There’s plenty to see and do in Marylebone, from incredible brunch spots to literary landmarks. Here’s our guide to the best hotels in Marylebone to make the most of your stay.
A maze of commercial and residential streets filled with red-brick Georgian architecture, Marylebone is a magnetic mix of London landmarks and charming boutiques. Lines form for the waxwork wonders of Madam Tussauds while 221b Baker Street, home of famous fictional sleuth Sherlock Holmes, lies just moments from the green haven of Regent’s Park. A stay in one of the many dynamic hotels dotted around the area will put you in the middle of all the action.
The extrovert of the bunch, The Prince Akatoki blends the finest local London and international Japanese flavours at in-house restaurant TOKii. It’s best washed down with something strong at The Malt Lounge & Bar – perhaps an imported Japanese whisky, or stick with the sake. Upstairs, the minimal aesthetic helps to create an authentic feel, while crisp Egyptian cotton sheets and duck-down duvets guarantee a good night’s sleep amid the sleepy rows of Georgian terraces.
The Zetter Townhouse Marylebone channels the eccentric tastes of fictional Victorian patron Uncle Seymour. The extravagantly designed rooms transport guests to a bygone era but the hotel is far from stuck in the past. Social media-friendly Seymour’s Parlour serves delicious cocktails from master mixologist Tony Conigliaro, and each month the hotel hosts themed parties that have included Mardi Gras and the Roaring ’20s.
The Landmark London has a showstopping glass-ceilinged atrium that exudes old-world charm. This cinematic, grand hotel is perfect for special occasions and romantic getaways. There’s modern European dining at the Winter Garden Restaurant and a luxurious spa for pampering after a busy day scouring the vintage shops on Marylebone High Street.
Chiltern Firehouse quickly became a big hit with celebrities and London’s affluent party set. The converted 19th-century fire station offers high-end dining from Michelin-star chef Nuno Mendes – fusing healthy eating with seasonality to produce talked-about dishes like the wood-grilled cauliflower. Each room has its own fireplace for extra cosiness, warming the traditionally styled spaces that include baroque-patterned carpets and marble bathrooms. Splashing out on a suite also means you can soak in the free-standing bathtub and doll yourself up in front of antique vanity mirrors before heading down to recline in the sumptuously furnished social spaces, humming with the chatter of socialites and stars.
Despite its designer interior, The Mandeville Hotel doesn’t take itself too seriously – even though it’s one of the best in London and conveniently located near Bond Street and Selfridges. Hotel bar Reform is often a hive of activity with live vinyl nights and award-winning bartenders. A real gem.
With plenty of rural charm, The Grazing Goat is a country oasis right in the heart of Central London. Its rustic, wood-beamed ceilings and stone-floored bathrooms will transport you far from the traffic-laden streets of the capital. The charming gastropub downstairs serves seasonal British cuisine and offers a wide selection of craft beers. Fuss-free with a fine attention to detail, this hotel is perfect for a romantic weekend getaway.
Dorset Square Hotel occupies a Regency townhouse that overlooks a leafy garden square and the original Lord’s Cricket Ground. The interior of the charming boutique hotel has the distinctive stamp of designer Kit Kemp, bringing each room to life with bold patterns and colours. There are also plenty of thoughtful touches, including picnic hampers for a visit to nearby Regent’s Park and popcorn for cosy evenings tucked up in one of its super-soft beds. Feast on high-quality comfort food such as the hotel’s mouthwatering Sunday roast (with perfectly puffed Yorkshire puddings), or treat yourself to afternoon tea and cocktails at The Potting Shed restaurant, which has the added bonus of live music on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
The Amba Hotel Marble Arch is perfect for first-time visitors to the capital. It’s conveniently located close to Marble Arch station and Hyde Park, one of Europe’s most beautiful parks, is on its doorstep. The hotel’s brand of affordable luxury includes a grill house, bar and deli for grabbing snacks on the go. There’s also a gym if traversing the capital isn’t enough of a workout.
Homeliness is quickly established at The Z Hotel, which is housed in six merged townhouses just minutes from the excitement of Oxford Circus. The shared kitchen space is a sleek mirroring of its surroundings: industrial seating and white walls are warmed by sunny yellow booths and French doors lead to a plant-fringed courtyard – a serene space to enjoy breakfast in the summer months. Rooms continue the minimalist theme in white and grey, with an embedded glass-walled en suite and plenty of storage alongside the endless entertainment provided on the Samsung HDTV (complete with Sky).
An incarnation of stylish city luxury, The Marylebone’s bar is infused with 1970s glamour, boasting deep ocean-blue velvet seating, copper cocktail shakers and a scattering of retro furniture (drink to suit the setting with an old fashioned). Heading further in, you can grab a meal on plush phonebox-red seating at 108 Brasserie, where they serve up healthy dishes such as spring herb and lemon risotto. Rooms can vary from stripy-floored cosy classics to sprawling terrace suites that come with a fireplace and an all-weather deck where you can enjoy panoramic views of the concrete metropolis.
A pocket of rustic paradise in the heart of the city, Treehouse Hotel London lives up to its name as a whimsical piece of youthful escapism. An enchanting combination of raw materials like recycled wood and rope, interiors are punctuated by industrial details. Exposed beams are draped with foliage and floors are covered in a patchwork of Persian rugs in Madera, an organic Mexican restaurant with a bohemian vibe and intriguing cocktails like the Winnie De Pooh (a concoction of wildflower honey and green chartreuse). Rooms contain nostalgic curiosities like kaleidoscopes and are dotted with eco-conscious details such as recycled glassware and refillable bathroom products. Head up to the roof for city vistas and DJ sets that will have you dancing under the stars.
A short amble from Marylebone’s independent boutiques and the high-street shops of Oxford Circus, Nobu Portman Square is the epitome of sleek, contemporary luxury. Its award-winning Japanese cuisine is a particular highlight – signature dishes such as the miso black cod and yellowtail sashimi are worth clearing an afternoon for. Rooms are infused with Zen decor details like earthy tones and teak furniture, and natural light floods in through the floor-to-ceiling windows. Distinct Japanese touches also appear in the form of bonsai trees and traditional tea sets, complemented by plenty of modern amenities like the 24-hour gym and luxurious spa.
This article is an updated version of a story created by Alex Jordan.
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