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Ditton Road, Slough, SL3 8PT Berkshire, United Kingdom.
Phone: 44-175-3544-244. Fax: 44-175-3540-272. 5-story hotel located 15 minutes from Heathrow Airport and 30 minutes from downtown London via the M4.

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      28.10.2011 22:23
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      Would recommend

      We stayed here recently as part of the Legoland package. When searching the Legoland Holidays website this hotel was one of many choices available, but had a good customer star rating, as well as being a 4 star rates hotel. It was also reasonably priced, coming in at £349 for 3 nights, including tickets for Legoland (2 adults, with 2nd day free, and a 2 & a 4 year old going free).

      Check-in was from 3pm onwards, and it was just after 4pm when we arrived on the Sunday. It's located literally just off the M4 motorway at junction 5, not far from Heathrow airport. There's a large car park at the front and rear of the hotel, accessed by barrier. You take a ticket from the machine as you enter, but as free car parking was included with our package, the receptionist swapped the car park ticket for one that would grant us access in and out for free. There were 2 or 3 people serving at reception when we got there, and we didn't have to wait at all. The receptionist was a nice French lady (most hotel staff we came across were non-English) who quickly checked us in, after taking a credit card guarantee for any incidentals, and gave us two room key cards. She also have our two little girls a paper bag each, which contained crayons, stickers and other bits which kept them busy for all of 10 minutes. There was a nice large seating area across from reception, should you need to sit down and wait for any reason.

      Our room, 114, was on the ground floor, just a short walk from reception. We'd booked a family room on the website, but the receptionist described it as a double room, which it was - two double beds. I'd hoped for maybe a sofa bed or roll out bed for the kids (age 2 and 4), as the double beds are quite high off the floor. We stopped by reception later to ask if they had any bed guards, but they didn't, so we requested extra pillows to put on the floor in case they fell out. A short while later, a staff member came to the door with one pillow. I told him that wasn't enough, explaining what it was for. He didn't look hopeful, but then returned with about 5 or 6 more pillows a short while later. We pulled two of the chairs with the backs against one side of the bed, and wedged a couple of pillows alongside to form a barrier. On the other side we wedged a pillow between the bed and bedside table and laid pillows on the floor. My two year old managed to fall out once on our last night, and we found her sleeping on the floor pillows!

      The beds were very comfortable, with good quality sheets and squishy pillows.

      Décor was nice and modern, with white sheets and a red throw over the bottom of the bed.

      Apart from two double beds the room featured a desk and swivel chair, two chairs and a small table, a chest of drawers (two long drawers, two small), a flatscreen LG TV, and a wardrobe. There was a decent choice of TV channels, similar to what you'd get on Freeview, plus some pay-per-view channels. Amenities included trouser press, iron and ironing board, safe (wide enough to fit laptop), kettle, cups, tea & coffee (yucky UHT milk), ice bucket, and hairdryer. There was a mini sewing kit in the drawer, and a plastic bottle opener in a cellophane packet (the "take me home" with you type). Toiletries in the bathroom were shampoo, shower gel/body wash, body lotion, and facial soap, plus a shower cap. These were replaced daily if you used them. Biscuits were also replaced daily. The hairdryer was the type that overheats and smells of burn within minutes of using, and cuts out if used for more than a few minutes. There were around 7-8 hangers in the wardrobe, some with clips for hanging trousers or skirts. There was also a laundry bag for the hotel laundry service, but I dind't get a look at prices. There were two phones in the room. As always in these places, call prices were horrendous, with a freephone call costing £2, so avoid at all costs. The only time we used the phone was to set wake-up calls each morning, just in case the kids didn't wake up in time (which they did). There was a card on top of the fridge, next to the tea and coffee making things which said the minibar had been emptied and could be stocked by calling "At your Service." It couldn't be used as a proper fridge as the temperature was set at 8 deg C, but could be used to chill things if you wanted to.

      In-room temperature was easily controlled via the small panel on the wall. Simply press the up or down arrows to adjust the temperature. Both my husband and myself found the air in-room to be very drying.

      Lighting in hotel rooms is never great, with lamps rather than ceiling lights and this room was no exception. There was a ceiling light as you entered the room, one above the fridge area, a standard lamp near the window, a lamp on the desk, one on the bedside table, and a small reading lamp attached to each headboard.

