Useful location - just a couple of minutes walk from Hounslow Cental underground station which, in turn, is just 3 stops from Heathrow. So, it's alternative to staying at an airport hotel - in theory. The hotel is at the end of the main street so just steps from shops, takeaways, pubs, restaurants etc. However, Hounslow isn't the greatest of towns.
Reception was unmanned when I arrived and I had to wait a few minutes before somebody turned up. Service was friendly though. There is a small bar and restaurant attached to the hotel which I didn't try.
Hotel appeared to be well maintained and housekeeping standards were very high.
However, the room was TINY. Approx 8ft square with a shower room carved out of this, leaving an L shaped cupboard. Bed was narrower than a standard single (think camp bed) and only 6ft long so my feet poked out the end. Only place where you could view wall mounted TV was by lying on bed. The only surface to put thigs on was the window ledge or you could put the dining chair into service as a table. No other seating options. Fortunately I only had carry on bags. A suitcase would have taken up pretty much all of the available floor space,
You almost needed to be a contortionist to use the shower room, it was so cramped. The shower cubicle only had one door meaning that you also needed to be an amphibian to use the shower room after taking a shower.
Wifi did not work. The receiptionist told me that they 'sometimes' had problems when planes came low over the hotel. This place is directly under the Heathrow flight path, just about 2 miles from the runway threshhold. So when are there not planes flying low?
Other gripes: Fire alarm went off early in the evening and, about 2 hours later, another loud alarm in the corridor went off. Luckily, these weren't in the middle of the night.
Overall, it's just about OK for an overnight as long as you don't plan spending much time in the room awake. However, for the same sort of money you could stay in the Travelodge or Ibis just around the corner or, even at a Heathrow Travelodge or Pricelining a room at the airport. If you are considering this because you are on a budget, remember that the tube from LHR will cost you £4.50 each way. Overall, as an airport hotel option it doesn't make much sense.
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