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Air-conditioning installed in all our apartments!

Here at Marlyn Lodge we are constantly looking to improve the quality of our apartments to ensure our guests have the best possible stay here with us in London. Therefore we are extremely proud to present another crucial update - no more hot sleepless nights or chilly toes – with the addition of our brand new air conditioning units in all of our apartments! These slim and stylish units are not only quiet but extremely efficient too. We hope our guests agree that this is a fantastic update, especially just in time for summer!

Our studio apartments have these new air-conditioning units located in the living area/bedroom and our one-bedroom apartments have the air conditioning unit located in the bedroom. Manuals will be provided in all apartments. 

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Marlyn Lodge – Why stay in a serviced apartment in London?

Over the last few years we have seen a huge growth in the popularity of serviced apartments in London for both leisure and business travellers. After all if you’re looking for a place to stay - rather than just sleep - then our serviced apartments are the ideal option for you. We have listed some of the top reasons why we think people choose to stay at a serviced apartment in London;


·       It’s called a serviced apartment for a reason - because it’s serviced. We offer a concierge service to assist our guests with travel and social arrangements during the week as well as recommendations for local places to visit and eat to make your stay truly special and memorable. We also make sure you’ll have your bed made and fresh towels & toiletries changed every weekday.

·       You get all your home comforts such as separate living and sleeping areas, large TVs, free Wi-Fi and other entertainment equipment. Furthermore, our apartments feature a cooking and eating area in a fully equipped kitchen which has everything you need to cook (if you choose to!), or the crockery and cutlery you need to eat your favourite take-away. In our serviced apartments we offer weekday washing up, so why not eat in?

·       Ever feel that a hotel room is that little bit too small and cramped, especially on those longer stays? Well another reason people opt for serviced apartments in London is because they give you 30% more space on average. If you’re travelling with family then it is this vital extra space that will keep your sanity intact!

·       If you are staying in London for a long length of time or you’re travelling with others then you’ll find that our serviced apartments in London are actually extremely cost-effective and will often be the most economical choice when it comes to accommodation in the city, especially in such a great location. 



So the real question is, if you haven’t stayed in a serviced apartment in London, when are you going to? We’ve given you some great reasons why we think people find serviced apartments so popular, so what do you think? Let us know in the comments below.


We think that you want to sit back, relax and enjoy your stay in London in somewhere that feels like a home from home. And if we’re right then a serviced apartment in London is exactly what you are looking for. So why not call us now to find out more about our apartments in London. We would be only too happy to help.


Book now and experience the benefits of our serviced apartments today!


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Could serviced apartments in London solve your temporary accommodation needs?

If you are looking to relocate in London; considering buying a house or are in-between houses then a serviced apartment could be exactly what you are looking for. Our London Serviced Apartments are proving to be the perfect alternative to renting a house or flat on a short term basis/staying in a hotel on a long term basis and here is why; -


We have two types of serviced apartments in London that you can choose from - a studio apartment or a one bedroom. They are all fully furnished so you can leave your own belongings in storage knowing they’re safe while using our high quality furnishings in your new temporary home, (unlike renting a home where you may need to pack and unpack your belongings numerous times, perhaps just for a short while, which adds stress and extra cost to the house move, while also risking damage to your furniture and belongings).


When you stay at our serviced apartments in London you’ll have all the furniture and belongings you need - even the kitchen has all the crockery, cutlery, pots and pans that you can think of to cook up and serve a delicious meal for yourself, your family or friends. All of which would never be possible if you were using a hotel in London as temporary accommodation while house hunting or in-between homes.


Unlike rented accommodation, there is no minimum term contract with a serviced apartment meaning you can stay in your serviced apartment in London for as long or as short a length of time as you choose, while waiting to move into your new home.


Moving house is one of the most stressful things we human beings do and it can be a very daunting experience, especially if you are moving to a new area. However, staying temporarily in one of our serviced apartments will allow you to familiarise yourself with the local area, public transport, bars and eateries, whilst integrating yourself into the community. A serviced apartment in London gives you the time to experience what London really has to offer, giving you a taste of what to expect when you move into your new home. This is why our serviced apartments are great while you are house hunting.

