Earning Club Carlson bonus points – part 2 – Park Inn, Heathrow

I posted yesterday about my stay at the Radisson Blu Radisson, Heathrow as part of the plan to earn the bonus from Club Carlson. Today I look at the other hotel, the Park Inn, Heathrow.

I have stayed at this hotel before, and know that some of the rooms are very small and noisy. When I booked their reservations system offered an upgrade for £15 to a better room, free internet and a free breakfast. This was on a standby basis but it seemed good value, so I asked for it.

Park Inn, Heathrow

The hotel is old, large, close to the motorway spur to Heathrow and probably the closest hotel to Terminals 1,2 and 3. There is a BP garage next to the hotel in case you wish to buy a sandwich or snacks rather than paying the price in the hotel.

Check-in was friendly but slow, their computer system seems not to be of the most modern. They confirmed that I had received the upgrade and added the charge to the bill and directed me to the East Wing of the hotel. I had stayed previously in the West Wing so was keen to see what the other room was like. (A very long time ago this hotel was owned by another chain, and I knew that the East rooms were nice then at least).

I opened the door in to a sort of lobby area – bedroom straight ahead, bathroom to the right:

a bathroom with a mirror and a teapot

The bedroom itself was large – much larger than on my previous stay, with a large sofa and desk:

a hotel room with a bed and a couch

Bed and Sofa


a desk with a television on it

Desk and TV

The view from the room was of a car park, but there was little or no noise from this area, which was pleasing:

a view from a balcony of a parking lot

View from Window

The room was clean, but the furniture had seen better days – there were small holes in the sofa, and grubby marks as well as chips out of the desk. However, at £68 for the night it was hard to fault it.

I did order room service:

a plate of food on a tray


The bathroom was clean but small:

a bathroom with a sink and toilet

Basin and Toilet

a bathtub with a shower curtain


The breakfast buffet was in a large room just off Reception, and was self service. They clearly had a large number of groups staying but the food was hotel, plentiful and the staff provided tea and coffee.

Check-out was fine, except that they had charged the breakfast and internet, but this was removed without incident.

The whole point (!)

Less than a week later all the points had credited. (The incorrect Gold Bonuses had been credited as neither hotel knew about the new account that had been made for me):

a list of points on a table



  1. I also did my park inn promo stay here, was doing an overnight at LHR anyways, had an SPG points reservation, but cancelled.

    Upgrade for £15 to a better room, free internet and a free breakfast…. I got the same, not having to pay up, and looking at your pictures, I also got “upgraded” to that room, I can’t imagine what the others looked like. (second floor, car park view)

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