This Le Meridien Hotel at Heathrow Airport has actually had a name change and is now the Park Inn. From my understanding, this is the first Park Inn hotel in the UK. The standards are equally good to those at Le Meridien Hotels. In fact, I stayed at this hotel, both before and after the changeover and other than obvious changes to names, logos, uniforms, etc, I didnt notice any difference. Apart from that, there is also a new fleet of Mini Cooper's in the distinctive patchwork, multi-coloured pattern which imitates the hotel logo.
The hotel is located at the entrance to Heathrow Airport. If you know Heathrow well, then the hotel is on the left hand side as you approach the roundabout, which has the model of Concorde at the centre of it. This makes the hotel really easy to get to. My husband and I travelled down from the North East of England and found it first time without any problems. The hotel has hundreds of parking spaces. However, it is difficult to find an available space, as most people driving to the hotel then leave their car there while they are away.
This is an extremely large hotel with plentiful facilities. It has a large airy reception area boasting all the usual facilities of an international hotel. Being located at Heathrow airport, it also has the added bonus of departures and arrivals screens, which are ideal for checking flight times and delays if you are flying from Heathrow. The lounge area is incorporated into the reception area and is very comfortable.
The hotel has a lovely bar where the international waiters will serve you at your table. It is a very modern and fairly contemporary bar. It has lovely large iron gates, which dont really lead anywhere, but there uniqueness really captivated me (or maybe I had just had a few too many to drink!!!).
There is a restaurant in the hotel and a la carte cuisine is available. However, I felt the prices were a little high. There is also a 24-hour room service menu available, but again it is fairly expensive. We opted to eat out of the hotel. Straight opposite is a pub called the Three Magpies. It serves lovely food, specialising in Steak and is very reasonably priced. To the side of the hotel is a parade of shops. One of which is an Italian restaurant with good quality, well priced food.
The hotel rooms are brilliant. We have only stayed in the executive rooms, which were fantastic, but the standard rooms were getting good reports from other guests when we were there. The executive rooms are very spacious. On entering the room, there is a large lobby area with rosewood flooring, with a mini bar in one corner, which is surrounded by mirrors. There are also tea/coffee-making facilities here. Backing on to the corridor, is a spacious wardrobe, containing a safe, iron, ironing board and extra pillows. Leading off the lobby to one side is the bathroom. It has a long bath, my husband is 510 and he could stretch out in it. There is a power shower over the bath with massage and spa settings, the sink is set into a marble shelf in the corner of the bathroom and is surrounded on three sides by mirrors. A long marble seat links the sink area to the bath. The toilet is, umm a very adequate toilet! There is a speaker system in the bathroom so that you can listen to the radio or the TV. There is also a telephone in the bathroom.
Leading off the lobby, directly opposite the main door, is a panelled archway leading to the open plan bedroom, sitting area and study. Backing on to the bathroom is a very comfortable queen-size bed. Directly in front of that is an L shaped peninsula unit, which comprises of drawers and cupboards opposite the bed, and a desk area to the side. The TV stands on the corner of this unit, and there are telephone sockets for Internet access. There is also a hairdryer to the side of the desk. In this room, there is also a double length upholstered stool, a sofa and a chair.
The rooms are decorated in a modern, contemporary style and are light and airy. There is very little aircraft noise in the rooms to the front of the hotel, and we werent bothered by any aircraft noise in the rooms to the rear of the hotel.
Other facilities in the hotel include a gift shop, which mainly caters for foreign guests, selling souvenirs of London. The hotel also has a conference centre to the rear of the hotel and a leisure and fitness suite, comprising of a gym and swimming pool.
The hotel is ideal for short stays, particularly if you are flying from Heathrow airport.