For anyone wanting a bit more space, privacy and even a little exclusivity, the No. 5 Maddox St. apartment suites offer a terrific alternative to a hotel just off Regent Street in Mayfair. The biggest plus is that unlike many similar establishments, there is an excellent concierge.
Busy little Maddox Street, catering for a range of tastes from the Michelin-starred Hibiscus to a basement karaoke bar, runs between Regent Street and Hanover Square. The unassuming door, next to Patara Thai restaurant, is easy to miss, but that’s part of its appeal – a secret hideaway in the heart of the West End.
Style & character
The small entrance leads to a chic, compact lobby with fish tank, before a staircase takes you to the apartments. Inside feels like having your own central London pad – ideal whether you are here for a week on business or just a weekend of leisure. Part of the Living Rooms portfolio, which has other similar properties in London together with the recently opened Laslett hotel in Notting Hill.
Service & facilities
The concierge is as good as you would find at a five-star hotel, which makes a huge difference. Meals can be brought to your room from local restaurants, or a grocery delivery from Waitrose or Whole Foods Market can be arranged. In-room spa and massage treatments can be booked too.
- Room service
Very cool – there’s a transatlantic feel to the 12 suites but definite Asian influences too (such as Chinese trunks and kimonos). The apartments cover one, two and three bedrooms. Large windows add to the feeling of spaciousness and the muted decor with natural colours ensures tranquility. Some rooms have a small decked balcony, while the three-bed suite has a little courtyard terrace. The living rooms have velvet sofas, leather floor cushions, gas fires, fun Tom Dixon spiral lamps and engaging black and white photographs of Soho in the 1950s and 60s.
Some rooms have a small decked balcony, while the three-bed suite has a little courtyard terrace. Fully equipped galley kitchens have Neff appliances; compact bathrooms have tubs and showers and are stocked with Ren products. There are Flatscreen televisions and iPod docks. Apartments with bedrooms at the back are quieter than those with them at the front.
Food & drink
If you don’t fancy cooking, Maddox Street has an arrangement with five local restaurants offering a choice of Thai, Lebanese, pizza, sushi or dim sum. You can mix and match if you wish, and the meals will be brought on a tray to your room. Breakfast can also be ordered in the same way via the concierge from a local café, including porridge or a full English. Drinks are available via the concierge but the fridge is also stocked with essentials and wittily labelled ‘Good’, ‘Bad’ and ‘Help Me’ options for drinks and snacks.
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