If you’re a cricket fan you might already know that Dorset Square in Marylebone was the site of Thomas Lord’s first cricket ground – if you’re not, this might explain the cricket bats, balls and other paraphernalia from the sport dotted around this beautiful boutique hotel.
Minutes from Marylebone and Baker Street, this hotel offers a quiet and luxurious retreat in the heart of London with an intimate homely feel with a tasteful and modern twist on a small hotel.
Situated in a series of quintessentially London Regency townhouses on one side of the private garden square, the hotel has 38 guestrooms, each with individual flourishes – many with great views of the square.
The rooms are spacious and decorated in a contemporary English style by Kit Kemp. The bed I slept in was one of the more comfortable I’ve encountered on my recent travels, and the room contained all of the mod-cons you’d expect from a luxury hotel – from wall-mounted flat-screen TV to iPod dock, sofa and well-stocked mini-bar.
Attentive staff are always on call and are happy to go above and beyond the call to ensure you have a comfortable stay (they found me a phone charger that matched my handset and sent it to my room).
Every inch of the hotel, from the comfy lounge with honesty bar to the hallways and public areas, oozes class and style, making this a convenient and comfortable base from which to explore the heart of central London.
Eating and drinking
The Potting Shed Bar and Restaurant is situated in the basement of the building, and much like the rest of the hotel is a stylishly modern place to spend time.
Bathed in sunlight during breakfast by the skylights that run through the centre of the restaurant, The Potting Shed has a friendly staff who make you feel well looked after when you’re dining.
The food is of a high standard, befitting of the hotels status – and you don’t feel rushed or crowded as you leaf through your complimentary copy of the Times and enjoy a hearty English breakfast (many other options are available).
An excellent menu of lunch and dinner options are also available from the restaurant, and for those looking for a truly English treat – the hotel offers an extensive afternoon tea throughout the week.
No matter what your taste, you’ll never go hungry at this wonderful central hotel.
Hotel address: 39-40 Dorset Square, London NW1 6QN
Radio Times Travel rating: 8.5/10
“Every inch of the hotel, from the comfy lounge with honesty bar to the hallways and public areas, oozes class and style, making this a convenient and comfortable base from which to explore the heart of central London”
Radio Times Travel stayed as a guest of the hotel in 2014. For more details about this hotel and to find the latest room prices, please visit the official website.