Sponsored Post: This post is brought to you by the people at The Marylebone Hotel, who kindly hosted me the weekend I was in London. All opinions are my own.
My recent London trip will always be a weekend I look back on with the best memories. Everything from the wonderful people I met, to the fantastic food, to the fabulous Marylebone Hotel where I stayed, was just so good.
The Marylebone Hotel - Accommodation
I stayed in one of their two room suites that I found to be super quiet and a nice retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city. The sitting room was cozy with a comfortable couch and windows that looked out onto Marylebone Street. There was also space to get in a personal practice. I've been working on the transition I shared on instagram below for ages, and it's still a bit shaky, but it's coming along nicely.
The sitting area also had a wonderful little workspace where I set up my computer and got a bit of work done in the down time I had. Above you can see the bedroom closet mirror that reflects the bed. The bed was extremely comfortable and felt like such a treat, as I'm used to the European norm of pushing two single beds together to make one larger bed. I took full advantage and made a little bedtime yoga video that I shared on the YBC YouTube Channel.
Food at The Marylebone Hotel
The breakfast spread was pretty impressive and would satisfy any traveler used to a European style breakfast (cheese, bread, meats) or American breakfast (eggs, lox, cereals, toast). I particularly loved the fresh squeezed juices they offered, and it was so nice to grab an International New York Times and catch up on the news.
I had the most delicious salad I think I've ever had at 108 Marylebone Lane. It was an organic salmon and arugula salad with these purple flowers (can someone identify?) and little pops of sweet and salty throughout. It was unbelievable!
The area just outside the hotel is fantastic for window shopping or settling down at a cafe. It's just a short walk from Indaba, where I was scheduled to be for the weekend.
For the health conscious travelers, The Juicery at the hotel offers a number of juices to choose from. I had this green juice, that reminded me of the one I make at home.
One of my absolute favorite parts of the trip was having high tea at the hotel. They have a great gluten free option that may not have been 100% GAPS friendly, but I indulged in a bite of everything (and ate both scones!) because it is extremely rare that I deviate from the diet and sometimes you need to live on the wild side. :) I was beyond impressed, though, because the GAPS diet allows for sourdough bread once your digestion is better, and recently I felt like I should give sourdough a try because I am feeling 100% healthy these days. I haven't been able to find sourdough bread in the Czech Republic (Do I have any Czech readers? Can you tell me what I ask for at the bakery?). I asked if it would be possible to have the little sandwiches be served on sourdough at the hotel, and they replied it would be no problem at all. I can't thank them enough for being so accommodating!
The Third Space Spa & Gym
On my last morning, I had a thirty minute massage at The Third Space spa, which is attached to the hotel and it was fantastic. Often times when I go to a spa, I'll fill out the form and the therapist just starts the massage right away. Here, they sat down with me to go over the form in detail and then had me pick out an essential oil that I'd like used for the massage. I chose lavender, because I find it to be so relaxing, and I had a long day ahead of me and a late night flight.
The fitness center was excellent. I tested out my new Sweaty Betty tank and bra here for a quick cardio sesh followed by weight lifting. Perks of the gym: good tunes, very few people at the gym, and a lot of top notch equipment including detached squat rack, TRX bands, free weights, spin bikes, treadmills, elliptical machines, and so much more.
There was also a beautiful pool, and while I didn't get a chance to use it, I definitely hope to next time.
The Staff at The Marylebone Hotel
I used to be a teacher and I once worked at this school where everyone who worked there was on board with the mission, philosophy and code of conduct. Sure, maybe certain people had their personal issues with various things, but in front of students and parents, they stepped up and were on board, and it was reflected in the morale of the school. Fellow teachers were just kind, and warm, and they all enforced the same rules and were 100% committed. In working in other schools after that where I encountered the opposite, it became clear to me that having people totally committed to the fundamentals of the school is what makes it run smoothly and efficiently. It's what makes it a good place to be as a student and as a teacher.
That's the same kind of energy I got from the people at The Marylebone Hotel. You could tell that everyone knew the ins and outs of the hotel. Every time I passed someone in the halls from housekeeping, they'd make eye contact and say good morning - which I know is just a simple gesture, and surely they're encouraged to say hello, but it felt refreshing, welcoming, and above all, authentic. The people at the hotel were "Yes" people. Any question or request I had was met with enthusiasm and a willingness to help. For example, on my last day in town, I had to teach a workshop at 2pm and then catch a late night flight back to the Prague. Since I'd need to check out of the hotel prior to my workshop, I figured it wouldn't hurt to ask if I could use the gym facilities to shower before my flight. I presented that idea to them and without missing a beat I was told, "We'll just give you another room you can use to shower in." How kind is that?!
A huge thank you to the people at The Marylebone Hotel - it was a fantastic stay!
PS - London cabs are incredibly expensive, so I pulled up my Uber app to see if it would work. It did! (Use my code yjy9m and get $30 off your first ride - redeem here!) A driver was at the front door within 5 minutes and I headed out to the airport. What a fabulous weekend!
Let's talk Are you particular about anything when you're looking for a hotel? What's been the best trip you ever took? Where did you stay?