Although Marriott has extended everyone’s status into 2022, I’m only a few nights short of renewing my Titanium status and I think it’s worth to reach for the 75-night annual choice benefit. And my next staycation is at Marriott London Park Lane.
I’ve stayed at the Hilton, InterContinental and JW Marriott in the area and I’m not a fan of the “Park Lane” location. Although it’s very central and near Hyde Park, there isn’t anything else around. The Marriott however, is at the north end of the lane and right next to the Marble Arch station, which makes it a much better location.
You can find minimal branding on the hotel building – I have walked past it so many times but never realised that it’s a hotel. The lobby is small but nicely decorated:
I’m upgraded to an Executive Room with Hyde Park View. As it’s not a suite I didn’t expect much space anyway, however the furniture is tasteful and you can tell the money spent on them.
The marble bathroom has a Japanese toilet seat – very smart!
The “Hyde Park View” room actually has a view of the Marble Arch Mould, which was so notorious and criticised that it ended up becoming a free tourist site. It doesn’t look as bad as in those photos to be honest – I guess more work was done to it after the initial reports.
My welcome fruit platter:
The executive lounge is on the ground floor.
The lounge is retro-themed and a bit lacking in light.
From what I understood Titanium members can only have breakfast in the lounge. There isn’t much variety or frequent top-up when I come at 10am. But to give them some credit the food quality is very good.
Happy hour starts at 5pm with three hot dishes:
- Fried noodle
- Fish and chips
Also standard cheese, fruits and desserts. The offering is about average by Europe’s standard, however given how many lounges remain closed or reduced service “due to Covid”, I think the hotel’s effort deserves some appreciation.
The swimming pool is good-looking:
And there’s a steam room too. Unfortunately there’s no jacuzzi or sauna.
So in summary: great location, luxurious room and good breakfast. If you can fare a suite upgrade I think it might be one of the best Marriott options is central London, at least out of the ones that I’ve stayed at!