As the saying goes, 'never judge a book by it's cover but always judge a hotel by it's entrance.'
Okay, okay, there is no such saying but if it were true then The Landmark London in London would certainly come front runner every time.
The iconic building looms over the busy road outside, sat majestically with it's turrets poking out over the top of the other buildings around it, just a stones throw from some of London's most iconic attractions; Madame Tussauds, The Sherlock Holmes Museum and the beautiful green of Regents Park.
However once inside you are met by an eight-storey high atrium that means the sun is always shining down onto the guests dining beneath. The full-size palm trees, large flower displays and h armchairs dotted around feel more like stepping into a hotel from one of Marilyn Monroe's exotic movie locations than one in the centre of London.
If you can bear to dine anywhere other than the Winter Garden restaurant, which serves breakfast, lunch, afternoon and dinner, then you might want to take the lift down past the spa to ramp things up a notch at the hotel's gourmet dining offering: Great Central Bar and Restaurant.
Conjuring images of dining on the Orient Express, this romantic restaurant is perfect for drawn-out dates, pre-dinner drinks and sharing desserts into the evening.
And on the subject of dining, the breakfast is worth leaving your room for. I am a hotel buffet advocate but this does mean I am rather hard to impress (croissaints but no pain-au-chocolat is a no, no, as is only having one style off cooked eggs), but The Landmark's breakfast caught my eye from the moment I exited the lift from my room at 10am.
It was beautifully arranged, extensive and smelled delicious. A variety of fresh and crispy pastries, cereals, cold items, hot breakfast and refreshing juices (those cancel out chocolate cake before midday, don't they?). In short, we didn't go hungry.
The bedrooms themselves have either interior windows into the grand atrium, perfect for the people-watchers among us, or out onto the street, although if your room is on one of the higher floors you are afforded brilliant views over the capital.
The bedrooms are comfortable and well-equipped. Nothing out of the ordinary but everything you would expect from a luxury hotel, however the bathroom stole the show for me.
Everyone knows you can't spend a night in a hotel without enjoying a cocktail in a bubble bath, it's just sacrilege and our three-roomed marble bathroom (yes, three roomed) provided the perfect setting for this. It also means that if you are on a girly weekend, one of you can bathe while the other does their makeup and there is no space intrusion. It was total bliss.
And on the subject of girly weekends, the extensive spa boasts a full-size swimming pool, a sauna and steam room and very calm treatment rooms. Does anything feel more luxurious than floating back from a massage, enveloped in a fluffy-white hotel robe, to lie down on your bed and watch Friends reruns? No, no it does not.
Finally, I would just like to take a moment to mention the staff. The various members of The Landmark London tribe who smiled round every corner, returned numerous times to the room to bring us extras (everyone forgets their toothbrush when they visit a hotel, right?) and moved us twice at breakfast because we were determined to be as near to the buffet as possible.
Though I won't deny there are more central hotels, I will say that if you looking for a weekend bolthole to wine, dine and relax then The Landmark London is a winner.
Per night: from £330 and various packages available. For more info and to book please visit or call their reservations line on 020 7631 8000.
The Landmark London recently launched their High Palms High Tea which is served in the Winter Garden until September. The High Palms High Tea is served from 6-10pm and is twist on their classic, award-winning Afternoon Tea, as it's served as a more substantial meal often over three courses.