The small Firmdale chain of hotels in London really gets the combination of style and substance. I've stayed in all but one of their London properties and they have all offered fabulous eclectic British design, very high quality and superb, discreet and personal service.
My stay at The Haymarket in early December was great. Check-in was quick (the home-made mince pies on the desk were appreciated) and my bags were quickly taken up to my room whilst they parked my car for me. The valet parking isn't cheap (it's for 24hrs) but I checked the rates locally to make sure they weren't overcharging - they weren't - it's just expensive in the heart of the West End.
There's direct access to the, very pink, Brumus restaurant from the foyer. I had a granola/yoghurt and eggs benedict for breakfast - both of which were faultless. Around the back of the reception are a couple of areas to have drinks - the nicest of which is a drawing room with an honesty bar.
I didn't get to use the pool as this was closed for a private function - a rarity I was told - this was probably to do with the run-up to Christmas but worth checking when you're booking.
The room itself was on the 2nd floor, looking out over Suffolk Place, and had double-double glazing so was actually very quiet. The quality of everything in the room was superb: mattress that's soooo comfy!, fantastic mini-bar selection of drinks and snacks, Loewe TV, Bose iPod docking station, Tivoli radio in the bathroom, nice toiletries... The curtains in all Firmdale rooms were really thick, and beautifully made, and there was a blackout blind on the window too.
I only spent one night there this time but it was a really nice touch that all the concierge and reception staff I came across remembered my name. Highly recommended if you want a high quality personal boutique hotel in the heart of the West End.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Haymarket Hotel is situated on the corner of Haymarket and Suffolk Place in the heart of London's theatre district. It is next door to the famous Haymarket Theatre Royal and is surrounded by some of London's best restaurants and bars. The hotel is perfect for Mayfair, Regent Street and Jermyn Street shopping. Trafalgar Square and the National Gallery are just around the corner - St. James's Park is a short walk. The hotel is within easy reach of the city's financial centre. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Haymarket Hotel London, England