Chiltern Firehouse: Marylebone’s most hyped hotel & restaurant

Chiltern Firehouse opened a couple of years back and the furore surrounding this former fire station in Marylebone has yet to cease.
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As the latest offering from the mogul behind oh-so-glam Chateau Marmont in Hollywood and the Mercer hotel in New York, the Firehouse hotel and restaurant was set for success.  The Grade II-listed gothic Victorian building has been carefully restored, and the bespoke decadence is immediately apparent, as you walk through the flatteringly lit corridors, your heels sinking into the plush cloud-like carpets.
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All 26 of the rooms in the hotel boast ginormous beds clad in 400 thread count sheets, deep roll-top bathtubs, working fireplaces and personal concierges (one per hotel guest!) – it’s pure old school luxury to such a stratospheric level that you will struggle to ever return to the real world.
Chiltern Firehouse Hotel: Marylebone’s most hyped hotel & restaurant | Recommended by HYHOI.com: Have You Heard Of It? | A curation of design-led hotspots around the world, tried and tasted
Chiltern Firehouse Hotel: Marylebone’s most hyped hotel & restaurant | Recommended by HYHOI.com: Have You Heard Of It? | A curation of design-led hotspots around the world, tried and tasted
So thank goodness for the Firehouse’s restaurant (with Nuno Mendes at the helm), to which you can return when you need a Firehouse fix (provided you can wangle yourself a table).
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Led to our table by a model-beautiful hostess in a ridiculous baby pink jumpsuit, we kept our eyes peeled for the droves of A-listers the press would have you believe will be present.  No such luck.
Chiltern Firehouse Restaurant: Marylebone’s most hyped hotel & restaurant | Recommended by HYHOI.com: Have You Heard Of It? | A curation of design-led hotspots around the world, tried and tasted
Our French waiter appeared with a flourish and the grand declaration of, “I assume you will be starting with oysters and Champagne?”  The meal therefore started on a high, and continued skywards from there, with bacon cornbread and chipotle-maple butter, and crab-stuffed donuts with coral dusting up next.
Chiltern Firehouse: Marylebone’s most hyped hotel & restaurant | Recommended by HYHOI.com: Have You Heard Of It? | A curation of design-led hotspots around the world, tried and tasted
Although not cheap, the menu is not preposterously expensive either, with main courses around the £28 mark.  We skipped dessert, instead leaning against the full-length mirror in the ladies’ bathroom to gain access to a clandestine bar and smoking terrace – before returning to the hotel’s main bar in the hope of spotting at least one celebrity.  Nothing.  Our disappointment was only heightened by the wrist-slap we got for taking photos in a No Photos area…
Bar @ Chiltern Firehouse: Marylebone’s most hyped hotel & restaurant | Recommended by HYHOI.com: Have You Heard Of It? | A curation of design-led hotspots around the world, tried and tasted
Bar @ Chiltern Firehouse: Marylebone’s most hyped hotel & restaurant | Recommended by HYHOI.com: Have You Heard Of It? | A curation of design-led hotspots around the world, tried and tasted
It’s hard to put a finger on exactly how Chiltern Firehouse is vastly different from other upmarket hotel/restaurants in London, to justify the insane hype around it – perhaps it’s just an exceptional piece of PR? – but two years on and it’s still burning bright, and I for one can’t wait to return.
Bar @ Chiltern Firehouse: Marylebone’s most hyped hotel & restaurant | Recommended by HYHOI.com: Have You Heard Of It? | A curation of design-led hotspots around the world, tried and tasted
Bar @ Chiltern Firehouse: Marylebone’s most hyped hotel & restaurant | Recommended by HYHOI.com: Have You Heard Of It? | A curation of design-led hotspots around the world, tried and tasted
Chiltern Firehouse
www.chilternfirehouse.com
1 Chiltern Street, Marylebone, London, W1U 7PA
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