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My stay at The Marylebone: a room with a view

by Sarah Bridge

A definite perk of reviewing luxury hotels is that ‘wow!’ feeling when you walk into a hotel bedroom for the first time and find something completely unexpected. Unlocking the door to my Terrace Suite at The Marylebone in central London was one of those moments.

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Perfect for people-watching or sun-bathing…

Bedroom balcony at The Marylebone hotel

It wasn’t sparked by the private staircase to my door off the main corridor, the wacky green circular coffee table or even the huge mirror which I later discovered was actually a television screen, but by discovering that I had my very own roof terrace.

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Now it’s rare enough to find a room with a balcony in London but this was a proper terrace, decked out in the style of a ski chalet with wooden walls, cosy sofas with lots of cushions and a roaring (electric) fire, over which was another vast TV screen. A retractable roof and sides meant you could enjoy sun-bathing in a heatwave or stay warm in the winter, and while a view over the rooftops of central London are never going to match the Alps or rolling Tuscan hills, it was great fun seeing London from a totally new angle.

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The terrace looking back into my hotel room, with a TV, fire, sofa and all the cosy chairs you could wish for

Bedrooms at The Marylebone

It took some time to tear myself away from the novelty of sitting outside in my little window on the world but the suite itself was worth a closer look. There was a kitchen area with coffee maker, minibar and two dozen glasses, and a lounge with the 1950s coffee table, a huge sofa, writing desk and the TV/mirror.

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The lounge area in the Terrace Suite

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The bathroom was smart and equipped with all the mod-cons, including a TV for those long bathtimes…

The bed was just round the corner and just next to that was a smart tiled bathroom with a separate bath and walk-in shower, bathroom scales and umpteen white fluffy towels.

What with a smaller TV by the bed and a TV at the end of the bath, I counted four televisions in all. However there was no time to watch any of them – guests at The Marylebone get free entry to the Third Space gym and pool which is in the basement of the same building.

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The sleeping area was just round the corner from the living area

Visting the Third Space gym and spa

Once I found the Third Space gym and spa there I enjoyed a pleasant swim and sauna and at least I’d discovered the hotel restaurant on my search.

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Guests at The Marylebone get access to the neighbouring Third Space gym which has an 18 metre swimming pool

Restaurant at The Marylebone

Unlike many hotels, the bar and brasserie at The Marylebone – called 108 Brasserie – have their own separate street entrance – and actually look more welcoming than the main entrance which is more functional than ornate. This meant that they both both nicely buzzing on a late summer’s evening as people stopped by for a post-work or pre-dinner cocktail.

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The 108 Brasserie at The Marylebone serves both dinner and cocktails

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A Salted Melon cocktail with fresh watermelon, Cointreau and Koko Kanu coconut rum

Delicious cocktails

The cocktails at 108 Bar were excellent, being expertly made by bartender Engji Shala, and while it was busy the staff looked efficient and unruffled.

After trying both a Rhubarb Sour and a Salty Melon cocktail in rapid succession – both delicious – I was in need of some food. Thankfully the 108 Brasserie was just a few paces away and I promptly dived into the bread selection of sourdough, soda bread and a slightly sweet Guinness bread.

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The brasserie at The Marylebone was light and airy and the service was excellent

Then it was some beautifully-presented Isle of Skye scallops followed by fillet of sea trout with artichokes and samphire. The food was excellent and so speedily served that I took the rest of my wine upstairs to enjoy the luxury of watching TV outdoors in my private roof terrace.

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My starter of Isle of Skye scallops

Breakfast at The Marylebone

For breakfast the next day I chose one of my Doyle Collection favourites (having sampled it first at The Marylebone’s sister hotel The Kensington) – a superfood egg white omelette with edamame, chia seeds, spinach and chili flakes, although I did lower the health-rating somewhat by adding some crispy bacon.

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My (almost) completely healthy breakfast

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A very green and very healthy juice from the 108 Pantry at The Marylebone

To restore the balance I had a large green juice (although I confess that coffee is much more my thing) and then reluctantly bid farewell to my roof terrace. At around £1,600 a night it’s not a budget option – but made for a memorable stay.

Hotel information and to book The Marylebone hotel

The Marylebone, 47 Welbeck Street, London,  W1G 8DN, UK
Phone: +44 20 7486 6600
[email protected]

Superior rooms at The Marylebone start from £225 inc VAT, Terrace Suite from £2,500 a night.

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The Marylebone is part of the Doyle Collection of hotels which includes The Kensington, The Bloomsbury and The Westbury in Dublin. Check out my reviews of the London ones: A luxury stay in London’s museum district at the Kensington hotelA cooling terrace and a literary cocktail at The Bloomsbury, central London;

Other great hotels in London include: A Sherlock-worthy stay at Holmes hotel on Baker Street; A penthouse stay at nhow hotel, east London; Mayfair Townhouse off London’s Piccadilly; A luxurious five-stay at at The Stafford, Mayfair; Disco lights and a budget stay at Point A, Kings Cross;

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