Historical Traveller Reviews of Marriott London Hotel Regents Park
Con, not very close to Central London
from A TripAdvisor Member
The hotel is an average 3 star hotel and not very close to Central London. In the middle of nowhere and should operate under the 'Marriott' name.
Good Value for Money, Especially with Kids
This hotel works well for a family with children. Rooms can connect and are large (with two decent beds) and well equipped by London standards for the price. The large inviting breakfast buffet and indoor swimming pool are appealing to children. The location is certainly not central London (it would take 20 minutes on the tube to get to Oxford Street) but is well served by train connections, is walking distance to Primrose Hill park, and has the advantage of two movie theatres in the vicinity. This isn't a "charming" choice, but is very practical for families who want to stay someplace decent on a budget. It also has a convenient car garage.
My family and I stayed here in August, and we all enjoyed it. The service was excellent, esp the bell man, I don't know his name, but he was quite cheery. The rooms were clean and modern. It was a nice change, compared to the dump we stayed in Torquay the previous two nights. I enjoyed the fact that this place had balconies. A big plus. I am a smoker, but I don't like smoking in the same room as my son, so it was nice to stand out there instead of running down to the hotel lobby and outside, like the other places we stayed. The only thing, I didn't like was the beds, the mattresses were too soft, but that wouldn't stop me coming here. As long as I didn't have sleep in them for too long. I know it was out of the way, but I much rather stay here, than go to one of those awful budget tourist hotels closer to the attractions, which my husband and I did once years ago. Terrible. We also got a good deal over the net when we booked, and it was one of the cheaper places we stayed at, during our England trip. I would stay here again in a flash.
A bit out of the way
This Hotel was fine for a Marriott. It wasn't the nicest Marriott I've stayed in but it wasn't the worst either. The room was large and clean. The lobby was always crowded and smoky. Breakfast was more than a bit overpriced. The hotel is located within a 5 minute walk of the Swiss Cottage tube station which meant we could be anywhere in the city within 30 minutes. There are a couple of cafes near by for a better value breakfast and a Marks & Spencer food shop also for snacks or lunch items.
We spent 7 nights and it seemed every time we passed the front desk it was crowded. The pool area was well kept and the sauna/steam room helped ease our legs after a day of sightseeing. The gym area was large and well stocked with quite a bit of high end equipment.
For the same price (we used Marriott reward points) you could be closer to the center of London if you want. Now that I’m more familiar with the city I would say that this is a little out of the way for touring London.
Non smokers beware
from A TripAdvisor Member
We have stayed at this hotel for several years. It seems to have a new policy of not confirming non-smoking rooms in advance. If you get a smokers room, it can be more like fire damaged - yellowed and really not a pleasant place for fresh air breathers to sleep. It is also going slowly downhill when compared to the standards of a few years ago. Last comment, 6 porno channels on open display in the room literature led to some awkward questions with our youngest (Marriot had mormon origins - how do they square the porno channels with the religious folk back in the bible belt I do not know !)
d expect from a Marriott
Stayed in November 2005 and the hotel is just what you'd expect from a Marriott. Clean rooms, efficient staff etc, etc. There’s a leisure club with pool that we didn’t go into but it looked fine and not too busy. Our room was a good size with two double beds. We tried for a king sized bed but they didn’t have any. Breakfast was good with a great selection and they charged what seems to be the standard £16 charge these days. Car parking is available underneath and outside the hotel at £15 for 24 hours which I thought was pretty good for London. There were a couple of weddings on when we stayed and we weren’t bothered by the noise at all. The bar and resturant are smallish but well run and there's also a small shop selling newspapers, toothpaste etc.
As mentioned previously it’s more Swiss Cottage than Regents Park but that’s no bad thing. Swiss Cottage tube is a 5 min walk around the corner which is on the Jubilee Line (10 mins to Bond Street station). We got a black cab to the top of Oxford Street at 8pm and it cost £11, not bad at all. There are some pretty good restaurants in Swiss Cottage including a Benihana’s which is great if a little pricy (we were sat next to Nicole Appleton and Kate Thornton when we went, they must have known we were going!). There always seem to be some good deals for this hotel if you do a little digging. We got three nights for £99 each (not including breakfast) which I must admit breaks my personal record for a Marriott so we were very happy.
Swiss cottage Marriot
from A TripAdvisor Member
review: 'Regents Park' Marriott - this hotel is actually in Swiss cottage (don't go out after dark) and quite a hike from the north end of Regents Park.
The taxi fare from the west end back to the hotel set us back £27 (40 euros/$47) plus tip.
The hotel itself is next to a busy main road (can be noisy) and is on par with your average Moat House but at twice the price.
The buffet breakfast was good but my daughter was not very hungry one morning and we still had to shell out £17 for a bowl of cornflakes and an apple.
Just 20 minutes to Oxford Circus from hotel reception!
Whilst I appreciate that this hotel is not smack bang in the middle of Leicester Square, it really isn't that far from central London in the big scheme of things. It takes just three minutes to walk to Swiss Cottage tube station and the Jubilee Line whisks you straight to Bond Street in just three stops, or you can change at Baker Street to go direct to Oxford Circus in just two further stops. Now for the hotel itself... Staff were friendly and helpful, although the wait to check in and out was a little tedious. The concierge was knowledgeable and the general welcome at the Marriott was warm. The room was a good size and in good condition, decorated in a typical Marriott style, ie, one that won't challenge or scare the more conservative traveller! Having patio doors leading onto a small balcony was a bonus, allowing a good amount of fresh air into the room, always preferable to air-conditioning on a warm spring day (though a/c is available in all rooms). The leisure centre is of a good quality, though there were rather more kids around than I would have ideally liked, there are probably fewer during the weekend, mine was a weekend stay. Overall I would recommend this hotel, especially if you can get a room at a rate similar to what I paid. I got the room through a well known bidding travel website and paid just 77 GBP as opposed to the cheapest available rate through the Marriott website which was 145 GP.
Not anywhere near central London!
BE WARNED! This hotel is not very close to the centre of London at all, although on the website and in brochures they make out that it is. It is a good half hour by bus or car to most major attractions - In fact it is not even that close to Regents Park, and it is in the middle of a large roundabout! As a resident of London this frustrates me no end, as tourists who have been promised that they are near to main attractions and sights find themselves in the middle of a residental area.
I have been staying at this hotel for many years and am saddened to experience how down hill it has got. At nearly £200 for the room only you would expect that 'something else', but no what you actually have to come to expect is poor service at a high price. On one occasion after a five hour drive I arrive at 7pm to be told the room is not ready. I bk a table in the restaurant and am kept waiting for 1/2 hr before someone acknowledges me, room service was late and incorrect & the toliet in my room had a problem so I had to haul all my belongings to a different room. I was also charged for items I didn't order. Thankfully the reception staff are used to handling such complaints & dealt with accordingly but this really is not good enough - nor was the free drink they offered - it really should have been a bottle - or a vineyard come to that.
Top Local Tips for London
The Marriott Concierge
The guy that was there when I was there was sooo helpful. Down to the most minute detail. Friendly, approachable and knowledgeable as all hell.
Primrose Hill on a sunny day.
Enjoy the parks near by and bring some food from M&S to eat in the sun with friends. Ideal lazy afternnon.
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