Heathrow/Windsor Marriott Hotel
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At Heathrow Airport in the bar... Having a cider - Cheers! So, the flight over to England was very nice. Virgin Atlantic is a lovely airline. I was sitting with a group from New Jersey flying to South Africa to see a Bruce Springsteen concert and then a safari. How cool!
The adventure begins...
Here's a picture of my bike, whilst I'm practicing loading it with kit for the first time, 4 days before leaving... I haven't done any cycle touring before, and have decided to do this trip at short notice as I have found myself with some free time on my hands. I bought a Dawes Galaxy the week before I was due to fly out to Australia. The main reason I chose it over anything else was because it ...
... the final 10 miles of the trail alternated between fast swooping sandy tracks and steep, technical rocky descents with the bike's front shox slamming up and down over tree roots, steps and occasional boulders. Down and down through the valley until eventually we got to the trail head. Done Well what to say ? It was much tougher than either of us thought and there was ...
... There are all these announcements everywhere to carry a bottle of water with you when riding on the tube. They are a bit of a furnace..
We are staying at queens park hotel in bayswater, which is quite nice, although small and hot. We are on the 3rd floor. Paul and I have made a pact that unless we have our big packs on, we are to take the stairs everywhere that we stay. Yes crazy I know!
After checking in, we went for a long stroll through Hyde ...
... sought refuge from the wind and the cold, and a latte and wifi within Waterstones bookstore.
After refreshment, we did walkbys of Big Ben, and the Parliment Building--pretty impressive--and the beautiful Westminster Abby too. We crossed the Milleneium Bridge (star feature in one of of the Harry Potter films), and walked along the Thames river, passing the Tate Modern Museum of Art, Shakespeare's Globe and all the funky street performers at river's edge.
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TravelPod Member ReviewsHeathrow/Windsor Marriott Hotel Slough
I have stayed at all the Marriott flagged properties near Heathrow. This one is the best of the bunch, by far. The rooms are larger. The Executive Lounge is bigger, cleaner and, most importantly, run by cheerful and competent staff. The bar is big and friendly if a bit pricey. Skip the other Marriott properties at this airport and choose the Heathrow/Windsor Marriott Hotel.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Heathrow/Windsor Marriott Hotel Slough
Reason for booking..........Wedding anniversary, weekend leisure break, to visit Windsor and surrounding area. Picked this hotel following a recent enjoyable stay at another Marriott.
We got what we thought was a decent enough deal, £60 GPB per room per night for two nights bed and full english breakfast. Requested and got a room in a quiet part of the Hotel. Our room was fine, a good size clean and nice quiet air con. Decent bathroom with plenty of fresh towels etc.
All the staff we encountered were helpful, friendly and efficient. The hotel had an excellent gym, but a rather small and dated 'pool of which 3/4 of which had been sectioned off for young children.
The Hotel was just where we wanted to be, around 10 minutes easy drive into Windsor. The only thing we had not considered (and stress this was not the hotels fault) was that that this Hotel for the most part is used as both an airport stay over - park and fly Hotel and also as a weekend break Hotel by families as their base for Legoland.
The result being the Hotel was packed all weekend with young families ( kids by the bucket load) plus dozens and dozens and dozens of Holiday makers coming and going all the time. Hoppa buses, taxis you name it!
Also many airline crews use the Hotel for their stopovers,
You get the picture........Reception area,lounge area, restaurant, swimming pool awash with humanity. Not really what we had been looking for.
In this instance totally our own fault, we had completely overlooked this possibility, so although we very much Windsor itself. With hindsight we would have probably chosen a more suitable Hotel for our weekend.
As has already been said if going away on holiday or taking the kids to Legoland FINE. quiet Romantic weekend away, NOT SO GOOD.
We stayed here in July 2004. We were there for the weekend of my husbands 40th birthday, for Ascot races and to visit Windsor. We flew down from Manchester and got the Heathrow Hoppa to the hotel, think that was £3 per person, great value as would have cost lots more in a taxi. The hotel is very clean, friendly and helpful staff. Rooms are quite large and very clean. We didn't have a car but there is a bus stop just outside the hotel that goes to Windsor every half hour.
At the end of the stay our bill included two nights car parking but once we told them we didn't have a car they deducted it straight away. Think they automatically bill you so please check if you don't have a car. Also the drinks in the mini bar are on a sensor so even if you pick one up and then put it back you'll get charged! Please check your bill!!!
The breakfast is buffet style and is wonderful, a choice from fruit, cereals, continental, traditional english, tea and coffee and good selection of fruit juices.
Didn't eat in the hotel restaurant in the evening, we opted to go to the Toby carvery just across the road.
All in all we had a very pleasant stay at the hotel and I am going back this summer with my mother and daughters for a girlie weekend!
Good business choice
I stayed at this hotel for one night for a work conference. The hotel is very easy to find, right off J5 of the M4 motorway heading West out of London. The check in process was simple, although 10 minutes after I had checked in there was an impressive queue; presumably a coach load of people had just turned up.
Dinner was fine for a mass catered affair, above average. The room was very good indeed, with a reasonably confortable bed (as confortable as a cheap box spring bed in a hotel can be), quiet (ask for a room at the end of a corridor) and the amenities were fine. There was a well stocked mini bar with the same reasonable prices as the bar downstairs, which made a refreshing change.
The conference facilities were average, most hotels get this kind of thing right these days.
