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Review: OneWorld Extravaganza – Sofitel London Heathrow

Introduction
W Taipei
CX 401 TPE – HKG 77W J
CX 251 HKG – LHR 77W W
Sofitel London Heathrow
BA 572 LHR – MXP 319 Y
Hotel Villa Franceschi Venice
The Style Florence
St. Regis Rome
Le Anfore Lounge Rome
CX 292 FCO – HKG 343 J

Location 4/5 Service 3/5 Modernity 4/5 Little things 4/5 Meals 4/5 Overall 4/5

Our original plan was to stay at the aloft London ExCeL with lulu for the last four nights, but as lulu’s parents are British Airways flight attendants and they had to do two direct turns to Berlin and back, we chose to stay with lulu near the airport for the last four nights (lulu stayed at the aloft for the nights that I was hanging out with friends), and decided on the Sofitel London Heathrow, which has won a few awards on being the world’s best airport hotel.

Prices were over HK$2400 (US$310) a night, including taxes. Very pricey, but it was worth it (stay tuned). We didn’t include breakfast in our stay – we were eating at the airport, and lulu’s parents did morning turns in Berlin.

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Sofitel London Heathrow Classic Room Rate (pardon the date, this is a dummy booking)

As I’m Accor Classic, I received priority check-in and private duty free. The latter was useless, so I’m in the midst of upgrading myself to Silver or getting rid of any status (as I don’t really need priority check-in given the lines aren’t that long in all Accor hotels I’ve stayed in).

It’s awesome how people can go through the tunnel to the hotel through an underground walkway from Terminal 5. So many chain hotels use the Hotel Hoppa, which is always a mess. Unfortunately we weren’t coming from Terminal 5 (rather from a friend’s house over in Enfield), rather just departing from it, so coming in it was a moot point for us.

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Sofitel London Heathrow exterior

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Why I’ve never stayed at a Hyatt, Hilton or InterContinental, and my quest to stay at some of them very soon

I’m having a hard time starting a blog though only having stayed at three out of the six major hotel chains (Starwood, Marriott and Accor). And there’s a reason I can summarise in, say, one blog post.

I’m not that old. As mentioned in the About page, I’m in my early teens. I’m not obsessed with loyalty, yet only want to review hotels linked to a loyalty program like Ritz-Carlton, Hyatt or Sofitel so my reviews appeal more to people who cash in miles instead of, well, cash. But I’ve only started choosing hotels since this year, so I still have my “try-more-than-half-of-the-hotel-program-chains” virginity (but in August that’s subject to change).

I mean – when I tried my first stay in each of these, I didn’t really get an impression of the hotel chain that stuck. I mean, I’ve only got into hotels this year (mostly since I started reviewing them here), so hotels were no big deal. That said, I did enjoy my W Koh Samui, W Taipei, Ritz-Carlton Singapore and Sofitel Dongguan stays, and that’s the most important part, right?

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W Koh Samui – SPG, 2013

The truth is, before I started (knowing how to be) choosing hotels, the hotels were either recommended by friends or by my parents from previous stays. Take the Century Southern Tower Tokyo, which I stayed at once (my parents had stayed back when I was a small kid – with me but of course I don’t remember) – I stayed once and was hooked to it. I think it was the high quality breakfast spread that got me, but every time I went to Tokyo I insisted on staying at the Century Southern Tower because I didn’t have a blog wanted to experience what I had experienced before.

As you know, I’ll be trying my first Hyatt – the Grand Hyatt Fukuoka, in August. Now, it’s almost shameful to say that, since I’m half the source of the blog. I plan to try a Park Hyatt property too – but I’m 95% sure we won’t be staying at one in Seoul, so I guess I’ll wait until I can to grab at a Park Hyatt.

So my quest is to try each hotel chain (with my parent scheduling) whenever I can pick a hotel. Then I’ll try to stick to hotel chains so I can review them (Four Seasons and Shangri-La – and of course Club Carlson hotels – are included).