Just back from a quick stay at the Heathrow Renaissance. Fascinating....
Have stayed there many times as it is cheaper than the Marriott (on the same road), although the Marriott is much nicer and modern with good sized rooms. The Renaissance desperatly needs to update its rooms, which are smal and wont change but the decor and furnishings are dated, and the concierge lounge has fantastic views of the runway and is a plane spotters dream come true, but like the rooms, it is very dated. The 1970's lobby has had a "retro" update and looks nice, the restaurant is good and this too has been updated as has the bar. There is a good gym which I think is open for long hours, but the sauna and steam room close really early so if you check in in the evening you can not use them. Weekend rates at the Renaissance can be very cheap and good value, but in comparison to some other updated Renaissance properties, its way behind.
Excellent summary ... but I don't know about the gym ... I never use them, far too energetic! I always use this hotel if we are getting an early flight ... I tried the other Marriott once but it was full of 'conference people'. The Renaissance my be a bit tired, but the service has always been great.
Remaining in Marriott operations - but with renovations (spotted on flyertalk - marriott )
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Thanks for the great info! I'll be staying there for the first time in November of this year on an overnight layover. Could you please provide more details on catching the bus to the hotel? Will be arriving around 8:30PM from Rome on BA. Will departing the next morning on AA.
kharada - in a similar pursuit for my upcoming May trip, skiadcock provided me with the link above. I'll be executing this game plan in May and will pass along any learning curve experience.
ssindc, if anything needs to be updated, please give us the high sign, thanks
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