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Voordat ik naar Dubai ging had ik een aantal vrienden, die ik ken van World of Warcraft, om voorbij te komen in Great Brittain. Aangezien ik nog wat geld over had van mijn vorige reis, had ik zo een ticket en hotel gevonden binnen het budget.
Ik had via Ryanair geboekt met trein transfer en hotel. Dat hield dus in dat ik alleen een …
The start of my little sojourn... queues, checkpoints and more queues:) To be fair it was painless enough though i had to sacrifice my toothpaste to the security gods. Now I'm through all that plenty of time for overpriced grub, plane and people watching before being stuck in a metal tube for 12 hours :) I may have accidentally upgraded my seat a bit tho, 12 hours is a long time! In the words of that towering intellect of our age, the Simpsons are going to ...
And we made it, the end of a journey that began six weeks ago as we packed up Air House, and now we finally arrive at Basing Cottage. It has been pretty epic. For anyone still reading this, thank you for following and I hope the list of geysers visited and fish tacos eaten hasn't been too interminably dull. This started as a way of letting people know where we were, but it has turned into a family memory bank of a wonderful trip... Having such a long period ...
... already spent about £26 to get to Edinburgh and £30 on the dungeons, 2) we didn't have time and 3) every castle we've been to has been at its best from the outside. We bought a couple of presents for the McLeods for Marie's birthday and to say thanks for having us, which we gave them when we got back. We were off to dinner at one of the nicest restaurants in East Kilbride - Spice. It was an Indian restaurant and we had an AMAZING meal there. We had our chance ...
... the Shire to catch up to his dwarvish company. Both Jesus and Rick Steves agree...pack light to enjoy the sweet freedom from material possessions on the road. Now I also agree with Jesus and Rick Steves, but honestly, what's wrong with a few books on the road?! Since I cannot unpack anything well enough to actually upload a digital photograph here without looking rather unkempt, and since so many of you know what Terminal ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hilton Basingstoke
After reading the reviews I was a bit nervous about what I would find when we arrived at the hilton Basingstoke. We took a 2 night leisure break for the cost of £109 for all of us 2 adults and 2 kids with dinner thrown in on the first night plus breakfast on both days. The room was clean and had everything we needed. (No problems with mouldy windows ). The food was of a good standard with plenty of choice. There was a seperate menu for the kids which they really enjoyed. the staff were friendly and helpful, there was a good level of service throughout our stay. The only downside was the leisure facilities the pool was very small, more than four people in it and it felt crowded. The sauna and steam room were also small and as were the changing rooms. When you think this Hotel has 144 rooms what if everyone wanted to have a swim at the same time??!! truly inadequate. The final bill came to £118 (Ihad to pay for my daughter's breakfasts as she is over 5 years old Hilton policy) a really great deal, not sure I would pay the full price normally approx £120 for DBB for a double per night, but would go again on the same tariff! Basingstoke itself is not a great place to visit, but we enjoyed the surrounding areas and visited the new forest. On our last night we eat in Basingstoke in Nandos which is located in Festival place. So obviously not the place to stay if you are a business man paying full price but a great place to stay if you have a family and are looking for a cheap weekend break well reccomended.
I am a member of the Hilton HHonors scheme and, as such, prefer to choose Hilton hotels when possible. I have been invited to attend a wedding being held at the Hilton Hotel in Basingstoke later this year so, with this in mind, I decided to stay at the Hilton Basingstoke this weekend, and assess whether it would be suitable for my family to stay overnight after that function.
Basingstoke - not my favourite town in the World, but I find myself there on business a lot. There are few hotels in the area, dealing with a large demand of people, and thus some get away with a lot.
It's a shed
The room was clean.. That's the only positive comment I can make. Unfortunately, I had to stay there 3 nights on business .... never again
We stayed one night Thursday 3 March 2004. The hotel is on the outskirts of Basingstoke, about 3 Kms or 30 mins on foot from the Railway Station. It is a long two storey building, with the air of a converted motel. It is undergoing bedroom renovations. Our ground floor room had comfortable beds and warm duvets. Individual wall heaters enabled us to control our room's temperature. But the room was small, as was the bathroom. The public areas were large and it seemed that at design stage too much space was allocated to these rather than to the rooms. Corridors were long and uninviting, with heavy fire doors. The tiny leisure centre has a pool about 7 metres in diameter, and cramped changing rooms. The hotel was struggling to heat public areas, including the restaurant (not open before 1900 for dinner, though the Hilton website says it is open all day). The room cost £105 for the 2 and the website did not make it clear there was a £16 charge each person on top for a modest breakfast buffet. Front line staff tried to be helpful but when the product is poor, they can do only so much. Overall, this is neither a luxury hotel nor a credit to the Hilton brand. The hotel seemed quite busy with corporate customers, perhaps not paying their own bills. As Hilton Group shareholders, we hope the hotel is making money. But we prefer to be investors rather than guests in the future. We should be able to do better for less.
Hilton?? No way!!
Made this choice for a late arrival on a business trip. Not familiar with the area, I made reservation just for the trust in the Hilton name. The room was dusty and cold. When I turned the heater on, I began to caugh for the dust and the smell that was coming ou of the heater and almost choked. I had to turn the heat off if I wanted to sleep. One of the worst value for money (GBP 120/night) I ever experienced, though staff were polite and food was OK.
I have just returned from this hotel the rooms were comfortable the food good but the service was excellent. Both bar and restaurant staff could not have done more for us. I would recommend this hotel.
Don't do it !!!!
We stayed at the Hilton Basingstoke recently on a lego land package deal. The room was really tattyand the reception staff extremley unhelpful. I wrote to the head office and was refunded in full. I would avoid this hotel, no way is it a 4*
Didn't like it
The corridors were dark with a damp musty smell and the hotel room looked old - straight out of the 1970's, with . Breakfast in the consevatory was nice : the conservatory was light and bright (an escape from the awful hotel rooms) and there was plenty to choose from the buffet breakfast. I agree with the last reviewer - I was disappointed with my stay and was left wondering how this could be a Hilton hotel.
I can't rate it as terrible, but was certainly not pleased with my stay at this hotel. My wife and I spent a long weekend there with our two children (aged 3 yrs and 6 months). The room was tiny and made even smaller with a fold out bed and a travel cot set up. There was a really musty smell and it just wasn't comfortable. The room was furthest from reception, so quite a trek for our 3yr old and to carry our baby. There were no bigger rooms available, although there were some closer - but already allocated. We enquired about the baby minding service that appeared in the brochure - however this had not been heard of in reception and was not available (as we checked out we were told by another recptionist/manager that it was available and would be followed up - heard nothing yet). We decided to put up with the cramped smelly room, long treks and lack of service as there was no alternative hotels with availability in the area. However, the breakfast was a pleasant experience, maybe it was the relief of leaving the room and completing the long journey, but the food was nice and the staff were fantastic (esp. with the kids). I'd really recommend Basingstoke now that the shopping area has improved, but not this Hilton hotel.