Location, location, location is definitely a main attraction for boutique hotel No. Ten Manchester Street, offering guests a taste of London luxury away from the hustle and bustle of the main streets of the city. Tucked quietly away within a terrace of Edwardian town houses in one of Marylebone’s finest streets, this hotel combines luxury and refinement with a convenience and energy.
It’s not until you get close and see the smart black railings, flag flying high and the elegant No. Ten plaque on the wall that you realize this is a hotel, it manages to blend into the suburban street effortlessly.
The large door opens directly onto an intimate reception area, dominated by two grand high-backed red velvet chairs that make you feel like Royalty arriving home after a hard days work. The light from the stunning rectangular chandelier makes the black marble floor gleam even more and the woman behind the reception desk couldn’t be more friendly – you feel as soon as you walk through the door that this place is special.
The hotel boasts many unique characteristics such as large bay windows and period features, mixing old London charm with contemporary cool.
With 45 bedrooms spread out over five floors, all rooms have a colour palette of creams, gold’s and dark wood – Our room; a Junior Suite was modern and stylish. It housed a lounge area that was furnished with plush, luxurious Christopher Guy sofas, and accessories, a bedroom area with a bed swathed in the softest Egyptian-cotton sheets, and to the side our own kitchenette area (never mind the night we were moving in for the week!!). The finishing touches here are carefully thought out, chocolates, monogrammed His and Hers slippers, soft fluffy gowns, a Nespresso coffee machine, not one but two flat screen TV’s both with ALL Sky TV channels including Sports, Movies and Atlantic, Wifi and even a Smartphone for use with free local and international calls to selected countries. The En-suite bathroom was just as impressive featuring a rain shower, bath and T London luxury toiletries.
Exploring the hotel before we headed out for the evening and we stumbled across Cigars at No.Ten. This is the ultimate fantasy for any cigar connoisseur, an opportunity to experience some of the worlds finest cigars, housed within a walk-in humidor containing a range of, hand-rolled Havana cigars; including Cohiba, Montecristo, Partagas, Trinidad, Bolivar, Hoyo de Monterrey, and Davidoff; all of which can be enjoyed inside in the Cigar lounge or outside on the all weather Cigar Terrace, complete with large throws and outside patio heaters. Both areas are decorated in dark hues, with portraits of famous people dominating the walls, this place is certainly worth spending time in, even if you’re not a cigar buff, a drink in the surroundings is a must – sit for too long soaking up the atmosphere though and you’ll not want to leave.
Unfortunately we weren’t having dinner at the hotel as we were off out, but the menu in Dieci’s Restaurant (an Italian affair), certainly looked appetizing.
Walking into the lobby area on our way out, we were so impressed with the friendliness and efficiency of the staff. A polite is everything aright, to hailing us a cab, carrying our bags and enquiring about our day. Nothing seemed to be too much trouble.
After the most divine sleep, Breakfast was served in Dieci’s Restaurant. A welcoming area, with comfy sofa seats and chairs, dim lighting, dark plush carpets, and atmospheric lighting. Breakfast was buffet style with hot and cold options available including an assortment of yoghurts, cereals, pastries, as well as the traditional English breakfast staples. There is the option to order fresh off the menu and choices include such things as Eggs Florentine, Eggs Royale, omelette and even mixed berry pancakes – Breakfast was tasty and varied and certainly set us up for the day.
Our time at No. Ten came to an end far too quickly – I had fell in love with this hotel, a place right in the heart of London, but with an intimate elegant feel. Perfect for a weekend of exploring the Capital, knowing that at the end of the day you can escape the hustle and bustle and retreat to your own little hideaway of modern style and traditional warmth.
Prices start from £265 for a Suite Dreams Package for 2 people in a Junior Suite including a bottle of Prosecco on arrival, VIP turndown and VAT.