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Address: 222 Marylebone Road
London / NW1 6DQ

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      11.01.2011 23:50
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      An oasis of calm and tranquility when visiting our frenetically busy Capital City.

      The Landmark hotel is a five star luxury hotel right outside Marylebone station and is one of the Grand Victorian Railway Hotels.

      A little bit of history.

      The Landmark hotel was the very last of the large Railway Hotels to be built in London and opened its doors to the public in 1899. It was billed as a luxury hotel and the central courtyard was used by visitors who were dropped off inside the hotel. It was used as a hotel for forty years being commandeered by the government to house officers and soldiers recuperating from their injuries during the 1st and 2nd World Wars. After the war it was no longer used as a hotel and was used as offices instead.

      Luckily it was bought by a Japanese company in 1985 who planned to restore to its former glory which they certainly have done and turned it back into a luxury hotel called the Regent hotel. It was bought by the Lancaster Landmark hotel company in 1995 and renamed it the Landmark Hotel.

      The hotel has 300 rooms including superior rooms, Deluxe, executive, family rooms and suites which are either facing inwards over the high glass roofed atrium or looking out towards the streets of London. We were fortunate enough to have a corner room which over looked the streets of London and we were high enough not to be disturbed by any of the traffic below.

      Our stay.

      After checking out the website I rang the hotel and made a reservation for the weekend. I was dealt with very efficiently by the booking staff and told her of our requirements who then confirmed our booking by post.
      We booked a deluxe room at the hotel to attend a family wedding held in the hotel. We booked the room for two nights at £240 per night which included breakfast and a bottle of Champagne in the room on the first night.

      We arrived at the front entrance of the hotel just after 3PM and our cases were quickly ushered away from us and whipped into the hotel. There is also an entrance at the rear of the hotel right near Marylebone station which is also quite a grand entrance. There are suited and booted doormen on the doors who open the doors and usher you into the hotel. They were very welcoming and cheerful.

      Check in was swift and professional and we were shown to our room the luggage had already arrived in our room before we had. The room was quite large with two double beds, nice comfortable sofas and arm chairs surrounding a coffee table and also a good writing desk. The room was massive compared to some other hotels in London which are quite pokey to say the least. The decor was very tasteful and really nice. The two queen size beds were very comfortable and ensured an excellent nights sleep. There were a couple of heavy gilt lamps in the lounge area and also bedside lamps. The television cabinet also contained the mini bar and safe. There is a turn down service of an evening and the room had already been serviced on our return to the room late each evening. On our first night after coming back to the room I rang reception to say that we were ready for the Champagne and it was swiftly brought up to our room. The receptionist always answered the phone by answering and greeting me with my name which I thought was rather touching and very efficient.

      The bathroom was just off the hallway and was very large. It was kitted out in marble and had a lovely walk in shower with oodles of piping hot water. The towels were nice, fluffy and white with ample toiletries in the bathroom. There was also a telephone in the bathroom as were there by the sitting area and bedside too.

      We had room service on both mornings for breakfast and this was delivered on a trolley covered with silver domed covers covering the hot plated food. The breakfast was extremely good and the sausages were the best I have ever tasted being thick, plump, full of meat and nicely seasoned. There were miniature condiments and assorted jams and marmalades and a basket of fresh breads, toast and pastries. A coffee pot and tea pot accompanied the trolley.
      The room maids were extremely diligent and very thorough cleaning and restocking the toiletries both in the morning and in the evening.

      The spa.

      There is a spa in the basement of the hotel and there is a lovely swimming pool and Jacuzzi pools available for guests. The facilities in the spa area are really good and there were ample toiletries and facilities to use in the changing rooms. There are a number of treatments you can have there including facials and massages although we did not have any treatments as we were trying to pack so many things in over the weekend but the pool was empty both times we used it so was quite exclusive.

      The Winter Garden.

      The atrium is absolutely stunning and from the ground floor of the atrium looking up it appears as if you are on the outside but looking in. There are palm trees growing inside the atrium. On the ground floor there is a restaurant The Winter Garden and you can take breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea or dinner here.
      On the first upper floor reached by sweeping staircases with wrought iron railings there is the gazebo where you can have light meals and tea. You will often hear a pianist playing or a string quartet or harpist which plays most afternoons and in the evening. It has quite a relaxing atmosphere especially with the music playing softly in the background. Around the perimeter of the first floor there are a number of very tasteful shopping outlets selling very expensive items.

      On a Sunday they have a free flowing Champagne brunch which is superb especially to celebrate a special occasion but of course this does not come cheap at approximately £80 per head but it is something that is quite unique and extra special. We have done it on a number of occasions and have had no complaints about it at all. You can also have English afternoon tea which is very classy.

      There is also another restaurant and bar called TwoTwentyTwo which is open for lunch and dinner although I cannot say anything about it as I have not eaten here.

      Mirror bar is open most days up to 2AM serving good champagne and fine cognac's.


      For the wedding.

      After the wedding ceremony we had canapés at a reception in the music room with ample supplies of food and free flowing drinks and a bit later we were escorted to the ballroom where we had a sit down wedding breakfast which lasted for about three hours prior to the band striking up and ending the evening with a disco til about 1AM. We finally got to bed about half three in the morning after a few more drinks and catching up on family news. The standard of food both during the wedding, room service and in The Winter Garden is of a very high standard.

      Check out is at 12Noon and was quite straightforward and efficient again.

      The hotels patrons are usually quite well off clients and businessmen and it is part of The Leading hotels of the world receiving many awards.

      Would I recommend this hotel!

      I would rate the Landmark hotel as a definite five star hotel and it is iconic of the Grand Hotels of a Victorian age but of course with very modern and up to date facilities although it is not quite as good as The Savoy.

      As for recommending it I can confidently answer that with a resounding yes. It is extremely comfortable and most of the staff we came across were really quite friendly but discreet. The service was top notch as one would expect of a hotel of such standing.

      If you wanted to stay here I would check out the Landmarks website for special offers as they do run special offers throughout the year. They have special rates for weekends and other special events such as Valentine's day and romantic packages, visit London packages etc.

      For a very special treat I would certainly recommend you give it a try.

      Transport links.

      Obviously it is right in front of Marylebone station and underground station so it is easy to get to. There are plenty of buses that pass in front of the hotel and a taxi rank at the rear of the hotel.
      Madame Tussauds is just along the road and of course the West End is within easy reach in fact the whole of central London is within easy reach due to the tube station right on your back door.

      Address:-

      The Landmark London.
      222, Marylebone road,
      London.
      NW1 6JQ.
      The Landmark London, 222 Marylebone Road, London NW1 6J

      The website can be found as follows:-

      http://www.landmarklondon.co.uk/index.html

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