We often travel to London for various things. Sometimes we visit family, other times we are on business trips, or the most likely situation is that we are heading to a tourist attraction nearby. Travelling to London for us is always 100 miles of road trip, so wherever possible we like to stay locally to our destination. Finding family friendly accommodation is always high on our list of priorities for our short stays, and so when we were asked to spend a night at the Park Inn by Radisson London Heathrow, we were delighted to see what the hotel was able to offer.
We arrived quite late at the hotel after a reasonably painless motorway journey down from the West Midlands, but we were pleased to find that the hotel was easily accessible from the motorway. Heathrow itself has very good links to the motorway network, and the hotel was very easy to find. The car park was very full on entry, however we managed to find a space, before heading into the hotel.
The Park Inn appealed to us, because we had read in advance about their family friendly stays. We were aware that children under 16 can stay for free at the hotel when staying in the same room as their parents, and that they are also well catered for in the restaurant, with kids under 12 eating both breakfast and dinner for free when dining with a paying adult. We very much felt on arrival that the hotel felt very friendly and there seemed to be lots of families staying.
Despite the fact that the hotel felt very busy, and that a lot of guests had just arrived before us, we were seen promptly, and Alejandro took good care of us on check in, making sure we had got the information that we needed about the restaurant and food options. The reception area was very bright and looked as if I had been recently refurbished. The bar adjoined the reception area, and again wasn’t overly busy, despite the large number of guests that were seemingly using the hotel. Olly was also very pleased when he was presented with a goody bag on check in with activities to keep him busy.
We had been given a room on the fourth floor in what felt like the newer part of the hotel. It appears that the hotel is undergoing gradual refurbishment, and our room, a one-bedroom suite, had been smartly decorated. The suite itself had five separate rooms within it, a hallway, a lounge (with an additional bed set up in it for Olly), a walk in wardrobe and dressing room, the bathroom and the master bedroom. All of the rooms were a superb size, and the footprint of the suite was very generous, with approximately 64m2 of space, perfect for a family that travel with a car full of items.
The room was well appointed, with a king size bed in the master bedroom, a sitting area in the lounge and both a bath and separate shower cubicle in the bathroom. Each of the two rooms had its own flat-screen television, and there was free hotel wi-fi throughout, including in all guest rooms. This was something that is very welcome, as our experiences of hotel w-fi have been somewhat patchy, however the Park Inn connection was very strong and we noticed that it ran smoothly for the time we were using it.
After we had settled into our room and unpacked, Greg did as he normally does and settled down to read the hotel room guide. We were pleased to note that the hotel had leisure facilities, and it was a shame that we were unable to make use of the indoor swimming pool due to Olly being slightly unwell. We really did also appreciate the space that the suite had allowed us, as it gave us the room to spread out a little. When travelling with children, it can often feel like you are living on top of one another in a small bedroom; and so we were very pleased to have plenty of space.
As we had arrived late, we decided to order room service; Olly had plain penne pasta, I had a wrap with carrot, pepper and houmous and Greg ordered a steak and onion baguette, with a side of chips. The food was perfect for our needs, as we didn’t want a particularly huge meal. The food took around 40 minutes to arrive, and the food was nicely presented.
One of the things that we thought we would notice was the noise from the airport. The hotel is situated literally across the road from one of the Heathrow runways, and we did wonder whether this would disturb our night’s sleep. We need not have worried, as we barely heard any noise from the airport during the entire stay. The room was very well double glazed, and the hotel itself was generally very quiet. We all slept very well, and the beds were comfortable. Greg was also pleased to find plenty of plug sockets in the master bedroom, perfect for the use of his portable breathing apparatus!
Of course the other benefit of staying in a hotel near one of the world’s busiest airports is that it is a dream come true for a transport mad three year old. When we awoke the next morning, one of the first sights we were greeted with was a large aeroplane flying in, and it felt like we were sitting underneath the flightpath! There was also a large window at the end of the corridor which offered a panoramic view across the airport apron, and we spent a good 15 minutes or so watching the planes coming and going. After visiting several airports over the past 12 months, the window at the Park Inn offered probably the best viewing experience that we have ever had!
We headed to the busy restaurant, RBG for breakfast, and after our room number was checked we were informed that we could sit anywhere. Despite the fact that it was very busy, we were able to find a suitable table quite quickly. All of the breakfast is self-service, but there are good selections of everything that you could want to eat and drink. There were several tea and coffee stations located around the restaurant, and there was both a hot food and a cold food counter. The hot food buffet counter had a good range of typical English cooked breakfast items, and the cold counter contained a range of meats, cheese, cereals, fruit, yoghurts and pastries. There was also hot and cold milk options as well as a range of juices. There were also toasters available for normal or crusty bread.
Greg’s cooked breakfast was tasty, and filled him up for our day ahead. Olly also enjoyed his scrambled egg and sausages, and it was probably the best we have seen him eat at a hotel breakfast for some time. I had a bowl of mixed fresh fruit and had a plate of hot food including mushrooms, bacon, scrambled egg and a fried egg. The staff were attentive and made sure that tables were cleaned regularly, as well as replenishing cutlery and keeping the hot drinks machines working.
After a leisurely breakfast, Olly and Greg made their way back up to the fourth floor to watch some more aircraft from the corridor windows whilst I enjoyed a relaxing shower. We were pleased to find that check out wasn’t until midday, so it certainly felt like we could relax a little more after breakfast rather than rushing back to pack. After taking the packing easy, we headed down to reception to check out and settle our bill, which again was straightforward.
Our overall summary is that the Park Inn by Radisson London Heathrow is a superb option for anyone looking to stay on the outskirts of Greater London for a short family stay. The hotel is perfect for visiting attractions such as Legoland Windsor, Chessington World of Adventures or Thorpe Park, and is ideal for holidaymakers travelling out of Heathrow Airport. The hotel has a light and airy feel to it, and its policy of marketing itself as a family friendly hotel makes it a very attractive option for families looking for suitable city accommodation. The hotel is also suitably located for getting to Central London, and the journey would take around 45 minutes by tube on the Piccadilly Line from one of the stations located in and around the airport.
We would certainly consider the Park Inn by Radisson London Heathrow for any of our future stays in and around London, as it ticks all of the boxes for things that we look for in a hotel.
Disclosure: We were invited to stay at the hotel as their guests but paid for our own room service.