We are staying in London for 3 days before a baltic cruise in summer 2010. We narrowed our hotel choice to Grosvenor Square, County Hall, or Marble Arch. There are 3 in our party, including one older teenager. Which hotel is recommended? Also which sites are must see in such a short period?
You will have a great trip! Having stayed at all of the choices the one that is really appropriate for your trip would be County Hall.
Please see the pictures some from our room, some around the property. You will have an easy time getting there and around London from there.
We spent a week in London in May of this year. Although we thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the upscale JW Grosvenor Marriott, I think that the County Hall might be your better choice. I found that the one tricky thing when booking in London, is that a lot of the hotels only allow you to book the cheaper rates with 2 people per room. I was counting on getting an upgrade since our 21 year old daughter was going to be with us most of the time. And they upgraded us to a deluxe room without any problem. But to be on the safe side, there are only a few downtown Marriott hotels ( County Hall and Marble Arch included) that will allow you to book for more than 2 people. That actually was a frustration point for me. It would be worth calling the MR to make sure that you will be accomodated.
From what I have read from others on this site, the County Hall accomodates 3-4 in a room readily. And the views across the Thames are supposed to be wonderful! It is located a little bit out of the theatre district, but very close to many of the other attractions, as well as to a tube stop to get you everywhere else. I highlighted some of our favorites in a previous update when we returned.
In case you are thinking of booking at an independent hotel for your stay, I would be careful. I thought I was saving a few dollars on a previous trip to London 5 years ago, and wanted to have a "real" London experience and not go with a chain hotel, only to realize that hotel rooms are VERY small there. There is no comparison between our wonderful experience at the Marriott this time and back then. Also, if you can make it to Gold Status by next May, I think you would really love the conceirge breakfast amenities ( some are closed on weekends though) and other possible upgrades.
If you are paying cash, don't forget to check out all of the incredible incentives for London right now. Some of these may expire before summer of 2010, but it would be worth checking back frequently at the beginning of next year to see if you can get a better deal.
Hope you enjoy your trip!
Grosvenvor square 5 star We found that is was in walking distance to many sites Buckingham Palace. Two tube stops Marble Arch and Hyde Park Corner. Staff was helpful, made some phone calls for us when our driver was late picking us up one morning.
I would suggert you get a London travel pass for the tube, buses, and trains. check with a travel agent. With this you can go many places in London and surrounding areas.
I would not take the Heathrow express exspensive, take tube longer ride into london but much chreaper.
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