The well-heeled neighbourhood of Marylebone places visitors close to the best independent shops and theatres in the capital and in easy reach of the city’s business centre. It’s a well-established area that’s long been home to some of London’s wealthiest residents, such as Paul McCartney, Jimi Hendrix and Charles Dickens, as well as the iconic fictional resident, Sherlock Holmes. Marylebone was originally named after the local church of St Mary and the Tyburn brook that ran through it (and still does, below ground). It has no shortage of luxury hotels, but these are some of our favourites.
Hyatt Regency London
A quintessentially British property, The Churchill is right at the heart of Marylebone, moment’s away from Selfridges and Oxford Street but offering a more peaceful setting overlooking Portman Square Garden. Its namesake (the iconic Prime Minister Winston Churchhill), is remembered in details and subtle nods throughout. A large property, it has 390 bedrooms and 50 suites – some of the latter offering multiple bedrooms and expansive living areas. It’s also home to the award-winning Churchill Bar and Terrace, Michelin-starred Locanda Locatelli and the all-day dining venue, The Montagu Kitchen. The Churchill is part of the Hyatt Regency collection.
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The Prince Akatoki London
Get a taste of Japan in the heart of London at The Prince Akatoki. A stay here is a minimalist and mindful, yet five-star experience. The interior design evokes calm and tranquillity with lots of natural materials across 82 premium bedrooms. Alongside the ethos of Japanese hospitality, the property is full of furnishings and decorative touches that evoke the feel of Japan. And of course, the food follows suit. Guests can dine on fusion cuisine or bottomless brunch and take a sushi masterclass at TOKii, as well as enjoying an Asian whisky at The Malt Lounge and Bar.
Treehouse Hotel London
So named as its bedrooms and terrace are sky high, Treehouse offers panoramic views over the landmarks of London and one of the quirkiest, yet fanciest hotel stays around. It’s designed to engender the same kinds of cosy, adventurous feelings of childhood clubhouses that were built among the branches, with vintage furnishings and pops of colour. But it’s all very upmarket and bang on trend. The Nest is the big event here; a hip, bohemian day and night spot, offering sublime food, mixology, DJ beats, interior foliage trailing from the ceilings and 360-degree skyline views. There’s also a Mexican restaurant, a pizzeria and the Backyard cafe hangout.
It’s hosted the stars of Hollywood and members of the Royal Family for over two centuries. Spencer Tracy commented that he’d rather go to Claridge’s than to heaven when he dies. And Gordon Ramsay opened a restaurant here. This hotel is grand and British, with elements of its heritage – notably its art deco years – evident in the decor. Highlights include the Davies & Brook restaurant and The Fumoir, a sultry speakeasy-style glamorous bar. There’s a swish outdoor dining area, a spa and a famous afternoon tea. The kid-glove service is top-notch and attentive, with butlers in suites and the penthouse.
Nobu Hotel London Portman Square
This modern glass-fronted building has 249 naturally styled bedrooms and suites, each with traditional Japanese tea sets, Grown Alchemist toiletries, 4k ultra HD TVs, contemporary detailing and the brand’s own luxury mattresses. A wellness centre includes a Pilates Reformer studio and treatments such as Nobu Zen, the brand’s signature ritual incorporating stretching and massage. Whether you stay here or not, do eat here. Nobu’s international range of restaurants have a trademark style, incarnated by the highly acclaimed Tokyo-based Chef Nobu Matsuhisa. There’s a Japanese-inspired afternoon tea, lounge, bar and Laurent-Perrier Terrace overlooking Portman Square and serving Nobu’s signature dishes.
The Langham, London
Europe’s first Grand Dame, The Langham opened its doors in 1865, soon racking up an illustrious list of patrons, like Louis-Napoleon III, Charles Dickens, one of the “Cambridge Five” spies Guy Burgess, Mark Twain, Princess Diana, Lady Gaga and Angelina Jolie. It has been an innovator on the international hotel scene, with a prestigious reputation. It boasts a timeless elegance and award-winning eating and drinking venues overseen by Michel Roux Jr; Palm Court, Artesian Bar,The Wigmore and Roux at the Landau. Chuan Body + Soul Spa and Health Club has an Asian theme with a huge heated indoor pool.
The Marylebone Hotel
Part of the boutique Doyle Collection, this is a thoroughly modern property. The rooftop terrace is a real gem, with outdoor fireplaces, flat-screen TVs, cushioned sofas and rugs. An excellent place for a workout, the hotel’s Third Space gym and spa has an 18m indoor pool, as well as alternative therapy treatments. 250 bedrooms have accented vibrant colours and bold patterns, augmented by contemporary art pieces. Families are welcome with open arms; The Marylebone provides kids’ menus, free meals for under fives and teepee beds with inflatable mattresses, camping lamps, cookies and a flask of milk on request.
If you love all things vintage, you’ll adore the Art Deco interiors at this five-star property. It’s packed with 1920s era antiques, with lashings of mahogany furnishings, over a thousand original artworks (as well as notable modern pieces from Turner prize winners) and literary works from yesteryear. The building itself is a piece of history, built during the previous roaring ‘20s and now carrying a Grade II listing – even the D.R. Harris bath products nod to this heritage. But there are modern amenities too; like a shiny new spa and salons. Set beside Brown Hart gardens, there’s a tranquillity that belies The Beaumont’s central location.