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Great rooms and staff just off Hwy 401 with on-site dining and free parking

Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free parking
  • Several reviewers were pleased with the hotel's proximity to restaurants, shopping and the highway
  • Numerous guests enjoyed their clean and tastefully decorated rooms
  • The hotel's staff were complimented for their helpful and pleasant service
Cons
  • The hotel's lack of free breakfast and free coffee were a disappointment to a few reviewers
  • A few guests reported slow service and a limited menu at the on-site restaurant
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Editor's Analysis
Updated May 14, 2013
Overview
Located just off Highway 401 and about a 15-minute drive south of London's city centre, the Courtyard by Marriott London (formerly the Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites London) is popular with business and vacation travellers who require a hotel with on-site dining just off the highway.

This non-smoking property has 120 air-conditioned guest rooms, each offering free Wi-Fi, cable TV, a coffeemaker, a mini-fridge, a desk, an iPod docking station, a seating area, an iron and ironing board and a hair dryer. Standard rooms provide one king or two queen beds, while various rooms and suites offer additional amenities such as a separate bedroom and a jetted tub. Suites also include a sofabed.

Hotel amenities include an indoor pool, a fitness room, over 1,700 square feet of meeting/banquet space, a business centre, guest laundry facilities and free parking. There is a convenience store as well as a BBQ and picnic area. The Bistro, which is licensed, is located on site and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. The hotel is wheelchair accessible and pets are not permitted.

The Budweiser Gardens are a 16-minute drive northwest, while the University of Western Ontario is about 20 minutes away by car. White Oaks Mall offers shopping roughly a 4-minute drive or 15-minute walk northwest of the hotel, and London International Airport (YXU) is approximately a 20-minute drive northeast. (All distances and travel time estimates: Google Maps)

Verified with a front desk agent: Free Wi-Fi, free parking, pets not permitted, wheelchair accessible. (Call Date: May 13, 2013)
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The Good
The majority of the reviews sourced for this analysis were positive, with much praise going to the hotel's rooms, staff and location.

The hotel's accommodations were praised by many reviewers. They described their rooms as clean, spacious, well equipped and tastefully decorated, with comfortable beds and linens.

Numerous lodgers offered compliments to the hotel's staff. They were characterized as pleasant, accommodating, attentive and helpful with directions.

Several guests were pleased with the hotel's location. They described it as being close to highway access, as well as many restaurants, shopping, the University of Western Ontario and Tim Hortons.
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The Bad
While the majority of reviews consulted for this analysis were positive, there were a few common complaints about the the value, the restaurant and noise transfer.

A few lodgers were disappointed with the hotel's value. They complained that the hotel did not offer free coffee or a complimentary breakfast, which they felt should have been included in the rates.

While some guests enjoyed the food at the hotel's restaurant, a few guests were disappointed with their experiences. They reported slow service, uninformed wait staff and a limited menu.

Noise transfer was mentioned by a couple of reviewers, who reported noisy in-room air conditioning units as well as some street noise in front-facing rooms.
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Expedia.ca guest reviews rated the hotel 4.2 out of 5 with a 90% recommendation rate from 83 reviews. 

TripAdvisor.com guest reviews ranked the hotel #18 out of 42 London hotels with an average rating of 4 out of 5 from 68 reviews.

Hotels.com guest reviews rated the hotel 4 out of 5 from 66 reviews.

The author called the hotel on May 13, 2013 to verify some information.

Editor's Analysis by Erin H.
Analyzed by Erin H.
Erin loves to travel, and considers it her personal mission to help fellow travellers get the inside scoop, both good and bad, on Canadian Hotels.
Guest Reviews
8.2
Very Good

Rated 8.2/10 based on 208 reviews

Ranked #12 out of 1 hotels in London


8 out of 10 | C stayed September 17, 2014

"Nice Place"

"Good: Front desk staff. Talking to Zita was like talking to a family member. A very Comfortable, well maintained place. Bad: Nothing was bad. If I were to nit pick, there were a couple of faint stains on the carpet in our room. There was some debris consisting of the paper tag off new clothing that someone had tossed in the corner of the night stand. Verdict: You can't go wrong staying here. Too bad a free Breakfast is not included though. If it were included the value would be much higher. A free hot breakfast has made the difference several times when we decided where to stay."

