Lena Headey’s favourite hotels


The British actress known for Game of Thrones and fantasy film 300 reveals her top hotels:

THE SOHO HOTEL, LONDON

The Soho Hotel
‘In the days when I lived overseas and would stop over in London, this was my home from home. The staff are super-lovely. Also, I like that everything is, of course, within reach here – London feels so connected that you’re always close to where you want to be. It’s easy to get anywhere – if you don’t mind squeezing onto the crowded Tube, that is.’

Address: The Soho Hotel, 4 Richmond Mews, Soho, London W1D 3DH
Telephone: +44 20 7559 3000
Website: firmdalehotels.com
Prices: Doubles from £410

THE BOWERY HOTEL, NEW YORK

The Bowery Hotel
‘For me, it’s the dark, old-school rooms that truly make The Bowery. It’s also a stroll away from the Lower East Side, which is full of interesting shops and foodie finds. Everyone at this hotel is friendly and there’s a massive fireplace for cosy winter drinks. I’m not a cocktail person, but give me vodka and loads of limes and I’m good.’

Address: The Bowery Hotel, 335 Bowery, New York, NY 10003, USA
Telephone: +1 212 505 9100
Website: theboweryhotel.com
Prices: Doubles from about £255

BABINGTON HOUSE, SOMERSET

Babington House
‘This hotel is warm and beautiful – plus stylish without being intimidating – and I adore it. The beds are the kind that make you not want to leave. In fact, I don’t even venture outside the grounds. I eat, go for a wander, then enjoy one of the lovely spa treatments. When it first opened, I visited often and, in my heyday, I spent many fun, debauched weekends here. My stays are far more chilled now.’

Address: Babington House, Somerset, BA11 3RW
Telephone: +44 1373 812 266
Website: babingtonhouse.co.uk
Prices: Doubles from £220

CHATEAU MARMONT, LOS ANGELES

Chateau Marmont
‘I’ve only stayed here a couple of times because, living in Los Angeles for 12 years, I rarely needed to. But I’ve had many, many dinners here. Way back, I would order the spag bol, a meaty hangover king, but now there are decent veggie and vegan options. The hotel has that special something. It’s cool and there is always a party happening – I bump into someone I know every time I go.’

Address: Chateau Marmont, 8221 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046, USA
Telephone: +1 323 656 1010
Website: chateaumarmont.com
Prices: Doubles from about £430

UMAID BHAWAN PALACE, INDIA

Umaid Bhawan Palace
‘In 1994, at the age of 20, I flew from Yorkshire into the arms of India. It blew my mind. I’d never left home before and was terrified – then I fell in love. This hotel in Jodhpur was our home while filming parts of The Jungle Book. We were once joined by monkeys for tea and even spent the Holi festival in the gardens with the maharaja. It was magical.’

Address: Umaid Bhawan Palace, Circuit House Road, Cantt Area, Jodhpur, Rajasthan 342006, India
Telephone: +91 291 251 0101
Website: tajhotels.com
Prices: Doubles from about £365

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