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Staying At La Villa Hotel Nice Promenade

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Last month John and I got the chance to have a couple of days away, just the two of us. We haven't been away without the kids for over 10 years so we were excited at the idea of going abroad but had no idea where to choose. After lots of research we chose Nice, France. We had no idea what to expect, if three days in Nice was enough but we went with it. We browsed so many hotels but we found a little gem on and we instantly fell in love with it. 

la villa nice promenade

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Staying At The Hilton Garden Inn, Heathrow

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Disclosure - We received a complimentary stay. The ideas, thoughts, opinions and photographs in this 
post are own. 

We like to travel down South a few times a year to visit the capital but also to make use of our Merlin Passes and visit the attractions in and around London. We sometimes struggle when booking a hotel as very few will meet our budget and needs. The Hilton Garden Inn, Heathrow managed to tick all our boxes and we enjoyed a 3 night jam packed stay.

hilton garden inn, heathrow

What To Expect When Staying At The Hilton Garden Inn, Hounslow, TW6 2SQ
The first thing you think of when staying close to the airport is the noise level especially at a busy airport such as Heathrow. We didn't hear any noise from planes at all once inside the hotel room and we could see the busy runway from the window. 

queen room with sofa at Hilton Garden Inn

queen room with sofa at Hilton Garden Inn

queen room with sofa at Hilton Garden Inn

queen room with sofa at Hilton Garden Inn

We stayed in a queen room with sofa which was more than big enough for 2 adults and 2 children. We were originally travelling as 3 adults and 1 child, but changed at the last minute. If we did visit as 3 adults and 1 child then the two double bed family room wouldn't have been suitable as the second double bed is a sofa bed. 

The room was equipped with a mini fridge, tea making facilities, hairdryer, iron and ironing board. 

breakfast at Hilton Garden Inn

breakfast at Hilton Garden Inn

boy making waffles at Hilton Garden Inn
waffles at Hilton Garden Inn
We ate breakfast at the hotel in Jack's bar which was served until 10am and was self service. The range of breakfast was the best we have seen at a hotel. You can choose from a selection of cereals, porridge, bakery items such as pain au chocolate and croissants and cooked breakfast. There was an omelette station with omelettes made fresh with toppings of your choice and a waffle maker which was extremely popular each morning. 

As we were using the hotel as a base for visiting London and surrounding attractions we did not have dinner at the hotel although the restaurant did look popular with guests. 

As the hotel is close to the airport it does have a large departures board in reception and a hotel to airport transfer is available for your convenience. 

Parking at the hotel is chargeable at £15 per 24hours. 

games at Hilton Garden Inn

The hotel boasts that is caters for children with a bespoke Family Experience for travellers below the age of 12. Children enjoy a Kids Welcome and a dedicated Kids Breakfast experience. Enjoy family meals by selecting dishes from the Kids Menu. The hotel has a range of kids amenities available upon request. 

The location of the hotel was perfect for us with Hatton Cross station just a five minute walk away which was ideal for us to travel to London in less than a hour. Hobbledown Heath was a 10 minute drive and Merlin Attractions Thorpe Park and Legoland less than 30 minutes away and Chessington just 40 minutes. A perfect base for exploring local attractions. 

I think when you check out of a hotel and you think about your stay and you ask yourself would you stay there again, our answer would be yes. It had everything we needed and it was the ideal location for us to reach all our destinations. We loved watching the planes come in and out too, especially at night. 

the entrance  at Hilton Garden Inn
Do you have plans to stay at The Hilton Garden Inn? Leave us a comment below and let us know.  


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Why A Hotel's First Impression Is So Important

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Last weekend we visited a hotel that we have never been to before. I am always wary visiting new hotels as you never know what they are gong to be like. Obviously like most people, I visit trip advisor to check out other peoples views but for me first impressions are so important. The outside of the hotel and the reception are usually the first thing you see and it sets the tone for the rest of the hotel.
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Premier Inn - Hemel Hempstead Central Review

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As you may already know we recently visited London for the weekend. When booking our trip we decided to stay at the Premier Inn Hemel Hempstead. Although it's not actually in London it's quite close and we have stayed there before and never had any problems.
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Holiday Extra's - Holiday Inn Express, Manchester Airport Review

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For our recent trip to Paris we were offered the chance to stay over at Holiday Inn Express - Manchester Airport before our early morning flight, thanks to Holiday Extras. 

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Chocolate Making Masterclass

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I am definitely a chocolate lover and if you were to put a bag a crisps or a chocolate bar in front of me I would always choose the chocolate. When I was younger I loved Charlie and The Chocolate Factory. I remember watching the movie an thinking "I would love to visit there." 
When I was invited to attend a Chocolate Making Masterclass at Millennium Hotels -The Copthorne Hotel in Manchester I obviously said yes please, who wouldn't?
I have never attended a masterclass before so I had no idea what to expect other than the fact we were going to make chocolate. 
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Holiday Inn - Leamington Spa

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When planning our recent trip to Warwick Castle we decided to book a stay the night before at a hotel. Usually we head straight to Premier Inn or Travelodge as we have never had a bad stay at either. They are always cheap and perfect for us. Anyway while we were browsing hotels near Warwick the Holiday Inn - Leamington Spa popped up so we had a look at the details.
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