Walk into this popular hotel, situated 1 block from Marble Arch, and be prepared to be greeted with the scent of fresh flowers that emanates from its lobby. The hotel occupies a pair of brick town houses dating from 1780- the western house was the London home of 19th-century artist and poet Edward Lear, famous for his nonsense verse. His illustrated limericks adorn the walls of one of the sitting rooms here.
Steep stairs lead up to comfy rooms that range from spacious to broom-closet size- so be careful when booking your room. Many bedrooms have been redecorated but still look a bit drab, when contrasted with some the neighbouring luxury hotels. However, for the price that you pay here, one really can’t complain. One major drawback of the hotel is that it is located in a very noisy part of the town. Rooms at the rear of the hotel are quieter. Bathrooms are well maintained, most of them have a shower and tub.
28-30 Seymour St, Marylebone
Price: £67 ($100) double without bathroom, £89 ($130) double with bathroom; £79 ($120) triple without bathroom, £99 ($150) triple with bathroom. Rates include English breakfast