Hotel in Detail:The Marriott County Hall is a top class hotel occupying the central part of the former London county hall (seat of local government). Offering a full range of facilities and services including a choice of in-house restaurants to spa and fitness facilities. Unique setting right on the River Thames alongside Westminster Bridge where bedrooms have views that include Big Ben and the London Eye.
Bedrooms are en-suite and bathrooms have hairdryers, complimentary toiletries, robes and slippers for guests. In-room facilities include individually controlled climate control/air-conditioning, High speed internet access via WiFi and/or wired connection, desk space, dual line direct dial telephone with voicemail, clock, tea/coffee maker, iron and ironing board, laptop size safe, trouser press, bathrobe, mini bar and large flat screen TV with pay movies.
Beds are covered with Egyptian cotton rich linens and designer down duvets and pillows.
Views include the hotel courtyard, Jubilee Gardens or the River Thames towards Westminster (Parliament).
Room service is 24 hours. A turndown service is provided each evening while a a maid service operates daily. Capped packages for long distance calls available. You can also make use of video bill viewing and check-out.
Dining Options:Library Lounge: Open in the evening for dinner (international menu) and in the afternoon for traditional English tea. Overlooks Big Ben clock tower.
Gillray's Steakhouse & Bar: Taking its name from eighteenth century caricaturist James Gillray (18th century caricaturist) whose work is on show here. A true English-styled experience with its classic elegantly English setting and English-inspired menu. Dishes feature nine cuts of steak including the signature dish, a 1000g 'Bulls Head' steak (a 1000g butterfly cut and a double rib steak with bone in) and a 600g T-Bone steak.
The bar menu features historically inspired creations starting from the Georgian era with cocktails such as Very Slippy Weather. Wide selection of beers, fine gins and English vodka. All complimented by a range of English snacks such as Pigs in Blankets, English Crumpet & Soft Boiled Egg and Venison Sausage Rolls with HP sauce.
Executive Lounge: Open every day from 06.00 till midnight. The lounge is open to guests who are staying in Ben Ben View Rooms, Balcony & Executive Suites and Westminster Suite. Complimentary continental breakfast, snacks and soft drinks are served throughout the day and canapes are served in the evening. Free use of a computer with high-speed Internet access.
A feature of the Marriott County Hall hotel is the Club and Spa located on the hotels top two floors. Here you will find a twenty five meter (82 foot) indoor swimming pool, large gymnasium with the latest in cardio and exercise equipment plus free weights, full range beauty treatments and massages, sauna, steam room, plunge pool and Jacuzzi. The swimming pool is actually the largest indoor hotel swimming pool in London. What's more the facilities are open seven days a week. The swimming pool is free to use and is open 06.00 till 23.00 (children 09.00 till 21.00).
The hotel offers 10 meeting rooms, the largest of which can accommodate up to 70 delegates. Rooms come with WiFi, air-conditioning and the use of natural daylight.
There is also a dedicated business centre where you can access the internet and make use of copy and fax facilities.
Additional hotel services includes babysitting by request, full concierge services including a dedicated desk, currency exchange, laundry and valet dry cleaning. The reception provides safety deposit boxes. Wheelchairs can also be supplied. Wifi can be picked up the hotels public areas.
The hotel has a secure room for luggage storage.
The Marriott County Hall Hotel London does not permit smoking in any area including bedrooms.
In June 2017 became the first hotel in the world to have its own meteorologist in residence. Responsible for giving guests guidance on the local weather and for organising weather dependent itineraries on a daily basis. On call 24/7.
Hotel Vicinity:Nearest: Tube & Railway Station: London Waterloo 0.4 miles (0.6 km), DLR Station: Tower Gateway 2 miles (3.3 km), Motorway: M1 Junction 1 6.7 miles (10.8 km). Great local rail links via 3 network rail (mainline overground) and 5 underground (tube) stations within a half mile (0.8 km) circle of the hotel. The London Marriott County Hall Hotel commands one of the most enviable locations of any hotel in London. Right on the banks of the River Thames adjacent to Westminster Bridge and overlooking the capitals number one attraction and standout landmark, the London Eye. This is basically a giant Catherine wheel that affords amazing views over most of London. Walking Distance From Waterloo station which is one of London's 5 main railways stations with both national services and London tube services. The local area is very busy during the weekends but can be relatively quiet on weekends.
The building itself is synonymous with London, having been opened in 1922 by King George V and designed by Ralph Knott, the building was used to house London's local government (GLC). The local government was abolished by legislation in 1986 and the building sold to private owners.
