Excellent, especially for shoppers. No.5 is just across Regent Street from the fabulous Liberty department store, with the restaurants and nightspots of Soho beyond it. To the west lies the exclusive boutiques and restaurants of Mayfair.
Opposite reception is the building-wide Bartlett Suite: three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a huge lounge-diner with fully equipped kitchen and two little terrace areas. The other apartments are less grand (just one or two bedrooms), but fully equipped kitchenettes, Wi-Fi, flatscreen TV/DVDs and Asian-inflected minimalist décor run throughout. Swinging Sixties black-and-white photos of Soho set off bare bamboo floors with soft rugs.
The stairs lead up to a small first-floor reception area, with an aquarium and DVD library - but not much else. There’s no lift.
Eating and drinking
Reception will provide a decent breakfast and snacks, and get your shopping done for you if you’re feeling lazy. Otherwise, No.5 is perfect for independent-minded types who don’t want to be at the behest of hotel caterers - the handbook of local eating (including that Thai restaurant, Patara, downstairs), shopping and attractions is well put together if you don’t fancy cooking for yourself.
None, but reception can arrange spa treatments in your room.
These are serviced apartments so there's no formal room service, but the staff at reception are happy to respond to requests from guests and do provide breakfast and snacks if you're disinclined to cook for yourself.
Who stays there
Media and fashion types who value privacy and prefer settling into their own space to the formalities of a hotel suite and formal service.
- High-Speed Internet
- Room Service
- Families with teenagers
Pros & Cons
- Clean, appealing design
- Great location
- Well-appointed kitchenettes
- No public areas or bar-restaurant