Master Robert Hotel
Master Robert Hotel (Best Western)
366 Great West Road, Hounslow, Middlesex TW5 0BD, UK
Tel: 020 8570 6261
The Master Robert Hotel (or MRH as it is affectionately known to its regulars) is idiosyncratic amongst the hotels in the Heathrow vicinity in a number of ways. A little further from the airport than most of the grander chain hotels, and more conveniently located for Terminal 4 rather than 1-3, MRH is a cluster of low rise buildings directly under the incoming flightpath, making it rather noisy most of the time. This is the main complaint as it restricts opening windows to the nighttime flight cessation. On the other hand, the secure free parking is a major attraction. It has a good number of motel style rooms, some of which are very large and double up as conference rooms with the result that you may get a very large table and a fold away bed (perfectly comfortable but a little strange, see picture below), but each of these rooms has an undercover parking bay immediately outside which can be very useful in typical British weather. The remaining rooms are in a 2storey block of double or twin rooms or a 3 storey block of good sized doubles and a few smaller singles. This is in itself unusual, as most hotels have standard twin rooms regardless. It did mean that we got a real double bed (and a double mirror on the wardrobe at the end of the bed was much appreciated) and the en suite bathroom was one of the largest I've encountered in a British hotel. The room also had a fridge, so I was able to keep my requested jug of fresh milk overnight, and the courtesy tray held peppermint and camomile tea bags as well as Tetleys and decaf and regular instant coffee ( regrettably Nescafe).
The restaurant dinner menu was not exciting, with about half a dozen choices for each of starter, meat, fish and dessert. I chose the most adventurous starter – fresh figs and goats cheese, only to discover it was not available, so we abandoned the first course and on the recommendation of three friendly gentlemen at the next table selected the fillet steak main course. Nick's bleu steak was just that, although my rare was nearer medium but still tasty and tender. The chatue (plain boiled) potatoes and carrots looked a little out of place on the trendy square white plates, but the accompanying peppercorn sauce, served in a gravy boat rather than smothering the meat really accentuated the flavours of both meat and vegetables. We shared a nondescript bowl of profiteroles and adjourned to the bar for a coffee. This was the second major minus point – both coffees cost £3.25. This is pretty steep for a latte in a hotel, but for Nick's single espresso it was exorbitant. Otherwise £50 for our meal and a bottle of Tempranillo was fair for the area.
I was initially disappointed to discover that breakfast was served only from 7-10am, surprisingly late for an airport hotel, but upon checking out at 6.30 we were presented with a “Kelloggs to go” packed breakfast and an apple! We had already planned to eat at the airport but it was a nice touch.
I was shocked to find on my last visit that things had gone down hill at the Master Robert: 1) It is no longer under the "Best Western" banner - I wonder why? 2) An overnight parking charge of £5 has been introduced - still cheaper than most Heathrow hotels but still irritating. 3) From 8th June 2009 the restaurant, bar and pub next door all serve the same food - a boring bar snck type offering.