I’ve worked in a number of boutique and chain hotels over the years and I’ve stayed in both types on my travels, and what I’ve found with chain properties is that they’re the same the world over. A Marriott in Ireland is the same as a Marriott in Kuala Lumpur in terms of the standards, set up and Marriott Spirit to Serve Basics, which is great as you always know what you’re getting but not so great creativity wise. Then I discovered London Marriott Hotel County Hall in Westminster which is Marriott through and through except for the restaurant – Gillray’s Steakhouse and Bar.
Located on the ground floor of the 200 room hotel Gillray’s has 70 different types of gin and really fantastic, original cocktails. The restaurant and bar has a separate entrance from the South Bank highlighting it as a destination in itself rather than just a part of a hotel.
The location epitomises London with views of the London Eye and Big Ben right outside its windows, and as the sun starts to set Gillray’s is the perfect place to settle in with a drink and watch the day come to an end.