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We’ve seen London hotel rooms with balconies, terraces, and outright gardens, but retractable roofs that turn it into an indoor/outdoor space where you can still watch TV even if a little British rain makes an appearance?
That’s a new one we think, on offer from May onwards at The Marylebone Hotel, when three new suites – the Marylebone, the Wimpole, and the Harley – will come online. Above a shot of the Marylebone suite’s terrace, the largest at 860 square feet inside and 430 square feet underneath that retractable roof. And yes, that is a fireplace you spot underneath the TV.
The rows of elegant town houses in London’s South Kensington can bring on an acute case of real estate envy, but for those without the multi-million pound budget to acquire their own, Doyle Collection's The Kensington Hotel is introducing an alternative you can get just for the night: its new 1,900 square foot Town House Suite.
The privately-owned hotel occupies four real Regency town houses just off of Old Brompton Road, which puts you a bit further away from the West End, but around the corner from the Natural History Museum and a stroll away from glorious Royal Albert Hall. The Town House Suite can be configured with up to three bedrooms, each with private bathroom. We love the classic fireplace and the little circular nook next to it in the above picture – how could you not want to curl up and never leave?
It’s brave enough opening one new hotel in these tough times, but a whole chain of ‘em? Now that’s ballsy. So we are sending lots of luck to the Doyle Collection, on its way to rolling out 11 hotels in the UK, Ireland and the US right now.
When we say rolling out, we don’t mean brand new – and bear with us on the explanation. Most of the hotels used to come under the Jurys brand, which was taken into private ownership two years ago, with the Jurys Inn properties being taken on by another company. The Doyle family, who owned the Jurys brand, held on to the posher hotels to revamp (to the tune of €200m) and rebrand them.