From our local airport you can only fly to Amsterdam and Aberdeen (slight exaggeration but you get my point). So having been to Amsterdam quite a few times and not really having the need or desire to visit Aberdeen, it is always necessary to travel from airports further afield. Living in England we are lucky to have the option of flying with a number of budget airlines. The majority of flights with the bulk of these types of carrier are cheapest from London Stansted. Therefore I estimate that at least half, if not two thirds of all flights we have taken in the past year have been from London Stansted.
As soon as we arrived it became obvious that the Radisson Blu London Stansted Airport is a busy and popular airport hotel if the queue to check in was anything to go by. There was even an airline pilot in front of us proving that it’s the place to stay near the airport. Once it was our turn to check in it was done quickly and professionally. As we had parked our car in the car park for the evening we were asked to in put our registration directly onto their computer system. I tasked Mr ESLT with that whilst I grabbed the key card and directions to our room from the polite receptionist.
Our room was on the forth (top) floor and faced internally into the main atrium of the hotel. Initially, I was worried that the noise of the bar and the restaurants below would keep us awake however this was not a problem whatsoever! Our bright and spacious double en-suite room had everything (and more) that we needed for our one night stay. The main thing for us is a comfortable bed and I can confirm that our bed was extremely comfortable, so much so that I really didn’t want to get out of it the next morning (but then again I really am NOT a morning person).
The bathroom was clean and fully functional with a great shower which was very much welcome to wake us up ready for our flight. We had plenty of towels and miniature toiletries (shower gel, shampoo, and conditioner) are provided in case you have forgotten yours – our in like my case, I had packed them at the bottom of my suitcase and couldn’t get to them easily.
What better way to unwind before taking a trip (especially for leisure) then indulging in a bottle of wine (or two in our case). One of the first things we noticed when we walked through the front door was the MASSIVE Wine Tower, yes an actual tower of wine (mmmm wine!!!). It is located in the Angels Wine Tower Bar on the ground floor of the hotel. We grabbed ourselves a table, relaxed, chatted and enjoyed our (first) bottle of Pinot Grigio Blush.
Realising it was now 10.30pm and neither of us had eaten since dinner time we decided on ordering room service. I chose butternut squash soup followed by a club sandwich whilst Mr ESLT opted for the beef burger. All of which certainly hit the spot. Of course we could have eaten in either of the Radisson Blu’s restaurants – Filini which offers a contemporary taste of Italy or New York Grill Bar with its warm lighting and rich woods and mouth-watering steaks. Even though both sounded tempting we opted for eating in our pyjamas instead.
I’ll be honest I’m not really a breakfast person. It’s normally a cup of tea in the office. However, with a day of travelling ahead we thought the buffet breakfast offered at the Radisson Blu would set us up for our journey. We easily found a seat and hot drinks were brought over straight away. We then headed to the buffet to be greeted by every type of food stuff you could imagine. In fact there was so much choice I stood there for what felt like 10 minutes trying to decide what to have!
We really enjoyed our stay at the Radisson Blu Stansted Airport and I’ll be honest it ticked all the boxes for us. By being able to relax and unwind the night before knowing that we were only a few minutes away from the airport really put our minds at ease and by being able to enjoy a full nights sleep also meant that we weren’t exhausted by the time we got to Ljubljana meaning we got to make the most of our time in the city. There are a number of other facilities available at the hotel including a gym and spa which we simply didn’t have the time to use (hopefully next time). As it’s conveniently located just 500 metres from the central airport terminal there is no excuse for missing your flight!
*Our beautiful Travel Wallet was also provided by Busy B.