Latest of these terminal caravansaries, erected simultaneously with Marylebone railway station, is the Great Central, opened in 1899. This hotel is built of red brick, with light terra-cotta dressings, and combines both splendour and comfort.
One of its great attractions is the covered courtyard, similar in many respects to that of the Grand Hotel in Paris, but on a larger scale, while the courtyard is further commanded by a three-sided lounge from which easy seclusion visitors can watch the coming and going of the travellers.
The public rooms are really beautifully decorated, and the great banqueting-hall is capable of dining a large number of guests; but the drawing-room, decorated in the Italian style, with Raphaelesque ornament in predominant shades of green, gold, and white, is the most attractive of all the public rooms.
Marble and panellings of wood and tapestry have been much used in the general scheme of decoration.
The bedrooms, of which they have sufficient to accommodate 750 guests, have all been fitted with Teleseme, an ingenious instrument by which the guest can cause anything to be brought to him, from a brandy-and-soda and hot water to the doctor and a glass of milk, without first asking for it.
(Editor’s note: the Great Central Hotel is now called the Landmark Hotel.)