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Within London, there is no shortage of Marriott properties. Some of the key features I look for though, is convenience to transportation, redemption value, and status recognition. I ultimately decided on the London Marriott Park Lane due to its proximity to the Marble Arch Underground station along with the executive lounge access for Marriott Bonvoy Platinum Elite members and above. Due to a flight delay, I arrived closer to midnight for check-in, but the desk was still fully staffed.
During the check-in process, we were given hot towels, chocolates, and a refreshing juice shot which was much needed after barely catching the last Heathrow Express out of the airport. Normally we would have decided on other options to get down to the city centre, but considering that we would be arriving late, we just wanted to get to bed as soon as we arrived. If you decide on catching the Heathrow Express, a tip is to book far in advance as they offer discounts and even greater discounts during off-peak travel times.
We were assigned room 432 on the 4th floor. Unless you are in one of the suites, there isn’t too big of a noticeable difference in square footage between the deluxe versus superior rooms. Throughout the hotel and the rooms were colour schemes of white, grey, and purple, which worked quite well together. By the nightstand were some chocolates and bottles of water that was replenished daily.
The refrigerator in the room was impractical and left little to no room for personal use as it was filled with products for purchase.
Within the room, there were two different closets. One contained an iron, umbrella, bathrobes, hangers, slippers, and some space for storage. The other closet had the hairdryer, a bag to place your clothes for laundry service, and the room safe. There was also a coffee machine, kettle, and a drawer filled with biscuits and tea bags.
Despite a smaller space, the marbling freshened and lightened up the bathroom. I was surprised to find out that there was a Japanese Toto toilet along with full bidet functions. The shower had a bench area to sit, but the water never really could reach that far from the shower head.
After a long nights rest, it was time to check out the executive lounge for breakfast. Marriott Bonvoy Platinum Elite members and above gain access to the executive lounge located down the hallway from the main hotel lobby. Access is granted by scanning your room card against a pad on the wall. The executive lounge is open from 6:00 AM until midnight and has different offerings for breakfast, afternoon tea, evening snack, and evening drinks.
Complimentary newspapers are provided just after you enter the executive lounge.
For seating, there are a couple of options from the smaller room off to the side of the entrance to the main dining area. Although the space is quite small, there was never any wait to find a table.
Throughout our stay, the breakfast options remained relatively consistent. There were your usual eggs, bacon, sausages, fresh fruits, along with different types of breads for toasting. Underneath the countertops contained the drink fridges which had bottled sparkling water, still water, juice, and pop. On a table off to the side was fresh apple, orange, and mango juice.
We ended our day of exploring London early one evening and decided to check out the evening snack spread. It happened to be a Sunday and the executive lounge was serving Sunday roast.
For evening drinks, there were a few bottles of beer and wine sitting in an ice bath along with candies and chips.
One of the biggest benefits to the London Marriott Park Lane is the proximity to the Marble Arch station located just across the street from the hotel. The rooms are decently sized and if anything, may be considered slightly larger than your average London hotel room. Although the executive lounge had more or less the same breakfast offerings, it didn’t bother me too much as the food was cooked fresh and consistently replenished. If I were to stay in London again, this area would definitely be on my list, but I would also want to check out the neighbouring The London EDITION, JW Marriott Grosvenor House, or the London Marriott Hotel County Hall.
From a young age, Colin’s family travelled together from Japan to Thailand as well as take the occasional family road trip. This led to an interest in global affairs and an international exchange to the United States where he made friends from all around the world. When walking down the airplane aisle to the back of the plane, he always dreamed of a day where he would be able to sit at the front in the premium seats. After stumbling upon the points and miles community, he is now proud to be seated among those he marvelled at as a child.