More back to back meetings at Heathrow saw me stay for a second night. After a horrendous night at the Holiday Inn Express T5 the previous night, I moved up a couple of levels in the comfort stakes and booked into the Doubletree.
The hotel is a short drive or bus ride from LHR, just out of the free transit zone around Heathrow (that starts at the Holiday Inn Ariel and runs as far as the Sheraton). The hotel is actually in Cranford, and is one of three buildings on a junction with a faux castle appearence. Actually the hotel rooms are in a new wing, and only the bar and restuarant, plus meetings rooms are in the faux castle, not that you would know inside.
The hotel car park is small, so an early arrival is recommended to secure a spot. My arrival was early - I was suffering from a splitting headache after virtually no sleep in the HIE the previous night so I checked in early and went straight to bed for a nap.
Check in was efficient - I declined the Doubletree cookie - (if only they didn't have nuts in them!!)- and the receptionist explained that they even though I am top tier with Hhonors, that they were not able to upgrade me to an exec room as the hotel was busy. Not a problem.
My room was on the 3rd floor which meant negotiating the stupid key validation swipe on the lift call button. The lift will only call when you successfully swipe your room key, but this never works...it ALWAYS, without fail, takes several attempts to the key to swipe.
A standard room is not as spacious as an exec room, and the toiletries available are in smaller bottles, but that aside the room is similar. The king bed was an oasis of comfort following the hell of the previous night, and after a three hour doze, I awoke and went to get some food.
I ate in the bar. The food is good, but expensive for what it is, although to be fair, no more so than any other airport hotel. After eating I did some work. WiFi is free and can be used on multiple devices, and speeds are accceptable enough to watch something on iPlayer. The TV has the full suite of Freeview channels which you do not always see in hotels (Holiday Inn's only feature a small subset for example). After some work, I then retired early.
My nights sleep was comfortable, the room a good temperature, and a massive bathtub meant I could at last have the soak denied me in the HIE.
Breakfast was free as an Hhonors elite member, and this was buffet style. The choice was good, the service attentive, but bigger tea pots are needed! The food was hot and tasty.
Check out was as efficient as check in - no issues with the bill, and everyone was friendly. This is my second review of the hotel, and it remains a solid value choice for the odd night at Heathrow.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- For a warm welcome, stylish contemporary comfort and a convenient location just ten minutes from London Heathrow Airport, check-in to the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London Heathrow Airport hotel. Enjoy a famous DoubleTree cookie on arrival at this Cranford hotel. Catch-up with friends or colleagues over a drink in the bar, or order a meal in The Brasserie where fresh produce is showcased in innovative dishes. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ramada London Heathrow Hotel Cranford
- Ramada Hotel London Heathrow
- Ramada Hotel Cranford
- Hounslow Ramada
- Ramada Hounslow