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.
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.
How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points and status from UK credit cards (October 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 usually 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.
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.
Until 2nd November 2021, The Platinum Card comes with a sign-up bonus of 60,000 Amex points. This converts into 90,000 Marriott Bonvoy points.
You can also earn American Express Membership Rewards points with American Express Gold (30,000 bonus points – special offer to 9th November 2021), 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).
(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.)