Holiday Extra's motto is
"We take the hassle , you take the holiday"
We had opted to include the parking when we stayed here , so upon check in we handed over the car keys so the car could be collected by Maple Manor Parking within 12 hours. Our car was securely parked off site and was waiting for us on our return from Washington D.C .
There was a small problem initially with our room key card however this was rectified and we swapped rooms. We were given complimentary drinks as a way of sorry , you really couldn't fault the personal service. A smooth start to your holiday is essential for a memorable holiday.
The day of the flight we made sure we woke up in time , you can request a wake up call if you do wish. Breakfast is available at the hotel but I can't comment on this as we didn't partake in this.
I wouldn't choose this hotel for getting into central London but for a stop before or after a holiday it is top notch.
We took the Hopper buses to the airport which was £8 each return ,it is 50p cheaper if you buy them from the machines at the hotel , you can either buy a single ticket or return per adult , children 15 and under travel free with their parents.and the driver will help you with your cases if you are struggling. I believe there is a free bus that runs near the petrol station opposite to the hotel.
After being dropped off by the Hopper bus we checked in and then after making our way though airport security delayed only by my bag * why is it always my bag ? thankfully the delays wasn't too long and the tuts of my family were soon quietened by the time we got to the airport lounge.
No. 1 lounge - Terminal 3
This is where I could channel my inner Bond Villain but curses I didn't have the obligatory cat to sit there and stroke . If you saw me in the lunch then I am sorry if you saw me spinning around in the chairs ~ actually not sorry !
There was was once an associated boredom with having to wait around in the airport before your hotel , there is only so many times you can spare yourself with the fragrances and drink the samples in the duty free shop. And there there is the spotless boutiques which are a shoppers dream if life was in fact an open wallet but alas it is not ! Worry not through now you can have the option of luxurious airport lounges and it is an option I go for every time where I can !
Now where do you go do you go to the library , the snug , the luxury cinema , the bar the dining room , treat yourself to a treatment at the Travel Spa ( for which there is an extra charge)
There is so much going on in the lounge that you might never want to leave there any computers, televisions, wifi , newspapers, magazines luxury cinema as previously mentioned and kids room. You can even shower her if you need to and there are toilet facilities as well.
|I know it should be a plate but it is Artisan trendy!|
Your flights aren't announced any loud speaker instead you have to keep your beady eye on the information board , well you aren't going to be so silly as to miss your flight are you ?
You can even have wine if you so wish , champagne however is a payable extra , the lounge left us all in a positive mood before our 8 hour flight to Washington D.C.
I wouldn't hesitate to use Holidays Extras again and of course there is a handy little app so you have all your travel extra information in one place. The cost for the lounge is £30 per adult and for children the cost is £15.
Thank you to Holiday Extras for allowing me to review the hotel , the parking and the lounge.