Hi out there,
Trying to figure out which hotel to stay at in London using reward miles---Regent Park?? Is it a good location?? Concerned about how easy it is to get to all the main attractions and feeling like we're part of the London experience.
Are there other better choices? Kensington, Grosvenor Square or House?? This is our first trip!
Thanks for your input,
As a first time traveler to London this coming spring who essentially planned his entire trip using Insiders ideas and tips, I can actually provide some good tips on how to get the most out of this forum as it relates to your question. Type in London in the upper left corner on this page (where it says search). It will send you to an entire list of great discussions like; Travelling to London/Re:Travelling to London/London/etc - etc. (be sure to find and read London Dining I and II). While reading the links, look to the right column; More Like This (glance over there now) and dive into any other topics about London that catches your eye.
This will give you a base knowledge to work off of regarding hotels/sightseeing/deals/meals and very importantly, ground transportation. Once you form that baseline of a gameplan, then you can zero in on specific ideas and that's where the London pros of this forum will really knock it out of the park. For example, I chose Marriott London County Hall due to its proximity to what I wanted to see/do. I learned of great meals and events nearby from jerrycoin, sg, chrisf, arkwright, pluto, gemprincess and many, many others. Learned ground transportation from airport to hotel from skiadcock and about the subway system from a whole gaggle of advisors and about good deals from blava and sg. So, it really comes down to what specifically you want to do and that's where the links I recommend come in handy, because then you can toss out an area of interest and the contributors can give you direct feedback, much more specific than a tripadvisor.
Then (showing my age) lather, rinse, and repeat for Paris. With that knowledge, the Insiders (who really know your two cities) can tell you how to max out not only individual trips to each city, but also how to plan the most effective, meaningful experience combining the two, even providing a photographic blueprint. Whew, you've got some good stuff coming your way. Best of luck.
This is "Wonderful" information!
Thanks for sharing with us, I never realized this could be done!
If you need more details on your upcoming London trip, I am sure there are plenty of MRI who will be glad to help. You won't be able "Do it all" in one trip, so pick your priorities and think of your budget! You may surprise yourself on how much you can do with a modest budget and "A little help from your friends"!
We stayed at London Marriott County Hall and loved it. Right next to the "London Eye"; right across the Thames from Big Ben and Parliament. Convenient to the Tube, but we ended up walking just about everywhere. We did take the Tube out to Abbey Road for the requisite photo crossing that famous street. Unlike Paul McCartney, however, we kept our shoes on!
For your first experience in London, the great advice of erc, and sonotraveler are right on!
London Marriott County Hall.
If you would like to walk to "The Eye", Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, and much more very close by, go for it!
The staff is "Worldly great", and the CL is small but wonderful!
Here are some photo's of their staff which will make your stay very special, they are "Pro's"!
Let us MRI know how we can help you with details!
There's you Big Red Bus to take you all around London, very reasonably. Right in front of the hotel, not Big Ben just across The Thames!
Have a great time, and let us know how we can help you!
As this is your first trip to London I wouldn't stay in the Regent's Park location. Better to spend more whether that be cash or points for a central location. The locations that I would prefer would be: Grosvenor Square or Grosvenor House Marriott. From here you would be within walking distance of Hyde Park, Green Park, Oxford Street, Regent Street, Bond Street, Piccadilly, Knightsbridge to name a few places. Or County Hall which would then give you easy access to Westminster, Strand, Covent Garden, Leicester Square.
You don't need to really use the tube around the central areas. I would mainly use for visiting South Kensington or Greenwich for the various Museums.
I'm not sure if you are travelling with children or not, but I have seen from SkiAdcocks excellent list on Flyer talk that in the Regents Park Marriott children under 16 are not permitted in the executive lounge.
If you are going by Eurostar from London to Paris then the Renaissance at St Pancras could also be an option.
I just spent two weeks in London on business and wanted to keep costs down but still stay at a Marriott property. All the Marriott properties in central London were way out of line price-wise compared to others, so I started looking at properties outside central London. I ended up at the Maida Vale location, which turned out to perfect for me. Being a short walk to the Kilburn Park tube station, it's on the Bakerloo line just a couple of stops from Paddington Station, which worked great for me since I needed to make a few trips west of London over the two weeks and there were several trains an hour for my destination from Paddington. Airport arrival and departure was a breeze since there's a Heathrow Express train serving Paddington.
So, if you're looking at economizing on room rates/points, consider Maida Vale. If having a lot of options within walking distance of your hotel is more important, look at the central London locations.
Oh Shirley, this is so funny, because we are going to London for the first time in August, and we are thinking of staying at Hyde Park. Anyone have an experience there? It looks extremely centralized. I will be following your post's answers. We also thought, our last leg of our journey, we will stay one night at the Heathrow Marriot, because they have a shuttle to the airport.
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