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Marriott West India Quay hotel in London refurbishes – a good value redemption

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The Marriott hotel at Canary Wharf (West India Quay) has announced the completion of its refurbishment.  To quote:

The spacious guestrooms boast stylish, understated carpets and wallpaper in a neutral beige and taupe palette, contrasted by dark wood furniture detailing and a flash of colour from the hand blown glass turquoise lamps.

“When designing an interior we integrate vernacular of the architecture and local surroundings,” explained Alan McVitty, Director of M Studio London. All flooded with natural light from floor-to-ceiling windows, certain guestrooms also boast scenic views over West India Quay whilst the Curve Suites showcase incredible sights across Canary Wharf’s skyline.

Guestrooms have been decked out with luxurious flat screen TVs and plush mattresses, whilst suites come equipped with Nespresso coffee machines. Up-to-the-minute technology including high-speed Wi-Fi and 8 USB ports can be found in each room, ensuring ease for business travel.

Even if you are not a business traveller, it is worth keeping an eye on this hotel as a good value tourist spot for a weekend break.  It is just a couple of minutes walk from the Jubilee Line, dropping you in the West End very quickly, and the Docklands Light Railway literally runs past your window.

As a redemption, it is now 35,000 points per night – a good deal, given the full refurbishment, compared to 50-60,000 points per night for the equivalent West End hotels.

The Marriott West India Quay website is here if you want to find out more.

How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points and status from UK credit cards

How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points and status from UK credit cards (July 2024)

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.

Marriott Bonvoy American Express

20,000 points for signing up and 15 elite night credits each year 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 Premium and MeliaRewards Gold status.  We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here and you can apply here.

The Platinum Card from American Express

40,000 bonus points AND (to 27th August) £400 to spend at Amex Travel Read our full review

You can also earn Marriott Bonvoy points indirectly:

and for small business owners:

The conversion rate from American Express to Marriott Bonvoy points is 2:3.

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 (119)

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  • smellyden says:


    Off topic but it is bits. Trying to make my first redemption on BA. Had a small balance in Ibera and wanted to combine it to BA. Went online to do it, and once completed some happened and my BA avios have now appeared in Ibera. I phoned up Iberia and they said they have IT issues and cannot transfer them back and to go to the website. On the website there is no option to send back to BA. No one seems willing to help! I tried to open a but unless you have a old avios number there is no way to register. Now because of that transfer I do not have enough avios for my redemption. Any help on trying to get my avios from Iberia to BA exec club would be appreciated.

    • Rob says:

      You need to open an Aer Lingus AerClub or Vueling Club account and log in at with those details. Combine My Avios will then work fine, using the page.

  • Graeme says:

    If you were still receiving the STTM for free following the generous Avios offer around 2 years ago, I advise you to check your bank account. I’ve had £30 taken off on the 28th despite cancelling a year ago and receiving the magazine since then. I should have cancelled the DD!

    I’ve emailed customer service to have this refunded.

    • Robman says:

      I posted this yesterday which might be helpful to others.
      Off-topic warning re those of you with a Sunday Times travel magazine subscription.
      I had cancelled my subscription after the first year with Sunday Times magazine and cancelled the direct debit at my bank. I continued to receive the magazine for the next year and was still receiving it without having been charged the annual subscription fee. Yesterday, another £30.00 was taken from my account. I contacted the magazines customer service and was informed that they had taken over the subscription payment service from a previous company and they had reloaded all the direct debits for annual subscriptions as they had realised that the payments for the previous year had not been taken as they should have been.

      Anyway, I have now cancelled the subscription again and the direct debit at the bank. The gentleman at the customer services told me that they would process a refund and send me a cheque in the next couple of weeks. Just wanted to warn anyone who was still receiving the magazine gratuitously to watch out for the reloading of the direct debit on your subscription anniversary.

    • Kevin says:

      I now get two copies of the TLS every week.

  • New Card says:

    OT – has anyone had a retention offer recently on either the Amex BAPP or Amex Platinum cards, when calling to cancel? I know about the SPG offer some have got. Thank you!

    • the_real_a says:

      Since the call center has moved/expanded/re-routed to the Philippines the offshore techniques need to be used to get what you want. You need to be totally blunt and ask directly what you want. Ask them to pull up the retention offers on their system and ask for double points for x months or a partial refund on your annual fee.

  • The Original Nick says:

    Has TRH gone off the radar again? I miss his humour!

  • Neil Donoghue says:

    OT: I’m in T3 tonight flying to Spain on an Iberia ticket. Stupidly I only noticed the flight is being operated by Vueling. Rob, I know you’ve done a massive article about this in the past and BA tickets. Is it safe to assume the rules are the same and I’m not entitled to any lounge access as a BA Silver member.

    • Rob says:

      Not sure with BA status on an IB flight code on a Vueling plane! I guess no. Let us know tomorrow ….

      • Nick says:

        No, BA lounge access on a VY flight is only allowed with a BA code and ticket. That’s not to say you won’t get a generous lounge agent, but it’s against the access rules so you can’t complain if they say no,

        • Lumma says:

          You still don’t get any lounge access on a vueling flight with a BA code with silver. Need to be gold and no guests I believe

      • Neil Donoghue says:

        @Rob – Thanks for all the comments and replies. This was an Iberia ticket not a BA ticket, and was a codeshare with Vueling. I walked straight in to the Qantas lounge last night without any problems. I must confess, the girl at the counter (Michelle) did remember me from 3 days ago. I’ll be flying back to London tomorrow and then coming back to Spain on Tuesday (I have 4 return legs booked with Iberia / Vueling and will try the BA lounge on Tuesday. Rob, i’ll keep you posted by email.

  • GabeS says:

    Hi all
    Can anyone advise please where to find the Gold to Platinum upgrade on your account,or is there a link?
    Come across it in the past but lost it now!

  • DaveL says:

    OT – Weird goings on with my SPG card. My balance for transactions over the last month appears to have been adjusted for the change to Marriot points – I.e 3 for every £1 I spend. On £700 spend I’ve had 2,100 points. However, I’ve just hit the sign on bonus this month and had 11,000 points credited (10k + 1k referral). So my ‘starwood’ balance to be transferred, according to Amex is just over 13k. Shouldn’t this now be 33k points, or have they just devalued the sign-on bonus by a factor of three for me, as I was stuck in the middle during the changeover?! My current balance is a messy mix of old points and new ones.

  • Ian says:


    This website badly needs some sort of forum now. Came to the comments to see if there was much discussion about the McLaren offer, and nothing but 10 different OTs with people asking different questions.

    A small, simple forum would resolve this, and the comments can return to being comments.

    • Rob says:

      Are you volunteering to moderate it?!

      In general random stuff tends to go under a ‘Bits’ article. The other daily articles tend to have more structured comments.

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