When you stay at a serviced apartment in London you will be staying in accommodation that is central and easily reached with public transportation so you can get to and from where you need to go and be with ease. Feel free to pack lightly and store all the big and bulky items away, as our apartments will have all you need, allowing you to enjoy the peace and calm.


The longer you book to stay in a serviced apartment in London the more money you will save, so you don’t need to worry about overstaying your welcome because you are welcome to stay in our serviced apartment in London for as long as you would like.


We have already mentioned the fact that moving house can be very stressful so why not relax and enjoy all the luxuries of a hotel and more while staying at one of our serviced apartments in London. You can enjoy benefits like laundry and maid services, just as you would expect during a hotel stay. You will also benefit from excellent and reliable Wi-Fi, parking and TV so you really can treat our serviced apartment in London as your very own home.


If you’re looking to buy a new home in London, or are currently between homes, then we can help. Call us now to find out more about our serviced apartments in London!

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Making your money go further in London

We believe that one of the most important factors of when you travel is what will it cost.  We thought we would write a little something on how to visit London using our knowledge and save money while still exploring all it has to offer.


First things first - stay in one of our apartments to rent in London where you will have a great base to start from. There is no point travelling all across the world to not have London on your doorstep!  Staying in one of our apartments will reduce your travel time and travel costs whilst being far more cost effective compared to staying in a hotel.


Travel from Airports


If you are travelling from any of the major airports then book your Express tickets in advance – well in advance!  Book your train ticket for the Heathrow Express 90 days in advance and pay £5.50 instead of £27 for a single journey. That’s a staggering saving of £21.50!


Remember - if you are taking a taxi (on meter) from the airports or around London, and it’s peak time, be prepared for lengthy waits in traffic and a horrific fare. Book a fixed fee private car in advance and eliminate the stress of watching that meter rise (and there’s no standing in the rain hoping for a taxi to stop!).

The London Pass


Plenty of our guests ask regarding whether the London Pass is worth paying for. Like anything, if you do not use it then no, of course it won’t be worth it. However, with our location having 5 out of the top 10 attractions it does make sense! The Globe Theatre, Jewel Tower, HMS Belfast and The Monument are within minutes of our apartments (and all included in the price of the pass!) so it does make it a very good deal.  We also suggest using the hop-on and off buses, as they are superb to see the city and also save you money by avoiding other more expensive forms of transport.


If you do plan to travel on the tube frequently then make sure you buy a Visitor Oyster Card which will charge you the cheapest fare each time you travel.  It also covers all buses/river bus and DLR including some overland trains.


You can also see London without buying The London Pass by planning your travel very carefully and booking ahead to ensure your entry into free attractions.  Tate Modern is a 20-minute walk away and a trip to London is not complete without going to the British Museum.  If you want an amazing (and free!) view over the City without going to the London Eye and even higher and greener then we suggest the Sky Garden at the “Walkie Talkie” building and it’s a mere 5/10 minute walk away.  Perhaps try a day at Hyde Park or see the famous Changing of the Guard.


One of the major costs will be food and drink - and the only way you can truly save here is by preparing meals or ordering in and enjoying it at your own dining table in our apartments. If children are in tow then, as you will probably know, making a sandwich in a hotel room is a bit of a problem.  But not for us - we have fully fitted kitchens with all utensils to prepare sandwiches/snacks, meals and more.  Also if you’re arriving in summer, why not freeze some drinks overnight and carry them through the day with you - lovely and cool by lunch time and also keeps your food chilled if taking a packed lunch to the park.  If you do plan to eat out then best look for chain gastro cafes that have regular deals on or, if possible - use OpenTable.


We hope that this helps our guests to save money in London. If you have any advice then please do leave a comment as it would be great to have more top tips!

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Planning ahead for your stay in London

If you’re looking to stay in the City of London the first thing you need to do is book one of our fabulous serviced apartments that we have available. These serviced apartments will help you save money when compared to staying at a hotel - especially if you are staying for more than one night or travelling with others – while also giving you the freedom of your own place.


The weather in the UK is interchangeable and the same goes for London - make sure you pack various items of clothing so you don’t get too hot or too cold. We advise you also check the weather forecast before you visit so you are aware of the kind of weather to expect during your stay in London.

