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You may be disinclined to stay in a chain hotel in central London, especially when there are many unique accommodation options nearby, but the Marriott Marble Arch Hotel offers a reliable standard of service and value in an excellent location, which swings the balance in its favour. Situated just a five minute walk from Marble Arch, the imposing, white Carrara marble monument, which only the royal King's Troop Artillery can officially pass through; the hotel is well placed to offer tourists the best attractions and sights London has to offer.
Rooms range from a single Guest King and Double, to Executive Lounge access King and Double rooms, where you can enjoy a complementary breakfast, canapés, newspaper, glass of wine or beer and Internet access in addition to the standard amenities. Rooms are decorated in a calm, contemporary style with bright colour accents. Beds are very comfortable, with Egyptian cotton sheets and include a hair dryer, 24-hour room service, coffee and tea facilities, an iron and ironing board, an LCD TV with pay per view movies, phones with voicemail and high-speed internet access (for a small fee).
If you've had a long day shopping you can enjoy a relaxing swim in the hotel's indoor pool or soak in the whirlpool (a real perk in a central London hotel); or sweat out your stress in the sauna and gym complex. The hotel also has a restaurant, The Brasserie Centrale, which offers reasonably priced French cuisine. If you fancy something more international there are some great options nearby, including Maroush for contemporary Lebanese food or Royal China Club for Chinese food with a twist. The Hard Rock cafe is also a short walk away for predictable but tasty, high calorie fare. If you simply fancy a snack or an aperitif before heading into nearby theatreland for the night, you can visit the Marriott Chat's cafe bar, or soak up the ambience at the exclusive Executive Club Lounge, with its impressive views over London, if your room grants you access. The hotel also offers afternoon tea, where staff will happily accommodate any allergies or food intolerances by whipping up a salad instead of sandwiches and providing gluten free scones.
The hotel's Marble Arch location, just north of Mayfair, is teeming with sights and activities to keep you occupied during your stay. It is a great area to visit with a family, with museums such as Madame Tussauds, where you can see uncanny wax facsimiles of your favourite stars; The Sherlock Holmes Museum, where you can step into the shoes of London's most renowned fictional detective; and Ripley's Believe it or Not Museum, which houses some of the strangest sights in the world; all located just 15 minutes walk from the hotel. London's largest green space, Hyde Park, is just a ten-minute walk from the hotel and offers horse rides, solar powered boat rides and the contemporary art in The Serpentine Gallery. Just beyond is the Queen's very opulent London residence Buckingham Palace, which is open for tours and offers a fascinating view into stately life.
If you are more interested in sartorial endeavours, Bond Street, Oxford Circus, Regent Street and Piccadilly Circus will satiate any shopaholic's needs, with a vast array of high street and designer shops, including Fortnum & Mason's devilishly tempting food hall, the world-renowned Topshop flagship store and Selfridges department store, where you can purchase anything from clothing to cheese.
The hotel is ideally placed in between two main tube stations. Marble Arch, just a five-minute walk down Edgware Road, services the Central line, from which you can visit many other areas of London with ease. Edgware Road tube station, ten minutes walk north of the hotel, services the District and Circle lines, which offer very direct connections to major transport hubs. You can go straight to Paddington Station (where the Heathrow Express Train terminates); or Victoria Station (where the Gatwick Express Train terminates). From the District and Central lines you can also change for the Piccadilly line, which goes directly to King's Cross St Pancras station (for a Eurostar transfer); or Heathrow Airport. If driving, the hotel is accessible via the M4 and M23 from Gatwick and Heathrow, and parking is available for a nominal fee, although guests should be aware that the hotel is within the congestion zone.
The hotel may not be able to offer the charm of London's boutique hotels, but with friendly staff who are willing to go the extra mile, excellent facilities and an unbeatable location, this chain hotel is a good choice for first time visitors who want to be in the centre of the action, and family visitors who want to have a hassle free stay. Hotel Assist recommends requesting a room on one of the upper floors to enjoy views of neighbouring Hyde Park, visiting one of the many excellent Lebanese and Turkish restaurants nearby and ensuring that any special food requests are made known to the staff, who will happily provide a delicious alternative.