      The bathroom was reasonably well-lit, and had adequate space to put your toiletries around the sink and behind the toilet. Four bath towels and three hand towels were provided, along with face cloths. If you wanted fresh ones each day you had to leave them in the bath or on the floor. The only problem was the shower. Apart from not being very powerful, the shower head wouldn't stay up on the rail thing, it was broken and kept slipping down. Fine for short people, but anyone taller than 4 ft needed to squat down or lift the shower head off and hold it over you.

      Considering it wasn't too far from Heathrow, we barely heard any plane noise. We could however hear the louder cars and buses in the car park, which our room overlooked. And also foot traffic in the corridor outside our room. Our room also had a connecting door to the room next door which was only a problem one morning when the French people in there were up and about at 7am being rather noisy.

      Dining options were a Chats Cafe Bar, and Brasserie Centrale, and Pizza da Marco. Full breakfast was included in our package each morning and was served buffet-style in the Brasserie. It was waiter service for hot drinks and help-yourself for food. The choice was good, with a selection of cut and fresh fruit (no bananas though), muffins, danish, croissants, make-your-own toast, cereals, juices, yogurts, bread rolls, bacon, scrambled eggs, fried eggs, sausages, beans, tomatoes, hash browns, fried bread, cheese, cooked meats, made-to-order omelettes and waffles. Some of the hot items were a bit hit and miss depending on whether you got them fresh or not, but it was mostly ok. Service was also a bit hit and miss, and we often had dirty plates piled up waiting to be cleared for a while.

      We didn't have lunch or dinner at the Brasserie, we did look on our first night but the carvery was £19.50 per person, so we headed out instead. There's a Toby Carvery just across the road, and a Harvester a few hundred yards down the road. Neither looked good from outside. Thankfully I'd done a bit of research online beforehand and found a Frankie and Benny's 4 miles away in Staines, so we went there and it was good.

      Neither did we try Pizza da Marco, but it looked to be located inside the Brasserie as there was a pizza price list on the wall next to where the breakfast buffet was served.

      We dined at Chats bar one evening, which was busy and we got the last remaining table. There were two TV screens, both showing BBC News 24, with the sound turned off, but one had subtitles on. Service was ok, but the food was pricey. I had fish sandwich and fries which was £14. The portion wasn't huge but it was served up very fancy, on a wooden chopping board, with the fries in a mini metal frying basket. They had a kid's menu too, which included a Smarties push-up lolly. It was the same menu as room service, and strangely enough at the same prices as room service, albeit you had to pay delivery charge to have it in-room, which I think was £3.

      The leisure complex was complimentary for hotel guests, with a fitness suite, pool, and sauna. We used the pool twice. Towels were provided there so you didn't need to take them from your room, and lockers were also free. The pool wasn't very warm though and we only managed 15 minutes in there both times. One thing to note is that the pool went from fairly shallow to much deeper without any warning, which caught my 4 year old (and me) out. The changing areas were nice and had showers, free toiletries and hairdryers. The floor from the changing rooms to the pool, and especially so around the pool, was very slippy. My daughter slipped a couple of times.

      There's a tennis court outside at the rear of the hotel, with a small play park next to it.

      There was a concierge desk in the hotel lobby, and the concierge man was supposed to help you with things like directions and places to visit. However the ones we spoke to were useless and gave wrong directions.

      For those going to Heathrow, a "Hotel Hoppa" bus ran to and from the hotel, run by National Express. We priced it up one day for a possible visit to the airport, but it was £14 return for two adults, with the kids free, so we didn't bother.

      There was quite a wide variety of guests staying there. We saw people like us going to Legoland, business men, army men, pilots and aircrew.

      Not to be confused with the Marriott London Heathrow, which isn't that far away. The hotel is located just off the M4 and not far from the M25. Windsor is a 10 minute drive, with Legoland about 8 minutes further. London Heathrow is 6.4km away.

      Prices, as listed currently on the hotel website-
      LEGOLAND Windsor Family Break from £105
      Park Here, Fly There Packages from £80
      Last-Minute Weekends from £54 per night

      The hotel's address is-
      Heathrow/Windsor Marriott Hotel
      Ditton Road, Langley
      Slough, SL3 8PT United Kingdom

      Website: http://www.marriott.co.uk/hotels/travel/lhrsl-heathrow-windsor-marriott-hotel/


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      18.01.2011 16:38



      Don't bother

      We stayed at this hotel the night before we flew out on our honeymoon and booked the Park here, fly there package so we could leave our car there. When we returned we found that our car had been broken into while in the car park.

