Archive for February, 2013

Saturday 23rd February

Monday, February 25th, 2013

BA disorganised at MAN – an earlier flight had a big delay so all the check-in staff were being used to rebook passengers onto later flights, including ours. It therefore took a long time to check in. Eventually flew back to Heathrow (en route the CSM used her Ipad all the way though take off and landing)  and took the pod to the business parking (just as a treat!). Then onto the Hilton at Newbury (North) where an efficient but not welcoming receptionist checked us in. Room had been refurbished to a good standard but this made the unrefurbished bathroom stand out somewhat. Out to the local Toby carvery and back to the room for a lazy night in. The same receptionist checked us out with the same display of happiness.

Friday 22nd February

Monday, February 25th, 2013

Second attempt this year to get Manchester after the first was affected by snow and we landed back at Gatwick. Flight was a bit late but not too bad, although there were some quite obnoxious passengers on board who, on landing pushed people out of their way to get their luggage and then pushed back to get to the front of the aircraft. Checked in at the hotel and then onto the new venue for Club Alert. Although smaller than before we had a better time.

 

Saturday 16th February

Sunday, February 17th, 2013

Saturday 16th February

 

Started our search for a replacement of Colin’s laptop which is slowly dying. Had to rule out a tower pc as the cheap ones don’t have wifi. So tomorrow we will be looking for a new laptop.

 

Continued our “mattress run” by checking in at the Hampton by Hilton, about 200 metres from our flat!

 

Pleasant and efficient welcome. Although we had a pre-paid booking, they hadn’t actually taken the money which was a bit confusing. Top floor room with not much of view (not really surprising as this is Croydon!). Room was small but clean. Wifi worked quite well. I found the bed was comfortable but the size of the room meant it would not have been a pleasant stay for more than one night. We were continually getting in each other’s way.  Breakfast was what you’d expect: not spectacular but nothing wrong with it, although the eating area was quite small so people were overflowing into the main reception and bar to have breakfast. The information booklet in the room did not really have any truly local transport information – it only mentions East Croydon (just up the road) and Heathrow and Gatwick airports. What about West Croydon, the trams and local buses? Hotel is in a good location to get to central London and a short walk from the shops of Croydon.