Located a five minute walk from Bond Street Underground station, the 142-room Mandeville Hotel, at Mandeville Place, is suitably placed for shoppers or business people seeking a central base for a stay in London.
The Mandeville’s attractive Marylebone address means that Selfridges, Sotheby’s and the shops of Oxford Street are all a matter of minutes by foot from the hotel’s foyer. Manchester Square is also a couple of minutes’ stroll away. The square rarely appears on tourist itineraries but it’s dotted with blue plaques in memory of distinguished former residents, such as Alfred Lord Milner, and the free-to-visit Wallace Collection is an option for visitors seeking respite from shopping or rain.
Views over London rooftops
The Terrace Suite, set over two floors and offering views over neighbouring rooftops and life in west London, is the most opulent option in the four-star Mandeville Hotel.
An efficient check-in meant I didn’t linger in the reception area, which is notable for its red high-backed chairs and quirky lampshade-topped chandelier.
I was allocated a light, comfortably decorated corner room (number 214) overlooking the junction of Hinde Street and Thayer Street. Sipping on an aromatic espresso, freshly made using the Nespresso coffee machine by the flat-screen television, I stood at the window and looked on as pedestrians hurried by below. I contemplated hiring one of Barclays Cycles from the docking station on Hinde Street; a bicycle seemed a reasonable a means as any to see the surrounding area.
A room in the Mandeville Hotel
The decor of my room consisted of classical dark wood furniture and modern elements, such as white panelling on the bed’s headboard and metallic framing on the artwork displayed around the walls. As a single occupant in a comfortable double room, space was ample.
The bathroom was compact but one of the joys of staying at the Mandeville was experiencing the invigorating blast of the shower in the morning. Why don’t more British hoteliers install power showers like this one?
Free Wi-Fi access was available within my room and, had I been intent on a serious stint of work, I could have sat down at the desk rather than sprawling over the bed while checking emails. Reassuringly, the safe, located within the wardrobe, was large enough to store my laptop when I headed out.
Breakfast at the Reform Grill and Social
Breakfast is served in the Reform Grill and Social, the Mandeville’s bar and restaurant, from 7.00am to 10.00am from Monday to Friday and an hour later on weekends and bank holidays. Inspired by London’s gentlemen’s clubs, its decor is airily bistro-like.
As I headed down for breakfast, at 8.30am the Reform was moderately busy, mainly with tourists and a handful of men in suits. The staff, wearing white shirts and long grey aprons, served coffee and my English breakfast. French-style pastries, cold meats, cheeses, fruits and juices are offered in the Continental breakfast buffet.
All told, a decent night’s sleep and a good breakfast meant that I was well set for a day in London and already at its heart.
See the Mandeville Hotel website for further information, including prices and room availability.
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