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.
Another thing with budget airlines, that a number of you may be familiar with, is the fact that their flights are usually at the crack of dawn. Therefore, when we have to catch a 6.30am flight we have to leave our house at around 1.00am which usually writes off the first day of our trip because we are so tired! If it’s a cheeky 3 night European city break then it can have a big impact on what we do and what we get the chance to see. By setting off on the morning of our flight we have also often run the risk of missing our flight if there has been an accident and/or road works. So with that in mind, we thought it would be a great idea to stay at the Radisson Blu London Stansted Airport last week the night before our flight to Ljubljana.
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).
Other amenities included iron and ironing board which we didn’t have the need for but if you were flying out for business I imagine it would come in very handy for ironing your shirt before taking your flight. We also had a safe which we used to keep our passports, travel documents and cash in whist not in the room. There was also a well-stocked minibar which is a great addition to the room especially if we’d have wanted to have a drink whilst working or a nightcap before going to sleep. However, we opted to hit the actual bar on the ground floor of the hotel.
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.
Mid gulp I noticed that of the girls from behind the bar was in a full harness and was performing acrobatics up, down and around the wine tower grabbing bottles of wine as she went. It was a great sight to see and certainly a focal point of the evening. After our second bottle we ummed and arred about a third but made the sensible decision of retiring to our room.
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!
As we were officially on ‘holiday’ we both opted for a hot breakfast – sausage, bacon, egg, beans…you get the picture. But if healthy eating is your thing or you have a dietary requirement I’m almost positive that you would still find a wide choice here. Full to the brim we headed back up to our room to collect our bags in order to check out and head to airport, resisting the urge to get back in bed and have another hour!
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!
• We stayed at the Radisson Blu London Stansted Airport on a complimentary bed and breakfast basis in exchange for a honest review.
*Our beautiful Travel Wallet was also provided by Busy B.