In the heart of London, between Mayfair and Regent’s Park, the neighborhood known as Marylebone is characterized by quaint garden squares and Georgian architecture. A handful of accommodations are found in Marylebone that run the gamut from historic to upscale. Visitors can view the Wallace Collection, a national museum housed in a neighborhood townhouse, shop along Bond Street, sample pub grub, or enjoy a seven-course dinner at the Landau on Portland Place. Marylebone has the quaintness of a country village within the hustle and bustle of London.
The Durrants Hotel and the St. George Hotel are two of the few privately-owned hotels left in London. Overlooking cobbled mews, the Durrants Hotel, between Baker and Marylebone High Streets, appeals to leisure and business travelers alike. This upscale hotel offers 92 guestrooms and suites with antique furnishings that highlight a Georgian stateliness. Resembling a country inn, its rooms include handmade beds, classic English fabrics and detailed cove moldings. The Durrant has a gentleman's club atmosphere complete with pine-and-mahogany panels and a game room. The St. George Hotel on Gloucester Place is a 19th-century Georgian town house that retains historical characteristics while providing up-to-date comforts such as luxury bedding, key-card doors and a wireless Internet connection. This hotel holds the "Sparkling Diamond" award from the Royal Automobile Club. Although its 19 rooms convey a business-like ambience with jeweled-tones and mahogany furnishings, accommodations are available for families as well. Guests can request cots, babysitting and "doctor on call" services.
As one of Europe’s largest hotel and conference centers, the Hilton Metropole Hotel is a short walk from Oxford Street. This property boasts 1,058 guestrooms. The executive rooms in the west wing feature floor-to-ceiling windows, lounge areas and laptop safes. The hotel’s conference rooms accommodate up to 3,000 persons with 30 meeting rooms and 17 meeting configurations. Business services include video conferencing, secretarial, data projection and integrated services digital network. The Hilton Metropole is conveniently located near the Edgware Road metro station. Located on Portman Square, the contemporary Radisson Blu Portman Hotel boasts 272 guestrooms with 11 junior suites and four penthouse suites. On a smaller scale from the Hilton Metropole, the Radisson Blu Portman still meets executive’s needs. The hotel’s first floor contains 11 dedicated conference suite options that accommodate up to 600 persons. Business guests have access to Club Twenty Two, the hotel’s fitness center and outdoor tennis courts. The hotel is conveniently located close to Marble Arch and Bond Street metro stations for an easy commute around London.
The contemporary Cumberland Hotel sits opposite Hyde Park. Upon entry, the hotel’s lobby presents soaring ceilings, oversized contemporary murals and sculptures. The Cumberland maintains the contemporary style in its 1,019 spacious guestrooms, suites and apartments. The rooms have a minimalist appeal with soothing color schemes and luxurious Egyptian cotton linens. Book a room on the upper floors for views of London, or stay in the psychedelic-inspired Jimi Hendrix suite for nostalgia. The hotel features two restaurants, the Brasserie and the Michelin-starred Rhodes W1 restaurant with French-influenced cuisine. The Dorset Square Hotel is steps away from Marylebone metro station. More cozy than contemporary, this restored Regency hotel was voted the “Most Excellent London Hotel 2007” by Conde Nast and is a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World. The Dorset suits the sophisticated traveler with 37 individually decorated guestrooms in a traditional English style outfitted with period decor. Rooms boast four-poster beds, luxury linens and goose-down pillows. Fourth floor guestrooms present picturesque views of the gardens in Dorset Square.
At the top of Park Lane, the bustling Georgian-styled Montcalm Hotel features 153 rooms with 17 suites suitable for leisure and business travelers. Designed with a woman’s touch, the Montcalm Ladies First rooms include fresh flowers, upscale toiletries, and bathrobe and slippers. The full-service Montcalm wellness center boasts a tidal-flow exercise pool and a monsoon shower, as well as spa treatments such as an indulgent hot chocolate body wrap. Steps away from Bond Street, the four-star Mandeville Hotel provides 148 guestrooms and suites. Its Terrace Suite offers an apartment-style guest suite with a rooftop terrace for a 360-degree view of London. The Mandeville presents Men’s Afternoon Tea with menu items such as Morecombe Bay potted shrimp with gentlemen’s relish and an assortment of whiskies.