On the south side of the Thames River in the heart of London is where you’ll find the beautiful Marlin Waterloo Hotel.
During my trip to London to check out all of the Christmas displays and get some holiday shopping done I wanted to stay somewhere with a central location. I also wanted something with great amenities and an amazing view of the city center.
These features can be hard to find in “Central” London. By that I mean there isn’t much accommodation with great views in SoHo or anywhere near Oxford Street.
For that you’re going to need to head south of the river, especially if you want a skyline view without having to totally ruin your travel budget.
This is where the Marlin Waterloo Hotel starts to present itself as the most viable option for accommodation.
The Marlin Waterloo is a modern and contemporary hotel that’s perfectly suited for the traveler looking for a taste of luxury.
The location is ideal for exploring the city, the rooms are well-equipped for short-term stay, and you have quite a few options to choose from depending on your budget for accommodation.
I was fortunate enough to spend two nights at the Marlin Waterloo and in this post I want to share with you the experience that I had as well as the different features that you can expect if you’re planning to visit this hotel.
The Marlin Waterloo Hotel in London, England
The Marlin Waterloo offers a blend of short-term hotel rooms and long-term apartments.
It’s ideal for business travelers, tourists, or even locals looking for a quick city-break without having to venture too far from home.
Many of the rooms come equipped with kitchen facilities and cooking utensils. This gives you the option to prepare something from the comfort of your own room. You can even make something as simple as coffee or tea and save yourself the hassle of having to leave the hotel.
As for the rooms, there are a few different types to choose from. Some of the rooms offer an amazing view of the London skyline. I recommend booking a room with a view as it was one of the best parts of my stay at the hotel.
Some other features include a fitness center, a bar on the main floor, reasonable WiFi speeds, and a 24-hour front desk with knowledgeable and friendly receptionist’s.
Now that I’ve given you a quick look at what you can expect at the Marlin Waterloo let’s dive right into my personal review.
Marlin Waterloo Hotel Review
Check-In and Interior
Apart from a few small delays the check-in process went smoothly.
After taking my information the receptionist provided me with some information about the hotel and gave me a few ideas on things to check out in London.
Before heading up to the room I took a look around the lobby. The lobby featured a modern design with contemporary furniture and some decorative pieces to give it a more comfortable ambiance.
Since Christmas was just around the corner there were quite a few Christmas decorations in the lobby and this really helped boost the holiday spirit.
On the lower-level was a fitness room, conference space, washing machines that guests could use, and a fitness center.
There was a bar on the ground floor and I did notice that the bar was busy in the late afternoon and early evening.
For such a busy hotel I thought the lobby seating area would be bigger. Sometimes all of the seating was full and people were standing around waiting to check in without anywhere to sit.
There were also two computers available for guests to use and I was able to print out my boarding pass with the free printer.
Making my way up to the room I noticed everything was clean and nothing was in obvious need of repair or maintenance.
After spending some time in the lobby I finally decided to head up and check out the room.
During my stay at the Marlin Waterloo I was in a King Room on one of the higher floors.
The room was spacious, designed with contemporary features, and the large window provided a breathtaking view of the London skyline.
In my opinion, the view was one of the best parts of my stay at the hotel. Whenever I was in the room I was always looking out the window and admiring the beautiful scenery and cityscape down below.
As for the room, it came with a large king bed, a contemporary desk, a comfortable oversized chair, and just about everything else you would expect in an upscale hotel room.
What made the room unique was the fully equipped kitchenette. This meant that you could quickly prepare something or even make a full meal all from the comforts of the hotel.
There was an assortment of cutlery and utensils, cookware for cooking and preparing something, a kettle, a coffee maker, a small fridge, and even a toaster.
The well-equipped kitchenette along with the desk and comfortable living space meant that this room could be used for both short-term or long-term stays at the hotel.
During my stay I found the property to be peaceful and quiet. I barely ever ran into any other guests and the room was soundproofed enough that I never heard anything else going on.
Overall, I found the room to be perfectly well equipped for two people for a short-term stay in London. I really appreciated all of the small details such as the desk, kitchenette, and incredible view.
Just like the room and the rest of the hotel, the bathroom featured a contemporary design.
Everything was in good condition and there was a selection of L’Occitane amenities available to choose from.
The different amenities included soap, shampoo, and body lotion that my girlfriend really enjoyed using.
There was a selection of towels available. Outlets could be found right beside the sink. These could be used for a hair dryer, straightener, or electric razor.
The modern design of the bathroom helped to compliment the contemporary layout of the rest of the property.
My only complaint with the bathroom was that I found it to be small. The room was quite spacious so I was surprised to find that the bathroom was smaller than what I would have expected.
Otherwise, the bathroom was fully equipped with everything one would need for a short-term stay at the hotel.
Depending on the type of room that you choose nightly rates for the Marlin Waterloo Hotel range from $200 USD for a deluxe room up to $300 USD for a suite.
As for long-term stays you’re going to have to contact the hotel directly to arrange a long-term rate.
Accommodation in London can be quite expensive, especially with such a great location. I find the prices for the Marlin Waterloo to be reasonable and rather competitive.
Personally, I would like to see a breakfast included in the rate. Although I’m not sure if the hotel has facilities to accommodate a daily breakfast.
As always, I recommend booking your room as soon as possible. This will help you to secure the best rate and avoid any issues with availability.
One of the best things about the Marlin Waterloo Hotel is its location in central London.
The hotel is just steps away from the Lambeth North Tube Station where you can quickly reach anywhere you would want to visit in the city.
There are also quite a few bus stops within one or two minutes of the hotel if you’d rather travel around by bus.
From Heathrow I was able to reach the property in under an hour and all of the main train stations can be reached in approximately 30 minutes using public transportation.
As for walking around, it’s a short 12 minute walk to Westminster Bridge and Big Ben. Other popular tourist attractions in London like the Tower Bridge or SoHo can also be accessed on foot within 60 to 90 minutes depending on your fitness levels.
Surrounding the hotel are small shops, cafes, and restaurants. There’s always something available to eat or drink at any time of day.
Like I said, one of the best things about the Marlin Waterloo is its great location in central London. If you’re looking for accommodation that’s close to public transportation and makes it easy to explore the city then this is definitely the place for you.
London is an incredible city to visit and it’s even more magical during the holiday season.
With so many different hotels to choose from in the city it can be tricky to find somewhere that’s worth staying.
Having checked out a few of the different options for accommodation in London I can wholeheartedly recommend the Marlin Waterloo Hotel for both short-term and long-term stays.
It’s a great hotel if you’re looking for somewhere with a central location, contemporary interior design, spacious and modern rooms, and all of the amenities you would need when you’re visiting somewhere new.
For the price and location you can hardly go wrong with the Marlin Waterloo. I would definitely recommend checking it out if you’re planning a trip to London in the future.
One more thing I would like to mention is that I would definitely recommend checking out the London Pass. This is an amazing tourist card that you can use to save money on visiting some of the main attractions in London.