There are some cities where I have my favorite hotels, and other cities where I don’t. “Favorite” can be defined in a couple of different ways — there are some cases where I love a specific hotel as such, not taking into account the value, then there are other times where I consider a particular hotel to be a great value on points.
But then in London and Singapore, for example, I don’t really have any favorites. I’ve stayed at a lot of hotels in London, though I don’t think I’ve ever stayed at the same hotel twice (with the exception of Heathrow Airport hotels). That’s not to say that I wouldn’t be willing to return to any of them, but rather that none stood out to me as amazing. As a Hyatt and Starwood loyalist:
- I quite like the Andaz, but don’t love the location
- The Hyatt Regency is perfectly fine, but so bland
- The Starwood Luxury Collection properties are so past their prime
- Oddly I actually think the Sheraton Grand is the best option in London, which… is saying a lot
Now that Marriott has taken over Starwood and I have access to a lot more hotels, I decided to spend last night at the London EDITION, and I think I have my new go-to option in London. This hotel rocks.
Let me start by saying that I don’t want to like the EDITION brand. They’re one of the brands that thinks they’re too cool to offer Platinum members free breakfast, so in general I avoid the brand on principle, since I want to give my business to companies that value my business.
I redeemed 60,000 Marriott points for my one night stay at the EDITION, when the paid rate would have been an outrageous 625GBP. In fairness, just about all hotels in London were super expensive last night.
The EDITION had a great location, and was located on a quiet street.
The lobby area in the hotel was so lovely — that’s something I find EDITION consistently does a good job with.
While Platinum members don’t get free breakfast at EDITION, I did have breakfast in the hotel’s beautiful restaurant, and it was very good.
I got upgraded to a “loft” room as a Platinum member, and for a non-suite I thought it was very nice.
I also have to mention that I thought the service was exceptional. It’s rare I come away from a city hotel with strong feelings one way or another when it comes to service, since my interactions are limited. But I had several interactions with employees that left me with a very favorable impression, as every employee seemed to want to ensure guests had a great experience.
So yeah, after years of searching, I think I’ve found my new go-to hotel in London. At 60,000 points per night it costs the same number of points as many of the other Marriott and Starwood brands (including the Sheraton), and it’s so much nicer.
I’ll gladly forego free breakfast or a club lounge for being able to stay at a hotel I actually genuinely like (there’s a Starbucks and Pret a Manger right around the corner).
Do you have a favorite points hotel in London? Any others I need to check out next?