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The Dilly, Piccadilly, London
The Dilly really offers the whole package, from its long history and terrific location at the top end of Piccadilly, to its swish design and excellent fitness centre; this is a five-star hotel that knows how to turn on the style. There's been a hotel on this site since 1908 and a recent makeover has enhanced its historical touches - there are numerous links to traditional London - while adding a dash of the cool and the contemporary. Rooms are traditional and yet hugely comfortable and the lovely spa is enhanced by a particularly large (for a hotel) swimming pool. The striking former banqueting rooms now house an excellent pop-up Indian restaurant, Madhu's.
There are old school shops on Jermyn Street or St James's Street where you might find anything from cigars and caviar to hats and cheese.
Close to Piccadilly Circus, you're best-placed to explore the shops of Bond Street and the vibrancy of London's West End. Green Park is also close by.
By car: the hotel is over 4 hours from Manchester and 2.5 hours from Bristol.
By train: Piccadilly Circus tube is two minutes' walk away. Victoria station is under ten minutes by taxi. thetrainline.com
Style & Character
The hotel suits business travellers and visitors to the capital, and is perfect for a romantic break too. There's a tradition of ringing an Edwardian gong in the lobby at 6pm to signal the switch from day to night - and cocktail hour!
Service & Facilities
A collection of books - novels and picture books, invariably London centric - is kept on the balcony and supplied by Hatchards, which is just down the road.
- Outdoor terrace
- Swimming pool
- Fitness centre
- Free Wi-Fi
The Junior Suites are just the ticket - spacious and supremely comfortable and with Illy coffee machines. Suite guests have access to the Balcony at the Dilly for a complimentary glass of Chapel Down sparkling wine.
Classic Room, Splendid Room, Family Room, Junior Suite, Executive Suite
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom with toiletries, hairdryer, tea and coffee facilities, free Wi-Fi
Food & Drink
We loved the variety and quality of the restaurants, and the imaginative cocktails in the wonderfully decadent lounge. The Masala fish and the Boozi Bafu (spring lamb chops) were a treat. The à la carte breakfast was excellent too.
Terrace at The Dilly: terrace restaurant, alfresco dining. All-day menu and afternoon tea. Open daily.
Madhu's: opulent dining room, Indian cuisine. Open Tue-Sun, 5:30-11:30pm. Mains from £11.