Venue of the Week: London Heathrow Marriott

C&IT's Venue of the Week is London Heathrow Marriott, which recently unveiled a multi-million pound refurbishment to its conference facilities.

Venue of the Week: London Heathrow Marriott
Venue of the Week: London Heathrow Marriott

As the A4 Bath Road runs adjacent to Heathrow it becomes a ‘high street’ for big hotel brands. Virtually all of them have a presence there, and for good reason – being a stone’s throw from Britain’s busiest international hub means guaranteed income, whether that’s an overnight stay for leisure travellers, a business stopover or a short room booking for airline staff. For the same reason, these properties are a magnet for meetings and conferences. But despite healthy competition, they tend not to be the most exciting hotels. Functional, rather than design-led. A means to an end. 


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So, as C&I Traveller approached the London Heathrow Marriott, pondering how more planes could ever safely pass through the local airspace were a third runway ever built, that’s what it had in mind. 

It was a pleasant surprise. The entrance leads straight into a huge, airy, light-filled atrium with suspended trapezes adorned with sculptures – certainly not your typical airport hotel welcome.  

A four-month refurb of the property began at the start of the year and finished in May, the main beneficiary being a completely redesigned suite of meetings and event spaces. Even at the top of the property Premier League, conference facilities are rarely more than functional, but Marriott has put a great deal of thought (and money) into its new offering.

Some 1,800 square metres of aviation-themed, beautifully designed space across 16 rooms provides a huge variety of options for planners, including six new meeting rooms with natural daylight. The latest tech is installed throughout, with creativity and flexibility to the fore: rooms have write-on walls, Barco Clickshare technology and Bluetooth Sound Bars. There is also 872sqm of breakout space with satellite bars and modern, quirky furniture and artwork. The largest space – the Lindbergh Suite – can host up to 480 delegates for a seated conference. 

Elsewhere, the hotel has nearly 400 soundproof bedrooms, an indoor pool and leisure club, two bars, a Starbucks and two restaurants: Allie’s American Grille for hungry carnivores and Tuscany Ristorante, which serves delicious Italian cuisine and offers a live show kitchen. 

In the most mundane of settings, the Marriott stands out from its neighbours and, in particular, should be seriously considered by planners seeking somewhere modern for a conference or event right next to the airport. 

FAST FACTS 

Bedrooms: 393 (includes 2 suites)
Largest Meeting Room Capacity: 480
Day Delegate Rate: from £ 59
Contact: Toria Clark
Tel: 020 8990 1100
Email: toria.clark@marriotthotels.com                                    
Web: londonmarriotthotels.com

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