This Marriot receives our recommendation primarily for its across-the-street location from Hyde Park, a haven for runners and walkers. Boutique in size (7 floors; 148 rooms), the hotel itself is pleasant and upscale with desirable features such as Marriott's new premium bedding, modern décor, 24-hour room service and wireless internet access throughout the property. The Marble Arch Tube stop is literally across the street as well, making transportation around London a breeze.
Marriott's 24/7 on-site gym is nothing special. Athletic-minded guests will find a small, underground, room with low ceilings and a small quantity of Pulse brand cardio/strength machines. A dumbbell set with weights up to 25 pounds is also available.
Marriott's indoor pool has a sexy design, but hard core swimmers will not be able to lap inside. Look to the Virgin Active Mayfair for a dip.
Nearest Tube stop: Marble Arch (half block)