My cousin held her wedding reception at The Wallace Collection at the weekend, and at the time we RSVP'd I did not know that I'd be living in London, so on Sunday night I got to enjoy a little stay-cation with my family at The Marylebone Hotel. We'd been looking for somewhere with a bit of luxury (but not too expensive!) within walking distance of the gallery and some next-morning breakfast options, and while we were Googling around I remembered that one of my favourite places to eat in the area, 108 Brasserie, was actually part of a hotel.
Before we get onto my room, a little recap on the hotel itself. There is a normal entry way into the lobby where you can check in (with super attentive porters who don't need asking to take your bags and who offer you umbrellas when you leave to take with you if rain is forecast, and iced lemon water on tap while you wait to check in), and the bar/ brasserie entrance to the hotel which is more of a hub. I really want to have afternoon tea there at some point as what other people were eating looked delicious, and of course if you wanted to you could have any of your meals in the 108 Brasserie (you can read my full review of lunch there here), or sit down at their beautiful bar for a glass of champagne and a craft cocktail or three.
As we had other plans we did not really utilize the rest of what the hotel had to offer, but after a trip up Marylebone High Street (that has some of my favourite shops in London and is literally just around the corner) we sat down for a pot of peppermint tea each (that came with a mini flapjack) before we went to get ready. Oh, and I think my Dad snuck down for a complimentary cup of tea and a croissant in the morning because apparently my 9:30 birthday breakfast reservation at The Chiltern Firehouse (just a 5 minute walk away, more on that next week - a good shout if you're staying more than one day and want to eat out of the hotel one morning) was too late and he was hungry!
This gets a big tick from me for being a super cozy hotel bed, with lovely pillows. I sunk into it late on the Sunday night, and flopped down onto it in my hotel bathrobe the next morning to start my day off with the news before breakfast on the lovely flatscreen in my room. Literally my only qualm was it was a bit warm for the temperature of the rooms, and while I slept beautifully, I was too hot when I woke up, and I know this woke my parents up too early, and they found the air conditioning too noisy!
We booked two of their superior double rooms, and both rooms were lovely, but subtly different. My parents room and my first room (the lights did not work, but the staff were so quick and efficient in giving me a new room) had baths, and my second room had a rain shower, so if you have a preference it is worth requesting that at the time of booking. We took advantage of an early bird rate as we booked in December, and the rooms were £187.20 each, which I think was probably the best rate any of our family managed for the night, slap bang in the middle of London. They have some great offers on their rooms on the website, so if you're planning a trip to London, it is worth taking a look!
As I've been having problems with the hot water in my flat, a night with this bathroom was utter heaven. While it was small, the mirror was perfect for sorting out my red lip, and the walk in rain shower the next morning was simply wonderful - I did not want to get out! Because I was not the most organised person leaving my flat I ended up using their toiletries, and I was rather impressed - even the shampoo and conditioner left my hair feeling nice (especially as I'd also forgotten to pack Moroccanoil) - that never happens!
Not really a stay-cation staple, but for those of you visiting in each room if you look through the draws you'll also find guides to the area, ideas for some slightly more unique things to do in London, and even safe, marked out jogging routes around the hotel. Adding a few of my own recommendations, other than eating in the hotel, at The Chiltern Firehouse for a special occasion, and taking a turn around the Wallace Collection (some of the rooms were open at the party, and some of the art they have on display is simply stunning), The Natural Kitchen by way of another breakfast recommendation is always a good shout, as is Royal China for Dim Sum. Oh, and be sure to visit Daunt Books on Marylebone High Street, which is one of my favourite bookshops in the city.
You can find out more about The Marylebone, and check rates and rooms here. If you're looking at other parts of London, the Doyle Collection that The Marylebone is part of also run The Bloomsbury (in Bloomsbury!) and The Kensington (you get the idea!) Also, if you'd like something a bit more modern (though, listening to my Aunt talk about her hotel room, modern pod bathrooms are not for everyone!), I will never say no to a night in a citizenM hotel (I've had great nights in them in London and in Glasgow), and they have one on Bankside (which I reviewed here), one overlooking the Tower of London, and one in Shoreditch.