Next time you’re planning to travel to London, consider this suite spot
The hustle and bustle of Oxford Street is barely a five-minute walk away, but it feels a whole world apart from the pretty streets of Marylebone and its wonderful mix of independent boutiques and speciality stores (beautiful bookshop Daunt; London’s finest cheesemonger, La Fromagerie; and Kabri, stockist of out-of-the-ordinary jewellery designs).
It’s here, on one of the area’s side streets, that you’ll find The Marylebone, an in-the-know gem of a hotel that contains what we’re happy to hail as the city’s best Signature Suites – no mean feat considering the fierce competition at more storied hotels throughout London. Impeccably styled inside to look every bit like an upscale lived-in apartment, the homely feel spreads to the outside, where a striking terrace with views over Marylebone’s rooftops (bringing Mary Poppins to mind) acts as an extended living room. The Scandi-style sofas, TV and fireplace aside, the finest feature of these terraces is their retractable roofs and blinds, which allows for year-round, all-weather use.
While the Signature Suites (three in all, headed by The Marylebone Suite) are the headline act, the supporting cast at The Marylebone make for a property every bit as good as its much-heralded sister hotel, The Bloomsbury. It’s a cast comprised of the brilliant, beloved-by-locals 108 Brasserie, which has a buzzing, heated, Parisian-style terrace hotel on the cobbles of Marylebone Lane; the on-site Third Space, one of London’s premium members-only health clubs, to which hotel guests have complimentary access to its facilities (myriad classes included); a unisex spa, and all 18-metres of the city’s largest indoor pool – after all, the one thing The Marylebone can’t guarantee beyond a thoroughly enjoyable stay is a rain-free weekend.
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