The saying, "You get what you pay for" is certainly no exception to this place. First, the good points. This hotel is at good location, just a short walk (~3 minutes) from the Hounslow Central Underground station, and a bus stop is literally in front of the hotel. It's also very close to Heathrow airport, as well. WiFi is included, though it was a bit spotty for me at times. It may not be reliable enough to stream a movie from Netflix (can any hotel internet really do that well anyways?), but it can handle everything else well. A simple daily breakfast is also included, with limited options, so check beforehand if their options fit within your diet.
Now the so-so points. This is a very small place, and the hotel layout seems like those older, traditional style hotels from the past, with narrow hallways and stairwells. This seems to be more typical of denser European cities, but may not be for some Americans. I like the concept of a retro-style hotel that has older accommodations and floorplans, but have yet to find a place that executes it well. The rooms we reserved were family styled rooms, meaning that each room had its own bathroom; other rooms utilize shared bathroom fixtures. The rooms were had showed some clear signs of age, but were still roomy enough for the people we had. Room service is done every day, with a fresh towel and trial sized soap on your made bed each time. The TVs were tiny wall mounted units, and the rooms had a mini-fridge to store your own items.
Now the bad points. The bathrooms were, quite frankly, not up to par. The shower head clearly showed hard water scum, and the shower door had what may have been black mildew in the crevasses. The water pressure was also inconsistent, and seemed to depend on the time of day.
The bedrooms in general feel like the staff are just doing the best they can with the limited resources they have, and while there are some decent good qualities, there are probably other options that are worth an bit of a price increase. I can't really recommend this place unless there is some major renovations performed to better utilize the limited floorplan space.
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- Also Known As:
- Civic Guest House Hotel Hounslow
- Civic Hotel London