A Japanese-inspired luxury boutique hotel in the heart of London, The Prince Akatoki features a minimalist design and mindful touches – from a custom scent with hints of bergamot and juniper in the lobby to yoga mats in every room. Thanks to a lobby bar with premium Japanese whiskies and sake; a fine-dining fusion restaurant; a state-of-the-art boardroom; an in-house gym; and 82 spacious rooms and suites the hotel is suitable for both business and leisure travellers.
It’s set in a grand Georigian townhouse in Marylebone in London’s West End, just minutes from Hyde Park, Oxford Street, Marble Arch and its eponymous Tube station – but tucked behind it all on a quiet, tree-lined street.
The Studio Suite
Each of the 82 rooms and suites feature neutral, soft tones; minimalist wooden furniture; pastel, panelled headboards delicately painted with a Japanese landscape scene; and crisp and comfy beds. In addition to the standard amenities you’d expect (coffee, tea, slippers, robe) each room has its own cast iron Japanese teapot with loose leaf herbal tea, a yoga mat and Malin + Goetz toiletries. The spacious, luxury Studio Suites on the lower ground floor feature king beds, oversized marble bathrooms with televisions over the bath and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking a small, private outdoor courtyard.
Food and drink
Sashimi from TOKii
Both the in-house lobby bar and restaurant are worthy destinations in their own right. The Malt Lounge, is a minimalist, dark and cozy space with a focus on top-shelf international and Japanese whiskies and sake that also feature heavily on the inventive cocktail menu. The restaurant, TOKii, offers a selection of delicate, flavourful and artfully plated Japanese fusion dishes with vegan and vegetarian options. Specialities include the salt-baked beets served with panko crusted goat’s cheese; yellowtail carpaccio with a light green peppercorn dressing; strips of wagyu beef served with a spicy ponzu sauce and truffle fries; and the creamy and tart yuzu crème brulée.
For business travellers
The Malt Lounge interior
The hotel offers meeting and event facilities for up to 36 attendees. The Malt Lounge can be privately booked for drinks, receptions or special events, while The Prince Room has all the tech kit you need for a boardroom meeting for up to 22 people and can also be dressed up for dinner or drinks. There is free, fast wi-fi in public spaces and all rooms and the suites have separate seating areas which could easily double as a comfortable workspace. And the central location near the Marble Arch and Bond Street Tube stations makes it a perfect place for getting around the city for meetings.
For wellness travellers
The 24-hour gym has a selection of free weights and machines. Towels, water and light snacks are also supplied. Each room also comes with a yoga mat and enough space for some vinyasa flow.
The fab factor
Often, it’s the little details that make the biggest impression: at The Prince Akatoki, the comfortable and sleek Japanese yukata robes placed on your bed during turndown, accompanied with an herbal tea and calming spray mist, offer a beautiful touch that makes your stay that much more memorable.
Best for: Business travellers and couples looking for a serene urban retreat
Number of rooms and suites: 82
From: £219 ($395) per night
Wi-fi: Free and fast
Parking: Valet Parking is available at £48 ($85) per day
Address: 50 Great Cumberland Place, Marylebone, London W1H 7FD
Telephone: +44 20 7724 4700