We’ve all done it. Booked a crazy early flight, or a flight that lands so late that you’ll struggle to get the last train from Stansted Airport and across London to get home. It’s taken me years not to trust the ‘oh, it’ll be ok’ thought when booking and settle on one hotel where to stay near Stansted Airport.
I can’t tell you how much of a relief it is to step off a plane late at night and walk through the foyer of the Hampton by Hilton hotel. Or, wake up early in the morning between the crisp, fresh sheets and meander over to the Airport check-in desks.
Well-appointed, friendly and welcoming, the Hampton by Hilton couldn’t be closer without being actually in the terminal.
It’s one of the two hotels closest to the actual airport itself – roughly 0.2 miles or about a 4-minute walk with a suitcase – and by far my favourite. I also stayed at the Radisson Blu, but the Hilton knocked it out of the park in terms of quality and attention to detail. (That said, the Radisson has been recently refurbished so I might need to pop on by…)
I never expect very much of an airport hotel, but the colour palette was well thought out, the carpet was properly plush between my travel-tired toes, and the bed was an absolute joy to sink into.
(Can you tell I made this bed? I arrived in at 1am – our flight was meant to land at 11pm – so I quickly had to fix it up before I checked out to return home in the morning.)
Even the bathroom was a step above the Radisson Blu room I had – plush towels, heated flooring and some lovely toiletries perfect for washing away the delayed flight.
Oh, and did I mention the runway views?
The Hilton used to be a 5/10 minute drive away from the Airport (which made calling it an Airport hotel properly cheeky – the delayed 4am taxi caused a fair amount of stress when we had an early morning flight to Morocco) but now that they’ve moved to the Airport itself, I’d stay any day.
Oh, and did I mention the DIY waffles at breakfast? The marble tables were the perfect place to dream about my next trip, with a travel magazine in my hand.
I get asked a lot where to stay near Stansted Airport, and can thoroughly recommend a night at the Hampton by Hilton hotel – crazily timed flight or not.
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