Hilton Garden Inn, Heathrow

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Hilton Garden Inn, Heathrow
British Airways | Airbus A320 | LHR-BLL | Euro Traveller
Sun Air | Dornier 328 Jet | BLL-AAL-HUY | Euro Traveller
Holiday Inn Marina, Hull

Stayed in: June 2016

Introduction

More often than not, when I have a flight leaving Heathrow before 8am, I tend to stay at the airport. A tried and tested favourite for me is the Hilton Garden Inn, mainly due to the fact that its within walking distance of Hatton Cross Tube station (therefore avoiding the need to use the rip off Hotel Hoppa buses), its generally one of the cheaper priced hotels at the airport and it all counts towards my Hhonors status.

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I had checked in online once ore for this stay, and unlike my previous experience of using this feature in Paris, it worked a little better. There was still some paperwork to complete on arrival, but at least this time I actually got the rood I’d selected.

Main Room

As I’d selected a corner room, the layout was a little different to the standard. It still featured all the usual furniture however but overall I’d say the floor space was a little less than normal.

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Bathroom

Again, the bathroom was smaller than the standard – as evidenced by the fact there wasn’t a bath, but a large shower.

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Amenities

The usual Hilton bathroom amenities were present, as well as tea/coffee making facilities. There was also a fridge in place of a minibar. HGI’s concept is that they have an on site pantry, and you buy things from there instead – and stock your own fridge.

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In Conclusion

As mentioned, I’ve stayed here quite a few times over the years – so it can’t be too bad! Having said that, every time I have stayed here, it has been a reasonable price. I have rooms go for well over £100/night before and to be honest I’m not sure I’d pay that price for it. Anything under and its fine however.

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Radisson Blu Waterfront, Stockholm

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British Airways | Airbus A321 | LHR-CDG | Club Europe
Hilton, Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport
Air France | Airbus A320 | CDG-ARN | Economy
Radisson Blu Waterfront, Stockholm
British Airways | Boeing 767 | ARN-LHR | Club Europe

Stayed in: May 2016

Introduction

After staying at the airport for my last two visits to Stockholm, I figured I’d stay in the city for this visit. The down side of this was that the prices were a lot higher, but the fact I was more than familiar with the city meant I would at least know where I would be going and the areas to stay in. I had initially wanted to stay in the Radisson Blu Royal, but that was sold out for my dates. Second choice was the brand new Scandic opposite the central station – although when I went to book, the prices had shot up and I figured if I was going to be paying a higher rate, I may as well stay at the Radisson Blue Waterside – at least that way I’d get some status perks and some Club Carlson points.

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When I arrived, check in was a little slow due to the one and only check in agent being on the phone – but to be honest, as it was 11:30pm, I wouldn’t expect a full compliment of check in staff anyway. It was confirmed I’d been upgraded to a superior room, my status was acknowledged and I was sent on my way within a couple of minutes.

Main Room

The main room was of average size, with a decent sized bed and what I would call a Scandinavian style – lots of wood. It appeared to have been recently refurbished as everything seemed very clean and new. Towards the far end was a work desk and an arm chair.

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Bathroom

The bathroom was a little small, but again, seemed like it had been recently refurbished. It featured a bath/shower combo, single sink and a toilet.

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Amenities

Tea/coffee making facilities were present in the room, along with the standard Radisson amenities in the bathroom.

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Also present was a welcome gift of a fruit plate. One thing I do like about these welcome plates is that its different in every Radisson hotel.

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In Conclusion

A handy hotel for the Central Station in Stockholm, which worked well for me after a late arrival. The room I stayed in at least was clean, modern and had a large comfortable bed – with is just what I needed after a long day. The WiFi worked extremely well and was very fast – better speeds than I have at home actually.

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Hilton, Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport

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British Airways | Airbus A321 | LHR-CDG | Club Europe
Hilton, Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport
Air France | Airbus A320 | CDG-ARN | Economy
Radisson Blu Waterfront, Stockholm
British Airways | Boeing 767 | ARN-LHR | Club Europe

Stayed in: May 2016

Introduction

Having a late(ish) arrival into Charles de Gaulle airport, I stuck with what I knew – and booked a room at the Hilton. I’d stayed here a couple of years ago and was pretty impressed, so I had no hesitation booking a room once more.

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Impressive lobby area

Unusually, I checked in online on this occasion. I had done it a couple of times previously and didn’t really see all that much point in it. However, I decided to give it another go to see if things worked a little better this time around. When I arrived at the hotel, it was the same situation as before though – rather than “simply swinging by the front desk ad grabbing my key”, it was the usual case of swiping cards, checking ID, filling out forms… oh and I was given a completely different room to the one I selected, although this wasn’t an issue in the slightest as I was given a room identical to the one I had selected.

