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Mandeville Hotel, London 

Mandeville Place
Tel: 44 207 935 5599
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Don't let the reserved Edwardian exterior fool you—there's a lot going on behind the façade at this Marylebone Village hotel. Reopened in May 2005 following a $28 million refurbishment, the Mandeville now has interiors by Stephen Ryan that include quirky Regency and Louis XVI touches. In the deVille restaurant—where former Pelham Hotel chef Jason Booker serves up modern British dishes, such as a trio of lamb with minted pea puree and Madeira jus—an antique dresser has been relacquered hot pink, and Rococo-style floral hangings grace the walls. The Rococo motif is repeated in the deVigne bar, which is frequented by the beautiful boys from nearby Selfridges, media types, and a varied cross section of hotel guests. The 142 bedrooms check all the high-tech boxes: flat-screen interactive TVs with broadband access, a hands-free radio in the marble bathroom. Primarily traditional decor by Julian Chichester doesn't shy from mixing pattern, color, and period: Bedside tables in dark wood with mirrored panels sit next to a white leatherette headboard framed with Deco-style mirror paneling. Fuchsia, pea green, and purple pinstriped sofas are paired with bold floral cushions and urn-patterned curtains in shades of lilac and yellow. Minimal this is not, and it's all the better for it.

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