The USP: Edwardian townhouse from the outside, ultra-chic boutique hotel styling inside, this place was designed with the fashionista in mind thanks to its perfect location: Marylebone High Street is on its doorstop, Bond Street and Oxford Street just a bag-laden, 10-minute walk away. Despite this, the side-street spot means it's peaceful and quiet, ensuring you get a good sleep before hitting the shops. For the boys, the all-weather cigar terrace and humidor (that's the place they keep cigars, FYI; yes, I did have to ask) is a big draw, too.
Book now if: You're tired of gargantuan, faceless London hotels, but still love the idea of waking up just moments from the shops.
Bedding down: There are just 45 rooms, ranging from 'petite doubles' to the 'grand suite', with its 36" plasma-screen TV and kitchenette.
Feed me: If you're not in the grand suite and need someone else to do the cooking, downstairs you'll find the intimate Ten Lounge Bar, serving a range of immaculately presented dishes (bar snacks this is not). We adored the watermelon, heirloom tomatoes & feta salad and a main of spinach and ricotta gnocchi with slow-baked tomato sauce, while gourmet burgers or posh fish and chips are available for those who want something more traditional.
What's the damage: Rooms start from around £170 per night. If you're celebrating something special, we love the sound of the 'Romeo & Julieta' package, with champagne in your room, dinner, bed and breakfast (plus chocolates or cigars), from £240 per room per night.
Point me in the right direction: Ten Manchester Street Hotel, Marylebone, London W1U 4DG (020 7317 5900, www.tenmanchesterstreethotel.com)
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