“ Address: 4 Portal Way / Gypsy Corner / A40 / London / W3 6RT / England „
Working in London and living in Reading there are very few occasions that really require the use of a hotel room in the Capital. One of those reasons though is a team building night out and because it's too much hassle getting home and back the next morning after a few too many drinks I opted to stay local to work last week rather than trying to make the trek back to Twyford at an ungodly hour of the night. As a result I opted to stay at the Ramada Encore hotel in West London and it was local to work and to our night out.
The hotel is located at Gypsy Corner on the A40 and is serviced by excellent transport links into and out of London. I'm currently working on Victoria Road in Acton and the hotel was only a couple of minutes walk away, in fact I could see the site I'm working on from my bedroom window. This made it the perfect choice and although there is a Travel lodge just up the A40 and a Holiday Inn Express across the road from the site I had heard nothing but good things about the Ramada and so opted to try there instead.
As I mentioned the hotels location is perfect for visits to the Capital. It is only a 15 minute drive at most from Wembley Stadium and with the Underground only a 5 minute walk from the hotel it makes Central London incredibly accessible via the Central Line. All in all as far as a location it works really well and with a large car park underneath it is a very well thought-out and designed hotel.
The booking process is very easy and can be done either online via the hotels website or by phoning the hotel direct. I opted to make my booking by phone as our internet was down at the time and this process was very simple. Once made I received a confirmation in the post and I was all set.
Perhaps the biggest issue I found whilst looking for a hotel in the area was the cost. I'd left booking the hotel quite late and was really struggling to find a hotel room for the kind of price I had hoped. Its for that reason I chose to spend the £118 to book the Ramada rather than the £120 for the Holiday Inn Express, which is an extortionate amount of money for a hotel room on a Thursday night.
My £118 was a room only price as well and in order to get that deal I had to pay up front and agree that I wouldn't cancel otherwise it would have been £141 instead. Thankfully this night out was a real one off, as regardless of how nice the room and the hotel actually were the price was just far too high to even consider staying there again. To add breakfast to my booking would have cost an additional £9.95 but having a café near work that sells a full English for just over £4 I opted against that option.
As I worked so close I wasn't using the car park at the hotel, however it is very easy to find both the hotel and the car park that accompanies it. Of course the bright red cladding on the outside of the building makes it quite an obvious location. Once inside the reception was very bright and airy and check in was incredibly easy. As I'd already paid my name was checked and I was handed my room swipe card and given my room number.
My room was on the 4th floor and having taken the elevator up I found the room quickly and easily. The whole hotel is serviced by 2 elevators and a staircase, making it accessible to all. Once in the room I was surprised to find that the flooring was wood flooring rather than vinyl or carpet this was unusual for a hotel and actually made it feel a little different.
The room itself was very well equipped with a double bed, sofa, TV and an en-suite bathroom. Within the en-suite there is a walk in shower, basin and toilet all of which are in a good condition and the bathrooms are very well presented. I often prefer hotels with proper showers rather than over the bath and so this really won some extra brownie points with me.
Each room comes complete with a TV, internet points and phone services and a package deal can be bought for £9.99 for unlimited use of these services, which will be very useful if you are in the hotel for the night. Overall the rooms are well equipped and although expensive were at least comfortable and helped me to relax and unwind after work and stay local enough that I wasn't too stressed in the morning.
Would I Stay There Again
If I could get the room slightly cheaper next time then there is no doubt that I would stay at the Encore again. It is in a superb location for theatre trips especially and with easy access to both Central London and out of London it makes it a good hotel. The price is extortionate however and would put me off slightly. The hotel has a reasonably priced bar and restaurants as well, however I never got the opportunity to try these. I would be happy to recommend the hotel if you can get a deal on it as it's a great location, a well presented hotel and somewhere that provided good accommodation and friendly staff throughout my stay.
Check in 2 pm
Check out 11am