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9 points-friendly London hotels for families of 4

Dec. 06, 2019
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Editor’s note: This post has been updated to include Bankside Hotel, Autograph Collection. It was originally published on Jan. 19, 2019.

Finding rooms that can legitimately fit your whole family in London is a challenge. Those sorts of rooms are not common and are usually notoriously expensive, even with the more advantageous than normal exchange rate (about £1 : $1.32 at press time). Hotel rooms for four comprised of two double or queen beds may be common in North America, but are rare in London (and much of Europe). Once your search for lodging turns to “suites” and “interconnecting rooms,” your rates can quickly double or triple. But don't fret, it is possible to visit London on points, even with small children in tow.

Buckingham Palace, The Mall, Union Flags, London, England
Buckingham Palace (Photo by Getty Images)


Program: Marriott Bonvoy

Family Rooms: Category 6 property with rooms that cost 50k points + 100 GBP per night (standard dates) for a "Generous Guest Room" with two queen beds

This hotel in London's South Bank neighborhood is just over a year old but it's getting great reviews from families. What's really nice about this 161-room property is its manageable size. It's never a long march to your room and the on-site Art Yard Bar & Kitchen serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.

What's even better is that you can reserve a room at Bankside for just 40k points and 100 GBP per night on off-peak dates. That's a bargain in a city like London.

There's plenty to do nearby so plan to visit Tate Modern and Shakespeare's Globe and National Theatre at the very least. Several Tube stations are close, including Southwark and Blackfriars (a 4-minute walk) or stroll 10 minutes to Waterloo station.

Bankside Generous Guest Room with two queen beds. (Photo courtesy of Marriott.)
Bankside Generous Guest Room with two queen beds. (Photo courtesy of Marriott.)


Program: Marriott Bonvoy

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Family Rooms: Category 7 property with rooms that cost 60k points + 150 GBP for family room (Book off-peak dates from 50k points + cash per night)

Having lived in London for many years with kids, my usual tip for visitors to London is to first decide where you want to be and then expand your search out from there. London Marriott Hotel County Hall is where I put my friends and family up when they come to visit. Southbank is my go-to location recommendation for families visiting London. The location is inside London’s former City Hall.

The hotel has spacious rooms that sleep four. A bonus perk for families is that the hotel offers babysitting services. The top two floors of County Hall house a gym and the largest hotel indoor swimming pool in London. The hotel bar boasts a gin list of more than 100 types and offers afternoon tea (so book that babysitter).

When you stay here, London Dungeon, the London Aquarium, London Eye and Big Ben are on your doorstep, plus Covent Garden and the West End are just across the bridge. “South Bank” refers to the walkway, shops and attractions on the south side of the Thames River along the stretch in front of the London Eye. The closest station is Waterloo, where you can board a train to places outside of London, like Windsor and Bath, or jump on the Jubilee line up to Bond Street for shopping.

Tip: The M Club Executive Lounge (free for Marriott Platinum Elites and above) has complimentary adult drinks from 5:30–7:30 pm.

(Photo courtesy of London Marriott County Hall)

Park Plaza County Hall

Program: Radisson Rewards

Family Rooms: 85,000 points per night

Park Plaza County Hall is around the corner from the Marriott at County Hall and bills itself as a true family-orientated hotel with kid goody bags at check-in complete with activity books and a Park Plaza passport. It offers free breakfast for children up to 12, and all Studio Rooms include a sofa bed and a kitchenette. Younger guests rave about the comforter covered with cartoon characters, kid-sized bathrobes and pizza making classes. Parents love the green scheme wine swap -- trade a cleaning service for a bottle of wine during your stay.

Family rooms rated for two adults and two children are 320-square-foot studio rooms that come with a double bed plus sofa bed for 87,500 Radisson Rewards points per night. Tip: Ask for a higher floor room for views of the London Eye.

(Photo courtesy of Park Plaza County Hall)

Park Plaza Westminster Bridge

Program: Radisson Rewards

Family Rooms: 85,000 points per night

Image courtesy of Park Plaza Westminster

Radisson Rewards truly is one of the best hotel loyalty programs for families in London as you can book family rooms for a reasonable number of points without a cash co-pay. Similar to at the County Hall location, children at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge receive a "rucksack" of goodies at check-in and families of up to four can stay in the Studio rooms with one bed and one sleeper sofa for 87,500 points per night.

If you're lucky, you may score a view of Big Ben or the London Eye from your room. With Radisson Rewards, be sure you include the accurate number of adults and children in the search box to trigger the family awards in the results.


Program: Marriott Bonvoy

Family Rooms: Category 6 property with rooms that cost 50k points plus 20 GBP (from 40k + cash on off-peak dates)

Only a few Marriott/SPG properties in all of London allow four people in one room without a substantial cash upgrade. While the higher-end London properties get most of the attention, families with Marriott points can have an enjoyable stay in Marble Arch.

At the London Marriott Marble Arch, 50,000 points plus about $25 per night can get you a 291-square-foot room with two double beds that permit four people. The room has a 50-inch TV and coffee maker, plus a bathroom with a shower and tub, American outlets and USB. While the hotel was built in 1972 (the exterior and lobby show it), the rooms were renovated in 2017. There’s a gym on-site with a sauna and a heated indoor pool. Platinum Premier members take note: The hotel has an Executive Lounge offering breakfast and snacks throughout the day, so your kids can grab a free bite whenever they’d like.

The location is great for shopping on Oxford Street, getting to/from Heathrow via Paddington and hitting the major London attractions with the speedy Central Line underground at your doorstep. Bring the kids down to Speaker’s Corner, on the Marble Arch corner of Hyde Park, on a Sunday for a lesson in free speech. Should you wish to rent a car for visiting Stonehenge (difficult to get to by train), there is an Avis office inside the hotel.

