Review: Le Meridien Piccadilly, London, United Kingdom
When you’re only in town for a quick stay, there is nothing more important than “location” when it comes to your choice of hotels. The Le Meridien Piccadilly was well located just steps from Piccadilly Circus in Mayfair, London, United Kingdom. Our brief stay at the property would allow us to get the most out of our two day London stopover.
This post is one chapter on our trip to Iceland, the United Kingdom and Morocco. This trip was redeemed through Alaska Mileage Plan and enhanced through Marriott Bonvoy Elite Status. For more information on how this trip was booked, please see our trip introduction here. For other parts of the trip, please see this index.
Read more from this trip:
- Introduction: Iceland, Spain and Morocco via Iceland Air Saga Class & British Airways First Class
- Plaza Premium Lounge: Transborder Vancouver
- Alaska Airlines: Vancouver – Seattle
- American Express Centurion Lounge, Seattle Tacoma, USA
- Icelandair Saga Class: Seattle – Keflavik
- Hotel 101, A Member of Design Hotels, Reykjavik, Iceland
- City Visit: Reykjavik, Iceland – Part I
- City Visit: Reykjavik, Iceland – Part II
- The Blue Lagoon, Iceland
- The Golden Circle, Iceland
- Ion Adventure Hotel, A Member of Design Hotels, Nesjavillir, Iceland
- Nesjavillir to Dyrhólaey, Iceland
- Nesjavillir, Iceland
- Icelandair Saga Business Lounge, Keflavik, Iceland
- Icelandair Saga Class: Keflavik – Madrid
- The Westin Madrid, Madrid, Spain
- Renfe AVE: Madrid Puerta Atocha – Sevilla Santa Justa
- The Hotel Alphonso XIII, A Luxury Collection Resort, Seville, Spain
- City Visit: Seville, Spain – Part I
- City Visit: Seville, Spain – Part II
- Renfe AVE: Sevilla Santa Justa – Madrid Puerta Atocha
- AC Carlton by Marriott, Madrid, Spain
- Iberia Velazquez Premium Business Lounge, Madrid Barajas Terminal 4S, Madrid, Spain
- Iberia Business Class: Madrid – Marrakech
- The Pearl Lounge, Arrivals Hall, Marrakech Airport, Morocco
- Anayela (Riad), a Member of Design Hotels, Marrakech, Morocco
- City Visit: Marrakech, Morocco – Part I
- City Visit: Marrakech, Morocco – Part II
- Activity: Lunch at Aman Yella, Marrakech, Morrocco
- Activity: Overland Travel from Marrakech to Mhamid, Morocco
- Erg Chigaga Luxury Tented Camp, Mhamid, Morocco – Part I
- Erg Chigaga Luxury Tented Camp, Mhamid, Morocco – Part II
- Activity: Overland Travel from Mhamid to Marrakech, Morocco
- Le Meridien N’Fis, Marrakech, Morocco
- The Pearl Lounge, Departures Hall, Marrakech Airport, Morocco
- British Airways Club Europe: Marrakech – London Gatwick
- Le Meridien Piccadilly, London, United Kingdom
- City Visit: London, United Kingdom
- Qantas Business Lounge, London Heathrow T3, United Kingdom
- Cathay Pacific First Class Lounge, London Heathrow T3, United Kingdom
- British Airways First Class: London – Vancouver
Review: Le Meridien Piccadilly, London, United Kingdom
“An exceptionally centrally located Le Meridien that looks like no other Le Meridien in the chain, thanks to its old historic London building.”
Getting to the Hotel:
We arrived to London on a British Airways Club Europe Marrakech – London Gatwick flight. We met our Blacklane driver at the Gatwick exit area. We walked out to a clean Mercedes E200 Touring and we were on our way. It was about 90 minutes drive up to the Piccadilly Circus but the door to door service was pretty much worthwhile over steps, stairs and trains on the Gatwick Express & London Underground train routes.
The Le Meridien Piccadilly was located immediately adjacent to Piccadilly Circus and just steps from the Piccadilly Circus Underground Station.
In terms of a location, the property can’t be beat for tourists visiting London. It’s well located and a mere steps from the shopping district.
Arriving to the Property:
We arrived to the hotel where we were checked in. We were advised that the Marriott Bonvoy Platinum Breakfast was not offered in the restaurant; instead we ended up being offered it in the hotel lounge. I had an odd first impression at the check in which continued throughout this stay in that the staff seemed pretty detached. I suspect this was as a result of a high number of travellers passing through the property.
The Room: An Executive Suite
After we were checked in, we led ourselves up to the suite. We received a Marriott Bonvoy Suite Upgrade to an Executive Suite. The suite itself was the oldest looking suite in appearance and style that I’ve stayed in for quite some time. Needless to say, I would get to know it quite well.
The suite was configured in an “L “shape. Immediately on entering the suite, there was a long L shaped hallway with a sitting area on the right. MrsWT73 continued to be coy with the trip reporting photographs.
The sitting area was quite dated. You could describe it as traditional British style. Everywhere else it would be considered as drab. I thought that these wooden tables were relics from my parents houses; British styled furniture.
The room offered a small desk tucked away facing the wall. While it didn’t have a view, it did have a mirror accenting the space.
Further down the hallway, the bedroom area featured a completely separate area at the end of the hallway. The bedroom was quite dark, as pictured.
The bedroom was a little compact for suitcase storage. As a result, we ended up storing our suitcases in the hallways.
The ensuite bathroom was just off the bedroom and was tiny. It featured a towel warmer, consistent with many British hotels.
There was a small kettle above the safe in the closet.
Unfortunately, I didn’t get many more photographs of the property as I ended up being pretty immobile for the rest of the stay due to illness. This resulted in me spending a lot of time in bed.
In terms of sleep quality, the room was reasonably quiet at night despite being situated in the heart of central London.
The Bottom Line: The Le Meridien Piccadilly:
The Le Meridien Piccadilly’s best feature is the location; immediately within walking distance of all the major tourist sites in London.
Editor’s Note: The Le Meridien Piccadilly was de-flagged from the Marriott Portfolio shortly after our stay. It is currently being run as an independent hotel called “The Dilly” by the same management company