LONDON - aaah, London. The weather might be soggy but it’s certainly an iconic global city, a classic bucket-list destination that you have to visit at least once in your life. A place like no other!
One of the most oft-asked travel questions on these boards are requests for information about Bonvoys Londons Hotels and since I’ve visited 23 of BONVOYs 37 London & LHR properties I felt it was about time I stepped up and volunteered to host a London thread and posted information about the London options.
Please feel free to add your own comments below and I’ll work them into this post to try and keep it current. I don’t promise to update daily but I’ll run through it most weeks and update.
So, let’s get down to it, though beforehand its probably a good idea to post another iconic London image, this time its the London Tube map (note in England “subways” are walkways under roads)
Note when travelling the tube you can use cash but it’s pricey. However if you’re a European your contactless Card should work the barriers and near halve your journeys fare, outside Europe you may find difficulties using contactless so your best bet is to get hold of a London Transport Oyster card so you too can tap in and out and save money on getting around...
I’ve not visited but the information I’ve used is from sources I respect.
LONDON HOTELS (*= Top 10 - Bonvoys 10 signature London 5-star properties)
Aloft Excel - Right next to Excel, upgrades to suites. Breakfast is full restaurant buffet, best Excel choice
Autograph Bankside - “20mins walk to The Wheel and Parliament makes this London 4* value”
Autograph Dixon - Half-mile to tube. Nicely done courthouse conversion with good food
Autograph St Ermins - “Best politico location, ex MI5 HQ, historic but tiny standard rooms, use SNAs”
Autograph Threadneedles - “Bank of England location is quiet at weekends. Good place”
Autograph Xenia - Tiny rooms but does upgrade. Pay extra for great hot brekky. Romance at a low price
Design Blakes Hotel - “Iconic 1960s property, showing signs of wear by the passing years”
Design Town Hall - “East-end former town hall in out-the-way location with few elite benefits”
*Edition - “The first Edition and now a category 8. Fab, but Cat8 is questionable redemption value”
*JW Marriott Grosvenor House - Classic Grand Hotel, great rooms, long lounge hours. Polished.
Le Meridien - “In need of the refurbishment currently taking place. Hold off till it’s completed”
Luxury Park Tower - “Cylindrical 1970s building conceals a classy hotel with excellent fish restaurant”
*Luxury Westbury - “One of London’s classic names still deserving of it’s high-class reputation”
*Luxury Wellesley - “Superb, but small rooms considering it’s London’s highest category Bonvoy”
Marriott BexleyHeath - Good place but bad public transport and too far out for a London tourist visit
Marriott Canary Wharf - Reserve Tower rooms. Great location & lounge. Best 35k London hotel
*Marriott County Hall - Fab Rooms overlooking River Thames & Parliament. Lounge has Big Ben views
*Marriott Grosvenor Square - Upgrades elites. Avoid smallest rooms & you’re good, interior lounge.
Marriott Kensington - Cookie Cutter Marriott, interior lounge. Edge of Zone 1 means often good value
Marriott Maida Vale - OK, but nothing special, Canary Wharf is the better Category 5 choice
Marriott Marble Arch - On a back street near Marble Arch. Typical Marriott throughout, good lounge
*Marriott Park Lane - Top lounge, bedrooms, marble bathrooms & brekky. Worlds Best Marriott?
Marriott Regents Park - Like Maida Vale it’s further out but better of the two. Beer-on-tap in lounge
Marriott Twickenham - Built into the rugby stadium suites overlook pitch. Don’t pick for a London stay
Moxy Excel - 10 mins walk from Excel. Disallows use of Plat $10pppn for breakfast on 1-night stays
Moxy Stratford - Good bar & clean rooms. I slept well. Central line Stratford Tube a 2 mins walk
*Renaissance St Pancras - Barlow rooms fine but Chambers are fab & worlds best Bonvoy lounge
Residence Inn London Bridge - “London Bridge isn’t Westminster, this looks good value though”
Residence Inn London Kensington - “long-stay property with many local shops & restaurants”
*Sheraton Grand - This recently restored classic Art Deco hotel has a justifiably high reputation
Tribute Great Northern - Better rooms than St Pan Renaissance Barlows. Good non-Titanium choice
*W Leicester Sq - “Costly, but top location, celeb bar, unique property that nonetheless splits W fans”
And if you want to see a list of the most central ones, see my first reply immediately below this post!
LHR: London Heathrow runs a little known free travel zone where buses run up and down Bath Road, the main area for Heathrow’s hotels that are not actually on-site. Here’s the official schematic routemap:
Bonvoys 5 Bath Rd hotels & starting prices in order of distance from LHR on free 105/111/140/285 bus:
Renaissance - £60 - Great runway-view lounge. Small well-refurbished rooms. Good value stay
Marriott - £90 - Big rooms in a modern Marriott. Good restaurant and interior exec lounge.
Sheraton Skyline - £85 - Best of the 5. Good pool, Exec lounge, bars, restaurants and a Tiki-Bar too!
——— Not on the free 105/111/140/285 bus route:
Moxy - £45 - Further along the 105/111 busroute so £1.50 fare, clean, cheap, good rooms. Good bar
Sheraton - £65 - “Free U3 & 7 buses. Recent refurb, Exec lounge, remoter location than the others”