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A London hotel that is, itself, a visitor attraction

Marriott County Hall

ITCM spent a memorable night at the London Marriott County Hall

If you are planning to take a group to London to see the historic sights, why not choose to stay in one?
The London Marriott County Hall is one of the capital’s most impressive buildings –inside as well as outside. ITCM was combining a visit to a London hotel with an after-dark trip on the EDF Energy London Eye. We didn’t realise how possible it is to combine the two. We were fortunate enough to have a guest room that has its own balcony. Sitting there, we were within a couple of metres of the Eye’s pods as they slowly passed our room. A slight look to the left and we were face to face with Big Ben* on the other side of the river.

At night the Eye acted like a moving decoration, with its green and blue lights illuminating our room until we drew the curtains.

The London Marriott County Hall Hotel is part of a multi-purpose building that stretches along the south bank of the Thames, almost matching the length of the Palace of Westminster. The building also incorporates the London Sea Life Aquarium, an amusement arcade, several independent restaurants and pubs and the booking office for the EDF Energy London Eye.

The 1920s Edwardian Baroque architecture of what used to be the HQ of the Greater London Council embodies a wide sweeping curve and, inside the hotel, we had to walk down a very long sweeping corridor to reach our room, but that took us as far as the Eye and was well worth the effort.

The hotel has an unrivalled site. Only a popular pedestrian walkway separates it from the Thames and the hotel makes the most of its riverside location. A large percentage of its 186 rooms and 14 suites overlook the river and its bars and dining facilities give guests constantly enthralling views of some of London’s most famous landmarks. The site is linked to Parliament Square and Westminster Abbey by Westminster Bridge.

A large proportion of the hotel is dedicated to fitness and relaxation. There is a sizeable indoor pool, whirlpool, sauna and solarium, whilst a wide range of treatments are offered at the Spa.

It is also convenient of access, as it is a neighbour of Waterloo Station. Arrival by taxi is highly impressive, because the main entrance to the hotel is in its own exclusive courtyard, reached through colonnaded archways.

ITCM was in no doubt, therefore, that the hotel is admirable as an incentive base or for corporate hospitality, giving guests a memorable place to stay, superb views and immediate access to many of London’s most popular attractions.

It is also a hotel that can offer a range of high quality facilities for smaller meetings. It has a total of 11 meeting rooms, the largest, the Parliament Suite, able to seat up to 100 theatre style. The rooms are elegantly furnished and equipped with up-to-date equipment. They give an ambiance of maturity and tranquillity in which to give due consideration to weighty topics watched over by Big Ben.

*ITCM is aware that Big Ben is actually the name of the bell and not the clock in the tower of the Houses of Parliament, but, like so many consistently misused terms, it has, in our opinion, now gained the right to be used as the name of the clock, too.

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