Why stay anywhere else? The Haymarket has it all, and we enjoyed every moment of our six night stay.
The location is prime, within a few minutes walk you can be at any number of theaters, museums and shops of every description. Piccadilly, Charing Cross and Leicester Square tube stations are all just a few minutes away. Our room faced a blissfully quiet dead-end side street, so nice to come home to for a quick nap mid-day.
The decor throughout is amazingly charming. There are rustic touches here and there, like rough wood stools and slightly edgy contemporary art set against a rather girly palette of pattern and color. There are several public spaces in which you can cozy up with a book and enjoy a cup of tea or an innovative cocktail.
Guestrooms are individually decorated, ours had a very calm feel to it. Decorated in soft blue and cream, we found it superbly comfortable. An incredible king bed sat opposite a fireplace and plasma TV. There was a second TV built into the granite wall above the generously sized tub. All the bells and whistles are here, including very thoughtful touches such as a waterproof remote for the bathroom telly, and a sensor which turns off the tub taps so as to not overflow. There was an enormous shower stall as well, and double basins with great lighting. We had a separate dressing area next to the very well-stocked minibar as well. The room had a desk area with a built-in DVD player, and 2 comfy chairs and a small table where we enjoyed our included Full English Breakfasts. Our room was located on the main floor, but we felt very secure as the windows have locks and there is a wrought iron railing between the sidewalk and the building.
Food was fine but nothing mind-boggling. Brumus Restaurant has an Italian-ish menu with very reasonable prices for such a swank place. You can enjoy a full proper Afternoon Tea here as well (or have it in one of the many lovely areas around the Lobby).
Service is lovely, polite but informal. Concierge services are fine, though we were sent on a long walk to a recommended restaurant only to find it closed, so make sure they call ahead. Desk staff are courteous, and the doormen and wait staff a delight.
A few minor negative comments: one night, very late, we were awoken by someone having a phone conversation. It was so loud we momentarily thought someone was in the room, but this only occurred once and obviously came from an adjacent room. Also I found the scent of the Miller Harris bath products a bit powdery, but many guests rave about them.
Downstairs there is an amazing swimming pool and a richly decorated Bar area. There is also a terrace area upstairs where you can enjoy a cool drink on a warm day.
I would stay here again without hesitation- in fact I can hardly wait to go back. Haymarket is a very special place indeed. The large, comfortable rooms and wonderful service also make it a very good value.
- 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