ITCM finds out what London Marriott Regents Park has to offerLondon is a massive attraction – witness the high hotel occupancy rates coupled with high room rates.
However, a venue located in the very centre of London might bring some disadvantages. In addition to higher costs, there is the problem of congestion causing delays and interfering with schedules.
But it is possible to choose a venue that is on the fringe of London that can offer all that London has to offer without the disadvantages.
ITCM chose to overnight at the London Marriott Regents Park. This is a very good address for an event, but it is outside the Congestion Zone and comparatively easy to access from the airports and from nearby Euston Station, King’s Cross and Paddington. Swiss Cottage is the underground station within walking distance and the road systems are linked via the M1, M25 and A40.
There are 304 guestrooms, with rack rates of around £200.
This year the hotel has been celebrating its 40th birthday, having been built expressly as a hotel in 1973. Many additions and upgrades have constantly extended its range of amenities. What was at one time its main dining room is now a 15-metre indoor pool. Its frontage has been enlarged to provide an entrance canopy and impressive lobby. It has even had floors added, increasing the property to seven storeys.
The hotel has an Executive Floor with an Executive Lounge that serves around 120 breakfasts a day. Unusually, this lounge has its own balcony, where guests can choose to eat al fresco.
A range of meeting facilities in a self-contained area offers a room that can seat 300 delegates, accompanied by six smaller break-out rooms. These can be linked in different configurations to suit individual events.
The hotel’s restaurant provides a wide-ranging buffet breakfast and a lunch menu, but in the evening converts to Indian cuisine with genuine Indian chefs.
London Marriott Regents Park is conveniently located for incentives into London and leisure programmes accompanying a conference. All of Central London is to hand if required for an itinerary, but its immediate vicinity can offer interesting attractions. Camden Town’s markets and canals surprise and delight visitors and Abbey Road Studios are internationally known through their connections with the Beatles. Regents Park has not only its world-famous zoo, but also extensive gardens for relaxation and exercise.