Main Room

The room itself wasn’t too much different from what I remembered – despite being upgraded to an executive room. So it would appear that in this hotel at least, an executive room gives you lounge access but not too much else. It featured a large bed and a sofa in the corner, along with a work desk.

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Bathroom

The bathroom was decently sized, featuring both a bath and a shower stall.

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Amenities

The usual amenities featured in the bathroom, but I do have to say the presentation was lacking somewhat.

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Also a generously stocked minibar was present and the standard tea/coffee tray.

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Lounge

The lounge was on the ground floor, opposite the reception area. It wasn’t that brilliant, featuring just a few drinks and snacks when I paid a visit. I did take a look at breakfast the following morning but the options were again a little limited – so instead I ate in the restaurant.

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In Conclusion

Again, a good enough stay in this hotel. The location is decent – just a few steps from the CDGVAL shuttle train that takes you to all the terminals and more importantly the train station that takes you to central Paris. The bed was very comfortable and I had a good nights sleep. One minor niggle was the presentation of the room – the bathroom amenities looked like they had just been thrown on the side and also there was a random coat hanger on the floor? But thats just me being a little on the picky side really.

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NH Hotel Konigsallee, Dusseldorf

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British Airways | Airbus A319 | LHR-DUS | Euro Traveller
NH Hotel Konigsallee, Dusseldorf
British Airways | Airbus A319 | DUS-LHR | Euro Traveller

Stayed in: May 2016

Introduction

As a lot of the major players in Dusseldorf appeared to be a way out of town, I turned to another brand that I am a fan of, but don’t hold any status with, the NH. Convenient for the central station with a good enough location in the centre of town, it was also a decent price. The only downside being the very cheapest rooms were box rooms (something I’m not a fan of) and all the midrange rooms had sold out. However, the junior suites weren’t too outrageously priced, so I opted for one of those.

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Main Room

The room itself probably wasn’t that much bigger than a standard room at other hotels, however the layout was a little different, meaning that it had a spacious feel to it. Included was a kingsize bed, a small lounge area and a work area.

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Bathroom

The bathroom was a little small in comparison to the rest of the room, but was useable enough. It featured all the usual furniture and a bath/shower combo unit.

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Amenities

The usual amenities were present in the bathroom, along with a Nespresso machine in the room and a generously stocked minibar.

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In Conclusion

Not a bad hotel, with a good location in Dusseldorf. The plus sides were that the bed was extremely comfortable, it featured a good sitting area and everything was clean. The downsides however was that the curtains seemed a little small for the windows they were covering – meaning that they leaked a to of light in. And with a city centre location there was quite a lot of light in the area. Also of note was that the free wifi was shockingly slow. It wasn’t just in my room either, as it wasn’t much more usable in the lobby.

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Hilton, Florence Metropole

This Trip

Alitalia | Airbus A321 | LHR-FCO | Economy
Hilton Garden Inn, Rome Fiumicino
Alitalia | Airbus A319 | FCO-FLR | Economy
Hilton, Florence Metropole

Stayed in: May 2016

Introduction

When looking around for places to stay in Florence, somewhat surprisingly, the Hilton came out at the best price. Although that was more than likely due to the fact that it wasn’t exactly a city centre location. This was a non issue however, as they ran a free bus to the city.

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Check in went without a hitch – something that had been concerning me, as despite originally booking for two nights, I ended up only needing one due to my delay in Rome. It was confirmed that I’d been given an upgraded room also.

Main Room

The main room was on the 13th floor and whilst not seeming overly big, it was a little different to the standard. Most of the room was taken up with the bed, however it featured a pretty big work desk too.

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Bathroom

The bathroom featured a shower stall as well as the usual furniture.

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Amenities

Standard Hilton amenities in the bathroom, as well as a tea/coffee tray and a mini bar.

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Lounge

The lounge was on the top floor. it wasn’t the biggest by any stretch, however it did feature a pair of reasonably sized outdoor terraces.

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There were also snacks and drinks throughout the day.

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In Conclusion

A very good hotel for a reasonable price in what is an expensive city. Sure its a little far from the town – you cant reach it by foot, I was informed that public transport involved a few changes and the taxi I took cost around €20, but the free shuttle worked well. There is howver a cinema complex right next door with a couple of places to eat and a small park on the other side of the hotel which made for a pleasant enough evening walk. Its convienient for the airport, but as taxis are a flat rate of €20 from the airport to anywhere in the city, this isn’t so much of an issue.

