Never surrender for second best because The Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill is a sure-fire winner, as Iwan Gabe Davies discovered on a recent visit.

FAMOUS for his acute turn of phrase and a gift for delivering the odd memorable quote or two, Sir Winston Churchill’s quip, “I am easily satisfied with the very best" does sum up what this magnificent five-star hotel named in his honour delivers.

I would like to think the great old man would have loved staying at The Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill which is in the chic London area of Marylebone.

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The impressive lobby 

Boasting the best of both worlds, it has a tranquil setting overlooking an elegant private square but is also tucked behind Hyde Park and Oxford Street in the heart of the vibrant West End.

It’s near the delights of Mayfair and an array of the capital’s finest restaurants and bars.

With nightly room rates starting from just over £200, The Churchill also provides highly affordable luxury.

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The Churchill's Montagu dining room

You can't flag or fail, whatever the cost may be.

It’s a safe bet for a first-rate relaxing break with their fantastic friendly staff a real asset.

The hotel has 440 sophisticated rooms (including 50 suites) mine was an elegant one with a comfy king size and a lovely view of the picturesque gardens of Portman Square.

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The Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill

Its breakfast room, afternoon tea setting and fine-dining restaurant, The Montagu Kitchen are also highly recommended.

The Cornish crab with chilli, mouli and tapioca along with the Dedham Valley rib eye are both excellent.

The brilliant breakfast takes some beating too with a great choice of a cooked breakfast and a cold buffet with pastries, cheese and meats.

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The Churchill has 440 sophisticated rooms (including 50 suites)

I would also recommend a visit to the Michelin-starred Locanda Locatelli Italian restaurant also found in the hotel that's a established gem in the central London dining scene.

The linguine all’astice (linguine with lobster, tomato, garlic & sweet chilli) was divine.

And no visit here would be complete without enjoying a drink or two at The Churchill Bar & Terrace, a stylishly cocktail bar.

My favourite was the Whitehead 907, with a nod to Ernest Hemingway, that is American Eagle bourbon, homemade apricot cordial, Tio Pepe dry sherry and Angostura bitters.

All in all, it's one of the best hotels I've stayed in.

I travelled to London Paddington from Cardiff Central station with Great Western Railway (GWR).

The smooth journey took under two hours.

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It may be worth you getting a taxi from Paddington to the hotel as it is only minutes away.

If you would rather use the Tube, Baker Street, Marble Arch and Bond Street are within a short walking distance.

Nightly rates start from £218, room only.

For more information, visit

The Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill, W1H 7BH, Telephone: 0207 486 5800.