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7 out of 10 | Verified Guest stayed July 17, 2011

"Good but need improvement"

"Staff was very nice and very helpful. Room was clean, beds are very good. The reason why I would not go back to this hotel is that the air conditioning unit was *extremely* loud, therefore we had to turn it off to be able to sleep (with 28�C at midnight outside, we could have done with the A/C). Also, we could not close the curtains (that's the way they are designed). Being in an east facing room, this is very annoying in the morning."

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8 out of 10 | Verified Guest stayed July 17, 2011

"Sleeping on a cloud."

"The bed and pillows were very comfortable. We did find it weird that there were no little fridges in the room; first time we have never had a fridge."

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8 out of 10 | Claude stayed May 26, 2011

"All in all, a good place to stay."

"Easy access to the 401, although a little ways out of the downtown area, if that's where you're going. Room/bed was comfortable, and front desk staff were pleasant and efficient. Very minor issue with one component of my evening meal at the restaurant. I only mentioned it to the server because she asked, and nowhere near enough to have it sent back, even though she offered to have it re-done. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the cost of the dish in question had been discounted, although this may have been done at the server's discretion. Water in the spa could have been a little hotter, but I do like it hotter than most. All in all, a good place to stay, and will do so if my travels take me back to that area of London."

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8 out of 10 | Verified Guest stayed May 01, 2011

"great location. great hotel, bed was pretty good for a hotel, updated decor, only negative was the ice machine was broke on our floor. staff very friendly!"

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9 out of 10 | Paul stayed March 26, 2011

"Restful"

"The room was excellent and provided a very restful night."

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7 out of 10 | Joe stayed February 23, 2011

"The internet service kept kicking me off and did not work at all at 7am in the morning."

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7 out of 10 | Gary stayed February 22, 2011

"The room was clean but had no microwave or fridge"

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9 out of 10 | Patricia stayed November 06, 2010

"Thanks for the terry robe after a snowy drive!"

"After poor weather and a very late night I arrived in London. I opened the door to the room and was delighted to find a soft terry robe sitting on the bed - such a simple feature yet it seemed so welcoming. The bed was comfortable, the room was quiet and the washroom was sparkling. What more could anyone want after a long day? Thank you!"

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9 out of 10 | David stayed May 26, 2010

"Nice and comfortable and would choose it again"

"I would like to see a lower rate and I should have inquired about a business rate. Otherwise good experience. Weather was good as well. Also good to see a small bar and restaurant, did not have to drive after arriving"

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9 out of 10 | Philip stayed October 11, 2009

"We found the staff at the front deck very helpful.When we didn't know the proper name of the restaurant we were looking for they refered us to an excellent one.we would go back any time Thank you Louise & Philip"

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7 out of 10 | Crystal stayed November 04, 2006

"The pool could have been open later. The bathrooms could be re-done, there was rust. Other then that we did not have any problems with the hotel."

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8 out of 10 | Verified Guest stayed September 01, 2006

"The hotel is fairly new and was therefore clean. We needed to be in the North end of London so it was a bit far that way. But we plan to stay there again. It was worth the extra drive and close to the 401."

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9 out of 10 | Pat stayed February 25, 2006

"Very nice place, very friendly efficient staff.Breakfast very good. Very clean...best hotel in London that I have stayed in. One minor inconvenience, no hotel bar wher you can go for a quiet drink before going out. WhenI go to London again I will stay here"

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9 out of 10 | Mary stayed August 25, 2005

"Just a suggestion - More attentive, quicker service for anyone staying at your hotel with small children. I was accompanied by three children under the age of 5 and felt the wait time, for breakfast, in the restaurant was too long for the little ones. They seemed to have lost interest in eating by the time the food arrived. From my experience as a parent and an educator, most children lose interest if a whole meal takes longer than 40 minutes. The food was great but just needed to have quicker, waitress response time."

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8 out of 10 | Richard stayed July 31, 2005

"Conveniently located off the freeway, close enough to downtown but far enough for quiet time."

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Map Marker Courtyard by Marriott London
864 Exeter Road, London, ON