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How a reader got a £712 hotel stay for £25 with the Amex Platinum £400 offer

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A reader recently got in touch to say ‘thank you’ for our coverage of the Amex Platinum £400 Marriott cashback offer last year which he combined with an offer at the London EDITION to save £687!

If you didn’t get this offer, it might make you feel better to know that I never got to use my £400 credit either due to London changing its coronavirus tier level before I could check in.

Over to Will:

“I was lucky enough to be one of the first 2,000 card members to save the ‘Spend £400, get £400 back’ Marriott offer that ran for American Express Platinum cardholders, having seen the offer via Head for Points.  

London EDITION

As with everyone this year, I have had to cancel or re-schedule numerous trips. This offer was no different.  

I had originally planned to stay at The Langley country house property (which Rob reviewed here), but November’s lockdown put an end to that. I decided to hedge my bets a bit by rebooking both The Langley as well as the London EDITION for December. In the end I went for the EDITION hotel as it suited my schedule better. 

In addition to the Amex offer, the hotel had an added-value package running which I decided to book. It offered one nights accommodation, a free guaranteed room upgrade and £50 of hotel credit to spend on food and drinks for a grand total of £425. On its own, the upgraded room I received would have cost £662.

The London EDITION

EDITION is a chain of very high-end boutique hotels created by fabled hotelier Ian Schrager in conjunction with Marriott.

There are currently EDITION hotels in London, Bodrum, Barcelona, Abu Dhabi, Tokyo, Sanya, Shanghai, Miami Beach, New York and West Hollywood. Many more sites are under development.

Upon arrival at the EDITION, just off Oxford Street, I was amazed by the beautiful lobby. High ceilings, ornate cornicing, plush sofas, marble floors and a fantastically stock bar welcomed me and I walked to the reception desk. 

London EDITION lobby 2

Despite it being fairly busy, I was checked in within a matter of minutes. The staff were welcoming, took an interest in me and my plans for the stay and offered if they could do anything to make the stay more comfortable.  

London EDITION lobby

My Marriott Bonvoy Gold Elite status (also via Amex Platinum) was recognised with a further room upgrade (I was upgraded twice from the room category that I actually booked) and a gift of 500 Marriott Bonvoy points.  

I was able to book a table at Berners Tavern for drinks in a few hours’ time, the adjoining restaurant run by Jason Atherton. This is where my £50 hotel credit was going to be spent!  

Rooms at the London EDITION

The room itself was the Deluxe Room with king bed. At 33 square metres it was not a big space, but for central London I thought it generous.  

As you enter the room through a small corridor, the first thing you notice is the gorgeous wooden flooring and wall panelling.  The wide, solid panels cover the whole of the bedroom area.

The corridor houses an illuminated wardrobe, complete with the plushest bath robes I have ever seen, a minibar stocked with some very high-end drinks and a selection of glasses from which to drink them.  

As you turn past the armchair and art work, the king size bed awaits. It goes without saying that the bed is sumptuous, the sheets and pillows like warm air. A large desk runs most of the length of the room and had a desk chair and well as the TV. A large full length mirror completes the bedroom furniture. There are numerous bedside plugs with USB to use as well as a Bluetooth speaker.  

London EDITION bedroom

Moving into the marble bathroom, I found a towel rack, shower, sink and loo. A large choice of Le Labo amenities were on offer too. Shower gels, shampoo, conditioner as well as soaps, shower mit and vanity kits. 

Dining at the London EDITION

The hotel has just the one restaurant, but what a place. The décor in Berners Tavern is nothing short of stunning:

London EDITION Berners Tavern

The magnificently high ceilings, walls dripping with artwork and very comfortable leather seating make for a beautiful setting for dinner or drinks. Due to Government regulation at the time, drinks had to be consumed alongside a substantial meal, so I ordered a cheese plate to go with my Belvedere Vodka. Sipping any drink in these surroundings would be fantastic.  

London EDITION Berners Tavern 2

There is also a bar in the lobby area as well as ‘The Punch room’ which offers drinks in a more private setting.  

