I've suddenly really felt like a blogger. Last month I got to meet fellow bloggers for the first time, at Blog Camp River Cottage and it was so lovely to get to talk blogging geekery with so many friendly colleagues.
Then, a few weeks ago, I headed to London for Food Blogger Connect. It was a whole weekend of workshops, talks, food and bloggers - bliss! The conference was held in the grounds of Chiswick House, so the amazing Jac from Scottish vegetarian food blog Tinned Tomatoes organised for a group of us out-of-town bloggers to stay at the IBIS at London Heathrow Airport.
I'm rather familiar with Heathrow hotels as my sister, who lives in Toronto, travels a lot for work, so we try to meet up with her at the airport whenever she has a long enough layover. But of all the hotels I had met up with her in, I hadn't been to the IBIS yet.
The three star London hotel was fairly nondescript from the outside, but the inside was modern, sleek and had fantastic touches of humour with quirky murals. It was clean, new-looking and the staff were very friendly.
My room was immaculate and had all of the usual amenities - a desk, tea set, wardrobe, telly and a very very comfy bed. The crisp sheets, hospital corners and fluffy pillows always make hotel stays so special. The bed at the IBIS didn't disappoint. It also helped that my three year old daughter didn't crawl in with me at 2am - so I had a few blissful nights of sleep here.
There's me with my bathroom selfie! Hi!
It was also very nice to be treated to a fruit basket. I don't think that's their usual welcome, but that, and the handwritten note, was a lovely touch!
In the morning we had a huge selection to choose from for breakfast. There were these healthier choices, loads of coffee and juices, and plenty of continental and English breakfast items.
I stayed at the IBIS Heathrow with some amazing food bloggers: Elizabeth of Elizabeth's Kitchen Diary, Emily of A Mummy Too, Becca from Amuse Your Bouche, Kevin from The Crafty Larder and Jen from Jen's Food. We all enjoyed a few glasses of wine in the bar, meals in the restaurant (along with blogger friends Jo of Jo's Kitchen and Sarah of Taming Twins who were staying nearby) and feasting on breakfasts to set ourselves up for the day at Food Blogger Connect.
It was a great hotel, and one I'd definitely stay at again. Travel was easy via Uber cabs as so many are always passing through the area. There isn't a gym, pool or spa, but it is a very nice hotel and only a mile to Terminals 1-3 with a Hoppa bus service to the airport.
Disclosure: I was a complimentary guest at the IBIS for 2 nights. They have no editorial control over this review and I was not paid for it.