Part of the old County Hall is now the major attraction of the London Aquarium . Next to the hotel is Jubilee Gardens, a park that was built in 1977 to celebrate the Queens silver jubilee. Along this stretch of the Thames is the South Bank complex home to such places of interest such as the Royal Festival Hall, Hayward Gallery and the National Theatre. Just on the other side of Westminster bridge is Parliament Square where the House Commons (Parliament), House of Lords and Westminster Abbey are located. Other nearby attractions include Jewel Tower (0.34 miles), Imax Cinema (0.4 miles), 10 Downing Street (0.4 miles), Lambeth Palace (0.4 miles), Imperial War Museum (0.5 miles), Cleopatra's Needle (0.5 miles), National Gallery (0.7 miles) and the Tate Britain (0.8 miles).
Bedroom Numbers: 200 (14 of which are suites) / 6 floors
Check-in: 1500 (3 pm)
Check-out: 12.00 noon
Parking:Public parking is available in close proximity to the hotel and costs £42 per day.
Internet:WiFi is available in the hotel rooms and is free of charge.
More hotels from this chainIf you would like to stick with the Marriott chain your nearest options are:
St. Ermins Hotel: is 0.7 miles (1.1 km) away, has a guest satisfaction score of 90% and rates start from about £164.
London Edition Hotel: is 1.2 miles (2.0 km) from here, earns a customer rating of 90% and base rates begin at about £354.
Marriott Grosvenor Square: 1.5 miles (2.5 km), rated at 79% and with rates from around £207.
Grosvenor House (A JW Marriott Hotel): 1.6 miles (2.6 km), rated at 88% and with rates from around £229.
Compared to other London hotels: This hotel has been rated 89% by past guests. The London average is 80% and the average for 5 star hotels is 89%. Therefore this hotel is equal to the average for its sector (star rating) . Marriott Hotels across the chain average 84% so this hotel is one of the better rated Marriott hotels.
Milesfaster ranking: 110th from 861 London hotels, 7th of 22 Marriott Hotels, and 53rd of 131 five star rated hotels.
Another to Consider: Also close by and a similar hotel (0.3 miles, 0.5 km) would be the 5 star Royal Horseguards Hotel, whose lowest rates start at about £191 and which has a 90% guest satisfaction rating. The Royal Horseguards Hotel also offers: free WiFi.Looking for lower base rates? Then another option might be the Hilton Bankside. 0.8 miles from the Marriott County Hall Hotel (1.2 km), has scored 91% from former guests and whose lowest rates start at about £142.
Would you prefer to go with something that has scored higher in guest satisfaction ratings? If that is what your after then the 5 Star Corinthia Hotel London seems like a possible option. The Corinthia Hotel London is only 0.3 miles (0.5 km) away. The Corinthia Hotel London has a perfect unblemished customer rating 100%, a truly stunning achievement.
Local hotels analysed:The fifty one closest hotels from here (London County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, SE1 postcode) that we have data for cover a 0.8 miles (1.3 km) radius. The 51 consist of 17 five star hotels (average rating 90%), 16 four star hotels (average rating 88%), 16 three star hotels (average rating 84%) and 1 two star hotel (rated 82%). Of these hotels the highest rated are Corinthia Hotel London (5 star), the Haymarket Hotel (5 star) and also the 51 Buckingham Gate Taj Suites (5 star) (all joint top with 99%).
Base Rates: See how the area stacks up for low rates using base rates. We use published base rates but note these do not reflect special offers or short term discounts so remain a rough guide. We have calculated the average base rate for all the 51 nearby hotels at £161 per night. The low end of the scale shows rates from £63 at Travelodge Waterloo (3 Star, 80%) and the Hub by Premier Inn Covent Garden (3 Star, 90%) to a high of £426 at Savoy Hotel London (5 Star, 91%). Rate averages for each star rating: Five Star average: £237, Four Star average: £135, Three Star average: £111 and Two Star average: £78.
Our in-house ranking based on guest ratings but adjusted for influencing factors ranks Marriott County Hall Hotel 17th (joint) of the 50 local hotels and 12th (joint) for the 17 five star hotels in the area. 43rd of 50 (10th of 17 five star hotels.) for base rates ranking. Scoring the hotels rates and review score together we rank the hotel 27th of 48 when judging value for money (Staybridge Suites Vauxhall was top).
Comment: Jointly owned by Whitbread and Marriott International when sold to Royal Bank of Scotland in April 2006. Bought by a mainly Israeli consortium led by Delek Real Estate in December 2006 (equity group Quinlan Private and real-estate investor Igal Ahouvi Group investing on their behalf) as art of a deal involving a portfolio of 47 hotels. Management of the hotel remains unchanged.
History: Became the first hotel in the UK to boast a digital iPad based wine list in October 2013.
One of the top ten hotels in London: Herlad Scotland newspaper 2015
Best Afternoon Tea at Bookatable Restaurant Awards 2015