“ Address: 128 King Henry's Road / London / NW3 3ST / United Kingdom / Tel: +44 207 722 7711 „
During our tenth wedding anniversary weekend we stayed overnight at the Marriott Hotel in Regents Park. The address is:
The Marriott Regents Park
128 King Henry's Road,
Check-in is from three o'clock. However we turned up at about 2.30 and having been greeted by a very friendly receptionist, were able to go straight up to our room which was a very welcome surprise. I don't suppose that this is always the case but it is worth knowing.
The room was a typical hotel room but very nice. The best thing really was the bed which was very wide and had a great mattress. We generally stay in travel lodges for overnight stays where I always despair of the mattress but this one was fab. One person could move or turn over and the other one would not notice at all. There was the usual TV with multiple channels, hairdryer, iron and tea and coffee making facilities. You could pay extra for films to watch but as we were going out we did not bother with any of these. It would have been nice to have a view ove Regents Park but unfortunately we were only overlooking a road - it was not too noisy though. I guess you have to be on the higher floors to get to see the park!
The bathroom was clean but the bath was a bit disappointingly small with a stand up shower and only a shower curtain to keep all of the water in! Towels were provided but I think we were only given the small sized ones - not very useful after a shower. Those were a bit disappointing. Apart from that the room did not disappoint and one little extra was that a chocolate was left in our room during the evening when the room was checked. However, I couldn't understand why there was only one chocolate when there were obviously two of us in the room! The only thing to do was to break it in half and share it but, as we said to each other, we are used to sharing after ten years of marriage!
We didn't eat in the hotel in the evening but our booking included a full English breakfast. This was served as a buffet and really you could eat as much as you could eat which I have to admit was very tempting. There were also cereals, cold meats, fruit juices and tons of gorgeous pastries which are a real weakness of mine! I thoroughly enjoyed my breakfast and it made a lovely change from my usual solitary yoghurt!
The Marriott, Regents Park is a large hotel and it was pretty busy with lots of comings and goings but this did not detract from the service which I felt was very good. There is a notice telling you when the busiest time for breakfast is and suggesting that you avoid this. We breakfasted just before 9 am on a Sunday and were able to sit down and get our breakfasts straight away.
Although we weren't intending to spend that much time in the hotel, we did want somewhere nice and one of the reasons we chose this Marriott hotel was because it had a pool and gym area which we wanted to make use of. This is a lovely area with clean changing rooms and available towels which would have proved very relaxing had we been able to make use of an adults only time. Now I don't have anything against children (having two of my own!) but if there are a few of them they can rather take over a small pool which is what happened. They were having fun and being supervised but it was not exactly what I wanted on my kids free weekend. Children are only allowed in the pool at certain times though, so if you are staying there without children then I advise you to take note of these times!
Probably the best thing that the hotel did during our stay was to put notices up advising of underground changes. As the hotel is only five minutes from Swiss Cottage Station we were planning to use this and go into London on the jubilee line until we realised it would be closed. This was so fortunate because we then made lots of time to walk to Camden Town Station on the Northern Line (about twenty minutes walk from the hotel) and make the show in plenty of time. Our weekend really would have been ruined had we missed it so I am very grateful to the hotel for making this information known!
Overall I was very happy with this hotel and it was just right for our stay. It's not the most exciting or personal hotel in the world but we knew that anyway. Rates for the rooms vary but seem to range from £159 to about £300 per night for a double room. I think our tariff was about £179 but as we booked it in conjunction with a show it is a little hard to be exact. The rooms are not cheap but I think that is probably what you would expect to pay for an overnight stay in London.