London Marriott Hotel Marble Arch
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- Continental Breakfast
- Free parking
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TravelPod Member ReviewsThe Colonial Inn at Historic Smithville
The room was spacious. The service was courteous and prompt. The views were fantastic. The location was perfect. The hotel was an excellent location to begin an experience exploring London. The staff was responsive without being intrusive. Highly recommended.
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Colonial Inn at Historic Smithville
Good hotel but won't go back...
The hotel was clean, and the rooms very quiet. The hotel was full and we never heard any noise at all from our neighbors. The restaurant food was very good. Bathroom was a bit small. I agree with the negative comments regarding the arabic establishments surrounding this hotel. In the evening there were middle eastern men filling all of the outside chairs and standing around the arabic restaurants. I would have been terrified of walking down the streets without my husband and kids. Only because of this, I would not consider staying at this Marriott again. There was a Marriott closer to Hyde Park that looked much to be a much safer location.
About 3 years ago in July, my husband and I stayed at your hotel for 10 days. We had a great time. The staff treated us very well. We will be coming back hopfully July of 2006. We are looking forward to itl
Mrs. Theresa Haasz
Liked the hotel, but not the neighborhood
Stayed on Christmas eve - at the end of our vacation. We had chunneled in from Paris and took the tube - not realizing that the hotel was several blocks from the tube station. We found the neighborhood rather disconcerting - entirely Arabic. The room itself was nice. Our rate included 2 breakfasts - unfortunately there were 4 of us - so we had to pay for the 2 additional breakfasts - almost $30 each !! Most of the hotel guests appeared to be airline personnel. I would not stay here again - the surrounding neighborhood was a major drawback.
Very nice boutique type hotel
We stayed there on vacation for an 8 day period over Thanksgiving 2003.
The small lobby and pleasant staff created a very nice small hotel type atmosphere. The rooms were excellent, as was the buffet breakfast (smoked salmon, bacon, ham, cooked to order eggs, and everything you could want). Very pleasant waitresses. Very nice pool and health club.
The hotel was only a 7 minute walk to London's main shopping area. The bus stopped (every few minutes), about 100 yards from the door. We almost cancelled because of the negative comments we read about the neighborhood. It is in an almost exclusively middle eastern neighborhood. However, the five block walk to Oxford St. is lined with businesses and restaurants and we always felt safe in walking. The hotel is a 5 pound cab ride from paddington station. We would definitely stay there again. We previously stayed a week at the London Marriott, County Halll. That hotel is wonderful, yet I preferred Marble Arch because it was such a convenient walk to shopping and restaurants.
As a frequent guest at Marriott I have access to the Concierge lounge.
The morning meal at the lounge is tremendous, but my room rate included my breakfast so I didn't eat there. The evening snacks were so so. Glad I didn't cancel.
Nice hotel, strange location
My mother and I stayed here during a recent shopping trip. The hotel itself was fine but I did not care for the location. The tube stop is several blocks away which was very inconvenient for my elderly mother.
The neighborhood was interesting as well and a little disconcerting.
Two women walking alone after dark (shortly after the theatre) did get some comments which made us uncomfortable. There are a few restuarants and pubs nearby but you would do better to eat before you come/go to the hotel. Overall, if you want an American hotel and a Marriott, try to Grovenors. You'll be much happier. It is much closer to transportation, shopping, various eating places, etc.
Interesting part of town
This was a fairly nice hotel but the location for an American hotel seemed odd. It was located in the Marble Arch area which is heavily populated by Arabics. Almost all of the signs and everything were in Arabic. This would not have been such a problem had this been pre-9-11, but being only 18 months past 9-11, we received a few dirty looks, but other than that it isn't much of a problem. The hotel doesn't seem that far from most of the sights (a couple of miles), but with traffic it can easily turn in to a 20-minute drive. ***A tip, get a driver or a cab because London's roads are so oddly formed that it is very easy to get lost.
Prett good hotel
We spent the weekend here. It was nice to get back to American hotel standards after various B&B's in Ireland. Room was typical. Windows opened only a crack, and they were fixing the A/C that weekend, (and it was hot!), so that was a bit of a drawback.Seemed a popular place for couples with kids. First time to the pool, we had to leave because of the screaming. Second time we had a quiet window to relax in the Jacuzzi. Facilities were decent, but tile floor seemed a bit mildewing in places.Staff was great. Always a plus - one conciererge was a bit too poetic when answering our questions about a restaurant, but we eventually found one without his help.Neighborhood is very Lebanese - many restaurants to choose from. Many young people hanging out on the streets late into the night.Nearby Internet Cafe was a plus. Metro was a bit of a hike, but busses stopped close by.If you can afford it, why not?
Great deal through Priceline
Tipped off by an airline hostess (or cabin personnel, if you wish) that Priceline really could deliver great hotel rooms at discount prices, I tried it for London. Got a beautiful room at a 75% discount (taxes included in the price I paid!). Over-sized thick towels, too! Right on the bus line and the Central tube (which, however, wasn't running all the time I was there). I never would have considered staying in an American hotel abroad, but after this experience, I may relent (after two weeks of traveling, it was great to have a comfortable bed, big bathroom, and lots of amenities) and a bargain to boot. Tea at the Lanesborough is not to sneezed at either. And a bit more of the "American experience," my proper young waiter was from Roswell, New Mexico!
Very Pleased With This Hotel
We stayed the last week of November 2002. The hotel was recently refurbished, very clean, comfortable, and conveniently located. Staff was always pleasant and most helpful. We stayed on one of the two floors which offer free access to the executive lounge that serves a generous breakfast and cocktail hour snacks. Fruit, cocoa and other snacks available all day and late at night. The dining room food was good, but not great. The pool and gym are good. Many Middle Eastern restaurants are nearby on Edgware Road; there's no shopping in the hotel's immediate vicinity. The location does require a 10-minute walk to the Underground. This is an excellent value among London hotels.
Great staff made our stay special
Our visit to London was enhanced by the great staff at this property. From helping us pick restaurants, to advance purchase of tickets for events in town, they were perfect. Great breakfast buffet each morning got our day off to a good start. The hotel location is convenient to all the sites in London, without all the traffic and congestion. Not your typical Marriott, rather more intimate and managable. Good luck and have fun.
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