In the northwest of London, you’ll find the sleepy neighbourhood of Maida Vale. Close to Abbey Road Studios and Lord’s Cricket Ground, it’s a perfectly picturesque part of London to stay in thanks to its Victorian houses and proximity to the canal and Little Venice. From laid-back apartments to luxury boutiques, these are the best hotels to book in Maida Vale.
Set among the leafy streets of West London, Maida Vale is a residential neighbourhood not too far from the buzz of Oxford Street and beyond. With Regent’s Park just a short walk to the east, it’s a great spot for those looking to visit London Zoo or simply hoping to make the most of one of the city’s numerous green spaces. Take advantage of the beauty and proximity with a stay at one of the area’s best hotels – carefully selected by the travel team at Culture Trip.
Space Apart Hotel
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If you’re in need of some serious home comforts, book into Space Apart Hotel. It’s just down the road from Maida Vale, set among the Georgian townhouses near Paddington, and apartments sleep up to four. Each of the serviced apartments comes with a fully fitted kitchen (including cooker, dishwasher, washing machine, the works) plus DVD players, reclining beds and air conditioning and, though small, they are well designed to feel comfy rather than cluttered. Decor is contemporary, but for a touch more character choose a premium room, some of which are up in the eaves.
Dubbed London’s first wellness hotel, Inhabit guarantees a relaxing and restorative stay. Rooms are designed in a distinctly Scandinavian style, almost like they could have been plucked from the pages of an Ikea catalogue. Think blonde wooden furniture, hanging plants, charcoal-grey touches and natural landscape prints. Curl up with a book in your room, then stretch it out with a yoga class or sweat it out in the sauna – either way, the facilities at Inhabit will help you easily switch off from the outside world. When you do want to venture out of your tranquil sanctuary, be sure to grab a cold-pressed juice and breakfast bowl from the in-house café to set you on your way.
Built on the site of the original Lord’s Cricket Ground, Dorset Square Hotel is rife with cute cricketing touches. Interior designer Kit Kemp is responsible for the country house-style interiors that will (even if just momentarily) help you feel miles away from the crowded city streets. Upholstered headboards, woodland-themed wallpaper and canvas art are just some of the defining points of the rooms here, alongside cricketing touches such as cricket-ball door handles and decor tidbits. Beds are big enough to charge rent on, and comfortable enough to warrant a groan every time you have to leave them. The honesty bar in the drawing room is the perfect place to settle into a comfy armchair with a G&T or a spot of afternoon tea.
Though not quite on the same level as Big Ben or The London Eye in terms of landmark status, this huge five-star hotel is nonetheless aptly named. Dating back to 1889, it looks like an actual palace – and that’s just the red-brick exterior. Inside, the olde-worlde luxury theme is carried through in astonishing detail. From wainscot panelling and twinkling chandeliers to the central glass-domed Winter Garden – framed by numerous palm trees, it feels like it could be anywhere but London. The rooms are just as luxe, flaunting oak wood furnishings and gilded touches. Indulge in a trip to the hotel spa for a massage and a stint in the steam room, before treating yourself to a glass of champagne at one of the hotel’s four bars and restaurants.
This unassuming hotel may seem like an enigma when you enter through the café. Eschewing a formal reception in favour of a casual front desk, Pilgrm (yes, without the ’i’) aims to keep things low-key. The minimalist rooms are finished with wooden detailing, neutral tones and independent artwork – combining with a cool personality in the way of Marshall amps, bespoke books and glossy magazines. The downstairs café, meanwhile, serves up freshly brewed coffee, cold-pressed juices and breakfast options ranging from bacon rolls to burrata on toast. Before a big night out, why not kick things off with something strong from the cocktail menu? Each drink is the result of a collaboration between the hotel and either a local or internationally renowned bar.