Thursday, 20 August 2015

Holiday Extras Holiday Review

Holiday Extra's motto is

"We take the hassle , you take the holiday"

The Park Inn Heathrow is one of the nearest hotels to terminals 1,2 and 3 and being so close is essential especially when you are flying long haul.The hotel was extremely easy to find , though do make sure you put the full address into your sat nav.

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 .

The beds were clean soft and comfortable , though I'd have like to have seen mattress protectors which is pretty much standard in all other hotels . The room was smart , modern and serviceable just what you need before your flight the next day. Quiet oh so quiet saying that you are right next to an airport , well that be why you'll be stopping there anyway !!

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!
 And any how it was jolly tasty and it was included with the price of the lounge , there are various menu option depending on the time of the day , children are very well catered for with the food  as the lounge has an la carte menu.

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.


  1. I'm a fan of anything that makes life easier before a holiday - I hate starting off feeling stressed x

  2. We always book the airport lounge when we fly, so worth it

  3. Now that sounds like a nice calm way to start a holiday. x

  4. Anything that makes traveling and holidays a little easier has to be a winner especially when you are traveling with kids or traveling at awkward times. xx

  5. It's a nice hotel, my Other Half has stayed there with work.

  6. We haven't flown yet as so this sounds like it could take the hassle out of a lot of it.

  7. I love the private passenger lounges at big airports- it's great to relax away from the hustle and bustle!

  8. This sounds perfect for us, it's a long way to drive just to fly so we always look to stay over, will consider this in future.

  9. I think this sounds perfect for chilling out and relaxing before your hols x

  10. What a lovely idea, i am all for making that horrible bit before a holiday a little less stressful xxx

  11. Loving that bar - wouldn't mind propping that up for a bit.

  12. It looks like a great place to stay - loving the bar too xx

  13. It looks like a really great way to start your break

  14. This sounds like a fantastic way to start a holiday! I hate being stressed on the run up/start of a holiday. This would be perfect for me.

  15. Those lounges are fab, we used to have access to them with one of our credit cards back in the day, well worth the stopover!xx


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