I stayed here 4 nights on business in October 2013. Overall, I was disappointed; the quality of the accommodations was not what I have come to expect from the Marriott brand.
The major issue with the hotel is its condition. The hotel needs a substantial renovation--rooms and public spaces are well past their prime; the design of the rooms and public spaces made the hotel feel like a Marriott from the late 1990s. The decor is completely drab. In the room, the wallpaper was peeling at its seams. The carpet was faded and worn. The furniture felt old--dreary patterns, lumpy cushion on the couch, generic nightstands and desk. The lamps next to the bed were ancient. There was a light fixture in the center of the ceiling that was rusty looking and had paint on its edges. The curtains dragged on the floor and were faded. Everything was clean, but the past-its-prime decor gave an overall feeling of dinginess.
The bathroom was OK. The towels were fluffy and comfortable, but amenities were uneven--for instance, conditioner was not provided.
The bed was not up to the usual comfort of the beds in the Marriott chain. The linens were fine, but the mattress was not particularly soft.
I had access to the concierge lounge during my stay. It was totally depressing--small and out-dated with poor light. The evening lounge attendant was very pleasant, but the lounge's selections at breakfast and in the evening were well below what I have come to expect from European hotels.
The lobby was generic with little room for working or socializing. Service from the staff at check-in and check-out was efficient and polite--no complaints there.
Location of the hotel was a mixed bag. The hotel was a bit outside of central London, but central London was easily accessible by Tube (Paddington was three stops away). The hotel is about a 5-7 min. walk from a Tube stop and along a few major bus lines. Although the hotel labels itself as in Maida Vale, it's actually in Kilburn Park. While the neighborhood did not feel unsafe, it was not particularly charming.
Overall, not a particularly enjoyable stay. Although the hotel was more affordable than most in London, the trade-off for the room rate was a hotel in desperate need of renovation that is a poor representation of the Marriott brand.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Discover a relaxed oasis in the heart of the vibrant city at London Marriott Hotel Maida Vale. Whether you're in England's capital for work or on a fun family holiday, you'll be delighted with our comprehensively redesigned rooms and suites, which offer luxury bedding, Apple TV and original artwork celebrating our local area. Additional amenities for your stay in North West London include on-site parking, free Wi-Fi in the hotel lobby and complimentary access to the nearby Bannatyne's Health Club. The Brew Bar Lounge showcases a full menu of handcrafted cocktails; you can also enjoy 24-hour in-room dining. If you're hosting an event in Maida Vale, you can explore our light-filled function spaces and expert planning services. And our prime hotel location places you near some of London's most popular attractions, including Lord's Cricket Ground, Wembley Stadium and Little Venice. We look forward to your visit at London Marriott Hotel Maida Vale! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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