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Review: London Edition is Soho SEXY
GOOOOOOODNESS Gracious the London Edition is chic and gobstoppingly SEXY. From the moment you walk through the door your pulse ticks up. It has an envious lounge scene, a highly regarded and Michelin starred restaurant and bar “Berner’s Tavern”, and the location is REDONKS if you’re looking to live night for day, hit the theatre scene, or put your pounds to work on Oxford street. I mean…cah’mon! But seriously what else do you expect from Ian Schrager. Lemme put my tongue away and review this bad boy. The London Edition review may just plop this Marriott on the UK’s most sexy list 😉
The London Edition Review is part of the NFL in London, Scotland, and Dublin Trip Report
- British Airways Club World A380 LAX- LHR
- London Edition – A Ritz Carlton Hotel is SOHO SEXY
- Marriott Park Lane, London
- Intercontinental Park Lane, London
- Virgin Train First Class Lounge King’s Cross
- Virgin Train First Class King’s Cross London to Edinburgh
- Caledonian Edinburgh, A Waldorf Astoria Property
- Caledonian Afternoon Tea in Peacock Alley
- Balmoral Afternoon Tea in the Palm Court
- No. 1 Lounge at Edinburgh Airport
- Aspire Lounge at Edinburgh Airport
- Intercontinental Dublin
- Lufthansa First Class Ground Services Frankfurt
- Lufthansa First Class Lounge Frankfurt Terminal 1
- Lufthansa First Class 747-8 FRA-LAX
Take one part historic hotel ( Berners hotel 18th Century) and mix it with some Ritz, shake it with some Schrager and you get the London Edition
As a matter of point, the hotel is technically in Fitzrovia. But, walk half a block to Oxford, cross the street and you’re in Soho. And this hotel is FAR MORE SOHO than Fitzrovia. It lives, breaths, and ooooooooozes that pub posh vibe that Soho evokes. From the moment the bellhop opens the front door and you walk through, the devil on your shoulder stretches his arms, yawns, and with a convincing British accent whispers sweet poison in your ear: “you will indulge…yes, you will.”
- When: October 2016
- Where: London
- Rewards Program: Marriott Rewards
- Status: Gold
- How much: 50,000
- Category Room – Superior
- Other benefits –Upgrade from Standard room
- Total Value – $520 or a little over $0.01 per point
- Savings from points – 400+GBP = at time of booking $520
The Check In process was easy.
I was unsure how they would recognize status, as it was days after the merger of programs, and I hadn’t matched Marriott to Ritz Carlton status yet. It wasn’t a problem at all, but there weren’t any HUGE upgrades given either. That could be different on another weekend, but the Hotel was packed with Colts fans…so I was happy about that and it was just sold out.
I had also arrived on the red-eye which landed at roughly 10am. By the time I made it to the hotel it was about 11:30 and they were sold out the night before and only had a room with 2 beds in it that was prepped. I really preferred a King room, and they had other guests checking in, so they couldn’t give me the 2 bed room until my King room was ready. Fair enough. I went to Starbucks, came back, and blogged in the Lobby.
And what a lobby
After about an hour and a half of blogging in the lobby my room was ready. They had actually already moved all of my stuff up to it which was great. They gave me my keys…love the styling.
And then you open the Door…and draped across the bed is a faux fur blanket…WOWZA
The rooms have this soft yellow lighting and when you walk in you could swear Skrillex or the like was hidden in the walls. It reminded me of a more luxurious version of the Hudson hotel in NYC…also designed by Ian Schrager.
The bathroom pictures didn’t come out as great as I’d wanted…but you get the vibe
They are luxuriously minimal
This shower was one of my faves…poured straight from the ceiling. If you don’t feel like a BOSS then I don’t even know…
Once I’d settled in it was time to head downstairs and check out the facilities.
It was on the lower level of the hotel. Small. Functional. Enough…Cause let’s be honest – you’re not staying here for the fitness.
Time to head to Berners Tavern, it’s a really cool spot to grab a drink and obviously EAT…as it holds a Michelin Star
If you’re thinking of going coming here at night, when you’re not staying at the hotel, you should know that there will be a line outside…
This place is chic and sexy. And if that’s your jam you won’t regret spending 50k Marriott Rewards to stay here. I mean…that’s only 17k Starwood now. Honestly, I think you’ll be hard pressed to find a “cooler” chain hotel. I was ultra impressed and I wouldn’t say that it’s in the style of hotel that I’m normally attracted to, but it scratched an itch I didn’t even know I had.
Wear your hair dirty and your jeans holey, your suit vintage and in 3 pieces, or your threads by the 1000 with Bond Street’s most custom designs…it doesn’t matter – as long as you’re wearing your clothes and not vice versa, The Edition will feel like home.
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