I always go into most things with an open mind. So putting the other reviews on this site to one side I did the same when visiting earlier this month. Lesson one - take heed and read the reviews, that's what they are there for! Unfortunately as my visit was business related I had no say on where in the Heathrow area I was to stay.
Perhaps in its heyday this hotel (no doubt not under the Thistle flag then) was a contender. However, standards and expectations over the years have changed. Unfortunately the Thistle hasn't. This hotel is in serious need of investment on a big scale. I'm afraid to say it's shabby on the outside, shabby on the inside.
Check-in was a relatively courteous, painless and efficient affair. However, the standard double room was not worth the attached price-tag that I was luckily enough not having to pay. Probably nearer to one of Heathrow's main runways than most the standard of double glazing in my room gave little comfort in the face of attack from the maximum take-off thrust of 747's and alike. The nightime flight curfew at least afforded me a couple of hours sleep. The upstairs bar, again looking terribly dated, gave little sanctuary for relaxation with booming WWF wrestling on widescreen TV! Breakfast was the usual standard over-priced buffet affair. Check-out again coutreous and effficient.
Sorry, but if transiting Heathrow or looking for an overnight stay before business trip or holiday I would not recommend this particular Thistle. Courteous staff do their best to overcome what can only be described as not a very nice hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located close to all terminals, with direct access to Terminal 5 via the eco friendly Ultra POD network in 7 minutes. As well as boasting spectacular views of the northern runway and architectural splendor of terminal 5 from the hotel restaurant, terrace and bar. The Thistle London Heathrow is the ideal place to unwind whether you are flying off early or arriving late at night. Also because we're close to central London Thistle London Heathrow is a perfect venue for business meetings and other events. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Thistle London Heathrow West Drayton
- Thistle Heathrow
- Thistle London Heathrow Hotel West Drayton, Greater London