Last month, Mike and I traveled to Kathmandu, Nepal for the first time to meet our travel partner Helena, owner of Helena India Travels. We are sending our first group to Nepal in autumn and it was a great opportunity to meet her as well as the owners of the hotels where our group would be staying at. We were offered complimentary five nights stay by Mingma, the Nepalese owner of Chhahari Retreat and needless to say, we enjoyed every single day of our stay not only because of the nice room and excellent food in the restaurant but moreso because each one of them treated us like their own family. As for our flight, Mike and I used our remaining American Airlines Advantage miles to fly in first class from Europe to the Indian Sub continent, just before the devaluation in March, which is 80K miles return per person. Here's the full trip report of our trip to Nepal and I hope that thru this, more people would consider traveling to this wonderful country in the future!
Review: British Airways Business Class, Stockholm-London
Review: Etihad A380 First Apartment, London-Abu Dhabi
Review: Al Dhabi Lounge, T1 Abu Dhabi Airport (AUH)
Review: Qatar Airways Business Class, Abu Dhabi-Doha
Review: Qatar Airways Business Class, Doha-Kathmandu
Review: Chhahari Resort, Kathmandu
Review: Yeti Airlines Everest Express
Top Attractions in Nepal
Review: Executive Lounge, Kathmandu International Airport (KTM)
Review: Qatar Airways Business Class, Kathmandu-Doha
Review: Qatar Airways A380 First Class, Doha-Paris
Review: Hilton Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport
Review: Cathay Pacific First & Business Class Lounge, T2 (CDG)
Review: British Airways Business Class, Paris-London
Review: Hilton London Heathrow Airport
Review: British Airways Business Class, London-Stockholm
Date of stay: June 2-3, 2016
Address: Terminal 4, Hounslow, TW6 3AF London
Nightly Rate: 1264 SEK
How to get here: The hotel is located just 10 minutes walk via covered walkway from LHR T4
Getting to the hotel from Terminal 4
As we were checking in early, I was kind of hesitant to approach the reception desk but still did so. I was greeted by Manuela, a very friendly receptionist who informed us that our room was ready and that it would be on the third floor. Cool! It is not the highest floor (5th floor being the highest) but still, we were thankful that we could check in early as we were planning to explore the city. Thanks Manuela!
Hallway (3rd Floor)
King Executive Room (Room 329)
The Executive Lounge is located on the first floor and is open until 10pm.
This was actually the first time I've seen a soup being served during the afternoon snacks in a Hilton Executive Lounge, if I'm not mistaken. Really impressive!
Aromi Restaurant (Breakfast Buffet)
The breakfast buffet had an extensive offering and included everything you would normally find from other Hilton hotels, plus the local food (black pudding and haggis).
I've stayed in a few Hilton hotels which are located near the airport including Hilton Helsinki Airport, Hilton Narita Tokyo and Double Tree by Hilton Mexico City Airport and I have to say that the Hilton London Heathrow Airport is by far the best airport hotel I've stayed at. I thought the design of the hallway was cool and that our room was actually very nice specially the illuminated minibar. The food offering in the Executive Lounge both during afternoon snacks and evening cocktails were very good. The extensive food selection from the breakfast buffet was impressive. Unfortunately, we did not have the time to enjoy their outdoor pool but hopefully we could do it on our next visit. And of course, the staff in the reception and in the restaurant were very friendly. Overall, we really enjoyed our stay in this hotel and would definitely recommend it to other travelers looking for an airport hotel at London Heathrow.
Al Bustan Palace, A Ritz Carlton Hotel
Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila