I arrived from Edinburgh on a late afternoon train. By the time I reached The Marylebone Hotel, it was dark. Given that I was flying out the next morning, I would not get to explore much that the Marylebone area is known for. I was sad to miss the village atmosphere which I had read about and two Londoners on the train had confirmed. Marylebone is a true neighborhood in the heart of London. Regent Park to the North, Oxford Street to the south, and just a bit west along Oxford Street is Hyde Park.
What I did manage to take in was Oxford Street at night at Christmas.
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It would be a shame to travel to London (or New York, Montreal, Paris…) anytime after November 30th and not take in the Christmas lights and shop windows. In London, they were amazing. I wandered the high street, dodging people, popping into a store here and there. I had in mind to buy a winter coat – I love London fashion – but that didn't happen. Instead, I soaked in the atmosphere. Yes, a bit like a kid at Christmas.
When I'd done both sides of the street from Regent to the Marble Arch, I returned to my hotel to prepare for my flight home in the morning. It's surprising how quickly I left the frenzy behind. Located just few blocks north, The Marylebone Hotel is a gem for its location alone, but the hotel is beautiful as well. I would classify it as casually luxurious.
Below are pics of the store windows. You'll find a photo of my room at the end.
My stay at the hotel was complimentary, however they in no way required that I write about them nor suggested what I write. My thanks to Best Loved Hotels who made the arrangements.