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Hilton Garden Inn, Rome Fiumicino

This Trip

Alitalia | Airbus A321 | LHR-FCO | Economy
Hilton Garden Inn, Rome Fiumicino
Alitalia | Airbus A319 | FCO-FLR | Economy
Hilton Metropole, Florence
Alitalia | Airbus A319 | FLR-FCO | Economy
Alitalia | Airbus A321 | FCO-LHR | Economy

Stayed in: May 2016

Introduction

After missing a flight with Alitalia, this stay was somewhat unexpected. Having grabbed a voucher from the airline, it was out on to the airport shuttle, which was somewhat of a public bus. As Alitalia seemed to be having a few issues out of FCO, there were quite a few people waiting to check in. Luckily, I was near the front of the queue and I was seen to fairly quickly. Despite the airline paying for the room, I was entitled to my HHonors Gold benefits after handing over my card.

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Main Room

The main room was a little on the small side, but it was all good enough. It was airy and well furnished however it was lacking colour a little.

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Large bed, although a little soft for my liking

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Good enough sized work desk

Bathroom

Again, the bathroom was good enough, although a little worn in places.\

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Amenities

Standard Hilton amenities in the bathroom and I was invited to get my two bottles of water from the pantry next to the check in desk on the ground floor. I much prefer this as first off you know you’ve got them and secondly as I prefer still water, I can grab two of these. If theyre left in the room, its normally one of each. Also included were tea and coffee facilities.

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In Conclusion

This is a perfect example of what the Hilton chain set to achieve with the Hilton Garden Inn brand. Having stayed at the full blown Hilton at FCO just over a month before this visit, I got a fairly good comparison of the two hotels. This one is a more basic, less frills version of its bigger brother. But to match this, it has a lower cost (I had looked at staying here on my previous visit). Everything was in order however and I had a comfortable nights sleep.

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Hilton, Manchester Airport

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British Airways | Airbus A320 | LHR-ARN | Club Europe
Clarion, Stockholm Arlanda
Qatar Airways | Boeing 787 | ARN-DOH | Business
The Airport Hotel, Doha
Qatar Airways | Airbus A350 | DOH-SIN | Business
Crowne Plaza, Singapore Changi
Cathay Pacific | Boeing 777-200 | SIN-HKG | Business
Cathay Pacific | Boeing 747-400 | HKG-HND | First Class
Hilton, Tokyo Odaiba
ANA | Boeing 787 | HND-ITM | Premium Class
Courtyard by Marriott, Osaka
Asiana | Airbus A330 | KIX-ICN | Business
Four Points by Sheraton, Seoul
EVA Air | Airbus A330 | ICN-TPE | Business
Novotel, Taipei Taoyuan Airport
EVA Air | Boeing 777-300ER | TPE-SIN | Business
Conrad Centennial, Singapore
Qatar Airways | Airbus A330 | SIN-DOH | Business
Doubletree by Hilton, Doha Old Town
Qatar Airways | Boeing 787 | DOH-ARN | Business
Radisson Blu, SkyCity, Stockholm Arlanda
SAS | Boeing 737-600 | ARN-GOT | SAS Plus
Sun Air | Dornier 328 Jet | GOT-MAN | Euro Traveller
Hilton, Manchester Airport
British Airways | Airbus A319 | MAN-LHR | UK Domestic

Stayed in: April 2016

Introduction

As hotels in the centre of Manchester are usually pretty pricey, and the city is pretty well connected to the airport via train anyway, I decided to once again stay at an old favourite, the Hilton Manchester Airport.

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Upon check in, I was informed that I’d been upgraded to a deluxe room and was handed an envelope containing a welcome letter, and various coupons for breakfast, a free drink and a bonus points offer.

Main Room

Upon entering the room, I was a little surprised – despite being a so called deluxe room, it was actually smaller than the room I had when I stayed at the same property last year, which as far as I was aware was just a regular room.

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Bathroom

The bathroom was of a standard useable size, featuring a bath/shower combi.

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Amenities

Standard Hilton bathroom amenities here, as well as a tea/coffee tray. Missing however, was the two bottles of water that I was entitled to due to my status. A quick visit to reception sorted this and I was given another drinks voucher by way of apology.

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In Conclusion

This hotel has been around for years. In fact, along with the Radisson, I believe it was one of the original airport hotels. Its aged well however, and reasonably priced for an airport Hilton. As mentioned previously, I stay here due to the fact the hotels in the city are usually pretty pricey when I look and as this place is across the road from Manchester Airport Staton its easy enough to get to and from the city.

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