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Sitting at the airport waiting to board my plane! Stayed the night at a cute little bed and breakfast by the Gatwick Airport, it was nice! I unfortunately only got like 2 hours of sleep for some reason, so I feel like my cold is really acting up again... I hope I can navigate myself through the airport, since most of it will be in German. Ana and I have a busy weekend planned: including hiking the German Alps! It's crazy to think when I get back to London in a few days ...
Well I've just returned back to Kassel after a jam packed weekend in London. Jody and I thought it would be good to see each other at least once for the year, and it worked out that this was her last weekend in the UK before heading back to Australia. We stayed in a private room at a hostel with Jody's friend Beth. She is from Newcastle and had been 'studying' in Scotland with Jody. I arrived Thursday night and then Jody and I we were up bright ...
... all squished together kind of on top of each other.. But I love the little flower boxes they have out the front makes it feel so cute and homey. Walked around for about an hour and made out way to the park which is a massive area in the middle of London.. Got a little lost on the way back but finally made it home for some continental breaky cereal and toast yum yum.. Nothing like Dubai at all!! We all then got ready to go to the hop on hop off bus. Walked to ...
... Service and I was looking after a table for drinks. My table was lovely. There was this one guy who made sure I knew if he wanted still or sparkling water, and when I got it he gave me a high five :P
There was another guy on my table who really took the time to thank me for looking after their table.
My night only got better from there.
I was supposed to be on tray service, clearing glasses from the ...
... Restaurant to celebrate the fabulous day I have had. I Shared lasagne and pizza with my dad as well as having garlic bread & chocolate cake, certainly build up an appetite it would seem!
The moment I remember most of all in Prezzo was certainly not the food however, it was when my dad took my hand and said ''I am proud of you''.... they are words you will always remember, especially from my dad as he isn't really what I class as the most emotional person in the world - ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Menzies Chequers Gatwick Horley
Would not touch with a barge pole
The carpets were torn up making it nearly impossible to move my luggage in their broken luggage trolley, the building smelled like last week's curry and the headboard of the bed was stained and had an inch of dust and hair on top of it. I immediately went back downstairs to cancel my reservation and move to another hotel. The manager 'was on a course' and they would not cancel my reservation. I left anyway and by the time I had repacked my car and found another hotel, Thistle had charged my credit card. Thistle has ignored all calls and emails to refund my VISA. STAY AWAY!!!!!
I stayed here one night before a flight out of Gatwick, arrived around 8 PM and was glad to find the dining room still serving dinner. Decent food. The hotel itself is a bit shabby, with tiny rooms, but some nice touches, like a heated towel rack. The main problem is a lack of sound-proofing. The only way I could get to sleep was with my noise-cancelling headphones turned on. I took them off in the wee hours, and as a result, when my neighbors woke at 5 AM and began talking, I woke too. The hotel shuttle was inexpensive and convenient, but I'm glad I gave myself plenty of time -- the 7:45 AM shuttle left at 8:05, and with road construction took a half hour to get to the airport.
Not an airport hotel, reminded me of a grotty pub with a big insecure car park where my car was left parked for two weeks. I returned to find my car had been moved and parked on full lock half up a curb and in bushes on a double yellow in a really vulnerable position covered in sap!!!
So very disappointing. Only wish we had read the reviews before we booked to stay here. Booked into hotel for 2 nights to visit family nearby. fortunately spent most of the time out of the hotel. The room was small, pokey and in urgent need of refurbishment. The bathroom in particular was very grubby. A good night's sleep was not on the agenda due to banging doors and guests voices heard through wafer thin walls - whatever happened to sound proofing. Restaurant was average, food also average and not impressed with attached bar / pub. This was used by locals creating a very smokey atmosphere. Considering the bar was used by families for evening meals it did not create a healthy atmosphere for children. As a disabled driver, I found that the disabled parking spaces were taken up by cars parked long-term by hotel staff whilst owners away on holiday. This resulted in no disabled parking bays being available for any guest visiting the hotel. Reception staff were disinterested and very unhelpful.
I recently stayed at the Thistle, Gatwick for 85pounds a night. I was very disappointed by this hotel. We had to pay to ride a shuttle from the airport to the hotel. The rooms were very dirty. Our shower was either hot or cold, and the knobs on the showere were broken. I could not even turn it off. Way over priced and dirty!! Don't waste your money!! Thistle should be ashamed
Not a relaxing start to a holiday........
Definitely not a four star hotel.
Checked in to discover the room was shabby and the window was held together with a pen.
We were told that car could be moved off site and we were asked to hand over keys. If you do not want this to happen you need to stipulate when handing over keys.
Food is well below average served in the shabby restaurant area.
The transfer to the airport was timely but don't expect any instruction on what to do on return.
Very disappointing start to a holiday.
Average price-Below average hotel.
Reasonably priced for a London airport hotel,but i personally wouldnt stay again.
the sound insulation is non-existent! Banging of doors into the early hours caused a major lack of sleep. The adjoining pub is a little run down with little to recommend. Airport transfers are £2 each way per person,about average.
I'm not sure about the refurbished rooms-i booked a double superior, apparently refurbished-which it may have been in 1976 but by modern standards its just not good enough, although it was fairly clean.
parking was fine, staff friendly and helpful.
Overall, below average.
Don't waste your money
Unless it's the only hotel left in London, Just say no! I think I now know why they call it a THISTLE... This hotel was very expensive and they even charged $16 for their shuttle to the airport, 5 min away. The rooms were okay, but they weren't soundproof at all. There is no smoking in the hotel except outside the front door, in front of all the first floor rooms... very loud speaking people in England! The bar was quaint, but the main restaurant was awful. $30/each for dinner. Food was terrible. It was so bad, they willingly deducted one of our dinners for us! With wine and one dinner, it still cost $60. Won't be back!!!!
I stayed at the Thistle Gatwick recently for one night. The room was quite average, not particularly clean. I booked a queen dbl, and they gave me two twin beds for my wife and myself. The only redeeming quality was that I was able to book it through priceline, and got it for less than half the rate they offered via the thistle website.They advertise that they have just had a 3 million pound renovation, which makes me wonder what they spent it on!The only real positives that I can come up with, is that one of the people working reception was very good, as well the shuttle drivers were quite nice.
Stayed in better
Clean and tidy keenly priced accomodation. Staff helpful and friendly. Airport shuttle bus available at no additional cost. Don't expect to get any sleep as sound proofing virtually non-existant in this busy stop-over hotel.