London EDITION bar

Conclusion

The EDITION is beautiful, the staff were great and if you’re willing to pay the high prices for a nights stay or dinner, you won’t be disappointed.

In the end, I paid £25 for my room and dinner which would have cost £712 if I had booked each part individually. It was worth every penny – all 2,500 of them!”

Booking the London EDITION

Pricing seems to starts at £400 per night for Summer 2021 or from 45,000 Marriott Bonvoy points per night. Given our general 0.5p valuation for a Bonvoy point, a redemption here could be excellent value. The hotel website is here.

.HfP’s hotel booking partner, Emyr Thomas, can access special rates at the London EDITION via the Marriott STARS programme which is exclusively offered to luxury travel agents.

If you book via Emyr and pay Best Flexible Rate, you will receive:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Daily a la carte breakfast for two guests per bedroom in Berners Tavern
  • $100 hotel credit (excluded gratuities and external services)
  • Priority early check in
  • Complimentary 4:00 pm check out, subject to availability

This dovetails with an offer at the London EDITION where you receive one night complimentary if you book three nights in a Deluxe Room or above. The only snag is that this is currently only valid until 31st March 2021 …..

You can contact Emyr via the form on this page of Head for Points.


Mariott Bonvoy American Express credit card

How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points from UK credit cards (March 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.

American Express Platinum card Amex

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 (50,000 bonus points) and Business Platinum (100,000 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 (41)

  • stairali says:

    I was lucky enough to use the offer at the JW Marriott, where, after booking the cheapest room I received an upgrade to an executive suite that goes for up to £1500 (status matched from Hilton diamond).

    A few hours in the lounge and a meal at the steakhouse meant the value I got from it was very good indeed!

  • lumma says:

    Did the cheeseboard and 1 vodka cost £50?

    • Rob says:

      Including the compulsory 12.5%ish service charge, that would be about right. £30 for cheese, £13 for a vodka plus service.

  • Alhambra says:

    A night at the edition and a night at the JW, a fair amount of F+B (only room service was operating), which thanks to the healthcare rate and cumulative spend counting came to a total of £31. I don’t blame amex that I’m no longer seeing offers.

  • Doommonger says:

    Ditto, we got the same suite courtesy of jolly nice guest relations manager, followed by Adison Lee to Harrods to spend the £100 that Plat so generously offered, but it gets better….recently I had no £175 showing on my card, I rang up to complain and they credited me £400! The moral of the story, being a moaning miserable git has its benefits.

    The Doomster

    • Anna says:

      Again, a district lack of doom😂

    • Harry T says:

      They probably accidentally applied the centurion offer instead?

      • Doommonger says:

        Its been good, I also threatened to leave earlier last year and got 35000MR to stay and my annual fee spread over 10 months, as well as the £100 Waitrose offers. Perhaps I will have to ditch the Doomster and revert back to Hugh, I know Anna misses him!!

      • TGLoyalty says:

        Happens 🙂

  • IslandDweller says:

    Interested to read the comments earlier about patchy service over breakfast at the Langley. Same issue at their sister hotel…
    We’d intended to stay at the Langley but changes to lockdown rules scuppered that. We ended up using the offer at their sister hotel, the Wellesley next to Hyde Park corner. Upgraded to a fantastic suite with views over Hyde Park. Pretty much everything about the suite was fabulous. Even down to details like endless lighting options, and simple controls so you could easily work out which switch controlled what (a detail that so many hotels fail to manage)
    But breakfast service at the Wellesley…. Utter catastrophe, don’t think I’ve ever encountered such slow / incompetent service. The duty manager (Yes, I did call for him) blamed staffing, but as everyone had to reserve their exact breakfast time slot, they had no excuse for not knowing how many customers would be in the room. (And it was only about a dozen). 46 minutes from sitting down before any item of food appeared.
    Still pleased we got the chance to stay in a fantastic suite for “only £150”, but that breakfast – I still giggle at how shambolic it was.

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