Grand townhouses and pretty squares make Marylebone an attractive area to stay within London. Even more pleasurable for those seeking some retail therapy is the close proximity to the flagship stores on Oxford Street, the luxury brands of Bond Street, Mayfair, and the independent boutiques of Marylebone High Street. There are plenty of other delights to be explored for non-shopping types, whether it’s the richness of the Wallace Collection or the peace of Regent’s Park. The historic architecture provides inspiration for the boutique hotels of the area, which all reflect the heritage and prestige of the area. Here are boutiquehotels.co.uk’s favourites:
The Dorset Square Hotel in Marylebone
The Dorset Square Hotel (*****) perhaps is the most traditional option, if that word could ever be applied to Kit Kemp’s distinctive style of decor. Revamped in 2012, the unmistakably Firmdale take on contemporary country house style here also has a cricket theme, as the leafy square in which the hotel is situated was the site of Thomas Lord’s first ground. With a Miller Harris stocked bathroom, a drawing room complete with roaring fire and an honesty bar, and Regent’s Park just a five minute walk away; it’s pleasantly easy to forget you’re staying in Marylebone in the heart of one of the world’s most hectic cities.
A different take on the traditional townhouse can be found at The Arch, London (*****). In fact, it is seven Grade II listed townhouses that compose the bones of this hotel. While the original features, such as its Georgian sash windows, are still there to be admired, they are treated with contemporary flair, such as with the graffiti-covered ceiling in the Salon de Champagne. There’s a decadent feeling throughout, from the rich colours and sumptuous textiles and wallpapers used in the rooms and suites, to the Martini Library where you can partake of a delightfully boozy afternoon tea.
Ten Manchester Street (****) is also a twenty-first century update on the townhouse, starting with the bold, black front door and carried through everything inside. The hotel optimizes its quiet Marylebone location with a specialist cigar terrace – a space to enjoy some of the world’s finest cigars – as private terraces available with some bedrooms. Every bedroom offers a comfortable stay, with Egyptian cotton sheets, a rainfall shower, flat screen TV and DVD player supplied as standard in each room.
London EDITION in Marylebone
One of the most talked-about openings in Marylebone is the London EDITION (*****), the result of the pairing of Ian Schrager and Marriot. It’s a hotel that oozes luxury from the original marble-walled lobby to their unique scented toiletries. For socialising, enjoy traditional British fare in Jason Atherton’s Berners Tavern, or book into the intimate space of the Punch Room. The wood-panelled bedroom offers the perfect retreat from the fun.
Finally, for a more informal boutique style stay in Marylebone, try one of the eight rooms at The Grazing Goat. Operated by the same people behind The Orange in Chelsea, they’re fresh country-style spaces above a public house and dining room that specialises in great quality British meals for breakfast, lunch and diner. There’s no skimping on comforts with king sized beds with Egyptian cotton sheets and flat screen TVs. In fact, with their full lunch and dinner menus available on room service, the temptation is never to leave your room.
Hotels Mentioned In This Article
- Dorset Square Hotel – 39–40 Dorset Square, London NW1 6QN
- The Arch London – 50 Great Cumberland Place, London, W1H 7FD
- Ten Manchester Street Hotel – 8–12 Manchester Street, London, W1U 4DG
- The London EDITION – 10 Berners Street, London, W1T 3NP
- The Grazing Goat – 6 New Quebec Street, London, W1H 7RQ
Author: Frances Ambler