Walking into The Landmark London Hotel, you can’t help but think you’re a Royal Princess from days gone by, with its sophisticated style and lavish attention to detail this hotel is ranked amongst the finest of the Capital’s leading luxury hotels, having a distinctive style and ambience that makes it unique and elegant.
Complete with it’s own clock tower, the hotel is indeed as iconic as its name suggests. Having originally opened its doors in 1899 as The Grand Central Hotel – The Landmark London today still combines classic British elegance and grandeur with deluxe facilities.
Walking through the doors, the timeless luxury hits you, with attention to detail second to none, and the Jewel in the Hotel’s Crown being The Winter Garden, a stunning eight storey high glass Atrium of marble column, wrought iron lanterns and palm trees all housed within a glass roof that allows the outside in.
The Landmark London boasts some of the largest hotel rooms in London, and we were privileged to stay in the recently refurbished Great Central Suite all 110sq metres of it. With bespoke flowers and beverages awaiting us (we received an email before our stay asking our preferences) as well as the leather bound Aspinalls of London passport cover left as a gift – the service was impeccable and just what dreams are made of.
The décor includes an antique chest, period furniture and prints that date back to the time when the hotel was built, reflecting the rich and varied history of bygone times. The suite comprises of a luxurious bedroom, a separate living room with a four-seater dining table and large windows that look out onto Marylebone station. The bathroom tempts you to relax for hours in the deep bathtub with a selection of full size Molton Brown toiletries to choose from and soft white fluffy monogrammed towels to wrap yourself in. Back in the living room and the bedroom is the latest state of the art home entertainment system, with flat screen TVs with over 70 channels, a DVD player, an iHome system and the ever important (well it is for hubby as he’s Italian) Nespresso coffee machine!
Within minutes we’d changed into the cosy robes and slippers and were curled up on the sofa sipping champagne out of delicate art deco champagne glasses and luxuriating in how the other half live. It is the thoughtful touches that make a hotel stand out and The Landmark London are very good at these, from an umbrella for rainy London days to a fresh fruit platter, 24-hour room service a complimentary newspaper and even an overnight shoeshine.
Dinner was served in the atmospheric Winter Gardens with pre dinner drinks being enjoyed in the aptly named Mirror Bar. Created in a style reminiscent of the hotel’s Victorian heritage and finished with a selection of decorative mirrors adorning the walls, you almost feel that Hercule Poirot is going to come hurtling in trying to solve a murder!
Our food was divine, Heirloom Tomato Salad and Leek and Potato Soup for starters, Roasted Breast of Maize Fed Chicken and Pan Seared Sea Bass for main – all dishes were presented like a work of art and tasted utterly delicious. We shared a decadent dessert of Vanilla Baked Cheesecake with Rhubarb Compote and Sorbet, washing it all down with a warming dessert wine.
After dinner we retired to our suite for what can only be described as the best night’s sleep awakening feeling refreshed and ready for the day ahead.
Breakfast was another individual delight. Again served in The Winter Garden, but this time buzzing with breakfast meetings, families and couples, thus creating a completely different atmosphere from the night before. Bright daylight streamed through the glass atrium creating a feeling of eating outside on a sunny day.
Different displays of perfectly prepared breakfast options greeted us with something to suit even the fussiest of palettes ranging from a sumptuous spread of freshly baked Danish pastries and breads, fruits, granola and organic porridge, meats and cheeses, fresh smoothies and even individual delicate pots of rice pudding to the made to order breakfasts including full English, eggs Benedict, and Cornish crab cakes. Breakfast at The Landmark London is a truly indulgent end to a momentous 5 star stay at this historic hotel.
Prices start from £304 for a Superior room for 2 people including breakfast. Prices start from £1,165 for a Landmark Suite including Afternoon Tea for 2 people.