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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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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Hilton, Florence Metropole

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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

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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

This Trip

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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Doubletree by Hilton, Doha Old Town

This Trip

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 I had a fourteen hour layover between flights in Doha, rather than spend the entire time at the Airport hotel again, I figured I’d go for somewhere in town. The Doubletree came up at a reasonable price, and wasn’t too far from the airport.

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Despite arriving at gone 1am, I was given a warm welcome, my status acknowledged and it was confirmed that I had been given an upgraded room.

Main Room

The room itself was of a great size, with high ceilings.

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It featured a queen bed, a large sofa, armchair and a work desk.

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Bathroom

The bathroom, again, was very large featuring a hot tub, shower, dual sinks and a toilet.

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Amenities

Not your usual Hilton amenities in the bathroom – there were plenty of them though, including various soaps, lotions and mouthwash.

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In the room there were tea and coffee making facilities, as well as two complimentary bottles of water.

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In Conclusion

A seemingly new hotel in Doha around a fifteen minute drive from the airport. Everything was spotless, my status was acknowledged (not something that always happens) and I was upgraded to a great room. There was plenty of options for breakfast – probably one of the better hotel breakfasts I’ve had actually. The only minor complaint was that there dint appear to be an awful lot within walking distance of the hotel.

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Conrad Centennial, Singapore

This Trip

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

For this stay in Singapore, I was tempted to once again go for the Marina Bay Sands. However, wanting to see somewhere different, I instead turned to the Conrad. The main reason for this was that if I booked an executive room, then I’d be able to check out at 6pm (which was idea as I had a 9pm flight). Also if I happened to be upgraded due to my Honours Gold status, I’d be given a suite.

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This plan worked out perfectly as upon check in, I was informed I’d been upgraded to a suite and that I could indeed stay until 6pm.

Main Room

Upon entering the main room, it was into the living area, which included a work desk, a sofa and a decent sized TV.

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Walking through the room, the next room was the bedroom.

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Bathroom

The bathroom featured a bath, shower stall and dual sinks.

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Amenities

There were plenty of amenities in the bathroom, as well as a Nespresso machine and a welcome gift of fruit and pralines.

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Lounge

The lounge was on the top floor of the hotel and featured a range of food and drink options throughout the day, along with great views across the city.

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In Conclusion

A good enough hotel in central Singapore. All the staff were friendly and the upgrade was more than welcome. However the downside was that the hotel was a little past its sell by date. The room furniture seemed dated, the bath had a lot of chips in the paintwork and the furniture just seemed dated. The towels and sheets were all of top quality however. The bed was one of the most comfortable I’d slept in and the sheets had a very high thread count, meaning they were also very soft.

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