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Sheraton Skyline Heathrow (London)
Member Name: Gemma_C
Sheraton Skyline Heathrow (London)
Advantages: Starbucks in the lobby, indoor pool, close to Heathrow
When it comes to airport hotels, I'm not fussy at all. It's somewhere I'm spending the night, before I go off on holiday and the excitement of said holiday generally unconcern's me regarding our choice of hotel! I was looking for something cheap, but still relatively nice, on the Holiday Extra's website. I noticed they had a range of 'mystery hotels' and after a slight bit of investigation work, I realised one of these hotels was the Sheraton Skyline (after all, there aren't too many Heathrow Hotels with a pool) and so I booked it for a considerably cheap price compared to the price offered further up the page, where the name of the hotel was certain.
I booked a standard double non-smoking room; I didn't need parking though if you do, I highly recommend booking a hotel + parking package as paying for the parking at this hotel will be expensive. We took the Hoppa Bus from Terminal 5 to this hotel, which I can safely say was the last time I'll ever use this service after fearing for my life with a crazed driver (who swore loudly when he missed someone's hotel out completely, and upon arrival at our hotel slammed on the brakes on the main road as he over shot the entrance, nearly sending us out through the wind screen!) and so I was extremely happy to arrive in the safety of the lobby, which was warm and cosy and decorated for Christmas. The check in process didn't go too smoothly as they had a trouble registering our key card, a member of staff offered to take us to our room and they would bring us the keycard once the machine was working. Just as we started moving though, the machine jumped into life and we were left to our own devices to find our room. We were also offered access to the club room for a price, however I declined as we would have left before breakfast was served anyway. You need to use the key card in the lift, and the lack of instructions left us standing on the ground floor for some time trying to get moving, before we opened the door and beckoned a member of staff to help us on our way.
Our room was a good size and very pleasant with all the usual amenities expected in such a hotel room. The bathroom was actually rather spacious and had a bath tub. There were plenty of complimentary toiletries and it was very clean and modern. There are tea/coffee facilities and of course the overpriced mini bar, one of those automatic ones so don't lift anything out. Our room faced the inner courtyard, which is where the indoor pool is, done out with trees and foliage and in the evening when it's lit up it's actually rather nice. There were a couple of people using the pool, but as some of the bars/restaurant face out onto it then shy people will be deterred. One of the best features of this hotel for us was the Starbucks in the lobby, so we were straight back down to the lobby for a Starbucks coffee. There were some comfortable chairs in the lobby and a large TV playing the news so it's a nice area to relax in.
We generally tend to avoid expensive hotel restaurants, and I knew of a good pub nearby from reading previous reviews, however there is also a McDonalds a couple of minutes walk down the road and so we opted for the cheap and quick option!
Back in the room, the large flat screen TV had a good choice of TV channels to keep us entertained, and when it was time to sleep I found the bed was extremely comfortable. Despite being opposite one of the Heathrow runways, the sound from the planes was distant and unnoticeable. When you are just outside the hotel's main entrance the roar of the planes is deafening!
Due to the previous day's terrible experience of the hoppa bus, we asked for concierge to arrange a taxi for us, which arrived promptly and was a flat rate of £15 to terminal 5, it costs more than the hoppa but I was pleased to arrive at the airport in a comfortable car and not fearing for my life.
I wouldn't hesitate to stay at the Sheraton Skyline again. The members of staff we encountered were very pleasant, the rooms are comfortable, modern and clean and the Starbucks is an added bonus. If you're staying for more than one night, or are about to jet off somewhere nice and hot, then the indoor pool looks very nice. Big tip: book through a site such as holiday extras and search through their 'mystery hotels' - it's not hard to work out which one the Skyline is, especially as the pool will be listed as a facility.
Summary: A rather decent airport hotel!
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