t do it then try the Jacuzzi next door.
A big deal, the luxury Landmark Spa offers a long list of treatments to guests looking to embark on a wellness stint. In addition to cutting edge therapies, massage and skincare treatments, the spa has therapeutic aromatherapy showers and a neighboring hair and beauty salon.
A well-equipped gym with glass partitions looks out onto the appealing turquoise of the basement pool.
The classically styled restaurant is all wood panelled walls and swish, glittering chandeliers, presented in a moody grey colorway that speaks of sultry sophistication. To accompany all that sultriness, the menu brings modern European classics and hotel staples.
The refined bar does its bit for the levels of sultry sophistication, providing a sea of plush armchairs for cocktails and dreams.
Covered by a huge atrium, the Winter Garden is the highlight of the hotel. Uncharacteristically bright and fresh, the covered interior courtyard is a place for guests to eat, drink and just generally enjoy what is an arresting space.
Located to the west of Central London, the hotel is just far enough from the West End to make short black cab rides the most convenient way to get around. Do explore the area around the hotel; Marylebone has a distinct urban village feel if you take to the backstreets. For public transport, Marylebone Station is just a two-minute walk from the hotel.
The hip crowd’s favorite, the Chiltern Firehouse (12-minute walk) is within walking distance so make a reservation and take your place with those in the know. Alternatively, keep it low-key—but no less cool—with coffees and snacks at the Monocle Café (12-minute walk), the cultural digest magazine’s own Marylebone hangout.
Go from the Victorian splendour of the hotel to the traditional stylings of the Angel in the Fields (15-minute walk), one of the neighborhood’s most evocative old pubs. After drinking pints of bitter, move on to something a little ritzier, say, Seymour’s Parlour (13-minute walk) at the Zetter Townhouse Marylebone where cocktails and eccentric interiors await.
WHY WE LIKE IT
While the rooms are fairly typical of this type of five-star hotel, their size and space is a bonus that will please guests. We love the Winter Garden for its sheer excessive extravagance, along with the super-luxe spa and pool. The good news is, prices aren’t off the scale, which makes this a great choice in one of Central London’s most interesting areas.