planning a trip in the Fall to London Paris Barcelona - probably in that order. Planning to spend 6-7 days in each city.
would like to book with Marriott - puzzled about which to choose from all the great hotels. Stayed at the Renaissance Marriott
Trocadero in Paris last time and would definitely go back there.
Have never been to London or Barcelona - what would be a good location to stay? Also, what are some of the highlights and side trips we should plan on?
Welcome to Marriott Rewards Insiders. It sounds like you have a great trip ahead of you and planning should be fun. I am sure other Insiders will reply with great recommendations, but to get you started let me share a recent thread created by jerrycoin about one of his favorite London properties: Re: London County Hall!
I would also encourage you to use the search box in the top right to find helpful information as you plan your trip. Here are a few threads to get you started:
Please continue participating in the community and be sure to share highlights of your trip once you return.
Welcome to the Insiders community. I see that you have already "met" two of our expert Insiders already. jakeal provided with you with some great suggestions. Your trip sounds amazing, those are three of my favorite cities in Europe. Though, I am biased having lived in Barca for 6 months. Enjoy!
erc wrote a great report on his London trip.
this should give you some helpful tips for a first time visitor.
some more useful London information here:
Barcelona is a great city, we are heading back there again later in the year.
this can give you a few ideas:
we loved the gaudi architecture of the city:
we took the hop on hop off bus as the city is quite spread out.
Miro museum was good, tour of Barcelona stadium and museum was also very good.
There is plenty to see, this is just a few ideas you will not be bored.
if you had some time a good side trip would be to Montserrat:
It looks like you have some great destinations picked out! London is one of my favorite cities and has 2 of my favorite Marriott's. Depending on what you are looking for St. Pancras Renaissance would be my top recommendation. It sits atop the train station for the Eurostar, so it makes getting over to Paris super easy. Its also right by one of the main train, tube and bus stations so getting to anywhere in London is a piece of cake. Its an amazing property with its history and structure and definitely worth a look around. When I took my mom to London last year and we pulled up at the hotel all she could say was "Wow".
If you want to be more in the middle of the tourist area then I would recommend the JW Marriott Grovsner House. Its right across the street from Hyde Park and the on/off bus stops. We stayed there on our honeymoon and loved it. Also check packages and offers, breakfast is super pricey in London so if you can get a rate that includes breakfast you'll be way ahead, on our honeymoon breakfast was ~40-50 pounds a day for 2 and we weren't even getting a full English. Full English is ~30 pounds a piece but definitely worth experiencing at least once.
For Paris I haven't stayed at that Marriott but we loved the Renaissance Arc De Triumph. Its in a trendy fun neighborhood, close to the subway and nice rooms. Though it sounds like you have that mapped out.
For Barcelona, I can't recommend a hotel b/c we did not stay at a Marriott and it was a big let down but not our choice. I would definitely second the recommendation to visit Montserrat though. Very worth the trip but watch when you go as the church closes for mass for ~2 hours in the middle of the day.
Overall it sounds like you have quite the trip planned! I look forward to seeing how it develops.