Shoppers should be delighted: you’re only a block away from the charming and fashionable boutiques of Marylebone, and close to Selfridges and the mainstream chains along Oxford Street. Sightseers do well too, with Regent’s Park and Madame Tussauds to the north, and the exquisite art of the unsung Wallace Collection museum to the east. Traffic-choked Baker Street has little to recommend it except the well-connected Underground station, a cinema and some decent restaurants (quality chains like Canteen, for example, and the excellent Galvin Bistrot de Luxe). Nearby alternatives for a bit more money include [node:167966] and the excellent [node:167962].
As with most townhouse conversions, the rooms vary widely in size and shape. Those I saw were all a good size, with flatscreen TVs and varying décor. But for all the pleasing items scattered about (porcelain jugs, books, wall prints, patterned rugs on stripped floors), they’re not as impressive as the public areas. Most rooms have a bathtub with installed showerhead; the remainder have walk-in showers. They all have names rather than numbers. I particularly liked Whitehall, a basement double at the back with a line of skylights along one side. On the top floor (there’s no lift), the arrangement of the Belgravia twin is rather curious: to get around the tiny space available to the en suite bathroom, an extra door gives access directly over the side of the tub. There shouldn’t be much noise at the front of the building, but most rooms are at the back.
There’s no lift, but otherwise the public spaces here are a joy. Off the handsomely tiled hallway, the breakfast room is especially lovely, its curved table and wooden cabinets giving a kind of gentrified country kitchen feel. Upstairs, the lounge has potted plants, armchairs and fine wooden desks and cupboards; in an anteroom, there’s complimentary tea and instant coffee. All the hallway alcoves have fun collectibles to distract you: statuettes, antique trunks, riding boots and even musical instruments. There’s free Wi-Fi throughout, but in a higgledy-piggledy basement room guests can go online on the hotel computer.
Eating and drinking
Continental breakfast (cereal, fruit and yoghurt, croissants, toast and jam) is included in the room price.
Friendly, with a local, family feel.
Who stays there
There’s some casual business custom, but mostly leisure travellers.
It is worth considering paying slightly more to stay as a single in a double room.
- High-Speed Internet
- Culture vultures
Pros & Cons
- Lovely décor
- Charming breakfast room and lounge
- Central, but not busy, location
- No lift