The Zetter Townhouse Marylebone is instantly homey, with its chocolate-brown leather seats, wine-hued oriental rugs and open fireplace.
The decor is an homage to Sir John Soane’s Museum. Bedrooms, too, are richly colored, and the menu in Seymour’s Parlour is equal parts mouth watering and thirst quenching. A 3-minute walk from Marble Arch tube station, this posh boutique hotel in a Georgian townhouse is also 6 minutes’ walk from Hyde Park and 1 mile from Buckingham Palace.
The Studio overlooks a quiet mews street and has a palatial carved wooden bed and seriously high ceilings. On the top floor, Lear’s Loft comes complete with a private terrace and alfresco claw-footed bathtub that the exhibitionist in us adores – wicked Uncle Seymour’s influence, perhaps. The hotel happily accepts children of all ages. There’s a kids’ check-in with in-room balloons, pint-sized robes, and books. A cot (free; suitable for under-2s) or an extra bed (also free; suitable for children aged 2–16) can be added to Deluxe Rooms.
Free WiFi. In rooms: minibar and cocktail-shaker kit, free bottled water, tea- and coffee-making facilities, hot-water bottle with hand-knitted cover, robes and slippers, Ren bath products. Featuring rainfall showers and vintage furnishings, the plush rooms come with free Wi-Fi, smart TVs, and laptop-size safes, as well as desks, and tea and coffee making facilities; some feature 4-poster beds. Upgraded rooms have sitting areas and sofa beds, along with Nespresso machines and Bose speaker systems. A suite has a rooftop terrace. Room service is available 24/7.
In-room detection and double-glazed windows conserve electricity, an Eau de Vie filtration system cuts out bottled-water waste and everything that can be is recycled. The hotel aims to stick with locally sourced, organic and seasonal food, too. There’s an opulent Georgian-style cocktail lounge with a fireplace. Heathrow Airport is within easy reach via the Heathrow Express from Paddington Station.