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We need more sleep. Is London’s sleep hotel with secret garden the answer? A top restful city break
February 5, 2015 | By:

Pillow mist, a secret garden in the centre of London and a Sleep Menu at Gordon Ramsay's Maze. Is the Sleep Experience at the Mariott an insomnia zapper or just a top hotel for a city break?

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The inner garden, who knew this existed in a Marriott in central London?

For the first time, a panel of 18 scientists and researchers together with The National Sleep Foundation has released age-specific sleep recommendations. And we need more!

The updated guidelines show that adults (aged 26 to 64) need between seven and nine hours sleep a night, so eight hours is no longer necessarily the optimal amount of sleep.

Good timing, then, for the Marriott Grosvenor Square to open its Sleep Experience package. 

A new London hotel package
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The suite at the Marriott has a private balcony and enclosed deck within a water-feature garden.

The new hotel package aims to transport guests from the hustle and bustle of working life to a haven of relaxation. The room, first off, is a luxurious four-poster soothing cream suite with rainforest shower and bath.

To soothe frazzled nerves and allow you much-needed vitamin D, each room has a private deck within an enclosed water-feature garden. 

Eight suites have access to this private little sanctuary and each private deck has lanterns, blankets and cosy sofas. My deck also had a breakfast table perfect for morning coffee and croissants. 

There is something definitively relaxing about this place. Few London hotels have much outside space to speak of, aside from rooftop bars frequented by the loud after-work crowd, so the Marriott’s inner garden is a real find, insomnia or no insomnia.

Originally a stately townhouse, this Marriott has a more luxurious feel and an enviable position near Bond Street. 

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The goodies include L’Occitane bath products and a Philip Stein sleep bracelet

On arrival you’ll find a basket stacked with L’Occitane goodies, soothing herbed shower gel and lavender pillow mist, plus the well-regarded Sleep Book by Dr Guy Matthews, sleep teas and a Philip Stein Sleep bracelet.

The bracelet, which retails at over £150, is said to channel natural frequencies associated with sleep to help you fall to sleep naturally and wake feeling refreshed.

How it is supposed to do that and what exactly natural frequencies are, I’m still none the wiser, but I did wear it after my stay and slept well. However, when I forgot to wear it a couple of times at home I also slept rather well. 

The test is ongoing and should I find some serene sleep solution I’ll be sure to report back.

Dining at Gordon Ramsay’s Maze
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Guests can opt for the six-course £60 tasting menu at the superb Gordon Ramsay restaurant

Guests also have the option to dine at Gordon Ramsay’s Michelin-star Maze restaurant, located within the hotel. A bespoke Sleep Menu has been designed, which has no meat but delectable fish dishes and sushi.

The six-course Sleep Menu is £60 (not included in the Sleep Experience package) but worth pushing out the boat for. The fish courses were lighter than having a heavy meat dish, and though I can’t say I felt incredibly sleepy after this gastronomic experience the food was exquisite, and surely that’s most important.

Guests can, of course, dine a la carte at Maze as well. My top tip: sit up at the sushi table for a cocktail and immerse yourself in the full experience. The staff, food and ambience is first-rate and Maze is a winning attraction at the hotel. 

Then it’s back to your peaceful room for a bath, if you’re me, and a flick through the Sleep Book. Breakfast, which is included in the £499 a night price tag, is in the Maze Grill adjacent to Maze’s decadent dining room and is an egg-perfect affair.

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A romantic little spot for breakfast after a good night’s sleep

Upon departure the incredibly helpful staff help with our bags and I drift as if on a cloud back out on to the street. Well rested, you bet. But who wouldn’t be after a night under those Egyptian cotton sheets with that wickedly comfortable mattress. 

At £499 the Sleep package is quite steep, but for those who love the products offered in the Sleep package it makes good sense. And for visitors looking for a hotel moments from Bond Street it’s a great option. 

Room rates start from £229 in low season and £289 in high season.

For those willing to splurge, the suite is beautiful and the ‘secret’ enclosed garden is a real gem and something of an anomaly in central London. 

I’d take my husband there in a blink of an eye, not so much to sleep but to relax on the terrace and indulge in the luxurious suite and incredible food, feeling rather smug that we had found a lesser-known romantic retreat in the centre of town. 

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