Search for cheapest prices: Marriott Park Lane Hotel
With a name that is synonymous with high-quality service and a prime location in one of London's most expensive districts, just opposite Hyde Park, the London Marriott Hotel Park Lane has to aim high to meet guest expectations. Luckily this hotel's austere 18th century facade combined with welcoming contemporary interiors are all up to standard, and offer comparably reasonable room rates for a hotel so close to Park Lane.
One particular draw is the hotel's staff, who have been praised by many previous guests for their friendliness and attention to detail. They are proven to be willing to help with any out of the ordinary, guest needs such as providing hypo-allergenic pillows if needed, posing for a photo with the liveried doorman or simply reserving tickets for a show in the nearby Theatreland district, they will be happy to oblige.
Rooms available at the hotel include Club, Executive and Suite and are decorated in calm contemporary styles, with elegant finishes and mood-lifting accents of colour. The Executive rooms are worth paying a little extra for the complementary breakfast, preferable views acrossHyde Parkand access to the Executive Lounge, but all rooms are well appointed.
More unusual in-room amenities such as bathrobes, slippers and a lighted make-up mirror are nice touches alongside the standard LCD TV with on-demand movies, direct dial telephone with voicemail, mini bar and coffee making facilities. Wireless Internet access is also available in the rooms for a fee, so you may be better off using the free Wi-Fi in the Starbucks or Caffe Nero on Curzon Street nearby.
The hotel has a well-renowned restaurant and bar, 140 Park Lane, which offers AA Rosette standard steaks and grills. If you fancy something a little lighter, although still generously portioned, you can enjoy afternoon tea, finger food and cocktails in the bar instead. The hotel also houses a well-equipped gym and a swimming pool so you can take a refreshing dip after a day's sight seeing.
In regards to sight seeing you really couldn't be in a better location. The hotel is mere minutes away from the Marble Arch monument, which can only be traversed by the royal family and the King's Troop. If you want to indulge in some retail therapy,Oxford Street,Bond StreetandRegent Streetare all within 10 minutes walk from your base, with a huge range of shops and restaurants, including the famed department store Selfridges and the unique designer boutiques within the Topshop flagship store. If the hotel's restaurant doesn't appeal, cheap and cheerful options include Bella Pasta and Carluccio's, or for an unforgettable gastronomic experience try Gordon Ramsay's Maze and innovative French dining atPearl. If you are travelling with kids they will love the famous Madame Tussaud's waxwork museum, which is just a six-minute stroll, or you can solve a mystery at theSherlockHolmesMuseum, also six minutes away. If the weather is pleasant,Hyde Parkoffers a wide range of outdoor activities and is perfect for a stroll, horse ride or picnic.
The hotel is well placed for transport in and outside ofLondon. Marble Arch tube is just a five-minute walk away. This station services the Central line, from which you can access many other centralLondonsights. You are also just one tube stop away fromGreenParktube station, which services the Jubilee,Victoriaand Piccadilly lines. From here you have direct links to Victoria Station (where the Gatwick Express Train terminates); King's Cross St Pancras Station (where the Eurostar terminates); andHeathrowAirport, which can be reached via the Piccadilly line. If you are driving to the hotel, it is situated just off the main A4 road, which can be accessed via the M4 and M25; however, guests should note that the hotel is in the congestion charge zone. Car parking is available off-site at the Bryanston St NCP facility and also at the hotel itself.
Being situated onPark Lane amongst some of London's most exclusive hotels means that room rates can be pricy but reasonable compared to nearby accommodation options. Whilst they are comfortable and tastefully decorated, rooms do err towards the predictable style of corporate hotels, so if you fancy something a bit more unique you may want to look elsewhere for something more quintessentially British.
To make your stay more enjoyable, Hotel-Assist recommends requesting a room overlooking Hyde Park, on one of the upper floors so the nightclubs nearby do not disturb you.