My husband, 15 yo son and I traveled to London to visit friends for a weekend. We booked a King room with a pullout sofa. The day before our trip the Marriott app asked us if we wanted to check-in. I thought this was odd, but it occurred to me that some people may be arriving early morning.
The hotel isn't much to look at from the outside but it was easy to find. We checked in using the app before arriving so it was a simple matter of picking up the keycard at the desk. The staff was pleasant. The hotel layout is unique. The room floor is laid out in an infinity symbol pattern with 5 rooms in each loop. We were in the middle room.
The room itself is also an interesting layout. The door opens to a hallway with closets on each side. The end of the hall opens to a rectangular shaped room. One side has the kitchenette, the "living room" and a table against a support beam with 2 chairs. The table is rectangular and doubles as the desk. There is plenty of space for two people to work with laptops. The room is partially divided by a dresser which sticks out from the windows with a TV on a swivel mount. The dresser drawers face the bed. A very small bathroom is located next to the bed.
Even though we had a king size bed, it seemed small. I have run into this before and was told that a "hotel king" is not the same size as a king bed purchased for home use. Despite the size, it was comfortable. My bigger issue was with the bathroom. It's very small. It does have a tub/shower combo and dual sinks, but it takes some maneuvering to be in the bathroom and get the door closed. It does have really nice water pressure and the hot water gets really hot. The wall in front of the sinks is sloped so the room is narrower the further into the bathroom you go. Another small annoyance is the placement of the dresser. It's a small 6 drawer dresser, which is fine, put it's placed against the windows so the curtains are always catching in the dresser drawers. It's not a major issue but if I was staying for more than a few days I would have been tempted to move the furniture to avoid the annoyance.
The kitchenette was well equipped but we didn't use it other than to store drinks in the refrigerator. One day we went down for the continental breakfast. it's the standard fair for a Marriott. The actual food layout was good but there was very little seating available and we ended up taking our plates to our room.
The biggest issue with the hotel is parking. There is a very small, maybe 10 spaces, lot which you need a ticket for. The staff asked about a vehicle when we arrived and promptly gave us the ticket so we could park there. When the lot is full there is an underground parking garage that you can access with your keycard. There is a sharp turn as soon as you enter the garage, which is marked by a concrete pole. We had only a few inches of clearance trying to turn into it. The concrete poles are placed every two spaces, which caused a lot of people to park badly to be away from the pole, making the second space unusable. Some spaces are impossible for an SUV or van because the turn into the space is too sharp.
One thing I loved is how quiet it was. We were 2 blocks from a train rail and we never heard the train go by. Twice we heard sirens from a police car or ambulance but other than that it was really quiet.
Overall we enjoyed the stay. If we return we will likely try a different hotel within the same brand, mainly because of the parking issues.
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