A quiet sophistication pervades the Lenox, the more central and polished of a pair of sister hotels. Through the entrance is a sitting area, where traditional furnishings – comfortable sofas and chairs in muted tones, console tables and columns – are lightened by pale paint effects and panelled walls. Well-lit paintings, fresh flowers and potted plants add a touch of colour. The clubby, art deco style bar – all wood and tan leather seats – is open from 5pm to 2am and is a congenial place to spend an evening, even though the drinks are pricey. Breakfast is served in the vaulted, brick-walled cellar. A total renovation of most of the bedrooms has recently been completed, and they now include triple rooms as well as doubles. They are thoughtfully decorated, and their price (at the top end of our ‘moderate’ price band) is very fair. Ones on the first floor have splendid huge windows, original cornicing and large bathrooms. We have always found the staff friendly and welcoming, making the Lenox a sound and well-priced choice.