The Marriott Marble Arch served as a good home base for our week visit to London. It’s located on George St, off Edgware Road which is near Hyde Park. It's a fifteen minute walk to the Edgware tube station (District, Circle, Bakerloo lines) and Marble arch tube station (Central line) so we got around easily. Edgware road has lots of buses that run up and down so that's also an option that we took advantage of especially when we were tired of walking. It’s also near the Paddington train station where you can pick up the Heathrow Express. The taxi drivers pointed out Tony Blair’s current residence which is only a few blocks away.
Our room was on the 11th floor and we were able to see Kensington Gardens and Albert hall from our window. Breakfast downstairs in the restaurant has more variety than in the executive lounge on the 12th floor, although the executive lounge is quieter and has the same great view I mentioned above.
The concierges were very helpful whenever we had a question and the staff was warm and friendly. They work hard to keep the place running. My wife left a bag in the restroom downstairs and within minutes a staff member found it and brought it to lost and found where we were able to recover it.
Just a word about Edgware Road. It has a strong middle eastern feel to it, lots of wonderful shops and restaurants with people sitting in seats outside cafes smoking water pipes. If you are sensitive to smoke, this might bother you as you walk by. The signage is both English and Arabic so it has the feel that I imagine one would get in metropolitan Beirut. I heard that a British Iranian comedian said about Edgware Road - "after Damascus, Mecca and Medina, is the most Islamic place on the planet.” A few blocks over is Marlybone – High St which by contrast has a more traditional “British” feel to it. I mention this because our flight got in late, we jumped out to get a quick bite to eat on Edgeware road, and couldn’t find the traditional English atmosphere that we were looking for. We didn’t feel like we were in London. That feeling passed in the subsequent days, but first impressions matter a little when you are on vacation in a new place.
My wife commented that the workout room was OK, but not great.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to the four star luxury London Marriott Hotel Marble Arch with its newly renovated bedrooms. You’ll love their new Apple TV technology, deluxe bedding and contemporary new colour palette of whites, dove grey and aqua marine blue as well as high-speed Wi-Fi. Our Marylebone hotel is within walking distance of many of Central London’s most captivating landmarks including Buckingham Palace, Hyde Park, Mayfair and Oxford Street shopping. Guests staying in our executive rooms get exclusive access to our top floor Executive Lounge, offering panoramic views, free breakfast, drinks and canapés. In addition, enjoy complimentary access to the fully equipped Leisure Club with extensive gym and pool. Savour British gastro fare in our restaurant with local, seasonal produce. Guests seeking the perfect venue for a business meeting or social occasion will be delighted with our flexible, light-filled event space and our knowledgeable catering teams. Discover your gateway to the heart of London. ... more less
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