The hotel claims to be an airport hotel but this strikes me as being rather curious because it's a fair trot from Heathrow and you are very much at the mercy of the motorway traffic heading in that direction. Whilst the quality of this hotel is certainly superior to anything next door to Heathrow itself, if you have an early morning flight I would advise leaving an extra half hour early just in case there is a problem with the traffic.
All in all, 7/10.
Don't go there Christmas!!
We arrived at the hotel on Christmas day to stay the night before our flight to the US on Boxing day.
We had booked the hotel through our travel agents and paid in advance for the stay and 14 days of car parking. On arrival we were amazed at the number of cars in the car park and on the grassed areas around the hotel. Luckly we found a place on the car park itself.
We got to reception to find that they were not expecting us. We had not got a reservation. On showing the booking confirmation from the travel agents the reception staff quickly sorted out a room on the 4th floor which was unfortunately very noisy as it appeared to be next to an extractor system which did not stop all night.
Before booking the hotel we checked that the facilities and restaurant would be open on checking in we found that the restaurant was closed and all the other facilites, gym, pool, steam room etc were also closed even though we and our travel agents were promised that they would be open. Christmas dinner 2004 was a greasy burger and fries in the bar!
We had not pre-booked the shuttle bus and good job too. A small bus that was already virtually full arrived, about 20-25 people apart from us 4 wanted to board it. We walked back inside and got a mini cab to Heathrow, which cost us £28 for the 11 mile journey.
On arriving back at Heathrow we again had to resort to making our own way back to the Marriott, but BE WARNED it is a standard £55 fare in a taxi from the airport to this hotel. We managed to find a cabbie who did it for £40 but I think that was only because trade was slack.
Possibly a good hotel but it's sad that the promised Buffet Christmas Meal for Christmas Day as £15 was not available when we got there and nothing to keep us amused apart from the M4 and TV.
Excellent overnight stay
Would definitely recommend this hotel for an overnight stay before flying out of heathrow airport. Well located off the M4. Quiet spacious rooms with very comfortable beds. Could not fault it in any way. Excellent hoppa service from the hotel to the airport. Car was safe and sound whilst away. Good local faciilities within walking distance. You won't be disappointed.
A good, reasonably priced hotel for Heathrow Airport
I stayed for two nights here during a weekend in early December, 2004, and received a superb discount rate through the Marriott website for only 31.50 pounds per night, and that included the VAT, two excellent all-you-can-eat breakfast buffets, and free entry into the nice heated swimming pool and huge double-level health club. This was a rare promotion, so it may not be available except for the lowest season periods. The hotel is four-star luxury, professional staff, and we had a meal in the bar area that was OK. It also has a formal Italian restaurant, which we did not try. There is 24-hour room service, which was appreciated on our second morning when we needed breakfast served in the room at 6 AM (the restaurant does not open until 6:30). Excellent standard Marriott quality in the bedrooms. The 81 bus goes past the front entrance of the hotel, connecting you either to the Slough railway station in 10 minutes (for trains to London Paddington) or the north periphery road at Heathrow in about 15 minutes, and there you switch to the 285 bus on the opposite side of the road to bring you into the airport terminals free of charge. You do not need to use the more expensive Hotel Hoppa bus. The next time I return to the London area, I will stay here again, as it is guaranteed quality without the rediculous high cost of downtown London hotels. The prices are reasonable here because most tourists have no idea where Slough is located. There is another Marriott in Slough, which is actually a Courtyard Hotel -- I have stayed there and it is good. But the full-service Slough/Windsor Marriott is a better location with good public transport available and right on the M-4 motorway, so I prefer this one.
A Good Standard Airport hotel
As a travel agent working for Ebookers I booked this hotel including the car parking for the duration I was away for (8 days) and found that the hotel rooms where large, clean and very comfortable. The hotel staff were efficient and my partner and I had no problems at all. As one of the less expensive hotels at Heathrow Airport I would have no problem in recommending this hotel to any traveller. If you book and need car parking, book the hotel with the parking included and get the Heathrow hopper bus from the hotel to the terminal and back which is 3 gbp per way per person. All together I would definitely stay again.
Eminently forgettable, bland hotel
Boring, dull hotel, quite close to Heathrow and with lovely (?) views of the M4 motorway.
Rooms are reasonably large. Small pool, gym. Restaurants are mediocre, although breakfast in the bar is cheaper than in the hotel.
Car parking costs extra (not that they'll tell you that when you make the reservation), which is outrageous (trying to pretend its an airport hotel, when Heathrow is a few miles away?).
Don't be deceived by the 'Windsor' part of the hotel name, either: it's a good few miles (and a ten-pound-plus taxi ride) to Windsor; the hotel is stuck on a dual carriageway on the road into Slough.
Service above and beyond the call of duty
Stayed Marriott Slough/Windsor Dec.24th 2003 and left car for 14 nights, no problem. Lovely pool, steam and sauna, decent sized, well equipped bedroom. Lovely meal in the bar, staff very pleasant.
Christmas morning there were too many people for the Heathrow Shuttle Hoppa Bus and a dozen or so of us got left behind, but the Duty Manager got out the hotel's own minibus and drove us to Heathrow himself!
Service beyond the norm. I can (and will) highly recommend this Hotel.
Warning : car break-ins
WARNING - don't leave your car in the airport parking facility at this hotel. We returned from a recent short break away, to find that our car, together with at least 15 others had been broken into. There would appear to be little in the way of security in this hotel car park. An awful end to a brilliant holiday plus a great deal of added expense. The hotel accepts no responsibility for vehicles damaged whilst on their premises.