Don’t forget to have a look at the transport in London too – if possible book your train tickets as far in advance as you can as this can reward you some huge savings compared to paying for the train ticket on the day. Look at the best route to get to your serviced apartment in London (we are just 3 minutes away from Tower Hill & Aldgate East tube stations), and think about what time you will be arriving and if you are going straight to your booked apartment in London to drop off your things before exploring.


Make sure that none of your time in London is wasted; the best way to do this is to research events and local tourist activities that you would like to do before you leave. Keep an eye out for special offers and vouchers (perfect for families!) from various local websites. London is home to many iconic attractions and sights such as The London Eye and Big Ben, so be sure to make time in your diary for a visit.


If you’re on a budget there are lots of free things to do and places to go in London so why not have a look online or check out our other blogs where you can discover affordable activities you can do, that are not only compelling, but nearby. With so much to see and do in London, it would be a shame to miss it!


Book now for an unforgettable experience.

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Internet Enabled large 49" HD LED TV's now installed

As part of our continued updates this year we have installed 49" TV's on the wall so they don't take up any more space than they should!  We have also installed TV's in all the bedrooms for our one bedroom apartments so that you now have 2!  The larger TV has all the connectivity you need - HDMI - USB and is also Internet Enabled with media streaming apps.

We hope you enjoy the update but please make sure you get out and see the City! Happy viewing!

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You asked, we worked it out! Sofa Beds Updated!

We are glad to let all our existing guests and future guests know about the arrival of our new and very good sofa beds.

We have taken a little while to find the correct product but believe we have got it right!  Even so that a guest has already requested where they could buy one!  It is one of the largest sofa beds we could find with a mattress size of 140cm by 190cm and depth of 13cm.

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Weekday Service now included!

For all our guests arriving from now on to the foreseeable future we will be servicing the room each weekday which will be included in the £40 service charge previously known as the Final Cleaning Fee.

Each weekday we will:-

  • Make Beds
  • General Tidy
  • Towels & Toiletries
  • Washing Up

We hope this will be welcomed by our new guests and also our returning clients and continues our plan to provide great accommodation at a competitive price in a unbeatable location. 

Long Stays In London Serviced Apartments Are Best

If you’re staying in London for a night or two on work then a hotel will suit you fine as you don’t need that home from home feeling, but when you are staying in London for a few days, weeks or months that ‘home from home’ feeling is exactly what you need to make your stay more relaxed and enjoyable. Serviced apartments in London have proven to be the best alternative when it comes to feeling at home, when you’re not at home – and there are many reasons for this.


Hotels are brilliant for the odd night here and there, when you don’t mind choosing your food from the same standard menu, you don’t mind a pokey room where you have your office, bathroom, kitchen (in the form of a kettle) bed and living room – but when you are staying for a longer period of time you will soon get tired of the same standard menu and the pokey little room – you will want your own space.


Does a hotel really have the space you need?
Does a hotel really have the space you need?

This is exactly where serviced apartments in London come into their own, you have your very own kitchen where you can cook your own meals or bring back foods from local takeaways to enjoy, there are also a wide range of restaurants on your doorstep so you can still enjoy a wide variety of meals if you do prefer to eat out.


You’ll also have so much more space in a serviced apartment than in a hotel room because you have your own kitchen area, a desk that you can work from and a table where you can eat your meal from. You’ll have a living room where you can chill out in front of the TV or get on with your work – then you have a separate room for your bedroom – giving you that homely and spacious feeling you need on longer stays in London.


As well as this you’ll also enjoy the fact that you can have your own breakfast in your own space at a time that suits you, so you can have an early breakfast if you need an early start to the day, or a late breakfast if it was a busy day previously – you haven’t got to fit around the times the hotel wants to serve breakfast.


Our serviced apartments in London give you the freedom of your own home, flat or apartment with the additional service of a hotel – making our serviced apartments the perfect solution for your long stays in London. As well as more space you’ll also gain from more privacy and you won’t need to dress up to go down to dinner if you don’t want to – giving you the privacy and freedom you would have in your own home.


Another reason why serviced apartments are better than hotels for longer stays in London is because they work out much cheaper. Over the course of a week you will find that one of our serviced apartments in London will actually work out 30% cheaper than your everyday hotel – and you get the extra space thrown in too!


