A Day With Marriott
Tuesday 20 June 2023
Emma went to spend a day immersing herself within the Marriott brand, investigating four beautiful and very unique properties within their London portfolio. Read on to find out more about the Marriott Maida Vale, The London Edition, Marriott Regent's Park and the luxurious Renaissance St Pancras...
I was delighted to be able to attend a fam trip with Marriott visiting a collection of 4 hotels across their brands.
We started the tour at Marriott Maida Vale, easily accessible by tube or bus. As one enters the hotel, they are greeted by beautiful hanging baskets and flowers. In the centre of the hotel is a light and airy lobby. Since the hotel is closely located to the iconic Abbey Road Studios there are subtle touches of music themed designs throughout the hotel.
To the right of the lobby is the Italian restaurant Carluccio’s where they serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. Conference and event organisers have the choice of either having their catering the Italian restaurant or banqueting menus within the event spaces themselves.
Throughout the hotel there is lots of natural light and this continues into the Westbourne Room the largest event space, which can be split into 4 areas. It holds up to 120 for a seated dinner, 80 cabaret and 140 standing. This sophisticatedly decorated room with contemporary chandeliers, built in screens and projectors. Just outside the room is a perfect place for tea and coffee breaks. DDR’s start from £69.00 incl. VAT across the year.
The Studio which can hold up to 100 standing and 60 for seated dinners also can be split into four separate spaces; making it a very flexible space for events.
Drink receptions, catering and smaller dinners work very well within this room. Once again flooded with natural light and a petite and well decorated terrace, to offer fresh air.
The next stop on the journey was the Marriott Regent’s Park. A lovely hotel with a nature theme. It was a lovely warm day and as we arrived, I instantly felt transported to a tropical destination - minus the sandy beach! They have a fantastic turning circle for taxi’s, cars, and coaches, which is rather rare in London! Also, it’s well connected to public transport as Swiss Cottage on the Jubilee line is just a 3-minute walk away.
A spa consisting of a pool, hairdressers, and a gym with an impressive amount of machinery is close to the lobby.
With six meeting spaces, the option to dine at Carluccio’s, 311 bedrooms (mostly with balcony’s) and nature theming throughout, makes the Marriott Regent’s Park a great choice for your next event.
When entering the largest of meeting spaces, the Primrose Hill room, a fantastic private foyer area awaits you and is a great space for reception drinks, arrival refreshments or registration. This room can host up to 300 seated for dinner, 230 cabaret and 300 standing.
In addition, the space can be split 3 ways, ensuring full flexibility for events. Decoration is natural with stunning lighting and floor to ceiling windows one side of the room. Smaller meeting spaces are available, again great for break out rooms, green rooms, or smaller meetings with DDR’s start from £70 incl. VAT per person.
We were lucky enough to enjoy a delicious lunch at Carluccio’s and since it was such a warm day I opted for the Caesar Salad. It was a very generous portion, fresh and tasty.
The 3rd hotel on this fantastic day with Marriott was The London Edition. Wow, what a place! Upon entering the hotel, one steps inside a large lobby. Perfectly decorated with huge arch windows, marble walls and a beautiful ornate high ceiling. The impressive lobby has a snooker table too, which is a trademark of the Edition brand, and their signature smell wafts delightfully throughout the hotel.
Berner’s Tavern, which is owned by Jason Atherton, the Michelin starred chef, is The London Edition’s majestic restaurant and known to be one of the most romantic and instagrammable restaurants in London and I could certainly appreciate why.
Opulent chandeliers which are the exact replica of Grand Central Station’s hang from the lofty ceilings whilst photos and paintings in stately frames cover the walls.
The restaurant can host private events for a standing reception of 200 people, perfect for a sophisticated and exclusive reception or dinner. Complete with a private dining room, just off the main restaurant is a great space for a unique, intimate event for up to 12 people.
There are multiple boardrooms which are named Studios and a basement, simply called The Basement. The Basement has lighting designed by Patrick Woodruff and a fully equipped DJ system – a fantastic space for a party for up to 200 people.
A true little hidden treasure is The Punch Room underneath the lobby which can host up to 50 people. Wooden wall panels with golden ornaments and a glorious fireplace are just a few of the stunning features. A cosy autumnal event or a first-class Christmas celebration are what spring to mind when inside the room.
The London Edition, has 173 bedrooms and 9 suites all decorated to an incredibly high standard compared to the interior of a luxury yacht and in keeping with their deluxe New York inspired theme. The top suites include a drinks trolly and a talking booking, yes, a talking book, which explains how to make the perfect gin cocktails!
Last, but certainly not least The Renaissance St Pancras was our final stop. Situated next to St Pancras station so close, some of the hotel windows have views of the iconic station.
The Hansom, a stunning hotel lounge area which used to be in a former railway station is close to the lobby. The lounge welcomes hotel guests for breakfasts, lunch and evening drinks with live music on the weekend. They also serve Afternoon Tea here and of course can be offered as a private event space – perfect for a noteworthy drinks’ reception or catering space during a day conference.
The Hansom Hall the hotels largest event space is just behind The Hansom and used to be a driveway for Hansom taxi’s dropping off their well-dressed guests. It has the charm of its Victorian era whilst remaining contemporary. It’s a captivating room which host dinners up to 280 guests or 375 in theatre style.
Combining the two spaces, could be a great option. For example, a day conference in The Hansom Hall and delightful catering in The Hansom. DDR’s start from £130 incl. VAT.
The majestic Booking Office 1869 featuring Palm Trees, stunning interior and European elegance is an enchanting location for private hire for up to 150 guests. The furniture is fixed and perfectly matched to the room and has a one of-a-kind location with direct access straight onto St Pancras’s platforms; great for any guests that need to dash off!
The Gallery and The Ladies Smoking Room are interconnecting, and both offer beautifully detailed ceilings and chandeliers. Huge windows with great views of the iconic area. There are arches in The Ladies Smoking Room and curved walls in The Gallery which adds to the glamour of the amazing event spaces.
The Gallery can host up to 200 for a standing reception, 120 seated dinner and The Ladies Smoking Room 180 for a standing reception and 70 for a seated dinner.
For anyone wishing for breakout rooms or an intimate setting, there are multiple smaller event spaces within the hotel, all in keeping with the hotel’s delightful ambience.
I had an incredible day visiting a handful of Marriott hotels. Marriott have perfectly executed style and variety through their ability to provide their guests with a range of unique spaces to host any event type.
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