      The main issue was the complete lack of concern from the staff - and later from Marriott's customer service line. Essentially, even though there's no mention of crime when you book the package online, they seem to think that signs in the car park when you get there mean they don't have to be responsible for your car while it's in their care, even though you've paid them for that service and it's too late to change your mind once you're there.

      They just don't care what happens once they've got your money. There are plenty of other hotels in the area, stay somewhere more secure and save yourself the hassle. It was a terrible end to our honeymoon and we will certainly avoid Marriott's in the future after the response we got from them.

      On the hotel itself, it's okay, but our no-smoking room smelt of smoke from the air con all night. Just don't bother staying here, go elsewhere.


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      09.02.2009 01:22
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      Good Standard Hotel for the Airport


      This Hotel has recently changed its name from the Slough/Windsor Marriot to the Heathrow/Windsor Marriot - but despite this name change it remains in Slough! In terms of scenery and the local area this hotel isn't very well located - you are surrounded by motorway and residential main roads. The hotel is an ugly building, and unfortunately blends into the area well. I don't think this would put off any visitors however, because this hotel is really well situated for convenient access to loads of places, mainly Heathrow Airport. The location has excellent potential for being noisy - being right under Heathrow's flight path and adjacent to the M4, but I have never had a problem with this.

      If you don't stay for Heathrow you might be staying for the handy proximity to a number other attractions. Nearby attractions are Windsor, Legoland, Chessington, Thorpe Park, and Ascot Racecourse. This hotel can be booked as part of the Legoland package deal. When Legoland is open during the spring-summer it's important to bear in mind the impact this has on the hotel clientele - i.e. there are loads of kids about. If you're travelling with family then this might really suit you - you can relax and let the kids enjoy themselves knowing they aren't disturbing people - but if you are childless it isn't exactly relaxing! You also have to book to use the pool during these busy times - and it will be full of children!


      The lobby is modern and welcoming - the check in desk is fairly large, and the staff always seem to be on top of serving customers even when it is busy. There are plenty of sofa areas, and a nice space for plugging in your laptop and getting on with some work. I haven't tried the Concierge, but someone seems to be available most times I have walked past the desk. They could do with some extra lifts, as the two that they have are busy and slow. The hotel layout is a bit of a rabbit warren -you may end up touring the corridors to get to your room.


      The bedrooms are newly decorated in a modern style, which I don't think is particularly stylish, but it looks decent enough and does the job. There are nice, modern photos of Windsor Castle on the walls to give a bit of local flavour. The rooms are clean and well kept - as is the rest of hotel. All the rooms I have stayed in have 2 double beds - although other room types are available. The beds are a bit small for my taste in a hotel (I have been spoilt by too many US hotels) but the Egyptian cotton linen is nice, and I got a good nights sleep. There is a desk/dressing table in the rooms, and a table and two lounge chairs - this is all a bit crammed in, but serves it's purpose. Large mirrored wardrobes are nice, and there is a decent selection of lamps and lights. The air conditioning is a bit noisy - but I've been in hotels where the noise levels are worse. You can control the temp yourself easily. The rooms are OK, nothing special and quite small for an out of town hotel.

      All the usual in-room facilities e.g.:
      Coffee / Tea - and some decent wine glasses - better than the plastic cups you often get
      Iron and ironing board in the wardrobe
      Trouser press
      Hair dryer - this is useless!
      Mini-bar - with a fairly decent choice

      The in room entertainment is rubbish! The TV is old fashioned - I though that these would have been replaced as part of a £5mil refurbishment. On my most recent stay my TV only had about 5 channels (plus pay for view). These didn't include BBC 1 or 2 or channel 4. I probably could have complained and got some better channels tuned in - but as I wasn't sitting in the room it wasn't really a big deal for me.


      The bathroom is fine - nothing special, but everything you would expect. A decent selection of towels is provided. Unfortunately there was no conditioner provided (I bring my own but this remains my pet hate). There was shampoo, soap, shower gel and a shower cap, the made for Marriot 'brand' which is OK.


      The hotel has a good nice leisure area including an indoor pool, sauna, steam room, tennis courts and extensive fitness centre/ gym. The pool is fairly small and un-naturally shallow. It was a bit disappointing as it's not really built for serious swimming, due to the length and depth, but it was too cold for lounging about it. The sauna and steam room were small but decent.

      The gym has an excellent range of up to date equipment. The entertainment in there was a bit outdated - but fine for a hotel stay. Changing rooms have obviously been recently refurbished and are excellent - the showers and hairdryers are better than those in the rooms, so you may as well use them after your workout. The showers also have conditioner in them, which you don't get in the rooms. There are towels available so that you don't have to use the room ones, but they are very small - ask for at least two.


