STAYCATION: The Langley A Luxury Collection hotel – a great Marriott redemption?

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Today’s article is based on my friend Michael’s stay at The Langley. Thanks to Michael for all the great photos and videos. If you love Vegas or are planning a trip there, make sure you check out his website TravelZork. 

Booking and rates

The Langley is by no means cheap if you pay cash. A summer weekend night will set you back around £450 and an off-peak midweek room around £360. The bargain with this hotel is definitely with a points stay. The hotel is only Category 6 in Marriott Bonvoy. When Michael stayed in the winter, just before Christmas, he paid 35,000 points. Pricing is now dynamic and the base price has risen to 40,000 which still very good value. The points price goes up to 60,000 points in the summer on a weekend. Although there were certain weekends already showing as having no points bookings available.

Michael received a free upgrade to the Brewhouse garden terrace room, as a Marriott Bonvoy Gold. Originally, Michael had agreed the upgrade for his wife’s birthday at a daily charge of £75.00. The hotel even sent some flowers for her birthday too. 

 

Location

The Langley hotel is located in Iver, Buckinghamshire, not far from Heathrow but in a rural area. If you wanted to go exploring, it’s also very close to Windsor and Eton which have plenty of attractions such as Go Ape, Legoland Windsor Theme Park, Cliveden House National Trust and Pinewood Studios

The hotel can arrange a variety of activities from falconry on an English estate, to horse riding in Great Windsor Park and learning how to play polo. 

 

The hotel

The hotel is situated in the former manor home of the third Duke of Marlborough on 150 acres of formal gardens and parklands originally designed by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown. Despite the grandeur, the hotel is pretty small with only 41 rooms spread across the main buildings and a separate building called the Brewhouse. This makes a huge difference as it means no area is ever very crowded. It’s almost like having your own country estate!

Here are some photos of the reception area and lobby:

 

 

Rooms

Michael stayed in a Brewhouse garden room. If you like outdoor space, these are one of the best with sliding doors leading to a private garden terrace complete with a retractable awning and outdoor heater.

The room was well equipped with an Illy coffee machine,

Hermes toiletries

And even a Japanese style toilet

The bathrooms are modern and elegant in grey marble with a deep soaking bathtub.

 

Dining and bars

Since the hotel has a small number of guests it only has a limited choice of restaurants, but there is enough to give a little variety. 

Cedar

Cedar is an elevated restaurant overlooking the grounds. It serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and has a sharing menu as well.

Breakfast was a particular highlight of Michael’s stay both in the restaurant and on room service.

 

Eggs benedict with a delightfully light foaming hollandaise

Room service breakfast

Room service breakfast

Dinner was also very good here and in a fine dining style with fresh seasonal produce being a focus. 

Drawing Room

The Drawing room is ideally suited to Afternoon Tea with its classic decor and original artwork. It is also the perfect spot to view the landscaped gardens and lake. As well as afternoon tea, it’s also open for breakfast and lunch.

 

Churchill Bar

Michael loved the Churchill bar and particularly the cigar bar area. The Churchill serves light meals as well as drinks and a rare choice of cigars stored in a custom humidor. The cocktails were delicious and beautifully presented. 

The burgers were also particularly good in The Churchill.

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Spa lounge

You can also get healthy snacks and drinks in the spa lounge.

 

Spa and gym

The Langley indoor pool

The Langley indoor pool

The spa is definitely one of the highlights of the hotel. Although it may not have as many facilities as one of my other favourites The Pennyhill Park, it is much more intimate as well as more elegant.

The spa has the usual facilities with a few extra touches. There is a hammam, an amethyst crystal steam room and a Himalayan salt sauna. You can then cool off with the ice fountain or one of the experience showers. The spa is free to use but there are family-friendly specific times for swimming.

 

If you fancy a dip, then you can cool off in the indoor infinity-edge swimming pool or the vitality pool (hydrotherapy type pool). Most importantly, if you want to feel like you are on holiday, there is an outdoor pool to hopefully sun yourself next to and pretend you are somewhere more exotic!

The pool in winter

The modern gym is well equipped with fitness programs designed by Matt Roberts and even has a Prama area you can use with video instructions. Training sessions and classes are available for an extra fee. 

You can find room rates and more information on The Langley hotel here.

 

5 Comments on "STAYCATION: The Langley A Luxury Collection hotel – a great Marriott redemption?"

  1. Richard Hague | 2 May 2020 at 10:30 am | Reply

    Michelle

    I am hoping you can offer some guidance!

    I am at the end of my tether with BA. I have a series of vouchers to use (even though i requested refunds) but it is utterly impossible to get through to book – as i understand it is still not possible to do this online – and the centralised number just seems to be there to pick up cancellation queries. I have tried all the exec club numbers i have (unfortunately not GGL) and all just have the same message – ring the 0800 number which then cuts out.

    I also need to enquire on availability for 241 vouchers i hold – again impossible!

    Is there another way to aftually get hold of an agent there who knows what they’re doing?!

    Best Regards

    Richard

    • Persistence and not selecting any options on the number. I know people who have got through straight away in the last few days. Try different times if day. If not trying one of the BA offices abroad such as Hong Kong can also work.

  2. think 40k redemptions are long gone, looked the other day, only saw 50-60k

  3. Ah so there is (40k redemptions)

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