Although I spent four months living in London, my London hotel experience is fairly limited. The two hotels I stayed at during my prior visits were best for students on a budget – not families on vacation. I was looking forward to experiencing the Landmark Hotel London during our London – Paris Adventures by Disney vacation because I’d heard so many great things about it. I spent some time looking at photos online, and was so impressed. Our tour was scheduled for three days at the hotel, but we chose to arrive a day early. Here’s our review of the Landmark Hotel.
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Review of the Landmark Hotel London
After landing at London’s Heathrow Airport, we spent a considerable amount of time waiting to go through customs. We then found our driver and were on our way to the hotel. It was fairly early in the morning – about 10am. Although I really just wanted to get into my room and sleep, I knew that was a lofty expectation. Check in time wasn’t for quite a few hours later, and even our driver warned us that we’d probably have to store our bags and wait for a room.
It took about 40 minutes to get to the hotel, and we were greeted by friendly bellmen. After our luggage was loaded on to a cart, we were led to the check in desk. Surprisingly, our room was ready. We checked in, supplied our credit card, and were led to our room. Our luggage arrived just a few minutes later.
Location of the Landmark Hotel London
London is an extremely accessible city, so hotel location isn’t quite as important. I find that it’s best to choose a great hotel with some restaurants and shops nearby, rather than focus on being near specific tourist locations. The Landmark London is located at 222 Marylebone Road, in the Marylebone area in the northwest part of London England.
Marylebone Station is directly across the street, making it so easy to get around the city via tube. However, during our stay, we mostly took cabs, which were very easy to get. Once we were on the Adventures by Disney trip, we exclusively traveled by motor coach. If you are planning to take cabs at any point, the Landmark London staff can easily help you obtain one.
There’s a Marks and Spencer Food Hall across the street, which is a great spot for picking up snacks and drinks to keep in the room. There are also lots of restaurants and cafes in the area, as well as Regent’s Park and the Sherlock Holmes Museum. Other London attractions, like Oxford Street and Marble Arch, are within a longer walking distance.
Rooms at the Landmark Hotel London
You may have heard (or experienced) that rooms in European hotels tend to be smaller than those in US hotels. In many cases, that is true. However, the rooms at the Landmark are nice and big, perfect for a family. Our room included two double beds, a small couch, a marble bathroom, a desk, chairs, and a TV. The large marble bathroom had a double sink, a closet, a shower, and a tub.
The beds were extremely comfortable, and were perfect to rest after a long day. I also loved the various room amenities, including the toiletries, the outlets (including a US outlet that didn’t require an adaptor), and the complimentary water. There was also a kettle that could be used to prepare tea and coffee, as well as a bathrobe, slippers, and hairdryer.
The room decor is luxurious but also comfortable. I love hotel rooms that are family-friendly but look and feel luxurious.
We didn’t spend too much time in the room, since there is so much to see and do in London. But it was nice to have all of that space, and the comfortable bed was certainly appreciated at night.
Amenities at the Landmark Hotel London
The hotel is filled with luxurious amenities that will make any London vacation even better. The hotel’s concierge is so helpful and can assist with tickets to the various local attractions as well as restaurant reservations. Although most of our trip was planned by Adventures by Disney, we did get tickets to the London Eye from the concierge. The bellman were also very helpful with walking directions as we headed out of the hotel.
The hotel boasts a fabulous spa, fitness center, and indoor pool. Although I didn’t have the opportunity to try out the spa, we did take a walk to see the indoor pool. It’s open only specific hours for children, so it’s more quiet than other hotel pools. If you are visiting with kids, however, you’ll want to pay attention to the hours. I could definitely imagine some disappointed kids if you showed up in bathing suits, and kids were not permitted.
Restaurants at the Landmark Hotel London
Although there are lots of dining locations right outside the hotel, there are also some great options in the hotel. We had breakfast every morning in the absolutely stunning Winter Garden. This open restaurant, located in the beautiful eight story glass atrium in the center of the hotel, offers a delicious breakfast buffet. Although it was included in the package that we had booked, it’s not a standard inclusion. It’s pricey, but does include so many delicious food options, including crepes and omelets to order.
Winter Garden also offers other meals throughout the day, including an afternoon tea that is offered daily. I had wanted to do that with my daughter, but we just didn’t have time. There’s also a high tea that is available during select times during the year.
For a more traditional restaurant experience, Great Central offers lunch and dinner during the week, and dinner on Saturdays. It’s an upscale yet casual restaurant. We had lunch there on our first day, and dinner on our third night. They offer traditional British cuisine like Fish and Chips (which was my favorite of the fish and chips we tried on our trip) but also some more contemporary dishes as well. They also have some fabulous cocktails. Our dinner there was one of my favorites during our entire vacation.
There’s also the Mirror Bar, which has a more formal feel. It’s not a kid-friendly location, however, so we didn’t get a chance to check it out.
If you are looking for a hotel that offers lots of space and luxurious amenities, but also is family friendly, the Landmark London Hotel is a great option. It’s one of the nicer luxury hotels that I’ve stayed in, and is in a great location for a London family vacation.