      There are 3 places to eat in the hotel - plus the room service menu.

      The main restaurant is the Brasserie Centrale - Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The breakfast is more than adequate. Plenty of items available, all the usual cooked bits and pieces, cereal, juices, fruit, toast and so on. There aren't any cakes and pastries provided which is a bit of a shame. The restaurant has an a la carte menu and serves a 'carvery' menu at dinner for £24. This includes a salad / soup starter, and a range of about 4 meat/fish mains, plus veg. The desert selection is varied and fairly large. You can eat as much as you want and quality is nice for the price. Service in the restaurant in the evening was excellent - poorer at breakfast time, but still more than adequate.

      Chats Bar serves a bar menu - haven't tried the food - but plenty of people seem to eat in the bar throughout the day and evening, in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.

      Pizza da Marco is a pizza restaurant open for dinner. Haven't tasted the Pizza's but you can see them being cooked in pizza ovens in the main carvery area. They look fresh and tasty and are served in an informal but stylish area of the restaurant.

      If you want a cheaper option than the hotel food there is a Toby Carvery on the other side of the road, or a Harvester a bit further down - Less than 5 minutes walk.


      Chats bar is a decent hotel bar. Nice soft seats and a comfortable, open plan surrounding. You can be served at the table, and prices are reasonable (about £4 for a single spirit and mixer). No music and two TV screens (showing the inevitable sports) but without the sound.


      As I've said this is really well located for the M4, just off junction 5, so perfect for travelling by car. There is a good-sized car park so you should have no trouble getting a space. You do have to pay extra for parking - £1 per hour or £8 for the day. You can also "Park and Fly" from this hotel - where you leave your car parked for up to 14 days while you go and enjoy your holiday - so it's a good value choice if you have an early Heathrow flight. The Hotel Hoppa gets you to the airport in 10 minutes for 4 quid each way. About 20 minutes by train to London, but you'll have to make it to the station too.


      The List Price for this hotel is about £200 a night. But you can get a room here at the moment for about £140/150 a night on weeknights and £70/80 on weekends. The weekend prices are excellent value, and you can often get even better deals on this hotel as part of packages, so it's definitely worth a bit of research.


      Heathrow/Windsor Marriott Hotel
      Ditton Road, Langley
      Slough, SL3 8PT United Kingdom
      Phone: 44 1753 544244
      Fax: 44 1753 540272
      Sales: 44 1753 544244
      Sales Fax: 44 1753 540272

      371 rooms

      Check-In is 2:00 pm but I have been able to check-in early each time I have stayed with no problems. Check-Out is 12:00 pm - so there's no need to rush out in the morning.


      The highlight of this hotel is really its convenient location. It is fairly unremarkable, but if you are using Heathrow or visiting the local attractions and want a nice hotel to stay in then you will be more than happy here.

      London is 18 miles away, and you do get a fair few business travellers staying here, but I suspect most are using the airport, as I don't think this is a very handy airport for central London.


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        09.09.2008 23:13
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        **** Marriot****

        This was a hotel i had always wanted to stay in as apparently it is quite good.On my last holiday i had that chance as i had to fly from London.

        **Location/Getting there**
        This hotel is very handy to stay in if you are getting an early flight the next day.It is also close to the likes of Lego land and the last time i checked they offer packages meaning you can save some money.Getting to the hotel can be expensive if you get it wrong-i was about £40 for a taxi,when i could have got the hopper bus for about a fiver.

        My first impression of the building was is this it-i thought it would be a lot nicer.The inside was nice and at first i felt under-dressed until i noticed other people dressed worse..The place was more causal than i thought it would be.The staff members were lovely .Very polite,nicely dressed and dealt with enquires very promptly Each member of staff had a name badge on and where they were from.

        I have to say that this hotel had one of the nicest beds i had ever slept on ,it was the most comfortable thing ever.If i could have taken it home i would have.The room i stayed in with a friend had 2 double beds and a lovely en-suite bathroom.

        Room service was very prompt.There were 2 restaurants to choose from but i didn't dine in either so can't say if they are good or not.
        The hotel also contained a Gymnasium ,Indoor swimming pool and sauna as well as normal things like internet access.These were all included in the price i paid

        I paid £230 for one night but this included the mini bar-i think the room was about £200.

