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Europe’s largest Residence Inn by Marriott opens in London’s Kensington

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If you travel to London for extended periods, you may want to take a look at the new Residence Inn by Marriott which has just opened in Kensington. 

Situated on Warwick Road nears Earls Court, the property contains 319 suites ranging from studios to 2-bedrooms.  All rates include free breakfast and all suites include a kitchen if you want to cook for yourself.

Residence Inn by Marriott London Kensington

It is not a new build, but a conversion and refurbishment of an apartment hotel complex called Think Apartments which opened in 2007.  The building is just behind the big Tesco supermarket that you pass on the way to Heathrow from Central London.

This will be the largest Residence Inn in Europe and the third largest globally.  This is the second Residence Inn in London following the London Bridge opening last year.

Marriott Rewards redemptions are 40,000 points per night.  1-Bed Suites are bookable on points but don’t get too excited – they are advertised as being a relatively small 24-27 square metres.  Cash rates start from £180.  The hotel website is here.


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How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points from UK credit cards (May 2021)

There are various ways of earning Marriott Bonvoy points from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses.

The official Marriott Bonvoy American Express card comes with 20,000 points for signing up, 2 points for every £1 you spend and 15 elite night credits per year. You can apply here.

American Express Marriott Bonvoy credit card

Marriott Bonvoy American Express

20,000 points sign-up bonus and 15 elite night credits Read our full review

You can also earn Marriott Bonvoy points by converting American Express Membership Rewards points at the rate of 2:3.

Do you know that holders of The Platinum Card from American Express receive FREE Marriott Bonvoy Gold status for as long as they hold the card?  It also comes with Hilton Honors Gold, Radisson Rewards Gold and MeliaRewards Gold status.  We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here and you can apply here.

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The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

You can also earn American Express Membership Rewards points with American Express Gold (20,000 bonus points), the American Express Rewards Credit Card (5,000 bonus points) and – for small business owners – American Express Business Gold (20,000 bonus points) and Business Platinum (40,000 bonus points).

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which can be used to earn Marriott Bonvoy points

(Want to earn more hotel points?  Click here to see our complete list of promotions from the major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Offers’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)

Comments (108)

  • Graham Walsh says:

    Just booking IB flights and had this notice pop up when using my Amex Plat. Never seen this before.

    Important notice

    You should present your payment card
    For the correct verification of the payment card holder´s identity, the holder must show the card on the day of departure of the flight at the check-in desk. To the contrary, the passenger in the booking will be refused embarkation.
    The card will only be required at the first starting point of the trip (not on the return trip or connecting flights).

    Virtual cards
    Virtual cards are not admitted as forms of payment. The purchase of a ticket with a virtual card means you will NOT BE ADMITTED on the flight, being able to fly only by purchasing a new ticket at the time of departure. Return to previous page and modify your form of payment.

    You can continue with the purchase by clicking on “buy ticket” or by going back to the previous page.

    • Graham Walsh says:

      Seems that IB decided to change my Amex Personal to Business without me noticing. Went through 2nd time with the correct Personal Amex setting.

  • ChrisC says:

    I got 100% offer so 200k points for approx £760.

    Good vslue?

    Am still new to the IHG scheme and I don’t appear to have any accelerate offers at the moment. How often do they come out?

    • Genghis says:

      I like to pick up points cheaply and effectively “run a book” and sell them when needed. I sell at 0.4p so would not buy at this price.

      So buy for a specific redemption once you’ve run the numbers (less points earned), not specilatively.

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