REVIEW: No. 5 Maddox St, Mayfair
Shopping in central London is one of our favourite pastimes here at FashionBite but we’d be lying if we said it doesn’t leave us exhausted. After a day of pounding the pavements, how we’d love to wander down Regent Street, then slip off down a pretty side road to arrive home, collapsing on the sofa surrounded by our new purchases, rather than face a lengthy commute… well, at No. 5 Maddox Street, we did just that.
On the Soho edge of Mayfair sits No. 5 Maddox Street, a chic apartment complex claiming to offer a stylish alternative to cardboard cut-out hotel rooms. Spacious, clean and contemporary, with high ceilings, flat screen TV’s and personal kitchens galore, it certainly gives off an air of sophistication you wouldn’t find in affordable hotels in the area.
We were lucky enough to book into a One Bedroom Deluxe Suite for a night and couldn’t have felt luckier knowing we had somewhere a stone’s throw from Oxford Circus to store our heavy bags – then go out for more! We’re telling ourselves that two weddings in three weeks meant that this type of behaviour was wholly acceptable…
The unbeatable (and it is, quite simply, unbeatable) location alone, No. 5 Maddox Street was a hit with FashionBite on a number of levels – the helpful concierge, available 24 hours a day, was a great help with recommendations and added to the apartment’s overall sense of safety and security. The room itself was suitably large, with a spotless kitchen brimming with utensils for in-room cooking – brilliant for exhausted shoppers who aren’t in the mood to dress up for dinner. The use of space was excellent, with a small shower room and separate toilet built into the wall to allow for a large square bedroom with lovely bamboo flooring – definitely not common in such an expensi ve postcode.
The little things always make us the happiest, and we’re pleased to report that No. 5 Maddox Street came up trumps, with fluffy robes hanging in the wardrobe, the latest magazines waiting for us in the living room, and a dinky Maison Du Chocolat coffret sitting pretty in the kitchen alongside a bowl of plums, tea and coffee. Wireless high speed internet ticked another box (as a freelance journalist, it’s an essential) and an MP3 docking station sealed the deal.
The downsides of this apartment were hard to define, but we decided the decor could do with an update – though comfortable and clean, it felt a little dated and lacked personality. That said, due to the apartment’s prime location it’s fairly obvious that visitors will not be spending much time behind closed doors, so magnificent artwork and lavish interiors aren’t a top priority – not when you’ve got the whole of London at your feet.
Amy @ FashionBite xx
No.5 Maddox Street
Mayfair, London W1S 2QD