With rooms it is the largest property in the UK Hampton by Hilton portfolio.
We have been keen to review this hotel since it opened but we had not been able to work it into our travel schedules. In reality the walk involves negotiating a long flight of stairs to get over the railway line — see photo. There is, however, a shuttle bus every 10 minutes throughout most of the day.
It took several tries to get in. Great beds, good tv selections, good breakfasts. Perfect location for me - near my office and near the train.
For this reason, I would knock off a mark or two in terms of convenience compared to the other on-site hotel, the Radisson Blu Stansted Airport. It is still more convenient than the other nearby hotels such as the Premier Inn and Holiday Inn, which all take minutes to reach by shuttle bus and with a less frequent bus service. The ground floor is an expansive, open-plan space that functions as the reception, bar and restaurant and has a modern, relaxed feel.
There was a long queue to check-in when I arrived at around 10pm but I had elected to use an electronic key and was therefore able to by-pass the queue and head straight to my room. Later on I was able to pick up a free snack chocolate bar or crisps and soft drink as a Hilton Gold member. The room featured a queen-size bed and a sofa. Typical of the Hampton portfolio, the quality of finish everywhere was very good but not exactly cutting-edge design.
The bathroom had a large shower but no bath tub. Toiletries were provided in dispensers but seemed good quality.
All Hampton properties offer free breakfast for all guests. The breakfast buffet included a full range of hot options — overall it was good but nothing special.
For comparison I checked the price of a standard room with breakfast on a random midweek night in November. The Radisson Blu features nice Scandinavian design in the rooms and is slightly more convenient to reach from the airport but, overall, I think the new Hampton will provide stiff competition. Overall, the Hampton Stansted is a great new addition to the range of hotels at the airport, providing a convenient, on-site location and free breakfast at a very reasonable price point.
One thing to keep in mind if heading for an early flight is that the security queues are often very long in my experience — it took around 25 minutes on this particular stay.
If you want to learn more about the Hampton by Hilton at London Stansted Airport, the website is here. Want to earn more hotel points?
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