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... s seafaring success from yesterday, we thought we'd head to Sorrento by ferry on our last day on the Amalfi coast. Off we went to the bigglietto only to be told that all ferries to Sorrento had been cancelled "until further notice, due to weather conditions". Obviously this was an extension of the tsunami terror that we experienced yesterday on the trip back from Amalfi..... And the operators had heeded our warning ! So, instead, we walked around to Spaggia de Fornillo.... It's about ...
... Ben, the London Eye ("there is no way I am going on that!") the Tower of London and Tower Bridge. We got to Ros' house just after 6am and settled in for a yarn, a coffee, and importantly a lesson on how the tv worked, before she went off to work. Our plan, as usual, was to stay up and knock ourselves into the right time zone. To help with that we decided to head into London for look around. This involved a tube ride from Canada Water ...
... a museum. Very cool to see the old paintings of Jesus and the chapels. They also had preserved the original Roman stones and walls. Finally we got to the Tower of London. When buying a ticket they will add two pounds to the cost for donation so you have to make sure you tell them that you don't want to donate. They get 20 pounds entry cost as it is! That is donation enough. HA! This was probably the coolest part of London that i saw. There was ...
The one thing that surprised me about Stansted, was there where no passport checks, or customs checks when you are leaving the airport. But I suppose if I flew in from America, and not Ireland, it would have been different.
Got my train ticket for the Stansted Express, and luckily, the next train was leaving in 12 minutes, so not a long wait at all.
So far the trip has been fun. The airplane across the Atlantic was long and different than my usual Southwest Airlines. The flight attendants were polite and professional but not very friendly. I brought several books and crossword puzzles but I spent the majority of the trip watching tv shows and playing arcade games on the viewer in the seat back. I watched three episodes of a Game of Thrones, a Family Guy episode and something else, which I can't remember and I played ...
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So what do you get for your money? The hotel is at the far end of the main runway on the perimeter of the airport and around 2 miles from the airport terminal building. Aircraft niose can be a problem. It is easliy reached from the M11 but is in an isolated location. Externally a long, fairly unremarkable 3 storey modern building with a 'floor to roof' foyer at one end. The rooms are compact but functional and very well equipped (TV, Internet, Video Games, Iron, Trouser press, etc - in fact all the usual Hilton stuff). There is a bijoux healthclub with 2 small covered pools, jaccuzzi, steam room, gym etc. The restaurant serves surprisingly imaginative a la carte dishes plus a rather nice carvery. The restaurant prices are not cheap - but the guests are a 'captive audience' - so who can blame Hilton for hiking the prices a little? Taking your car to the hotel is another pricey necessity. They charge £12 per day to park it there. If you check in, then take it to the cheaper 'non-hotel' longstay carpark, elsewhere in the airport, you'll have to get the carpark's own free-bus to the terminal and change there for the Hilton's transfer bus back to the hotel, which leaves the terminal at 15 and 45 minutes past the hour. Hilton charge £2 per person for the return trip on their bus (but free for young kids). So a family of 4 parking at the hotel for a 14 day holiday need to add £176 to the bill just to leave their car outside the hotel and use the Hilton bus, plus factoring-in the cost of their rooms and refreshments (remember - it's miles from anywhere else to eat). That being said - we're all used to these 'hidden extras' when budgeting for our travelling needs aren't we? Having read some of the other reviews, I think that we need a 'reality check' - this is not some sumptuous palace of a hotel - it's an unremarkable airport stop-over with above average facilities at the appropriate price which the law of supply and demand dictates.
After reading all the reviews, I was somewhat afraid to book here, but I did it anyway because it was £11 cheaper than the Radisson SAS and because I wanted the HHonors points.
I was really excited to be spending my last night in London at a Hilton hotel, because usually you are offered exceptional service and a great stay.
Beware the Hilton
Beware the Hilton Hotel if you are planning to say overnight at Stansted Airport. Firstly their website shamelessly promotes FREE parking but fails to tell you that it does not apply to the cheaper rates. If you book the cheaper rate, you'll be charged £12 per night - more than the long stay car park! Once inside the Hotel is shabby with dirty rooms, surly staff and a bistro style restaurant that makes Macdonalds look like The Ivy. And the "Courtesy" bus to the Airport is not courtesy at all - they charge you £2 per person. For a chain as large as the Hilton, this seemed petty in the extreme - but I guess Paris has to pay for that dog somehow!
Typical airport hotel
if you are expecting a typical airport hotel this is it. very regimental, no grey areas with staff. eg very little flexibility these people are used to one day stays and very little interaction with customers other than at the bar. Good recreation facilities that don't open until 700am which is useless if flying out in the morning. Being an airport hotel maybe they could look at opening earlier.
Me and My family stayed the one night at the hilton as it was the closes hotel to my cousins wedding venue.
This hotel sells itself on the basis that it is within the airport perimeter and that you can get a rate that includes parking. I took a night at £120 for both reasons. There is only one other hotel close to Stansted and it does not provide parking. Although it is within the perimeter it is at least 3 miles from the terminal and there is a shuttle every half hour - for which they make you pay! That's not so bad going to the terminal because you can plan but coming back it is a nightmare - if like us you miss by 2 minutes you wait 28 minutes or get taxi at £6.50. Parking is worth having since like most English airports the parking charges are horrendous. But don't expect anything more than parking. For £120 you would expect a pretty good hotel especially when it carries the Hilton brand. Instead you get something that looks like a pile of freight containers. It's clean inside at least but the rooms are cramped and it is all looking pretty tired. If you want the "free" parking you may not have another choice but they are certainly milking their parking for all it is worth so don't have any illusions!
Hiltons are normally wonderful and you can count on them. The staff were great, but the hotel was not worth the $170 per night. Since there is no other hotel at the airport, we were stuck using this one. The toilet was filthy, the lid was yellow as if it had been used for target practice, and the inside had not been scrubbed around the rim and was black. This was enough to send me packing but there was no other lodgings and we had a flight out the next morning. There were also foul odors from the pipes in the bathroom. We were nauseated. We had to rough it for one night. The hallway was so noisy at night we hardly slept. There were rowdy guests opening and slamming doors all night. The hotel doors are very loud and heavy. There were service carts rumbling in the night and many disturbances. The sound of planes abated late at night and was no problem at all. The internet in the room did not work and I was grateful to have a friendly staff person refund me my money. But there is no refund for frustration. The only 2 good things were the staff who were so kind, polite and professional and the breakfast. The British know how to feed you for breakfast at least!
I have stayed at this hotel three times, simply for the convenience of being at Stansted Airport, and being able to leave the car at the hotel whilst away on holiday. The first time was a disaster - we arrived late at 11.30pm to be told that the hotel was over-booked (we'd booked in advance through the Internet) and that we'd be provided with alternative accommodation. We ended up in a hot and noisy B&B above a nearby pub. When we enquired about a refund we were told that we'd paid for accommodation and that was what we were given! We wrote and complained to Hilton that we hadn't received the 4 Star service we'd paid for and we ended up being sent Hilton vouchers to compensate us.
prepaid for accommodation for two adults for one nights stay, with a travel company in advance. Despite presenting voucher form confirming this at reception, had invoice for payment delivered to my room overnight, which I had to explain on departure. Received another invoice in the post two weeks later. While the hotel was otherwise excellent and hotel staff courteous and helpful, and hotel has since rectified their error, never-the-less I found this annoying at the time, and time consuming, let alone the expense afterwards with phone calls etc. to put the matter straight.
Otherwise the travel club and hotel were excellent.