If you and a colleague need to stay in London for business this would be two separate rooms in a hotel, but in serviced apartments you can just book a serviced apartment in London with two rooms. This will cut the cost of accommodation by nearly half so is well worth considering as a way to save money when travelling for business.

When work requires you to stay in London for more than a day or two why not see how a serviced apartment in London can help you enjoy your time in London, save you money and give you space as well as freedom.  You'll be amazed at how long you have coped without using serviced apartments in London for your previous business trips.

Walks with a difference!

London is a city with endless possibilities. A single trip won’t even begin the scratch the surface of what this vibrant, fast-paced city has to offer, but there are plenty of ways to start. A walking tour offers you a fantastic opportunity to experience some of the city’s historical landmarks, hear interesting stories and see things that go unnoticed on a daily basis. Once you’ve checked into your serviced apartment in Tower Hill, get ready experience the weird and wonderful world of London.

Feel the spooky chill!
Feel the spooky chill!

Haunted London Pub Tour

From tales of poltergeists, witch hunts, grave robbers and Sweeny Todd – the tours offer you frights and pints at some of London’s most haunted pubs.


Jack the Ripper Tours

One of the most popular tours this tour allows you to walk in the footsteps of the man himself, and witness the sites of some of his most infamous crimes.  

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Why Serviced Apartments Are The Smarter Option!

If you’re wondering which is the best accommodation in London for your stay then you really should consider a serviced apartment. By staying at a serviced apartment in London, like our serviced apartments at Marlyn Lodge, you will save around 30% on your stay at a hotel room. You won’t be paying out for expensive meals/snacks/drinks as well as having the opportunity to prepare your exact needs yourself also keeping your favourite drinks in your apartment.

Wine Pouring

You’ll also find that a serviced apartment in London is like a home away from home, you can sit back and relax in your very own apartment, cooking and eating any meals you choose, watching TV in the living room in your PJs or continuing with the day’s work at your desk without the hustle and bustle of a hotel or restaurant around you. Due to the lay out and idea behind serviced apartments it means they are ideal for business trips, leisure stays and romantic getaways.


A serviced apartment in London also gives you the personal space you need, it’s not a room, you have a whole apartment with a room to watch TV, somewhere to work, a separate bedroom and another room to cook your meals and eat them giving you lots more room than a hotel room. You can even have serviced apartments in London with more than one room.

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Marlyn Lodge - What is a Serviced Apartment?

A serviced apartment in London is often joked about as one of the hospitality industries worst kept secrets because so many people are seeing the benefits of a serviced apartment in London to save them money when compared to hotel stays and you also get more space, more privacy and more freedom too – but do you know what a serviced apartment is?


A serviced apartment is known as different things around the globe, for example some Europeans know a Serviced Apartment as a Corporate Apartment or an Apart-Hotel while Germans know a serviced apartment as a Boarding House and French people know a serviced apartment as a Residence – but here we call our serviced apartments in London exactly that, serviced apartments in London.


As much as the name may vary from country to country the idea is still the same, a serviced apartment is an alternative to a hotel room as an option for accommodation. It is ideal for long or short stays on business or leisure and can offer more space and more rooms than a hotel room, while offering better value for money too.


Living Room

You’ll often find that serviced apartments are studio style apartments with one, two or three bedrooms, a fully equipped kitchen and eating area, a separate bathroom and a lounge area where you can just relax after a busy day. Serviced Apartments always come fully furnished and they are suitable for all budgets.


Within a serviced apartment you’ll find that you get some of the hotel benefits too, including a daily or weekly cleaning service and laundry service as well as a reception desk where you can get your keys, check in and have any queries answered. With a serviced apartment in London, instead of a hotel room, you’re getting the best of both worlds as you have the space and money savings of a serviced apartment with the added bonuses that a hotel can offer.


Serviced apartments in London are ideal for business trips, romantic getaways and tourist stays as they are normally located in much better places than hotels. You will find you are near to essential transport links but also the hustle and bustle of London throughout the day and night meaning you can really experience what London has to offer, if you choose to. 


However, if you’d rather just get your head down after a long day or in preparation for a long day, you can do that too. You’ll have no noisy neighbours waking you late at night or early in the morning, no annoying cleaners vacuuming the hallways while you’re trying to sleep and no other residents trying to use their key in your door as they forget their door number – which very often happens in hotels.


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