Upper Berkeley Street is a rather bland street of smart 19th-century terraced houses, with down-at-heel Edgware Road and its Middle Eastern cafés at the Sumner’s end and the swish boutiques of ‘Marylebone Village’ at the other. Hyde Park and the beginning of Oxford Street are a short walk south, where you’ll also find Marble Arch Underground station. It’s only a ten-minute backstreet walk to the fine art of the Wallace Collection.
Nicely furnished, if slightly sober - a good selection of photos on the walls, though, bring some life. I always like to see free water and internet offered. Queens are at the back, but the double-glazing seems to deal with any road noise in the Kings at the front. Larger deluxe rooms with double-height ceilings are upstairs. There’s no smoking in any of the rooms.
I really like the public spaces here. The breakfast room is indoor sunshine, with the far wall covered in vivid yellow buttercups and the communal table set with multicoloured designer chairs. The lounge really feels like someone’s front room - if you happen to know people with great taste and a bit of money to spend. The hearth keeps things cosy, a selection of style books and tourist guides provide inspiration, and there are nice contemporary details. Having the lounge at the front is superb, but I felt stranded for a moment when first buzzed in because reception is tucked away to the rear at the end of the entrance corridor.
Eating and drinking
The buffet breakfast is included in the price. For other meals, check out the inexpensive Middle Eastern cafés a short walk west on Edgware Road, or head in the other direction for the high-class restaurants and cafés of Marylebone.
Brisk, open and friendly.
Who stays there
The Sumner's a good all-rounder, mainly catering to leisure custom. Shoppers and older visitors are understandably keen.
Broadband (throughout the hotel) and the buffet breakfast are both free.
- High-Speed Internet
- Culture vultures
- Mature travellers
Pros & Cons
- Good design values
- Central but without the hurly-burly
- No street life
- Reception desk to the rear