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Marriott hotels in London

Good evening,

It has been a while since I have posted or asked questions from all the great forum posters, but now believe it is time to hit the road again. I am looking to head to London in the spring or fall of 2023, and my question to you is what Marriott hotels have you stayed at in London, and tell me please about the locations you may have loved. Because we haven't traveled much other than trips to Florida, and because we have done major home renovations, we have accumulated a good amount of Marriott points, which we intend to use for this trip. We plan to visit the major tourist spots and museums, see at least one play, make a trip to the Cotswalds, Windsor, etc. Any recommendations you can give me would be much appreciated.

Thank you so much !

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Recommend the Commitments for a great play to see if it’s playing and try the new ABBA experience.

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In May we stayed at London Marriott Hotel Kensington a short walk from the Earl's Court tube station. The Circle and Piccadilly lines are very convenient for getting quickly to Westminster and Covent Garden, and they both stop at EC.

We weren't using points this stay but have enough lifetime status to always get upgraded. The concierge lounge at this location offers much more than evening snacks. It's really a light dinner which is helpful on nights you're trying to get to the theater, and it's just too early to go to a restaurant.

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First trip so make it easy on yourselves. Book at the County Hall Marriot hotel. Its near the London Eye and across the Thames from Parliament.

If arriving at Heathrow terminals 2 or 3 take the Heathrow Express to Paddington and switch to the Bakerloo Line headed to Elephant and Castle. Get off at Waterloo Station and walk to the Marriot.

You can also now take the recently opened Elizabeth Line to Paddington Station and then take the Bakerloo Line.

If you opt For the Heathrow Express book your tix 60 days out to save money. It’s costly but it’s only a 15 minute ride to Paddington. Then 15 minutes to Waterloo.

Its about 30 minutes on the Elizabeth Line to Paddington and another 20 minutes from there to Waterloo.

You do the math.

As far as theatre offerings look at the Whats On Stage website. https://www.whatsonstage.com/

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Avoid the Residence Inn Kensington. The most disappointing hotel I have ever stayed at ever. The negative reviews are accurate.

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For a hotel with iconic sights then County Hall comes top of the list. Be mindful that passengers on the London Eye get a very close look at some of the rooms.

I really like Grovesnor Square, very luxurious but as it's located in Mayfair it's not in the best spot for sightseeing.

The London Edition in Soho is a great splurge and their rooms are fantastic along with the bar and restaurant.

I've enjoyed many stays at the Rennaissance St. Pancras, a beautiful historic building. If you can nab a suite then all the better as some of the rooms are a bit ordinary. Unfortunately the Gilbert Scott restaurant and bar has closed down which is a great loss. The location is ideal for the British Museum and the National Library as well as the Eurostar and trains to York.

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I normally don't stay at Marriott's in London even though I am Ambassador Elite.

That being said, I agree with Threadwater.....stay away from the Residence Inn Kensington. The worst Marriott in which I have every stayed. The only reason I think Marriott allowed its name to be put on this hotel is because it is owned by the chairman of Starwood Holdings which is the company that used to own Starwood hotels before selling to Marriott.

FYI--the circle line does not call at Earls Court. The district line does.

Eurostar trains don't go to York. They go to Paris and Brussels and points beyond.

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County Hall is a great location but the hotel is pretty “standard” Marriott fare. We prefer the charming and historic St. Ermin’s on the other side of the river, very near Westminster Abbey and the St. James tube stop,

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Eurostar trains don't go to York. They go to Paris and Brussels and points beyond.

Thanks Frank, I missed out an "and", now corrected.

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We stayed at the Dixon Tower Bridge a few years ago. Beautiful hotel and incorporates the magistrates court history into the hotel. Very convenient to transportation and sights.

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We have stayed in 2 properties.

I loved this one. https://www.marriott.com/en-us/hotels/longh-jw-marriott-grosvenor-house-london/overview/?scid=f2ae0541-1279-4f24-b197-a979c79310b0

Right by Hyde Park. Easy travel for everything. Amazing breakfast. I believe it’s included if you have status. We have Marriott status and it was included. High end and wonderful. You definitely see the world go by with its clientele. We enjoyed being able to walk around the Park.

https://www.marriott.com/en-us/hotels/lonma-london-marriott-hotel-marble-arch/overview/?scid=f2ae0541-1279-4f24-b197-a979c79310b0

Marble Arch area was less expensive, but the area, when we were there 12 years ago was iffy. Our cab driver was kind of surprised we were staying there. The area may have changed. We didn’t have any issues.

I’ve stayed near Earles court eons ago in a non Marrriott property. It required a tube ride or bus to get anywhere. It was kind of out there, and for that reason, I wouldn’t go back to that area. It was a cool area though and was very British with a variety of restaurants, huge grocery store,, and kind of like being in a burb.

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Hi Susan,
My vote is Marriott County Hall in London. It's an easy, short walk from the Waterloo Train Station, which is how we traveled throughout Britain. We enjoyed their dining availability before we started our day or when we ended it, as well as being able to book a Traditional Tea on site. Our younger daughter was thrilled to find a McDonald's just below the hotel on the riverwalk side. Stroll across the bridge to Westminster or continue on to Buckingham Palace & Saint James Park. The double-decker tour bus Stops were also just outside Marriott if you're heading over to the Tower of London. Hampton Court Palace was a short train ride from Waterloo.
It was our first trip to Europe, so we were looking for convenience and ease of travel. We also booked a suite at the Marriott in Cardiff, Wales and it too was convenient from the train station and within walking distance to everything.
If you're wanting to experience "old", though not a Marriot, we enjoyed our stay at the Rose & Crown Hotel (circa 1340), Harnham Rd in Salisbury for our visit to Stonehenge.

Have a great trip in 2023!

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Thanks to all for the great advice. Will be doing lots of research, but this will help tremendously. Now, if you have any suggestions for lodging in Chipping Campden, or other towns in the Cotswalds, would appreciate that also. Not sure we will do this trip in the spring, or wait until the fall, but getting started on which hotels, bnb's, etc. to stay in is my first step. So excited!

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FYI--the Abbey Hotel in Bath is a Marriott hotel and the current rates are 30,000 points/night.

I've stayed at the Abbey. If you are taking a tour it''s a great spot since most tours leave from in front of the hotel. Other than that, it's fairly basic.

I can also suggest Mad Max Tours if you won't have a car.

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Thank you, Frank. 30K points is a bahhgen, as they say in Boston. Will definitely look into this!

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I’ve stayed recently at the residence inn Kensington and have to disagree with the poster earlier in this thread. I had a very good stay and would recommend it again. As a matter of fact I have booked two nights there next spring

The price was good (used Marriott points) the room was in good shape, it’s next to a very large grocery store and since it comes with a full kitchen you can self cater. The breakfast was good and the service in the breakfast area was excellent

I used to stay at the Marriott Kensington but I have to be honest if you’re using points the price is not worth what you’re getting in my opinion and there’s no way I’m paying their cash rates for their quality. I always get upgraded but I still don’t think it’s worth it

My favorite is the JW but it’s pricey

The Renaissance St Pancreas is very nice, the front desk is clueless,😂. But the hotel itself is gorgeous. probably a one and done for me but certainly worth considering

County Hall was a huge disappointment and I won’t go back again my room was dirty, the staff was rude and I wasn’t really in love with the location