The hotel is in the heart of Marylebone, a safe and delightful neighbourhood I have no hesitation about guiding you to. With its handsome terraced houses, small characterful shops and a wide choice of restaurants it is rightly praised for its 'village' feel. Ten Manchester Street signs you up for enjoying for all this, as well as the chance to discover cultural gems like the nearby Wallace Collection, a free-entry fine arts museum.
Room categories include the 'Petit Double' (best for single travellers), the very acceptable 'Superior Double' and eight suites. All are decorated in a plush style with showy moments and make frequent use of brown, black and gold. Big white duvets, uncluttered bathrooms and 32-inch TVs ensure it is easy to relax, and everything is spotless. I would always request a room on the third to fifth floors - those on the first and second are at basement and ground level.
The small lobby is dominated by a pair of colourful oversized armchairs while the corridors have a patterned carpet that could have been inspired by the big eyes of an owl. On the walls, black-and-white photos of London sights help remind guests where they are, which can be useful if the previous night was a good one.
Eating and drinking
For many guests, including non-residents, the hotel's star attraction is a cosy cigar terrace tucked around the back. With a walk-in humidor, patio heaters and a good cocktail list, it's a godsend for smokers and also a venue for regular cigar-appreciation events. Meanwhile the dark and heavily-furnished Ten Lounge also doubles up as a restaurant and breakfast area. At times it all gets too congested for my tastes, but the food - scallops, duck breast, apple crumble - is high quality and presented with care.
Nothing on site but spa treatments and discounted membership to a local health club can be arranged.
Professional with switched on, smartly uniformed staff who anticipate guests' needs.
Who stays there
Business travellers, couples, shoppers in town for the sales and cigar aficionados.
Rates exclude VAT and breakfast (£12.50 for Continental, £15.00 for cooked). If you know a cigar-lover, treat them to a 'Cigar Package' which includes bed, breakfast, a fine cigar and a glass of cognac.
- High-Speed Internet
- Room Service
- Business travellers
Pros & Cons
- Cigar terrace
- Small and discreet
- Free WiFi
- No dedicated restaurant space