After a conference ended near Birmingham on Friday, I stayed North for one night but with an early flight Sunday, I had to stay near London for the last night. Hotel prices during the games were outrageously expensive, but I was able to find an amazing rate of $69 (USD) for the room. I had stayed in a four star Hilton at a deeply discounted rate (29 GBP) the night before but I found this hotel to be much better. When you buy internet for 10GBP, you also get a choice of a movie or a free drink at the bar among other options. That is a steal compared to other hotels in the area. You also get a free drink by filling out a card about the reason why you are travelling as well. The hotel was just recently renovated. I had a big room, not a great view (car park) but for the rate and the spacious room I didn't mind. For the lights to work, you have to put your room key in a slot mounted on the wall.
It's location is a bit troublesome but I didn't think it was that bad. The hotels closer to the airport were starting at $180 and those rooms did not come with a free breakfast either. I took the train into Slough and took the 81 bus from the station to the petrol station right across the street from the hotel. After checking into the hotel, I a bus (I believe the 77) from the same stop to Terminal 5 to the tube to head into London. Coming back, I took the tube to the West Hounslow stop then took the 81 bus back to the Hotel. To get to T3 much faster in morning, I took the 75/76 bus which is about a two minute walk (if that) from the hotel. All of those buses I mentioned are cheaper than the Hoppa bus and are not entirely inconveinent either. There is not too much food in the area but if you hop on the 81 bus towards Slough or towards Heathrow there are plenty options.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our Heathrow terminal 5 hotel is ideally located close to the major motorways - M4, M25, M40 - providing easy access from all directions. The Holiday Inn Express London Heathrow T5 is well positioned for touring the local tourist attractions such as Windsor and its historic Castle, Henley and the theme parks at Legoland and Thorpe Park. For sporting or concert enthusiasts, Twickenham Rugby Stadium and the Wembley Stadium and Wembley Arena are within easy reach. The Holiday Inn Express London Heathrow is just 4 miles from terminal 5 and the official shuttle service operates regularly to\from the terminal 5. (Tickets £4.50 For adults. One child aged 5 years to 15 years can travel free with every fare paying adult. Travel is free for children aged under 5 years.) The hotel near Windsor (and Slough) has 300 en-suite bedrooms, a choice of dining options including air conditioned guest lounge\bar. Onsite parking available (charge applies) and throughout the hotel there's wireless internet access (free). ... more less
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