My recent experience at Heathrow Airport prior to my flight home was indelibly etched in my mind as I flash back with nostalgia. It is a moment I still look forward to with tremendous expectation in the earliest possible opportunity in my next trip to Europe. Having arrived at the airport exhausted I felt it wise to have a rest then travel the following day. So I opted to make reservation at Crowne Plaza Hotel two miles away from Heathrow Airport.
After sorting everything out at the airport, I boarded one of the BAA Hotel Hoppa Buses and within 15 minutes we had reached the hotel. I learned they have an elaborate car parking that is convenient for travelers and safe for their cars, charging a very reasonable self parking fee. The ultra-modern architecture and intricately designed exterior eludes to an ambiance and serenity of perfect tranquility. What was so nice was the very fact that it is convenient, comfortable and their very hospitable staff. As we stepped onto the hotel lobby the staff were well prepared to meet our needs. All the travel information for every client was there so I had nothing to be worried about. I thought if only I could extend my stay there a little longer – a couple of days at least.
Being a fitness enthusiast, I explored the available facilities. They boast of an on-site fitness center with a variety of modern fitness facilities such as a state-of-the-art gym complete with equipment that can work out nearly every part of your body, an indoor 16-meter swimming pool, sauna, steam room and jacuzzi. The on-site fitness center is open to all guests free of charge. Equipment available includes a rowing machine, stationary bicycle, treadmill, and stair stepper. The heated pool is open from 5:30 am up to 11:00 pm. The pool consists of a whirlpool also operational the same time as the on-site pool, and there is always a lifeguard on duty, just in case of emergency. Their on-site spa has amazing facilities located within the Spirit Healthclub such as indoor pool, jacuzzi and steam room together with a fitness room that is fully equipped. The opening hours are the same as on-site pool except that it closes quarter of an hour before the pool does.
The notable spa services on offer include hydro therapy and sauna. They also have a wonderful onsite golf course with 9 holes, an excellent location for practicing putting or bettering your shorting game. The off-site golf course also comprises of a 9 hole course perfect for practicing putting and perfecting shorting game. Also available are: putting green, Heathpark Golf Course, driving range, and Stockley Park Golf Course situated 2 miles away along Stockley Road. Other fantastic sports include: badminton, basketball, billiards, bowling, cycling, cricket, indoor and outdoor ice skating, outdoor roller skating, outdoor tennis courts, soccer, squash and swimming. Their superb internet connection is also wonderful. They have both wired and wireless internet available in rooms, suites, business center and public areas. On top of that there is also standard wired internet services which is free for all IHG Rewards Club members. All in all it was a nice little vacation in and of itself.