We arrived in Heathrow late last night – at about 22:35. I had done some research ahead of time, so I knew that there were four ways to get from the airport to our hotel which was chosen for its proximity to the train station Paddington. These included taxi, Heathrow Connect (30 minute ride), Heathrow Express (15 minute ride), or the Underground (60 minutes with one transfer). We wandered around Heathrow trying to find the Connect or even the Express but were completely unsuccessful. Of course, we have yet to take a cab anywhere in Europe and certainly didn’t think it would be a good time to start — so, finding no better option, we jumped on the U and rode the Piccadilly line to the transfer with District and made it to our hotel by 23:45. Easy squeezy!
The room was booked with the intention of being just a place to sleep and shower before continuing our journey to Bath and boy am I ever glad that’s all we needed it for – it’s tiny and furnished with some interesting choices. Located on the fifth floor of a building with an elevator that only goes to four, we have used a lot of stairs and are happy once again, that we pack light. Both the double and the single beds in the room are low-quality and springy with an older Ikea look about them. The rest of the mish-mash furniture is jumbled throughout the room which does include an en-suite bathroom. The bathroom is hilarious – pretty small with things poking at you while you’re trying to use the toilet and a shower that only operates on dribbling steaming hot water.
Great location though – just two blocks from the Paddington train station where we will take a train out to Bath and stay for two days. The Roman Bath ruins are the big draw there – along with the Fashion Museum — hopefully I can drag Maylene to that one too!!