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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.


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How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points from UK credit cards (July 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. Until 31st August 2021, the bonus is doubled to 40,000 Marriott Bonvoy points. You can apply here.

American Express Marriott Bonvoy credit card

Marriott Bonvoy American Express

40,000 points sign-up bonus and Gold Elite status 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 (41)

  • AY says:

    I also stayed here in December, lovely hotel. Had the Amex offer and booked a suite at £675 per night through fine hotels and resorts. On arrival upgraded to a loft suite which for the night was showing at a ridiculous rate of £1279 per night. Overall good hotel but for the prices charged the rooms are small and if I’m honest better value in other hotels in London. Breakfast at Berners Tavern was nice, complimentary. Really nice hotel just feel for the money you would expect better given what the competition offer.

  • Jonathan says:

    I reckon I can beat this 😉

    £149 for a standard double on the Healthcare rate which was upgraded to a Deluxe King (although slightly bizarrely the front desk made a big deal of pointing out this wasn’t due to Marriott Platinum status as “these rates don’t qualify for benefits” but a personal gesture of thanks for my work…).

    We then had a lovely dinner in Berners which came to £280 leaving a net spend of £29!

    I thought the hotel was nice, the lobby & Berners are certainly very impressive but the room didn’t blow me away enough for me to think it would be worth £500+ in normal times. We were tucked away in a very quiet spot on the 4th Floor so not sure what noise levels would be like at the front or in normal times as it’s just off Oxford St.

    If I’m in London then I’ll be out & about all day/evening so would probably settle for somewhere in the comfortable bed & not much more category.

    • YC says:

      +1. Very solid hotel but not worth £400+ and poor elite recognition. Rooms are starting to look tired too. Can’t complain at £149 or ‘free on Amex’ though!

      Editions all have a very nice vibe and le labo toiletries and their bath robe are one of the best I’ve come across

    • Harry T says:

      I also stayed a couple of nights on the £149 healthcare rate as a Plat and received a junior suite (Loft King), after I hustled a little. The hotel didn’t seem to think the rate was eligible for elite benefits during my visit too but I’ve since emailed them and they have kindly acknowledged this was a mistake and will update their staff accordingly. Even though they didn’t think the rate was eligible for elite benefits at the time, they still upgraded me three or so categories for our anniversary, put a lovely chocolate cake and welcome note in our room, and provided a 4pm checkout. I wouldn’t hesitate to stay again, as the service and hard product were exceptional.

  • Matty says:

    Thanks for sharing… it wasn’t on my card!!

    • babyg says:

      @Matty.. in fairness we haven’t heard about £400 Marriott for a while, so we were due… please use this chat for MS instead, we havent seen too much of that for a while too..

  • BP says:

    The decor of the rooms looks rather cheap in the photos.

    • Anna says:

      The paneling on the walls is a bit weird – it look as though the bed is in a sauna!

      • meta says:

        Every Edition has similar paneling. It looks very cheap and not luxury at all.

        • Jonathan says:

          Not sure I agree with that. It’s a very Scandi/minimalist vibe but I suspect that’s a lot more appealing to their target market than plush soft furnishings. It looked a lot better in the flesh than those photos convey as well, it’s definitely not cheap laminate flooring from Wickes!

          • Anna says:

            I can believe the photos don’t do it justice but it’s odd that they would have Scandi/minimalist bedrooms combined with the plush marble lobby! This actually would put me off staying (in a world when we can have hotels stays again lol) as I’d choose a hotel which was plush OR minimalist throughout, but not a combination of both!

      • Harry T says:

        It looks better in person, although I agree it has a scandi sauna vibe.

  • kitten says:

    Is the Edition the former Sanderson Hotel?

    • YC says:

      Nope it’s same road but across the street

    • Genghis says:

      My wife and I went to the Long Bar soon after we’d started dating and had some good fun watching the “ladies”.

