Marriott’s Autograph Collection Expands Its Royal Reach Into the UK
The raison d’être of Marriott’s Autograph Collection is to provide not just a place to lay your weary head, but to give you an experience based on different themes like Culinary Delight, Artistic Getaway, Urban Excitement or Sporting Adventure. (For added fun, you can visit their Facebook page and have your autograph analysed to see which theme suits you best. It was shockingly accurate.)
Now they’re bringing that concept to the UK for the first time with the addition of two upscale hotels: Threadneedles in London and The Glasshouse in Edinburgh.
Threadneedles is set in the heart of the Square Mile, the original site of the Roman settlement that started it all. Being in The City, you’re close to St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Borough Market and the Tower of London.
The hotel is in a former Victorian bank and blends the traditional with the contemporary. The lobby is dominated by an elaborate stained-glass dome from 1856 and the hotel has a see-and-be-seen restaurant and bar for the business crowd, Bonds. For those of you who have really latched on to the theme idea, you’re looking at Urban Excitement, Culinary Delight, Wedding Celebrations and Historic Explorations at this boutique hotel.
The Glasshouse in central Edinburgh can be found at the foot of Calton Hill and is built into the 150-year-old façade of the Lady Glenorchy church, a short walk from Princes Street and Edinburgh castle. Rooms have great views over the Firth of Forth (which is really fun to say) and Edinburgh New Town, and the majority of the other rooms have views over, and provide access to, a private two-acre rooftop garden. The hotel is currently undergoing a refurb and is due to be done in June. We’ll give you a sneak peek then!
[Photos: Marriott International]