I have Gold Elite status and I'm heading to London in April hoping to use the benefits. Would I still receive the same benefits as I do here in the states i.e. free wi-fi, lounge access? I'm planning on staying at either the JW Marriott, Grosvenor House or the St. Pancras Renaissance, but I've read where their lounges are for Platinum Elite status only. Do access to certain benefits depend on the hotel?
I'm using points/cash for the rooms and I really don't wish to stay in such opulence, but reviews seem to show that these Marriott properties are convenient to tube stations and they seem to be the only ones with doubles available to redeem points. Would lower tier hotels, 6-8, provide more Gold Elite benefits?
You have a wonderful schedule, but can I recommend an alternative place?
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Golds have the same lounge access and benefits in London as throughout the world, with the sole exception of the St Pancras Ren, which as stated by Vicki is the only one to restrict lounge access by calling it a club.
For Plats, St Pancras has much to commend it on a London tourist trip, since proximity to the tube (subway) is in reality the most important location, and the St Pancras stands directly on top of the tube station! The St Pancras club lounge is easily the best I've experienced. However as a Gold you'd be excluded so I would look elsewhere.
The JW Grosvenor House is one of London's traditional grand hotels, but surprisingly good rates can be found here. It seems to routinely upgrade it's elites, as I've found over the years as both Gold and Plat. The exec lounge is good and the hotel is opposite Hyde Park. It's a 10 min walk to the nearest tube.
The Marriott Grosvenor Square is a 5 minute walk from the tube, again it upgrades well and the lounge is decent. It's just off Oxford Street if you like shopping.
All the above are 5* hotels and their charges reflect that. The Marble Arch Marriott is most definitely 4*, upgrades it's elites and has a good exec lounge. Again it's a 5 minute walk from the tube, but in a much less salubrious area than the 2 Grosvenors.
In the central area there's also County Hall, which is next to the London Eye, opposite the Houses of Parliament and an easy walk to the Tate. There's also the Park Lane Marriott. It's next door to the tube at the very top of Oxford Street. I've never stayed at either of these 2 as their rates always been expensive compared to the above.
Finally I reckon both Maida Vale and West India Quay Marriotts are worth considering. Both are good hotels with nice exec lounges that upgrade elites well. Maida Vale is in a predominantly residential area within a 5 minute walk of the tube and West India Quay is on Canary Wharf and right next door to the DLR, which is part of the London tube system. Both of these are much cheaper than the more central options listed above.