      • Anna says:

        Eek – wonder if anyone combined their £400 credit with such activities 🤣

  • Graham Walsh says:

    I used mine at the JW Marriott, moved a few times, booked via Emyr, cocktails, dinner & wine at the JW Steakhouse (really good food). Complained at breakfast for the lack of any food and cold food served, given two bellini’s free. Also had a large chocolate cake in the room and a limited edition bauble upon arrival. Plus the most delicious cheesecake free for my g/f birthday, although a month late, it was still on the booking notes 😀 All for £60

  • Igloo says:

    This article prompted me to have a look at what this offer actually saved me. I was one of the lucky few who was able to fit in a reservation at the Langley before London went into tier 4 but after the spa/pool area had re-opened in full. Booked a standard room on a FHR rate for £416. Had a pleasant surprise of an upgrade to a deluxe suite on arrival (which appears to be the top room type) this appears to cost around £1100 if that was the booked room category thanks to reading HfP!

    • Harry T says:

      Out of curiosity, do you have any Marriott status? That’s a very generous upgrade. Really glad you had a terrific stay at just the right time.

      Does make you wonder who pays for those £1100 suites! Marriott Park Lane once upgraded me to a “£1500” suite – it was delightful but I could never justify paying such a price.

      • meta says:

        As a Platinum I got upgraded to Balfour Suite (no 11) in December during Tier 2. Only Duke of Marlborough suite is bigger, also in the same category (main house deluxe). As to who pays full price, some people don’t care about the price.

        • meta says:

          To add, I booked the base room in the Main House on Quintessential English rate (£475) which included £80 credit and bottle of champagne.

        • Igloo says:

          I think we were in the Duke of Marlborough… unless there is also a something else of Marlborough suite as well! It was spacious enough but not massive tbh!

      • Igloo says:

        Only the gold status that comes with the plat.

        I can’t say that we thought the room was worth £1100 or that we would ever pay that kind of money for it! But we made the most of it!

      • Bagoly says:

        Suggestions:
        C-suite executives if the company pays for that level (think American companies where Directors have much more power than shareholders)
        The moneyed elite from resource-rich countries – not just Saudi Arabia, but Ghana, Kazakhstan etc.
        Top-paid footballers.

    • Diydegsy says:

      How was the Langley as we are booked in for May and some of the reviews on staff aren’t very good. Stay booked on points not Amex offer and this is the 3rd date we’ve booked.

      • meta says:

        Staff hit and miss. I am actually not sure I would stay again even on points. There was only 1 person amongst the restaurant staff that knew exactly how to run breakfast service and the moment they went on a break it became so disorganised (and there were only 2 other tables occuppied). At check out, they just seemed disinterested. Spa facilities are great, but I won’t go into cleaning procedures… I think they might be understaffed.

        Hard product is excellent, but everything else is lacking.

        • Diydegsy says:

          Oh that’s disappointing has anyone else stayed there before lockdown came in, would be interesting to know. I’m sure other hip readers have bookings for this hotel coming up. At this rate we might cancel.

        • Igloo says:

          Our experience was fairly similar. The staff that are good are very good the rest not so much!

        • George K says:

          I have to say, I did two nights at the Langley and found both breakfast and dinner pretty well organised. No complaints from us. They were all very accommodating.

          We similarly did an FHR rate stay, combined with Platinum status, booked at lowest category. Ended up in a massive main house suite with its own access to the exterior (so bypassing lobby etc). Absolutely fantastic!

          Ended up splitting an £800 total cost between three cards – £400 from Platinum, and x2 £75 that popped up on our Bonvoy cards (also had an extra £50 in reserve from the Harrods card). So spend £250 in total. FHR rate had free full breakfast (as opposed to Plats who get just the continental) and also £80 to spend on-site.

          There was no way we’d ever be able to do something like this without such an incentive. If rates were not close to £400 in general, I’d consider returning, but we have yet to actually spend more than £200 per night for lodgings, and even that I consider a stretch.

  • Harry T says:

    Also, they aren’t putting the traditional EDITION throw on the beds at the moment due to covid but they did add one when we asked 😂.

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