Novotel London Heathrow
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... a familiar face. Organised as he is, he gave us various maps and directions to get to his new house (a traditional English terrace) which we would use as our own during our stay. Shortly after saying our hellos we parted ways; Jose off to work, us to his house.
Our first day in London was spent at the house relaxing. It felt nice to have a place that felt like home where we could just chill out in front of the tele. We managed to walk around ...
Oh my god it's a long way to come with little sleep (except for my ****, it fell asleep on several occasions - that may have been a bonus for the overall oxygen quality in the cabin), children's legs and heads all over you while you are too scared to move in fear of waking ...
... fine work.
We spent a couple of hours in the museum and that time simply evaporated! I rested my very weary legs over a lovely cup of Earl Gray at the cafeteria (as you’d expect!) and had a chat to some people who were visiting from “up country” and one lady over from Italy.
Another interesting and tiring day! We passed an Indian Restaurant on the way back so guess what’s for tea!
Will upload some photos later...
... under the sun to buy – old cameras, hats, gas masks, dresses, china, odd keys, fruit, veg and fur coats (which seemed amazing in the heat) and so so much more. We snuck out of the crowd to have lunch at a funky café called Gails Artisan Bakery which was busy but air-conditioned and so worth waiting for a table for five. We ate well and rehydrated with jasmine iced tea. We were then on our way again in search of the ...
... after! We then walked up to Hyde Park where we spent the majority of the afternoon. Walked all the way from the start over to Kensington Palace. Hyde park is quite beautiful. Amazing being in such a country type feeling place in the middle of such a big city! We saw the Diana memorial, Peter Pan statue and of course Kensington Palace where we were able to walk through the gardens which are absolutely stunning! Even saw where Wills and Kate live in the ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Novotel London Heathrow West Drayton
I love this hotel. It is very small, quiet and modern, unlike so many of the horrid airport hotels closer to Heathrow, which tend to be dirty, busy, noisy etc. The rooms at the Novotel are large, modern and newly redecorated. The superior rooms are fabulous, very modern and stylish. The fitness room is small, with only 1 of everything, but hardly used so you can always have a jog or cycle. Food is good and the staff that bring it are young, smiling and multi-lingual.
Best Airport Hotel
This is the best Airport Hotel I have ever stayed . The reception and restaurant staff are great and the hotel is a good value for money . Compare the other hotel in the area its the best value for money .
Don't forget to try their new superior room great design.
Stayed 1 night with family of 5 in 2 rooms, using park & fly voucher through Holidayextras, basically was pleasantly surprised as the Hotel as recently had a rerfurbishment & the quality whilst not perfect was good, the room was big, comfy, nicely fitted out, quiet at night & the staff were helpful, kids ate free at Breakfast which is good & to but it bluntly the Hotel was excellent for what we needed. will use it again.
We stayed late morning and overnight as we had completed a cruise from Southampton. Wanted to take the plane refreshed.
Great for a night, but no more
Clean and friendly staff. Restaurant was expensive, but food was nice when it arrived. We travelled with toddlers and the staff were great with the kids and very accomodating.
Watch out for the parking charge (£7 per day) which is not included in the room price.
Stayed here for the last night of a 2-week trip to the UK so we could get to the airport easily for an early flight out of Heathrow. Have never stayed at a Novotel and was pleasantly surprised. No frills, but also nothing to complain about. The room was spacious, and well-designed for travelers. There was a combo iron and trouser press, lots of counter space for suitcases, comfortable firm beds, and the bathroom was clean and well-lighted. Good shower once I figured out how to operate it, and a toilet in a separate small room which was convenient for two people traveling. Rooms in this hotel were being remodelled while we were there - our room was an older one not yet upgraded so there was an old-looking carpet on the floor but perfectly fine otherwise. The breakfast buffet was outstanding, with a variety of fresh fruits and juices, cheeses, pastries, the usual English breakfast fare as well as fresh eggs, boiled, scrambled, and poached. Decent coffee too. I will definitely stay in a Novotel again.
Not a great choice
We stayed at this hotel, after having stayed at a number of other Novotel Hotels in Europe. The room was dirty. The carpet was so dirty, I chose to keep my shoes on at all times. The wall corners were black. The overall feel was very unpleasant. This is one of the only hotels that charges a fee for their airport shuttle service. Although the lobby area is pleasant, I will not return. The restaurant was so over priced, almost a crime. Choose something else!
Looks tired but okay for a night
We stayed one night at this facility. The hotel is a bit worn and needs a bit of revamping, but overall the room was clean and quiet for an airport hotel. Their children under 16 policy staying with parents free is a plus!
Airport Hotels are strange places, a bunch of people who generally are there for one night only, many of whom are on their own. They kind of make me think of the idea setting for something out of Agatha Christie.
It looks better inside
The hotel lobby would make for a more inviting photo than the utilitarian exterior. The indoor swimming pool is a plus, but could do with better heating - of the water or the air, or both.
The rooms are comfortable. Nice touch - the audio from the television/radio is piped into the bathroom while you shave or shower.
Downside: it's off the Heathrow exit junction of the M4 (highway) - far from any amenities or restaurants, so if you don't come with your own wheels you're a captive market to the inhouse restaurant, whose food is a curate's egg and overpriced.
Verdict: a good choice for in-between flights.