Would like to share with you the enjoyment this property has brought me over the years. Not only does it have a prime location, full services, quality accommodations, but an "All Star" staff that makes it all so much fun. Here is a little information, along with some photo's that will entertain the "First timer", or the "Seasoned expert."
Here is a photo of the magnificent entrance to the hotel.
You will drive of walk through this archway into a lush and serene setting. You will note the actual hotel entrance thru the archway.
The lobby is adorned with beautiful fresh flowers that are changed regularly.
A cheerful and constantly professional staff awaits you!
A Concierge Team to help you with all of your London questions. Shopping, Theatre, dining, they are polite and professional. Introduce yourself to Nic as a MI, you will get a smile! Why not let them arranged to have you picked up at LHR? For the price of a taxi, to have a private car service that you can put on your room bill, why not!
Spa or pool anyone?
A newly opened "Steakhouse and lounge" is very relaxing and very good. You will have trouble getting a better view of The Thames, Big Ben or the London Eye, anywhere else in London!
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And all surrounded by sights like this! Hope you will have a chance to visit, either again, or for your first, very special occasion!
Nice report, great photos and a big thank you for posting. It looks like you had a nice time as well as met some great friends. Tell us more, please. Favorite dining, etc. Did you make it to Westminster Abbey?
A private car to/from LHR for about the price of a taxi is good to know. Have you ever arrived/departed County Hall from/to Paris (via train)? If so, what does that look like?
I also like the painting of old London that the staff are standing in front of in one photo. A professional staff is equally as important as a beautiful, well located property. It sounds like they took excellent care of you guys. Glad you had a nice trip. (And looks like you enjoyed good weather as well!)
I will write a separate post on Westminster Abbey, Shopping at Harrods, etc. The main reason I started staying there was its close to Waterloo Station (I still get my Burger Kings "Fix" there!), however that has since moved to St. Pancras, (Renaissance).
The Concierge arranges for me to be picked up/dropped off at Heathrow and that is a major time savor. Likewise, this is arranged by e-mailing the Concierge, with my schedule and it is a tremendous service after traveling overnight from the US.
Lastly, I have done "Day Trips" to/from Paris/London, each way and it is pretty easy to do. Just plan on about a two hour 15 minute Eurostar trip. Once there just take a double decker tour bus and see either city. At the end of the day, take the Eurostar back to your hotel. Don't forget to bring your own food, cheese, wine or whatever and enjoy it on the train.
Had a chance to drive by MI-6, and that building is a lot like the CIA HQ in Langley. It sort of "Radiates Stealth Activity. " Even the taxi driver noted it is one secretive place! Made it to the Imperial War Museum, (About 5-10 minutes from County Hall), it was very impressive and I will have some pictures in another post.
This is a wonderful hotel, steeped in history. Some very important issues for London were made there when it was the seat of the GLC (Greater London Council). Try to get a peek into the debating chamber, just outside of the main lobby, its incredible (its listed status so is as it was in 1930'a). Also make sure you go down the stairs from the back of the hotel that lead on to Belvedere Road - this is an amazing marble staircase (if you cant find it ask the helpful concierge team - Nick the head concierge is great).
Great post! Sorry, I did not know you were also in London! If we can all get together at County Hall on my next trip, that would be great. We will invite any MI to come to the hotel, if nothing more than have a refreshment in their new lounge!
We all would have a real laugh! I am going to do a post on "Shopping at Harrods", so your opinion, like any other GB (Or anyone!), will be appreciated!
No joke! I will get into more detail this week, but Harrods had another promotion last week. For each purchase, you could redeem one pound of your "Bonus points" and enter a contest good for a free cruise for two somewhere in the world. Last year someone one the cruise on the Nile!
Here are some pictures of the often unseen parts of the historic County Hall - all accessible to hotel guests (except the Debating Chamber which sometimes has its doors open for you peek inside, though not to wander around). The stairs are the original ones in the main entrance of County Hall which leads to the 1st floor where direct access to the Marriott can be made (from Belvedere Road). County Hall is a very historic building
Walked out these steps to get to Starbucks just out the back door. Great photo's!
Totally embarrassed, about not knowing about the chambers one can visit. Will take them in on the next trip. By the way, would enjoy getting all MI that would enjoy getting together and you on the next trip to County Hall.
Please look over my posts on London/Harrods etc. and make sure everything is appropriate. Thanks.
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