ABOVE: The lounge on the main floor. INSET
BELOW: Breakfast room.
The Gallery is a throwback to the days when hotels had
comfortable lobbies with plenty of seating for guests.
On the main floor, a Victorian-style lounge and reception
area has heavily upholstered sofas and wing chairs next to an ornate marble
fireplace. Period paintings in gilded frames are hung on large expanses of
mahogany paneling, and Oriental porcelain adds to the 19th Century atmosphere.
The day's newspapers are arranged on a large table in the middle of the seating
area. You can order drinks or sandwiches from the bar, and the receptionist is
just across the room to answer questions or perform concierge duties such as
ringing for a taxi or obtaining theatre tickets.
Downstairs is the Morris Room, named after the Victorian
designer who helped to popularize the Arts and Crafts movement. (See photo on
page 4.) This large, informal
lounge has an antique piano, a billiards table, and a free Internet terminal for
use by guests. (If the terminal is occupied, try the computer in the
boardroom behind the lobby.)
the Morris Room, turn left into the Breakfast Room, where a buffet offers
juices, breads, cereal, and pastries from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. (11 a.m. on
Sundays). Coffee and tea are served at your table, where you'll also find a menu
with eggs and other hot items that are cooked to order. (The Gallery's rates
include a full English breakfast.)
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