I have just discovered this forum and am finding it difficult to figure out how to post a question so if this is in the wrong place, please send advice. We are planning a trip to London in October for my 70th birthday and have been looking at the various options. Many good Marriott choices but would like to ask which properties you think have the best Lounges. I have always enjoyed a good CL and when on vacation I'm going to use it in making my decision.
Happy upcoming 70th!
If you have not been to London before I really suggest County Hall Marriott. You can see pictures and read various posts on this centrally located hotel.
Go to the MI sight and pull up London and read and see the various posts.
You can contact me directly to get detailed information as well!
It has not changed that much, and you are lucky you are going after the Olympics.
Go to the Marriott Website, pull up London Hotels, you do not have to give a date, you won't really be able to shop this early anyway. Just look at the various choices and you will be able to see them on a London map.
County Hall, is on the Thames, next to the London Eye, and across the river from Big Ben and Westminster Abbey, etc.
We have commuted by taxi to the theatre district and never had a problem.
Feel free to ask any travel questions on this site, and all of us will do our best to save you time and money!
We stayed at the Grosvenor house last year for a week before a transatlantic cruise. Concierge lounge was terrific...breakfast, tea and drinks/snacks late afternoon. Staff was very helpful and pleasant. One morning when it was quite crowded, they sent us for complimentary buffet in the restaurant. Would certainly return. Close to underground and buses and very easy to get around. Very nice, reasonable Bistro, just a block or so from the taxi entrance.
Hi Betty, although we only live 40 miles from London, we sometimes stay overnight when we go to the theatre. There are quite a few good Marriotts in London but I believe (my wife agrees) that County Hall has the best CL. As Jerry states above, County Hall is pretty convenient for the theatres and is a great location. If you want any dining suggestions let me know ... Claridges do a great fixed-price Sunday Lunch ... well worth a visit.
Wow, you will have a great perspective on London.
Dining, would you share me your thoughts on certain places:
Simpson's in the Strand, A great pre-theatre as well as post theatre place, famous for it's beef. Winston Churchill loved the Beef Wellington here. Worth it, and not expensive, by London standards.
River Cafe, Not worth it, overpriced and not even fun.
Gordon Ramsey's on Hospital Road, expensive, but really special. They treat you very, very special. Will go there everytime in London.
Gay Hussar, fantastic goose, Hungarian, and a special time.
The Audley, great pub, by the Marriott Grosvenor, and what a crowd they attract.
The Grenadier, Near Harrod's but a little hard to find, but great fish and chips with peas.
The Stockpot, all over town, but a great value on pasta.
You are making me hungry just writing about these places, maybe we should just concentrate on pubs, "Sherlock Holmes, or Hung, Drawn and Quartered along with Blackfriars, would be a start!
You have certainly picked some great dining locations there.
Simpson's is outstanding ... I've only used it on business ... I like the idea of using it pre-theatre ... a great prompt, thanks.
I agree the River Cafe is not worth the bother.
Never been to Ramsey's on Hospital Road ... I may give that a try, based on your recommendation. I like Claridges (apart from the cocktail prices!) and The Maze (the taster menu was great fun for lunch) - these are both Ramsey's too (which you may already know?)
It's been a while since I was at the Gay Hussar or The Audley ... but love The Grenadier - a fairly basic menu but the pub atmosphere is excellent
We've seen the Stockpots but not yet been tempted ... we are normally looking for a 'different' restaurant when in London.
Have you tried any of these? They are among our favourites ...
Positano - Battersea ... a little Italian gem but getting a bit too well known now (unfortunately!) ... great prices, great food and great service
Le Caprice - in St James', just behind the Ritz Hotel ... we love to have a champagne cocktail (or two) in the Ritz Rivoli Bar first and then walk round to the restaurant (apparently the Rivoli is Madonna's favourite bar when in London - I've never seen her there though)
Latium - just off Oxford St ... great Italian fixed price ... needs to be booked
Arbutus - Frith St ... some unusual dishes, so worth checking the daily menu
Christopher's - Covent Garden area ... nice upstairs dining area, food has always been excellent but service can be patchy
Vivat Bacchus - Farringdon ... South African style food and great SA wine selection (could break the budget, if your not careful) ... sometimes have live music
Oxo Tower - Southbank ... great views across London in the evening ... ask for a window table
Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese - Fleet Street ... very historic pub ... great for lunch (pub fare)
It's now 11pm here and I am thinking that it would be nice to get some supper somewhere!
Thanks for your "London" suggestions on dining! Am always looking for new places to dine! These photo's may bring back good memories for you. If you have a special event and want to dine at Gordon Ramsey's on Hospital Rd, it's very special. The staff is most professional and the food is great!
In my opinion the concierge lounge at Grosvenor Square is a bit better than Grosvenor House; a bit more modern and airy. I used to like the lounge at the Renaissance in Holborn but alas, the hotel was sold to another group.
Favourite lounge in Europe to date is at the Berlin Marriott, followed by Grosvenor Square, Prague and perhaps Amsterdam Marriott after that. Grosvenor House is great for afternoon tea in the lounge if you can be there at the right time.