(Photo courtesy of London Marriott Hotel Marble Arch)

Hilton London Paddington

Program: Hilton Honors

Family Rooms: Points required vary between 36k–70k per room type and season.

Hilton Paddington is inside Paddington Station, making it a breeze to access from the Heathrow Express. It can be a good base for day trips to Cambridge, Oxford and the Cotswolds.

The 1854 hotel underwent a renovation in 2015 and created the GWR Tower Wing with renovated rooms and access to the Executive Lounge.

At this property, the family rooms are considered a premium award and won't be cheap, but do exist. A Family Superior Room with two queen beds clocks in at 138,000 to 157,000 points on our test dates for a 334- to 377-square-foot room. Families can upgrade to a “Queen Suite” for additional points (163k to 199k points per night in our tests) with a king-sized bed for the adults and separate living area with a pull-out double sofa for the kids. The Queen Suite also comes with access to the Executive Lounge.

The Executive Lounge (free with Hilton Diamond Status or a GWR Tower room) overlooks Paddington Station and hosts breakfast, sandwiches and pastries around lunchtime and coffee and soft drinks all day long.

Kids 5 years and under eat free when accompanied by an adult, and older children can eat from the special children's menu for $12.50. Tie-ins to Paddington Bear are prevalent -- a Paddington coloring book at check-in and the concierge-recommended Paddington Bear Walking tour that starts daily at 10:30 am from inside the station.

To earn up to bonus Hilton Honors points to use at a Hilton property in London or beyond, take a look at the best Hilton Honors Credit cards for family travelers, such as the Hilton Honors American Express Surpass® Card or the Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card.

The information for the Hilton Aspire Amex card has been collected independently by The Points Guy. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.

(Photo courtesy of Hotel Hilton London Paddington)
(Photo courtesy of Hotel Hilton London Paddington)


Program: IHG Rewards Club

Family Rooms: From 40k points

The Holiday Inn has several locations in London, including the posh Mayfair and the three-star Holiday Inn Express near Old Street Station that is the perfect location for a visit to London with pre-teens or teens. But on the edge of trendy Shoreditch and near Spitafields Market, Brick Lane and the Columbia Road Flower Market, you can see another side of London than the traditional West End tourist feel for just 40k IHG points per night for a room with a double bed and double pull-out sofa.

Rooms here include breakfast and children under 12 eat for free throughout the day. Families will love that the room comes with a cellphone loaded with free data to save on international roaming charges while exploring London.

The IHG Rewards Premier Credit Card is an easy way to attain IHG points and even get the fourth award night free, an anniversary award night and IHG Platinum Elite status.

(Photo courtesy of Holiday Inn Express London City)
(Photo courtesy of Holiday Inn Express London City)


Program: IHG Rewards Club

Family Rooms: From 40k points

Once the gritty underbelly of London, the area surrounding Kings Cross Station has seen a $4 billion revitalization in recent years and now hosts Google HQ, boutique shopping, an art school, luxury flats and some of London's best restaurants.

For 35k IHG Rewards Club points per night, your family can cozy up in two double beds in a 170-square-foot room that sleeps four. Situated near the Charles Dickens Museum and the Postal Museum, there is plenty to do in the Kings Cross/Farrington area. It's a 10- to 15-minute walk to the Tube and there is a bus stop right outside to head into Central London to see all the top sights.

Families may appreciate the indoor pool and proximity to St. Pancras International for an onward journey on the Eurostar to Paris, Brussels or Amsterdam.

The Club Lounge has continental breakfast refreshments and snacks during the day and hosts a canape reception from 5–7 p.m. with wine and beer. The Spire Elite level grants you access to the lounge. Breakfast is $22 per person otherwise so you may want to check out local eateries on Exmouth Market in the morning.

(Photo courtesy of Crown Plaza Kings Cross)
(Photo courtesy of Crown Plaza Kings Cross)


Program: Marriott Bonvoy

Family Rooms: Category 6 property with rooms that cost 50k points plus 120 GBP for Deluxe Room or 150 GBP for Junior Suite (from 40k points + cash on off-peak dates)

If it is Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace and the Royal Parks you're seeking, you are in luck with St. Ermin's Hotel, Autograph Collection that will allow you to fit your family of four in its 240-square-foot deluxe room with two double beds. For a bit more of a cash co-pay, you can stay in the 400-square-foot junior suite with a king bed with a separate living room with a fold-out sofa or rollaway bed.

At this hotel, school-aged children are greeted with an activity pack to discover clues around the hotel and guests rave about the staff and Old World charm of the hotel. You will certainly know you're in London by the restored grade II-listed Victorian building and St. James Park and Westminster Abbey around the corner. The gym is small but functional and the third floor hosts a bee terrace with honey served at breakfast each morning.

If you hold Platinum Elite status, the full breakfast buffet is free for two guests. Otherwise, breakfast is $27 for adults, free for under 6 and children 6–12 are half-price.

(Photo courtesy of St. Ermin's Hotel, Autograph Collection)
(Photo courtesy of St. Ermin's Hotel, Autograph Collection)

Bottom line

While some of these points hotels aren’t all that much to look at from the outside, being able to fit your family of four into a hotel room with a points redemption in London make them worth consideration. Added features, such as complimentary meals and children’s activities, means that kids can stay involved and budgets can stay intact. Above all, staying near what you want to experience in London can really streamline the logistics of your trip. If you are looking for a line-up of more posh family-friendly lodging options in London, here's that rundown for your planning pleasure.

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Featured image by (Photo courtesy of Hotel London Marriott County Hall)
Editorial disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airline or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

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