After booking our train down to London from Manchester in the Virgin Sale we had to look for somewhere to stay. We had decided to focus this trip around North London and more specifically Camden and Primrose Hill so staying in the area made complete sense. As usual a bit of research ensued and we finally settled on the Marriott Regents Park Hotel.
On entering the hotel (which is not the prettiest from the outside) we were really pleasantly surprised by its bright and modern interior. We headed to the reception and were straight away greeted by a smile, friendly demeanor and to top it off, as it was a hot day, the receptionist fetched us all a small bottle of water. (It’s the little things). Despite the lobby being busy there was no sense of serving the queue and we were checked in, made to feel welcome and off we went.
Nestled between Swiss Cottage (7 minute walk) and Chalk Farm (17 minutes walk) they hotel sits on the corner of King Henry and Adelaide Road in an affluent area close to Primrose Hill. There is a bus stop outside which takes you into the heart of Camden Town and this was perfect for us as this was were we were set to explore.
The hotel is close to Regent’s Park and therefore ZSL London Zoo if that is on the travel plans.
The hotel has a number of different room categories from Deluxe, Superior, Executive through to a one bedroom suite. We had opted for the lead in category of the Deluxe but with a Double Double (much to mini Wilbennett’s delight). I particularly like the room view on their website too.
The Deluxe Double Double was a great size and very tastefully decorated. All neutral tones so you instantly felt a sense of calm after coming in from the busy reception area. There was a small table which I think is important (that’s just me) and
plenty of electrical sockets. There was a small (very small) balcony which I think most of the deluxe and superior rooms have. Nothing that you can sit and while hours away but good for a bit of air. There was plenty of storage for our overnight stop but you might struggle if you were staying for more than a few nights. The bathroom was immaculate with the bonus of a bath and shower.
The hotel has a fitness room with cardiovascular machines and free weights and the added bonus (and one of the reasons aside from location we chose this hotel) of a pool with sauna. The pool is open from 6am to 11pm so plenty of time to take a dip even in the busiest of schedules and towels are provided.
For those in the Executive Suites there is the M Club Lounge too.
The hotel serves breakfast but we had opted for a room only price as wanted to head into Primrose Hill for ours so we didn’t sample and cannot comment but suffice to say it was very busy and there appeared to be a lot of choice.
The hotel has a Carluccios Italian Restaurant on site and this was busy at all times of the day so I would probably recommend booking this. There are options of inside and outside dining which is great particularly in good weather. I think you can often find that hotel restaurants outside of breakfast time can seem very sombre but this had a great lively vibe.
The concierge were great and offer the usual booking service as well as being the friendly face of the hotel.
Modern, clean interior and spacious rooms for our stay, the staff were really professional and willing to help (with a smile on their face) and the added bonus of the pool really made it a great choice for us.
It is slightly outside of the centre of London but then you have the added bonus of the gorgeous Primrose Hill to meander around (and maybe spot some celebrities) which is only a 15 minutes walk from the hotel.
Due to the location the hotel does offer better value for money than more central hotels and you do feel away from the hustle and bustle. Would I recommend – Yes and would I return – Yes absolutely.
Read my blog of our weekend away Hanging out in North London – 2018