My husband and I will be raveling to London in May and are trying to decide which Marriott hotel to call home. Price, location (at least near the subway), in that order are the main considerations. Having a gym would also be nice, but not necessary. We hope also to use points for part of our stay. Any thoughts on the Marriott near Marble Arch or Park Lane? We'll be there for 8 or 9 days. Comments regarding the helpfulness of staff would also be welcomed as well as any experiences using points at Marriott properties in London. Thanks!
As a UK Citizen living, having lived in the US for some years now, I often travel back to the UK both for business and leisure. I can tell you that the both the Marble Arch and Park Lane properties are first class. However I prefer the Park Lane property for its great location, its in a great convenient part of this magnificent city. The staff - goes without sayin are first class - everything youd expect from a signature Marriot property. Price varies - I do believe that there are some weekend 'deals' available - also point redemption would be no problem, expect to pay around 50,000 points per night.*
* Please check this figure as it was my bes guess!!!
Happy Travels - enjoy my home city !!
I've travelled frequently to London for business and have stayed at both the Marriott Marble Arch and Park Lane Hotels. My absolute favourite however, is the Rennaisance Chancery Court hotel. The location is great (close to Holborn station) and the staff are fantastic. The Park Lane is also a great choice, particulalry for proximity to Oxford Street and tube station, so I would recommend Park Lane over Marble Arch for location.Marble Arch is ususally less expensive but you have a longer walk to the tube station and it isn't as well situated. Best of Luck
Thanks so much for your recommendation! We selected the Park Lane and will be there for 8 nights. (it's our 30th anniversary!) I am lucky as I'm getting 5 of the 8 nights with points, including 2 days of free breakfasts. I used a combination of Marriott and American Express points. I must say Marriott and American Express worked cheerfully and tirelessly with me to coordinate this. I even had a 3-way conversation that American Express initiated.
Now, I could use some recommendations for reasonable and good restaurants near the hotel and also near Garrick Theatre and Victoria Palace Theatre. I've already booked two shows on line. Any other restaurant recommendations would be appreciated, especially near the Park Lane. Thanks so much!!
You are both in for a very special time!
If you can, take the Eurostar for the day to Paris and just ride the open air bus for a day in Paris and take the evening Eurostar back to London. You will have a day you will never forget.
As far as restaurants are concerned, if you like Indian food then London is your kind of place. I always make it a point to stop in at Gaylord India on Mortimer Street, but there are literally hundreds of others.
Since my first trip to London more than 20 years ago, their restaurants have really come a long way. My experience with getting a recommendation from the concierge has always been mixed (not at this hotel but others). I think they tend to steer customers towards places that they "benefit" from and those places more than likely are expensive.
My advice to you is either wing it or buy a used copy of the Zagat guide for London on eBay or Amazon. I've done this for my past few trips to Paris and London and didn't regret it.
Lastly, I'm sure you will like the Marriott Park Lane. As I've written here earlier, the hotel is perfectly situated, is steps away from the Marble Arch tube station, has a great staff but the rooms are a bit on the teeny side.
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