The Thistle Hotel (London Heathrow)

The Thistle Hotel (London Heathrow)

Bath Road, Longford,West Drayton, UB7 0EQ



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Got off to a bad start on this as it took me about half an hour longer to find than it should have done. I slavishly followed the directions on the booking confirmation which stated it was 3 miles westward along the A4 from junction 3 of the M4. and the final instruction was to turn left a few yards before the Total petrol station. Therein lay the problem. At almost exactly the 3 miles point there was a Texaco garage with a suitably positioned left turn which led me not to a hotel, but into the depths of Heathrow airport's cargo terminal! A second circuit and a further mile along the A4, brought me to the hotel, which I remembered staying in about 6 years ago, before it was part of the Thistle group. A sprawling low rise building , it does not have a welcoming appearance but it does have plenty of parking. In spite of offering park and fly deals, there were still ample spaces for visitors and overnight guests. The en suite rooms are compact and are uniformly provided with adjacent single beds with sheets and duvets, both points being the cheapskate option in my opinion. The bathroom too was one of the smallest I've found in a business hotel -the cover kept falling down while the loo was in use (ouch!) because the loo hadn't been positioned far enough forward to enable the lid to be pushed back fully. However if it had been further forward it would have prevented the door shutting! The shower worked efficiently and the grapefruit & jasmine toiletries were pleasantly scented and ideal for unisex use.

The Oak & Avocado restaurant was open to the hotel foyer but still managed to exude an air of sophistication, at least after dark. The menu was varied and reasonably priced (starters and desserts approx £6, mains £9-£20)and the wine list a step up from the mundane. It's a long time since I've been anywhere that offered Gewurztraminer by the glass. As it was rather late, and I was too tired to be really hungry, a starter of brown crab risotto followed by summer pudding made a tasty supper. The starter was rather small to form a meal alone, but 2 generous slices of summer pudding made up for that. There was no hesitation when I requested cream not ice cream to accompany it but I would have preferred pouring cream to the whipped blob I received.

However, my customary request at the bar for milk to use with the room beverages, was met with surprise for “milk is provided”, but someone was dispatched to the kitchen for a small jug of fresh milk.

An added bonus on checkout was that I was not charged for overnight parking, listed at £7, so maybe this is at the discretion of the reception staff.

At £60 late room rate, I would use this hotel again – after all I know how to find it now.

Janet August 28 2007 2360 reads 0 comments Print

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