Today I'm going to give you a look inside the Novotel in Brentford. Let’s start with the location. For many the very word 'Brentford' doesn't necessarily smack London and it's hardly the poster child for the business hospitality.
Or so you thought.
I'm here to persuade you otherwise. I've got a place in my heart for Brentford. I was first stationed here in my previous life as an I.T specialist. Making then a more joyless commute from Kent to Middlesex.
Nowadays its rather more accessible.
How to get to Novotel in Brentford
You can catch a bus from Northfields Station from the Piccadilly line that takes circa 10 mins and run every 8 mins. There's the Brentford over ground station itself, and it's just a short drive from the beauty of Kew Royal Botanical Gardens.
For anyone coming into town that likes their Rugby you're a stone’s throw from Twickenham and only 20 minutes from Heathrow.
The Novotel is a very business focused hotel. Plenty of USB ports and plug sockets to deal with the woes of modern technology. There is a beautiful ornate wood pique palm tree structure that sprawls from the floor and coverts the ceiling as if it's trying to penetrate the other side.
The reception is also very modern and relaxed, just a receptionist with an iMac. Cordial, polite frictionless check-in and check-out.
The lounge is festooned with half cup, armless couches that are haloed by inspection lamps, drooping from the thinnest of metal arms craning from the floor. In the corners there are design-sofa stations resembling small bulbous rock formations.
Away from the design, the WiFi is terrific. Great upload and download speed throughout the hotel. The gym and the swimming pool have a great sleek appeal. Everything looks like it was installed yesterday.
I didn't bring Charlie with me this time round but you can check in a pet for an additional 15 GBP. So if you're flying into the UK for business, you should certainly consider the Novotel in Brentford. Equidistant between Heathrow and Central London.