REVIEW

The Caesar

A modern 140-room retreat in west-central London with touches of antiquity.

By Nicholas DeRenzo, Thursday, Jul 22, 2010, 4:03 PM

The Caesar

About this Hotel

Price From $141

'Hood Bayswater, a quiet neighborhood in west-central London that's known for its Greek and Middle Eastern restaurants. The hotel is within strolling distance of Hyde Park and Kensington Palace.

The Vibe Located in a remodeled Victorian town house, the Caesar provides guests with a stylish retreat in an area that's central without feeling overly touristy. The mostly Spanish staff (the hotel is owned by a Barcelona-based company) greet guests in perfect English.

Rooms The 140 rooms are done in warm earth tones with dark hardwood floors, exposed-brick walls, recessed headboards, and bright-white bathrooms. Many overlook Queens Gardens, a tiny rectangular oasis of grass and trees. Single rooms and an on-site meeting space make the Caesar a top pick for solo and business travelers.

Plus The otherwise modern lobby—outfitted with low-slung black-leather couches—shows off 10 Roman-Syrian mosaic panels from the 4th and 5th centuries A.D. that depict geometric patterns and animal motifs.

Minus Light sleepers should take note of the creaky wood floors and thin walls.

Free Wi-Fi? No, $12 per day, after one complimentary hour.

Credit Cards Accepted AmEx, MC, Visa.

Details Singles from $118, doubles from $141.