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Perfectly functional and cheap stay!
Hotel Ibis Heathrow (London)
Member Name: vickitoria10
Hotel Ibis Heathrow (London)
Advantages: Close to the airport and free bus route (don't pay for the hotel hoppa!!)
Disadvantages: Can't think of any!!
We recently stayed at this hotel prior to our flight to New York. As we live in the north and our flight was at 9.25am we decided it would be a bit more of a leisurely morning if we stayed over the night before, plus you never know if you are going to have any travel delays.
I looked into several hotels in the Heathrow area and was actually surprised at how cheap they were considering it is in London! I think this is probably because of the amount of hotels that there are! I started by looking at the Hotel Hoppa (£4 each each way!) routes to discover which hotels had transfers to Terminal 3, this narrowed it down considerably and so I priced up these hotels. I then discovered that within the Heathrow Perimeter you can take a local bus for free! I soon discovered a website that listed all the hotels on the free bus routes! However this did eliminate the Travelodge's which I were thinking on using purely for their prices! I discovered that the hotels with the best bus service were all on Bath Road. Out of all of these the cheapest was the Ibis, even the holiday inn and Sheraton weren't badly priced though! So we booked a room - £30.50 for the room for a night! Just as cheap as a Travelodge (no £19 rooms were available!).
On arrival at Heathrow Terminals 1,2 and 3 underground station we took the 111 bus and got off at the last free stop - Hartington Corner and walked about 50yards to the hotel. From the outside it looks quite an old style hotel but it has been completely modernised inside. The check in procedure was fairly straight forward and we were soon in our room.
The rooms in the ibis are quite small, however it was perfectly adequate for what we wanted. The bathroom had a ¾ bath with an overhead shower and a modern toilet and sink. The shower was also reasonably powerful with plenty of hot water.
The room we stayed in had a double bed with a flat screen TV on the wall in front of it, as far as I can remember this had all normal channels and a few freeview - we didn't actually have the TV on for long! There was also an open wardrobe with a hanging rail and some shelves which was kind of all in one with a desk a luggage rack, all quite handy really. For the price I thought the room was very modern and perfectly adequate as an airport hotel, I thought it was better than a Travelodge and not as rugged round the edges as some of the older Travelodge's. The room also wasn't as basic as you can find in a Travelodge.
We arrived at the hotel at about 10pm and we gone about 5.45am so really didn't spend a lot of time in it, however I think I had a fantastic nights sleep - even being an airport hotel I didn't hear lots of people coming and going and found the bed to be really comfortable. I think there was also tea and coffee in the room - I don't drink either so it isn't something I look for!
There was internet available in the room but this was extra - again as I wasn't going to be using it I can't remember the cost, but for me wifi or internet access isn't the first thing I look for in a hotel and certainly not when I'm using it for a short stopover before a flight! It's not a high end business hotel, it's a hotel that serves it's purpose and is clean and modern throughout.
There was a buffet restaurant and a bar in the hotel - I imagine these were fairly pricey as with most hotels, due to the lack of time in the hotel we didn't look at these.
Checking out also wasn't a problem, we had pre-paid for our room and therefore just had to hand our key card over, they checked we hadn't used any pay per view movies and that was it, we were on our way!
Overall, this hotel was perfect for what we wanted! We hadn't stopped in an Ibis before but after this experience I would definitely look at them in the future, I quite like compact rooms in hotels when they are only for short stays, I don't need a big room with loads of space! For an overnight stopover before a flight there really is no need to spend any more! Perfect!
Summary: An excellent cheap hotel ideal for a stopover before a flight
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