The Marylebone review: Rediscover London with a stylish, city staycation
With the all-inclusive 'Make a Night of it' package, this luxurious hideaway in north London is the perfect antidote to pandemic blues
With the green and amber lists ever changing and a rather large question mark over travel at the moment, many of us are craving a change of scenery, however, escapism might be closer than you think. While we can’t as readily hop on a flight across the globe, we can use this time to rediscover places closer to home, and experience our own city through the eyes of a tourist.
There is of course much appeal in a weekend escape to the countryside, however there is nothing more indulgent than staying in a 5 star hotel in your own city. Believe us, heading into work on a Monday morning following a glorious night sleep, morning bubble bath, and nutritious breakfast will absolutely put a spring in your step.
For our luxury staycation, we checked into The Marylebone Hotel, a contemporary gem in the heart of Marylebone, a short walk from Bond Street station. Part of The Doyle Collection, The hotel is home to some of the best modern suites in London, a number of which come complete with retracting roof terraces offering expansive views over the city. Newly refurbished, each of the eclectic suites has its own unique personality, some with Art-Deco influences, others with a more mid-century feel, with a sophisticated yet playful palette throughout.
To cater to the increased demand for staycations, the hotel has introduced its new ‘Make a Night of it’ offering, encouraging guests to dine and stay, with the option of early check in and late check out included.
If you want the best, opt for The Marylebone Suite. Spanning 120sqm, the suite features a sizeable terrace with retracting roof, ideal for private al fresco dining complete with views over the London skyline. For maximum privacy, the hotel’s brand-new ‘Loft Suite’ is a beautifully appointed one-bedroom apartment accessed by its own private staircase and complete with a kitchenette, marble bathroom and incredible views. Ideal for meetings, the living room can be separated from the bedroom and become a guest room with its own sofa bed and shower room.
With access to in house Third Space Gym, an in house bar and an additional bar and restaurant - the food at 108 Brasserie & Bar is an absolute highlight and you can dine outside on the heated al fresco dining terrace on Marylebone Lane - you could happily spend the duration of your stay at the hotel. But there is much to discover in the surrounding areas.
For a spot of retail therapy, Marylebone is home to several contemporary shops such as Maje, B&SH and Sandro, and also has Selfridges on its doorstep. For interiors, French boutique Caravane is the place for gorgeous linens and on Marylebone High Street, The Conran Shop houses some of the best homewares & furniture designers out there.
Not to be missed is nearby The Wallace Collection, a free museum that houses one of the most celebrated collections of art in the world with masterpieces ranging from paintings and sculpture to furniture and porcelain. Foodies can head to bijou butchers Ginger Pig, cheese haven La Fromagerie, and on Sundays the famed Marylebone Farmers Market, to indulge in some of the finest fresh produce before strolling over to nearby Regent’s Park to enjoy.
With so many fantastic places to discover, you’ll wonder why you hadn’t thought to do a staycation in London before.
Rates for the ‘Make A Night Of It’ package starts from £375, including an overnight stay, dinner at 108 Brasserie and breakfast. Rates at The Marylebone Suite start from £3500 per night including VAT. The Long Stay Suites programme will include stays of over 10 nights and will offer exclusive discounts.