With both my husband and I working during the week, our weekends are for precious family time and we love nothing more than packing a small suitcase and heading off on adventures just the three of us. Last weekend, we drove down to Slough to stay at the Heathrow Windsor Marriott Hotel. The hotel is in a perfect location for families wanting to visit the area like we were with attractions such as Legoland, Windsor Castle and the River Thames just a short drive away.
On arrival at the hotel, Olly (our three year old Son) was already fascinated as the hotel is really near Heathrow airport. We saw lots of planes taking off and coming in to land and to our surprise the hotel is frequently used by visiting cabin crew from international airlines. Seeing the pilots coming into the hotel really put a smile on his face.
We were given such a warm welcome by Irina, a very friendly receptionist who took a shine to Olly and made him feel very welcome. On arrival, children are given VIK (very important kid) passes, activity packs and a plastic mug for their drinks. He was also given a small tub of popcorn and we were all offered refreshments. What a wonderful welcome!
Our hotel room
We were shown to our room by the very helpful concierge and we couldn’t believe our luck. Our room was huge and such a luxury. We were given the Presidential Suite to use for the weekend and there was so much space. Olly had two double beds to choose from in the main living area, these were roll our beds complete with complimentary child friendly toiletries and we had a separate bedroom with en-suite bathroom.
We really welcomed the space especially as Olly was getting used to sleeping in his own room and self settling off to sleep at nighttime. It meant we could escape into our room and busy ourselves whilst Olly drifted off to sleep.
There was also a dining area with a six seat dining table and chairs, a huge desk and two cosy chairs in the living area to watch the plasma TV from. Our room had all the usual amenities that you would expect from a Marriott hotel; complimentary toiletries in the bathroom, a plentiful supply of white fluffy towels, tea and coffee making facilities, an iron and ironing board, a hairdryer, a safety deposit box and bottles of water in the fridge.
Our only disappointment was with the plug sockets not being by the bed in the main bedroom. My husband has to wear a CPAP for his sleep apnoea during the night which means we have to take an extension reel with us every time we go away. It’s not a major issue but plug sockets by the bed would be ideal.
Whilst Olly settled into one of the double beds with the TV on, I jumped into the shower and took advantage of having some free time. The shower was hot and powerful and I felt so much better for having some time to relax before heading down to the hotel restaurant for dinner.
We were invited to have dinner at the hotel’s restaurant, Brasserie Centrale, on the Friday evening of our stay and looking back it was a definite highlight of our stay.
Child guests of the hotel can don their own chef hats and aprons and make their very own pizza with the chef. Olly absolutely loved doing this and it was great for him to get so hands on in the making of his own dinner (it also encourages them to eat more of their dinner too which is a winner for parents)
There’s also a very child friendly buffet with favourites such as penne pasta, chips, chicken nuggets, fish fingers and salad to help themselves too all of which went down well with Olly.
The adult dining menu looked appetising but both my husband and I really liked the sound of the handmade pizzas. The pizza chef Pascale, was in the kitchen kneeding the pizza dough and hand topping our pizzas to order.
We watched him make a couple and as they looked so delicious we opted for a pizza each. I chose the Quattro Stagioni (Four Seasons) pizza and my husband chose the Prosciutto and Fungi Pizza with added Pepperoni.
The pizza was really delicious and tasted very authentic. I didn’t manage to eat all mine so I asked for a box to take back to our room for a midnight snack. We ordered desserts and enjoyed a slice of chocolate cake, sticky toffee pudding and ice cream for afters.
The hotel breakfast was brilliant. There was so much choice. Being a hotel with such an international clientele it’s obvious that they cater for all tastes as there was so much on offer. There was a porridge and cereal station, fresh fruit and yogurts, juices, meats and cheese, a range of breads, pastries and muffins as well as a hot buffet with sausages, bacon, eggs, hash browns, baked beans, grilled tomatoes and mushrooms, waffles and pancakes.
Tea and coffee are served to your table whilst you can help yourself to as much or as little breakfast as you can manage. I opted for a very healthy bowl of cereal and fruit, pot of tea and a bacon sandwich. My husband gorged on the hot buffet which set him up for the day ahead. Olly enjoyed toast and a croissant and found the pancakes a real treat.
It’s worth noting that the restaurant gets very busy at breakfast time and so the hotel has colour coded the times when they serve breakfast so you know what to expect. We ate breakfast at 9am on the Saturday morning and it was busy but not unbearable. On the Sunday, it was much busier at the same time so it might be worth heading to breakfast earlier if you prefer it to be less busy.
The staff and service
The hotel staff at Heathrow Windsor Marriott Hotel have got to be the most hard working and friendliest staff we have come across. They were all very attentive, really helpful and made us all feel really welcome in and around the hotel. At breakfast in the restaurant, the waiting staff warmed up milk for Olly to drink and again at bedtime, the bar staff warmed up milk for Olly to take to bed. The reception and concierge staff were warm and welcoming, taking time to ask us about our day and if we needed anything. We felt like royalty but having looked around whilst walking through the hotel, they were the same with everyone and not just us.
Edit: I made a huge mistake of leaving my husbands tablet in our unlocked safe whilst we were at the hotel and arriving home on the Sunday evening, I realised my mistake. Thankfully, the housekeeping team found the tablet the following morning and returned it to us in the post. I am hugely grateful and the luckiest wife ever! Thank you housekeeping for saving my bacon!
But how did we sleep?
The beds at the hotel are really comfortable. Olly slept soundly for the first night we were at the hotel and woke after a full nine hours sleep (how wonderful!) Unfortunately something (or someone outside in the corridor) disturbed him during the second night of our stay and he ended up climbing into bed with us. Well, I’m not one to turn down a full double bed to myself so I left him in bed with my husband and I fell asleep within seconds of getting into the bed in the living room.
With the hotel just two miles away from Heathrow we imagined we might not sleep well to the sound of the airplanes overhead. We didn’t have to worry at all as we didn’t hear them. The windows help sound proof the room and the air conditioning keeps the room cool.
Would we return to the hotel?
Absolutely! We had a wonderful stay at the Heathrow Windsor Marriott Hotel. Of course the extra space was welcomed and enjoyed but we didn’t expect that at all and we are sure we would have had just as good a weekend in a standard room. The hotel has excellent transport links, is within fifteen minutes driving distance from Legoland (our main reason for visiting the area) and the historical town of Windsor and has the friendliest and most helpful staff we have encountered on our travels.
The hotel has a pool and gym (which is currently being renovated) as well as tennis courts and a children’s playground at the rear of the hotel. We didn’t get chance to fit in a visit to the playground but it looked like a fun space for children to burn off some energy. The hotel has a large car park available which is chargeable at £12 per day. We are already looking to come back with family to enjoy the hotel and the local area again next month.
Huge thanks to the management and staff at Heathrow Windsor Marriott Hotel, we had a wonderful visit and can’t wait to come back again soon. We were given a two nights stay in exchange for this review. All words and photographs are my own.