London is one of our favorite destinations when it comes to weekend getaways but finding a nice accommodation can be tricky. We have stayed in really different places: from the überpriced B&B in Paddigton to a huge hotel facing the famous Big Ben. But we finally have found our home in London. I never thought I would say that, but we have found the hotel where we would love to stay from now on every time we visit London. The search is over. Let us introduce you to The Mandeville Hotel.
From the moment the kind concierge opens the door with an honest smile you feel welcome. The lobby is all about updated British style: those crazy paintings on the walls, the traditional furniture mixed with unexpected colors and prints… Everything feels new, dynamic and charismatic. The staff is really helpful and nice. There was a lovely boy from Naples and a Spanish girl at the reception desk that made everything easier for us during our whole stay. First impression? Wonderful! And before I forget it: the location is just perfect. We walk to almost every appointment we had that weekend.
During our stay we could enjoy two different kinds of rooms. The first night we stayed in a standard room, which was what we have booked in advanced. It was cute, comfortable and the earth tones of the décor made it feel warm and cozy. Notice the Nespresso machines in every room!
But that cozyness was on the verge of tininess, so the following day we asked if we could have a superior room. Don’t get me wrong: the room was perfectly fine if you want to explore the city and go back to the hotel for a nice rest, but since I had to work during the weekend, I needed a little bit more of space. Luckily for us, there was a nice room available and the following morning the staff took care of everything. For an additional cost of 24 pounds per night, we got this beautiful superior room with lovely views and a really nice desk for me to work in. (There weren’t white stains on the wall, I swear… I don’t know what happened with this picture… weird.)
If I had to name a couple of highlights of our room that would be the nice pillows (I always hate hotels’ pillows), the amazing hair dryer ( if you have to deal with frizzy hair you understand me) and the nice touch that was having The Times delivered in our door every morning. 24-hour room service was a great treat too! Yes, we are foodies and we absolutely had to try the room service!
And speaking about food, let’s focus on the amazing breakfast and the Reform Social Grill, the fantastic restaurant located in the hotel. This is what their website claims:
“Taking inspiration from classic British gentlemen’s clubs, Reform Social and Grill offers an informal yet sophisticated experience with quality at the fore”.
Well, it’s absolutely true. The bar is beautifully decorated with all the British classics: chester sofas, rich carpets, wooden chairs and some twists of colour in the cushions and lamps. This could be the perfect place for an informal work meeting or a great option to have some drinks with a friend while exploring the shops in the Marylebone area. So if you happen to be in the neighbourhood, give it a try. Besides, they organize all kinds o fun events, like Monday Bubbles O’clock, acoustic covers night or whisky cocktails afternoons.
But let’s get back to the hotel and its breakfast. The hotel offers a copious continental breakfast with delicious juices, still warm from the oven pastries, fresh fruits and a selection of cold meats. If that’s not enough, you can always ask for some extra dishes from the restaurant’s breakfast menu.
On Sunday night we were so tired that we cancelled our plans and decided to stay in. At the reception we were told that hotel guests could enjoy a 20% discount in the restaurant, so we were more that happy with the idea and gave it a try. The atmosphere was amazing: quiet but not boring. The candles in every table created that amazing glow under which we all look prettier and there was really (seriously, really) great music with the exact volume to cheer you up without interfering with the conversation. We felt better immediately. The waiter was really kind and talked us through the menu. P. went for the fish and chips because it was Sunday and it was UK. She said it was super tender, not greasy at all, and the tartar sauce was spectacular.
And I ate a delicious cheese burger. It was simple, juicy, with loads of cheese and it was squeezed into the perfect bun. Oh the bun was good. Really good.
We didn’t want dessert. I swear we were full and happy and thinking about having something to drink at the bar. But then I saw this:
The waiter was serving that incredible dessert to other table and when I saw it my expression had to be quite explicit because our lovely waiter told me he could bring it if I wanted to. Of course! Please! The dessert was part of the Reform’ed Classics menu, but they made an exception and allow us to get high on praline mousse, peanut brittle and salted caramel ice cream. I swear it was one of the best desserts I have ever had. And I’ve had plenty! Just because of that dessert (called Snickers, by the way) The Mandeville has to be our home in London! Oh, and I have to go back to to enjoy their afternoon tea!
The Mandeville Hotel
Mandeville Place, LONDON W1U 2BE.
Reception: +44 (0)207 935 5599 – Reservations: +44(0) 20 7009 2262
REFORM SOCIAL & GRILL
Mandeville Place, London W1U 2BE
0207 224 1624 – [email protected]
PS: for more pictures of the hotel and the amazing dessert we had, check our Instagram feed (@theslowpace)