on January 30, 2013
Okay - first to call this an airport hotel is stretching things unless you are measuring distance from the end of the runway - it is a good drive away. They do have an airport shuttle - but I was staying here but not flying in or out of the airport. I chose it because of its location just off the M50. It can be accessed using public transport but not easily. They do have above ground and an underground carpark - got a space opposite the door to the hotel. I was early but they let me check-in well before 2pm. Receptionist was friendly and efficient. Got up to the room - strange layout of hallways. Room was bit small - not much space between end of bed and wall - it was definitely a room for one person. Small table and chair by window and another chair at 'desk' vanity. The room was done in a warm orangey wood and orange carpet and throw on the bed - it was cosy looking.The room was really warm even with just a small radiator at the window. There was the usual hairdryer and iron and ironing board. There were two extra pillows in the wardrobe.Bed was comfy enough but it kept rolling away from the wall - had to wedge something in under a wheel to stop that runaway bed.The kettle was nasty - it looked like the element was rusted. But there was a good selection of coffee and tea stuff. The TV was an older model - no flat screen here - but it needed to be changed as the colours were distorted on the screen. I struggled with the internet - but gave up and just used my mobile to check emails.The bathroom was not luxury - signs of wear and tear - and clear evidence of silicon gun in use to fill holes and cracks. But plenty of hot water. But there was a a towel warming rack - it didn't seem to work, and signs of rust on it.The room was fine - not exciting. But the major problem was noise. I didn't hear anything from inside the hotel - apart from someone in the corridor getting into the room next to mine. But it is on a busy junction - and it was traffic noise - lorries, buses, cars, ambulance sirens. That really detracted from the place. It may be better on a higher floor - I was on the 1st floor facing the junction.There isn't much near by apart from apartments. Bit up the road is IKEA. And another retail area has a small grocery shop, McDonalds, coffee shop. The hotel has a few vending machines in the room opposite reception. There was a restaurant in the hotel but at marked up prices for convenience, but really a car is needed to getting anything else.I really only stayed here as I got a good deal. And to be honest I'd probably not stay again - there are other options close by that come in the same price bracket which I have found better, with similar or better quality, and most definitely quieter!
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