Stansted Airport has a couple of hotel options for those looking to stay over at the airport and ahead of a recent morning flight, we opted to stay at the Radisson Blu Stansted Airport.
I’ve never stayed in an airport hotel before as it’s never seemed necessary but with a late night in London and early morning flight to Aarhus, Denmark it seemed a good idea.
The Radisson Blu Stansted Airport is easy enough to get to with the Stansted Express train going straight from Liverpool Street Station and then a short, well-signposted walk from the station to the hotel.
The hotel is located in a fairly modern building with large glass windows and you enter into the lobby, which is a wide open space and includes the restaurant/bar area as well as the reception desks.
The restaurant area has one feature that makes it stand out – a large tower storing hundreds of bottles of wine. The staff need to do acrobatics to get bottles from the top, but sadly I didn’t see anyone doing this on my visit.
We were allocated a room on the second floor. It was decently appointed but doesn’t have the best layout. The bed has lighting built into it as well as light switches for the other rooms and was very comfortable, but the TV was in an odd position over a cabinet (which had tea and coffee making facilities in it). A desk was also provided.
However, if you like fresh air then it’s not ideal; the room had no opening windows. The window from our room looked over the lobby rather than outside and this meant the only way to control the temperature of the room was using the air conditioning and heating systems. By the morning, my throat was dried out because we’d had the air con on all night which wasn’t ideal.
We ordered room service as it was late when we arrived and this was quite disappointing. For £32 our fish and chips and pizza were quite bland and did feel like the dishes had been lying around for a while so I felt it was not worth the money at all.
Our room rate included breakfast and this was an excellent spread. As well as standard fried and Continental breakfast selections, there were vegetarian, vegan (including soya milk and yoghurts) and gluten free options also on offer which was great to see. Speciality teas and coffees were on offer with regular tea and coffee was brought to the table. Unfortunately, despite asking, we weren’t given tea or coffee as the staff seemed quite busy.
Checking out was a smooth process and it was simply a short walk right into the terminal when we left which made the morning’s journey so much easier.
Overall, the Radisson Blu Stansted Airport is fine if you want somewhere to crash before an early flight but I’d recommend eating before arrival and not going for room service.
Cost: £114.40 for one night for two people in a standard guest room (through Booking.com)
Score: 7/10 – room service was pretty naff and the lack of fresh air was frustrating but the location was very convenient for an early morning flight.
London Stansted Airport, Waltham Close, Stansted CM24 1PP – https://www.radissonblu.com/en/hotel-stanstedairport