A good deal of money has clearly been spent on the interior of this hotel. Lots of marble, clean, unfussy design in the lobby, bar and restaurant, although it lacks cosy atmosphere.
The rooms are very pleasant...not massive, but equipped with massive (high) beds which are very comfortable. Good widescreen TV, plenty of sockets, usual tea and coffee etc. The bathroom was new and clean with a good deluge shower. The details....tea, coffee, toiletries are adequate/functional (cheap)...the usual. Sound-proofing is excellent...no plane/traffic noise.
The waiting staff in the restaurant were very keen and attentive, though I got the impression that they were quite inexperienced.
The meal was not without incident...corked wine (immediately replaced without question), I ordered calamari followed by rack of lamb. Something went awry and nothing arrived for 30 minutes. The waiter noticed and went to the kitchen...another 5 minutes passed before the calamari arrived. I didn't expect much from this...frozen calamari, deep fried and on a bed of rocket. The surprise was that a couple of the calamari rings were actually onion rings. I was so hungry I just ate them.
Rack of lamb followed, which was quite pleasant actually, creamy mash and gravy. Nothing special but good enough...what was disappointing was that it was accompanied by frozen diced mixed veg. It seems a bit mad to spend so much making a hotel cosmetically pleasant and then to present a £15 dish with frozen veg. There's nothing wrong with frozen veg, I have it at home, but I expect more in a 4* hotel restaurant.
To be fair, I mentioned the calamari to the manageress, who was horrified and I was offered a complementary drink by way of apology.
Anyway, more nitty gritty, the parking is limited and charged at £10. I object to paying for parking usually (it only really happens in London), however £10 is ok by London standards.
On the big PLUS side, Wi-Fi is free. This is a massive thing for me and I mark down hotels that charge. It was also reasonably speedy.
There's a small, but functional, gym in the basement with bike, treadmill, cross trainer and free weights...there's a tv in there for those that like to run whilst watching people scream on Eastenders.
The hotel is at a busy crossroads on the A4. No-one will be visiting it for the scenery. Mostly it will be business users, Heathrow travellers and rugby fans going to Twickenham. For those users, this hotel is an excellent choice. It is fantastic value (under £60 a night) and, with a bit more effort, could be a 5/5 hotel.
I'm unlikely to be back unless I'm flying out of Heathrow (which, contrary to some reviews, isn't far away)...in which case, I'd be back in a heartbeat.
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