        I would stay here again,especially if i go on a very grown up trip to legoland :-)


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        14.04.2004 08:49
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        As ever - apologies for the inevitable DooYoo capitalization probs. I know there's a fix, but...... read the review! I hope you enjoy! Marriott must be absolutely mad! Slough not only sounds disgusting, it even has a poem written about it. In 1937, Sir john Betjeman wrote famously wrote: "Come friendly bombs and fall on Slough! It isn't fit for humans now, There isn't grass to graze a cow. Swarm over, Death!" And many more lines ensue; you get the picture, I'm sure! The first paragraph sets the scene, anyway, for this new town adjacent to London's Heathrow airport. Holiday destination it ain't! And yet Marriott call this hotel "Marriott Slough / Windsor". Why not settle for Windsor (which, with its imposing castle and idyllic location on the river Thames, is lovely)? In the AA hotel guide, you won't find this hotel listed under Slough - nor under Windsor. Nope - look under Heathrow Airport and you'll find it there, just adjacent to junction 5 of the M4 motorway - right under Heathrow's flight path - which is absolutely great if you're a 'plane spotter. You'd happily stay here if you were flying to / from Heathrow - like many hotels in the locale, they tend to offer very good parking-inclusive deals that challenge the exorbitant airport parking prices. You might also consider the hotel if you were visiting one of the local Theme Parks - Legoland, Thorpe Park or, at a pinch, Chessington. If, on the other hand, you simply thought that a night out in Slough might be rather nice, then you might well find that your therapist has an equally comfortable couch, with a straight-jacket replacing the fluffy bath robe. It was Easter and I thought that baby Josh deserved a treat. "Legoland", Windsor, looked to be just the right sort of place for his first theme park experience (and - yes - it caters very well for the y
        ounger adventurer; he adored it). I pointed my web browser once again in the direction of Priceline and before I could say "Come, friendly bombs", we were booked into the Marriott Slough /Windsor for two nights at the remarkable rate of just £30 per room per night. Bargain - and from my experience, you can't go too far wrong with a Marriott. In fact, I'd say that this was about as far wrong as you could go with Marriott! The hotel was easy to locate - just of junction 5 of the M4 motorway near Heathrow airport. What was more difficult to locate was a parking place. The hotel offers special deals whereby you pay for a night's accommodation and receive free parking for up to 15 days. Superb deal that really can't be beaten. If, however, you're just staying for a night or two, it's extremely irritating to have to circumnavigate the car park several times before you find somewhere to leave your car. And from there, it will doubtless be a long-haul trip to reception. Ho Hum! We made it. It was a welcoming lobby in what is a modern, purpose-built hotel. There's a five storey tower section but this is mainly a low-level sprawling hotel. The main lobby houses reception and concierge, with "Chats" bar / cafe and the "Mediterrano" Restaurant to your left and a rabbit-warren of corridors leading to bedrooms on your right. Check-in was friendly and quite efficient. My booking was quickly acknowledged, but my request for a King size bed was refused. Instead, we were offered a room with two double beds. I am, to this minute, really confused about this. A room with two double beds. Hmmmmmmm! Who on earth wants these rooms? Swingers? Large married couples who no longer enjoy each other's company? I just can't imagine the scenario. Perhaps they're intended as family rooms. Whatever! That's what we got - room 0308 on the ground floor. We picked up our keycards and headed
        off to find it. Eventually, we did. The room was large and clean. Without one redundant double bed, it would actually have been very spacious indeed. Clean, cream decoration and warm green carpet, comfortable seating and decent workspace all combined to give a very refined feel to the room. Being on the Heathrow flightpath, the quadruple glazing went some way to quelling the noise of aircraft traffic. There was actually an air of peace. The picture windows overlooked the car park. At least we could shut the curtains - there were very many cars to look at, but none - to be honest - of particular interest. The wardrobe contained an ironing board and laptop safe as well as a minibar. The armoire contained a standard colour TV with information services. The bed was very comfortable. All standard Marriott stuff - very comfortable. The room was faultless in a fairly clinical kind of way. The ensuite bathroom was spotlessly clean, with decent toiletries - no complaints, although some might find the bath a little small. The room was compact and bijou, however, and if I need to amplify the fact, I'd simply note that my arm was only just about long enough to reach from the lavatory - on one side of the room - to the toilet-roll holder that, in their infinite wisdom, the designer hand decided to place on the opposite side of the room. You get the picture, I'm sure. The bed was extremely comfortable and we had a great night's sleep. Josh, too, enjoyed his cot. We all awoke on the first morning to find that the newspaper we'd ordered had not been delivered. Apologies and explanations were offered, and one was delivered on the second morning of our stay. These things happen. Regularly, in my experience! It would, of course, be remiss of me not to visit the hotel bar. So I did. After a long day at Legoland, Josh had decided to catch some Zeds and we decided to take him with us. He's a very well-behaved lad, most of the ti
        me, and the bar was clearly very child-friendly. We felt comfortable taking him with us and enjoyed a few moderately priced drinks tasty snacks. As I said, it was child-friendly. In fact, it was far too child-friendly and we were soon extremely irritated by the fact that at 9pm, kids were noisily running in and out of the bar incessantly whilst their parents just sat by and let them ruin everybody else's experience; there was no peace. In - out - in - out - crash into someone carrying drinks... you get the picture. As we left, I couldn't help thinking that the entrance to the bar was like the grid line-up to a pram Formula-1 race. Sad, really. In conclusion, this is clearly an airport hotel, with all the baggage that that carries with it. The accommodation is of a good, comfortable standard. The parking is over-subscribed and the bar is not a quiet haven. It's not a holiday location by any means yet it serves its purpose well. Know exactly why you're going there and you'll be perfectly happy. Andrew


