“Sleek, chic and discreet apartment-suites with 1-3 bedrooms: a luxurious sanctuary in central London”
There’s a sleek modernity to the suites’ Asian-inspired décor and palette of cream, taupe and chocolate brown. Bamboo floors, white walls and huge windows make them wonderfully bright and airy, but plush textures mean they’re far from clinical. Living rooms have giant leather floor cushions, velvet sofas and spiral-shaped Tom Dixon lamps; bathrooms come with Ren toiletries and kimono-style robes. Other 5-star flourishes include Geodesis candles and fresh flowers, and you’ll even find umbrellas in the wardrobes.
We stayed in a 1-Bedroom Deluxe Suite, which had a decked balcony and a mirrored fireplace. It was blissfully quiet, and we awoke feeling like we’d spent the night in the countryside rather than the city. The 2-Bedroom Loft Suites have rooftop views and soaring ceilings. One is split-level, with a leather staircase twisting up to a mezzanine sleeping area; the other has a terrace. There’s also the 3-Bedroom Bartlett Suite, which has 2 terraces and an open-plan living area with pops of lime green.
The smallest suites are the double-bedded Superior and Executive Suites - though they’re still bigger than most hotel rooms. We’d recommend avoiding the latter if you're a light sleeper, as their bedrooms face the street.
The gleaming white kitchens are as stylish as the other rooms, but they’re also practical. You get all you need to cook a full meal (oven, hob, microwave, dishwasher, toaster and kettle, pans, utensils, crockery and cutlery, even chopsticks). All suites have tables, but as they only seat 2-4 you might find there are more guests than chairs.
Staff can fill your cupboards with Whole Foods groceries on request, but to get you started there’s a welcome tray with coffee, Fair Trade teas, fresh fruit and chocolates. There’s also a ‘big bar’ (nothing ‘mini’ here) stocked with a few basic ingredients, divided into ‘good’ options like organic pasta and fruit juice, and ‘bad’ ones such as crisps, wine and a Bloody Mary cocktail mix (all charged for).
If you don’t want to cook, you can order from an array of restaurant delivery menus. There’s also a breakfast menu, again with healthy choices (fruit salad, muesli) and naughty ones (the Full English, smoked salmon and scrambled eggs). If you’re feeling a little hazy you can select a ‘hangover breakfast’ of bacon and egg muffins and vitamin sachets. Breakfasts aren't available on Sundays; instead you’ll find a complimentary basket of pastries waiting at your door.
There’s no shortage of options if you want to eat out, including trendy Thai restaurant Patara, which sits directly underneath the suites and offers a 10% discount to Maddox Street guests. Also nearby are the much-lauded 5 Pollen Street and Michelin-starred Hibiscus.
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No. 5 Maddox Street has quite a refined, grown-up atmosphere, but children of all ages are welcome and the flexibility of a suite with a kitchen can be useful. They also have plenty of baby equipment, and kids love staring at the fish tank in reception!
There are no twin bedrooms, but extra beds and baby cots can be added to the Deluxe, Loft and Bartlett Suites, and children under 12 stay for free. It's also in a great location for visiting family-friendly attractions (detailed below), including some of London's best museums.
Babies (0-1 years), Toddlers (1-4 years), Children (4-12 years)
Families of 3 (1 child, 2 parents) will be have enough space in a Deluxe Suite. If there are 4 of you, you'll need a 2-Bedroom Loft Suite. Families of 5 should book the 3-Bedroom Bartlett Suite. All Suites apart from the One-Bedroom Executive Suites have a bathtub as well as as shower
Available by arrangement; book in advance
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
It's self-catering, and the kitchens have microwaves. Nearby are family-friendly cafés and takeaways, plus Waitrose and Marks and Spencer for groceries. Meals can be delivered, too
As there's no lift, bear in mind that you'll have to carry prams and pushchairs up a few flights of stairs to reach your suite (though staff are always happy to help)