This Marriott is a low rise (2 story) property which , amazingly, does not have an elevator/lift to the second floor. It's located a few miles from Stanstead, London's third airport after Heathrow and Gatwick. It's just off the M-25 motorway that circles London, at about 1 o'clock on the circle. Apart from the peculiar absence of a lift, it's a typical Marriott with nicely furnished rooms and friendly service. There's one disadvantage if you want to get into London - it's a 15 minute, 10 pound taxi ride to the nearest train station at Waltham Cross for service into London, and from there it's 30 minutes by train to Liverpool St. Station. During the daytime trains run every 12 - 15 minutes. You can also go to the Underground station at Loughton on the Central line - a bit slower than the train but with service at five minute intervals. Travel time to Heathrow or Gatwick is 1-1/4 to 1-1/2 hours by train, then Underground, then express train. It would be either faster or a lot slower by car, depending on the time of day.
The person who checked me in was training. She was pretty inept and completely unable to think on her feet, but apart from that anomaly the staff was helpful and friendly. Prices at the lobby bar for a cup of coffee are outrageously high even by UK standards unless you're a Marriott Gold member in which case you get a couple of non-alcoholic drinks free of charge. In contrast, the room rates are reasonable. I paid UK 102 a night including VAT (a "senior" rate on a Thursday night).
Summing up, nice hotel if you don't plan on trekking into London.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Discover a blend of relaxed elegance and modern convenience at the Waltham Abbey Marriott Hotel. Enjoy spacious accommodations, helpful amenities and easy accessibility to Essex and Central London. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Marriott Waltham Abbey
- Waltham Abbey Marriott Hotel Essex