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          29.05.2001 05:05
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          Marriott Reward cards are useful if you are a business traveller. You can gain free rooms, upgrades or breaks if you just accrue a mere 20000 points ($1 = 10 points). This is quite hard to manage as an everyday bloke like me, not actually being like Alan Partridge living in a Marriott Hotel. You will, however, receive great deals through the post as a bonus for your loyal custom. We were sent a special offer leaflet for the spring this year. The plum deal at the moment meant we were able to get a two-night stay in any Marriott or Courtyard hotel for just £90. We chose the Slough/Windsor hotel for the bank holiday weekend. I have to admit that we had hoped to be able to go to Cardiff - which has a very nice Marroit in the city center. Alas the FA league playoff finals meant that there was no room at the inn, so we plumped for somewhere a bit closer to home (Oxford). I know what your thinking - Slough - Its hardly the jewel of Berkshire (sorry Slough residents - I'll read any review that may persuade me other wise). It does have advantages though. The hotel is only ten minutes from the scenic town of Windsor and, as we found out when we arrived, Legoland. It is perfect for the airport (Heathrow) and the M4 corridor if you're looking for a business stop over in Silicon Valley UK. It boasts a huge number of local companies - such as Honda and Computer Asscoiates. you will find that its location, just off the Slough/Windsor juction of the M4, along the A4 is ideal for London or most areas of Berkshire. From the outside it is a bit boring looking and is surrounded by a huge maze like car park. Once we had actually found the front desk we were pleasantly surprised. The hotel is quite stylish and bright, with a fairly modern air to the reception area. The staff are great, as I've noticed with all Marriott hotels. Check in is fairly painless, although we did have to wait 30 minutes for our room to be prepared. The hotel has
          380 rooms and 7 suits. If you book, go for the King Size room. The bed is huge, but you also get the bigger room to accommodate it. All the rooms are en-suite, and most have a desk with ISDN data connection (If you look in the wardrobe you'll find a little bag with a data lead and software for your PC or MAC - a nice touch I think). You'll get TV with Sky Sports, movies, pay-per-view and all the normal channels. You also get a well stocked mini bar - but be warned; move it and you pay for it as the fridge has eyes! (Well special sensors and gizmos that add whatever you touch to your bill). Mini bar prices are the same as the main hotel bar (£2.70 for a bottle of Stella, £1.10 for a can of Pepsi). f you drink it dry, or should I say if you can afford to drink from it at all, the maid will restock it the next morning. The Hotel has a fantastic pool, with Sauna and Steam room, a gym, tennis courts, bar and restaurant and many other features we paid no attention too at all - check out the Marriott web site for details. So that sums up the hotel, but there are a few minus points to warn you about. As I mentioned, it is THE hotel for Legoland. This means that it gets extremely busy over the weekends during spring and summer. If you are looking for a kids free atmosphere look for another hotel. If you don’t mind kids, or have ankle biters of your own then this is the place for you. Another minus point - They are refitting all the rooms. This will be ongoing until October 2001, which I guess means that after then it will become a good plus. The work is being well managed and shouldn’t affect you in any way. On the whole this is a great base for a bit of sight seeing, and is probably one of the nicest hotels I've stayed in for a while. For more info: www.mariott.com


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