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previously I wrote "Fairly Good Hotel But Note Your Prices" on the std. room
Peaceful but exciting
My sister and I visited this hotel for a weekend in September 2004. We had a great time and couldn't recommend it enough. Spotlessly clean, spacious and a wonderful area for watching the world go by at one of the many bars, cafes etc if the weather is favourable. The LDR is a safe, easy to use transport system that links up with London's main tube stations. A Sunday morning trip to Greenwich market is recommended, where an abundance of local and more exotic products are sold and here you can also visit the Cutty Sark.
This was an excellent hotel in the newly developed financial district in London. It is not in the centre of the city but only a 15 minute tube ride. Our room was adequately sized, everything was new and sparkling clean. The bathroom was a good size, included tub and shower (used both). Had never had such good housekeeping as we did here. They would even pick up and straighten up anything out of order instead of just making the bed and refreshing the towels.
Beautiful location, great amenities & easy access to transportation are some of the highlights of my stay at the West India Quay Marriot. It's a little intimidating to be a young single female traveling alone through London but I felt safe there.
I'm a regular to London, visiting every 3-4 months. I stayed in the West India Quay over the weekend and it was worth the price Of 80pounds (about $155 USD). I needed a place to stay for my first night due to the fact the hotel was DOUBLE the price+ (translating back to about $320 USD) per night on weekdays (This was a Thursday). I would definitely not pay over 90 pounds for the hotel unless you are getting a "Executive room/executive suite"... I stayed in a quality room (std.). Something that mislead me was the fact they show a beautiful tower over-looking the Canary Wharf. This is not the case - there is a little back-part of the tower that has a different styling that is less-impressive and not-really-a-tower period = this is where you will stay unless you get an executive-suite/room. I do recommend this hotel, I just tell you this so you will be informed. I was excited to think that I would be staying in the tower, only to be let-down with a room overlooking the DLR (Docklands Light Rail) in the cheaper section of the hotel that is like the back-part of the tower. (There's the curved tower, a rectangle-like back, then a square behind that... the square is where the Marriott is) The room was very very nice. It took a sec for me to figure out the whole ON-OFF wall-power ports. Nice modern room and bathroom. The hotel is soundproofed, so If you end up in front of the train station no big deal. I would absolutely not pay the weekday price however. Go to Four Seasons Canary Wharf for the weekday price, but this hotel is well worth the weekend price of 60-90 GBP. ($120-200 USD). Modern, Clean, friendly and very helpful staff (got a Q? ask the room-service guy!). I would honestly go for a executive room next time as to be in front of Canary Wharf... Though I wouldn't pay any more then 40 GBP pounds for it. Another thing is Marriott in general > *after* i made my booking it told me a NON smoking room is not available, and the KING bed is not available.... When i asked at check in they told me it was-and-is available (?? screwy website?)... They also checked me in about 6hours early *surprised*
My family and i, comprising 2 adults and 2 children aged 12/10, stayed here for the weekend. We loved it. I agree with all the great things previous reviewers have said ( bar one gentleman who had a bad experience)
A friend and I stayed at the amazing Marriott London West India Quay from Nov 25- 28, 2004. I love the location, the hotel, the staff, the rooms. The hotel is pretty new and boy does it show. The architecture in West India Quay is mainly glass and steel and the hotel is just that way. The rooms are decorated in an ultra-modern fashion but still felt warm and homey. I found the room to be spacious and the bathroom was very roomy. The staff was very hospitable - we called down to get a bucket of ice delivered because the machine was broken and there was a knock on our door no later than 30 seconds after we had hung up (remarkable orientation to customer service in my book!). The location is great because West India Quay is a financial district so there's not really any other tourists around like you might find at hotels in the more downtown locations. West India Quay boasts a variety of restaurants, pubs and shopping - I could have just stayed in West India Quay and kept busy and entertained for 3 days. The hotel is literally a 6 minute walk to the Canary Wharf tube station (which in and of itself is a site to be seen!) and then a quick 15 minute ride to all the touristy/downtown areas. The streets are clean and as two females walking back to the hotel in the late night, it felt very safe. If you'd rather take the light rail, the West India Quay station is less than a minutes' walk from the hotel - the station is above ground so it's literally above one of the hotel entrances. I would stay here again for my next London trip. I don't like the feeling of staying amongst droves of obnoxious tourists so this is a great place for you if you share my sentiment. It's set just far enough outside downtown so there's no tourists around and close enough that it's a quick ride into town. Book here...you won't regret it!
The only thing that is 5-star is the bill. The rooms were hot, halls were oven-hot, fire alarms sound in the middle of the night, no hot water one morning, phone didn't work at first (then was charged $3.00 for picking it up), had a mini-bar charge just for looking (the computerized mini bar worked!), no hot water in the sink, interactive TV services didn't work. Restaurant staff was inattentive. Asked the concierge for directions to the London City Airport and he didn't know. He did call someone to ask for directions and after a couple of hours provided a map. There is no pool nearby and the pool at the closest heath club costs $10 a swim. The hotel's health club was tastefully decorated, dimly light, and below standards for a "5-star" hotel. Avoid this hotel. There are better values in London and service too. On the plus side: turndown was good, the room was clean, and the Canary Wharf location had good access to the Tube and tons of shopping. Also, see other realistic review of this hotel on this site by searching for "London: Marriott Executive Apartments - London Canary Wharf."
Just an unbelievable hotel experience! I stayed 3 nights during the week it opened (around the 19th of June 2004).