Built in 1899, The Landmark London certainly has an interesting history. Originally built as a railway hotel for commuters piling out of Marylebone Station just across the road The Landmark was designed as a luxurious retreat for those residing in London on business or for pleasure. Like many hotels built at the time the Landmark Hotel’s bedrooms were laid around a central courtyard so that horse drawn carriages could drop guests off directly in the hotel for maximum privacy and comfort. Later in the 1920’s the courtyard was transformed into a glamorous ballroom for the ‘bright young things’ to dance the night away. Buildings of this age always have many incarnations. After the great railway age came to an end the hotel closed its doors and for many years it was used as office space – fondly nicked name ‘The Kremlin’ by staff working for the Railway Network. Landmark by name, landmark by nature you might say!
Back to the present day, The Landmark London is once again a hotel. Following a complete overhaul in the 1990s the hotel is once again a 5* property and it certainly harks back to the glamour if its heyday. Upon entering the hotel I was greeted by an incredibly cheery porter who walked me to the reception area while giving me a quick overview of the hotel amenities. Within 5 second of being in the hotel I knew the service was going to be good and I wasn’t disappointed. The service throughout my stay was impeccable.
No matter how many hotels I stay in, I always get a little excited making my way to the bedroom. I always wonder what the room will look like, guess how big the bed is going to be and if I will get time to have a bath and wander around in a complementary bathrobe. You can imagine my delight when I found out the room was in fact a suite, with separate bedroom and living space, the bed was huge and I managed to not only take a bath but also wandered around in the complementary bathrobe for a good few hours.
The suite had lots of luxurious features including a marble bathroom, a beautiful fireplace, Molton Brown products and an enormous flat screen TV. It was a lovely space to sit and do some work, which I did have to do that evening. The WiFi was complimentary and worked well in the bedroom.
I did also have to eat. So I made my way down to the TwoTwentyTwo Restaurant and Bar. On route I noticed the attention to detail continued throughout the hotel with beautiful features, impressive chandeliers and luxurious furniture. The atrium looked particularly stunning in the evening.
I had not heard of The TwoTwentyTwo Restaurant and Bar prior to my stay, which is unusual as I have booked many many restaurant and hotels during my career in London, However, I was so surprised that a restaurant I had not heard of was so good! Not only was the food fantastic, the selection was excellent and the menu was incredibly reasonable. I would definitely recommend The TwoTwentyTwo Restaurant and Bar for anyone travelling to and from Marylebone station or in the area on business. The food, atmosphere and service were all great. The Landmark London also has a two-AA Rosetta restaurant called the Winter Garden.
After dinner I made my way up to the Mirror Bar for a cocktail or two. The hotel was particularly quiet during my stay and this was felt very keenly in the Mirror Bar. The staff were exceptionally attentive (or just very bored) and made fantastic cocktails for myself and my guest. The cocktails are not cheap by any stretch of the imagination but they were delicious. The bar itself is stunning and a great place for a late night cocktail, just bring someone with a bit of cash!
After a great night’s sleep and a little more time spent in my bathrobe I made my way downstairs for breakfast. The hotel looked completely different in the day light. Luckily, it was an unusually bright day in London which meant the blue sky poured in through the atrium roof and the light was beautiful.
The breakfast was an absolute feast. One of the best I have had in London. Along with the usual breads, pastries, fruits, yogurts and juices there was also the option of a cooked breakfast and omelettes made to order. There were quite a few people conducting business meetings over breakfast and again I would totally recommend The Landmark as a place for morning meetings, especially for those commuting via Marylebone Station. The service runs from 7am through to 11.30am.
So what are my lasting impressions of The Landmark London? Well it is in a fantastic location – right next to Marylebone station, down the road from a number of tourist attractions and Regent’s Park. The building is stunning, and rightly deserves its landmark status. The service is certainly 5*, although I don’t think it is quite as slick as some of its contemporaries. My lasting impression will be the food (for those that know me, this probably isn’t a surprise!) The food was excellent and I was particularly impressed with my meal in TwoTwentyTwo Restaurant and Bar and the complimentary breakfast. The cocktails were pretty good too!
The Landmark London, 222 Marylebone Road, London NW1 6JQ
Practically Perfect PA received complimentary accommodation at The Landmark London. Options are entirely our own. Advertised minimum rate is £396 per room (June 2014)