Review: Luxury and convenience

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COMBINING tranquillity and convenience on a stay in the heart of London can be a challenging prospect ­– especially if you don’t want to break the bank.

Essential for making the most of a busy weekend in the capital is enjoying close proximity to some of the main attractions without the compromise of city centre disturbances. With that aim in mind, our hotel proved to be the perfect base for our family overnight stay this time around.

No. Ten Manchester Street is a 44-bedroom boutique hotel located in the heart of tranquil Marylebone Village, a 10-minute walk from the mainline station.
This Edwardian townhouse makes an instant impression with its many unique and period features. The guest rooms and suites here successfully blend old London charm with contemporary cool, providing a stylish sanctuary for guests to relax in.
From the Courtyard Rooms with private terraces to the sophisticated Grand Suite, each of the rooms is fitted with bespoke Christopher Guy furniture and showcase unique Edwardian characteristics.
 The basic standard is high. All rooms have Hypnos beds and the full Sky TV package, including Sky Sports, Sky Movies and Sky Atlantic, a mini-bar and an en suite bathroom complete with a rain shower and robe and slippers. Perfect for recouperating after a hectic day exploring the capital. We also appreciated our Nespresso coffee making machine and tasty English breakfast in the morning! Quality over quantity was the order of the day – but it was more than enough to fuel us up for the busy hours of sightseeing ahead.
No. Ten Manchester Street is also renowned for being one of London’s finest cigar venues, offering cigar connoisseurs a unique opportunity to experience some of the world’s most exceptional brands. The hotel’s walk-in humidor contains an impressive range of meticulously maintained, hand-rolled Havana cigars, which can be enjoyed on an all-weather Cigar Terrace. Not for me as a non-smoker, but certainly seemed popular among non-residents during our visit.
 The hotel is also home to a sophisticated Italian restaurant, Dieci, which boasts of ‘contemporary flavours’ in what appears to be an elegant yet informal setting.
For parents unable to leave the kids at home, but not prepared to sacrifice on luxury, No. Ten Manchester Street is a good choice.
Spacious Family Suites with interconnecting rooms that can sleep up to five people catered for our needs perfectly. And its picturesque location provides a tranquil base from which to explore, with some of the city¹s most famous attractions on its doorstep. Within easy walking distance is Oxford Street, London Zoo and Madame Tussauds, among others.
A particularly nice -­ and unusual ­- touch is the handy free-to-use smartphone in each of the rooms.
Although, it has to be said, one frustrating feature in our room was the lack of any form of dressing table, making my transformation from dishevelled tourist to smartly dressed diner somewhat more challenging than it needed to have been! That said, for the centre of London, it was a comfortable spacious room. There was even a separate sitting area in which to relax.
But, also being the centre of London, you might want to give the mini bar a swerve when you see the price list!
 
All in all, I had no complaints about the hospitality at No. Ten with friendly, attentive staff on hand and the sights of London just a stone’s throw from our rooms.
This is a lovely hotel which does not have to break the bank. Look out for their special package offers at: www.tenmanchesterstreethotel.com  It comes highly recommended.