Posted on December 21, 2017
Hotel Review: St. Ermin’s Hotel, Marriott Autograph Collection, London
Once we finally made it to London after our long adventure, we were absolutely thrilled with our lodging in the world famous city!
We had used Marriott points to book the hotel rooms with a night costing 40K points but, we also got a discount because if you book 5 consecutive nights then the 5th night is free! Therefore, it cost us 160K points per room, and I am happy to say that this little oasis in the heart of London is WELL WORTH IT.
Our Trip so far:
The St. Ermin’s hotel is part of Marrott’s Autograph collection which i find to be fantastic hotels as I have now stayed in 3 (others were the Boscolo in Milan and Mayflower in Washington DC). For these hotels it seem like they leave the local hotels as is and simply slap the Marriott brand on certain aspect which are usually subtle. This gives you a hotel that is unique and local but still with the ability to book with points!
Probably the most important aspect of this hotel is the location. It is really in the heart of most of the major tourist attractions. Its address is 2 Caxton St. which turns out to be a little side street right in the middle of Westminster. This puts you in easy walking distance to Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, the London Eye, St. James park, Victoria Station, Waterloo Station, etc, etc. And just slightly further (15-20min walk) is Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Circus and tons of other things. We walked almost everywhere we went for 5 days. (CLICK ON THE PIC BELOW TO ENLARGE)
When you are in popular areas like this, you can sometimes have a problem with the amount of traffic around the hotel, whether it people cars or pedestrians, but that is not an issue here. As I mentioned before, the hotel is on a small side street with buildings on either side shielding it so there is generally no noise at all. It really is like a tranquil little oasis in the middle of one of the biggest cities in the world.
Now that you know where we are, lets get inside and talk about the hotel. But before we step in, we really need to talk about the entrance! As you can see below, the drive to the front of the hotel is very picturesque and I freaking loved it! There is a front porch with tables and chairs where we would go and have a coffee in the morning and on several occasions, drinks in the evening. There is also an upstairs balcony where you can have afternoon tea, which we didn’t partake in (we had tea at the Orangery which I will talk about in another post).
Once inside, you are struck by the beautiful staircase as well as the carpeted and marble floors with the furnishing giving off the feel of luxury throughout the lobby. The check in desk is located on your left as well as the concierge. To your right you will find some seating and further to you right you will find a small business center as well as the stairs and elevator to the guest rooms.
When turning the corner further to your right you will happen upon the Caxton Bar first, where we ate and had drinks a few times. It has a great laid back feel with excellent food and drinks.
As you go further you will enter the Caxton Grill, which is their fine dining restaurant which we didn’t end up eating at, although it looks very nice. There is also a street (main) entrance on Caxton Street.
Instead of turning right, if you head up the beautiful staircase in front or the side staircase to the guest rooms you will make it to the second floor of the hotel where the Caxton Terrace that you can see from the front is location as well as the Tea Lounge.
Now that we have seen most of the hotel, lets head up to the room, which is certainly not the highlight. Like most hotel room in London, ours was pretty small. I believe we just had the basic guest room but apparently ours was actually bigger than Katie’s parents, who’s room was significantly smaller.
There is a closet on the left when you walk in as well as a coffee/tea set up and a mini-bar with a bathroom to the right. A desk area and luggage stand our next to the left as you enter the main area of the room with a queen bed to the right. There are electrical outlet on either side of the bed as well as on the desk with a variety of plugs.
The rooms is nothing to write home about but there is so much to do in London we were really only in there to sleep and get ready in the morning.
How do I get there? Well, as I mentioned in my last post, Mom and I had a lot of trouble getting to the hotel, but in general it is pretty straight forward. There are 3 main ways really. You can take the Tube (subway/Metro) the whole way from Heathrow Airport which is the cheapest route. You can take the Heathrow Express which gets you to the city significantly faster, but you then need to make several connections on the Tube to get to the stop near the hotel which takes a lot of time and will then generally get you to the hotel stop around the time the Tube would, but would cost more. Finally, you could take a cab (really expensive) or St. Ermin’s can send a car to pick you up, which I believe was around $100 for 4 people and luggage which isn’t terrible (I don’t remember exactly, that is how everyone but Mom and I got to the hotel).
Any Restaurant suggestions? There are tons of great restaurants in London of course but a great little place just a few blocks from the hotel is Fuller’s Kitchen at Sanctuary House! Someone at the hotel suggested this place and it really hit the spot. Great beers and meat pies galore. A nice casual dinner spot.
Cost of 5 nights: As I mentioned before, this hotel costs 40K Marriott points per night and with the 5th night free deal we were able to book 5 nights for 160K points. We did this by Katie and I each getting the Chase Marriott Premier credit card (which had an 80K point offer) and then transferring Katie’s points to my account. You can transfer as many Marriott points as you want (by calling) if you have a booking you need to complete, otherwise you are limited to 40K. For actualy cash, this hotel books for between $300-$350/night for Advanced Payment and closer to $400 for a cancelable rate. So 160K Marriott points for 5 nights was a good deal in my book.
If you haven’t been able to get my feel for how I like this place so far in the review then you have not really been paying close attention. I LOVED this hotel. Yes, the rooms are pretty small, but we spent very little time in them. The location is OUTSTANDING, the staff was fantastic, the outside areas are great and the rest of the hotel, including the bar was really top notch. Now, this is a bit pricey for my tastes in term of money, but I would use points to stay here again in a heart beat. If you have a vacation to London and plan on spending your days site seeing and your evening relaxing outside with a drink then this is where you need to stay.
Next Up: We explore London again…with our parents for the first time!!