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The Hilton Hotel Basingstoke

I don’t know what it is about Hilton hotels. They seem reluctant to spend any money on keeping the rooms up to date but are quite happy to lavish large sums on money on the public areas.

So here we are in Basingstoke on a one night business stop over and this one is no exception.

The hotel is on the edge of town and from the outside is drab and uninspiring although there is plenty of free parking and it is just off the motorway.

The welcome was nothing special however the walk to the room seemed to take forever, negotiation corridor after corridor.

The room itself was just drab. Tired, dimly lit and drab. There is no air conditioning and the window opens just 6 inches probably because the hotel room overlooks a very neglected woodland beyond that is very dark at night. Indeed I did not feel safe leaving my windows open when I went out of my rom or when I was sleeping.

The bathroom was poorly maintained and there appeared to be a hole of some kind next to the bath that had just had new lino placed over it. When you stood on it, the whole thing sagged under your feet.

I chose not to eat in the hotel in the evening

Breakfast was OK with polite and friendly staff and checkout again was friendly and efficient.

So just like the last 2 Hilton Hotels I have stayed in recently, this was a disappointment especially when the Hilton brand still carries a cost premium at £108 per night. I certainly would not stay here again by choice. Indeed even a Premier Inn puts this sort of hotel to shame

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As usual, more photos can be found in my online album, just click here or on the photos tab at the top of the page


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At last! A hotel view that doesn’t involve a motorway, car park or pylon.

Taken with my iPhone after dark so please excuse the image quality but a view of Prague Castle is always worth publishing


This post is from the photo series The Views From My Hotel Windows. More details can be found here

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Certainly living the dream with this one

This post is from the photo series The Views From My Hotel Windows. More details can be found here


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