During our recent family road trip we stayed the night at the Homewood Suites by Hilton® in London, Ontario after visiting Fanshawe Pioneer Village. The Homewood Suites by Hilton Hotel is just minutes away from White Oaks Mall as well as downtown London if you want to take in local restaurants. It is actually located in the Business District right off Highway 401 which makes it easy to get to and leave from. We’ve never been to London before, so being able to get off the highway and see the Hotel is a big plus and a huge stress buster. It’s nice to be so close to the hustle and bustle of downtown when visiting another city without actually having to find your way through it to get to your lodging.
I was pleasantly surprised to see how family oriented this hotel is despite obviously also being geared towards individuals on business trips, there were plenty of other families and guests of all ages.
Every suite features separate living and sleeping areas and offer all the comforts of home including fully equipped kitchens with full-size refrigerators, microwave ovens, coffeemakers, and a stove top burner. The kitchen was really handy for preparing Ava’s food and I can only imagine the savings having a kitchen on hand to use would present for a longer stay. I was actually super impressed to find that the Homewood Suites by Hilton hotel also offers complimentary dinner and drinks served Monday through Thursday as well as a complimentary hot breakfast buffet served daily.
We didn’t get to experience the dinner since we were staying Friday night, but breakfast was pretty delicious. I was able to make my own hot waffles topped with fresh blueberries and whipped cream while Keira enjoyed breakfast sausage, hash browns, and a hot breakfast souffle. There was also juice, coffee, fresh fruit, baked goods, oatmeal and more available so there were definitely options to suit just about anyone. Keira was also provided with a high chair so she could reach the table properly.
We had a King bed suite which features a bedroom with a King sized bed and a separate living space with a pull-out bed. There is also a TV in both the living space and the bedroom which offer a good selection of channels. Keira was extremely excited to experience the special treat of watching Bubble Guppies in bed. There is pretty much no way I can convey just how excited she was over it so I will just leave it at that.
We were also provided a crib for Ava’s use which was pretty perfect. It was great not to have to lug around our play yard for her to sleep in and have that crib provided for us.
Since the girls could have the living room to themselves for the night we were able to stay up past their bedtime. We were a little bit exhausted from our long day and ended up going to bed fairly early ourselves although I did make use of the complimentary internet service to get a little bit of work done first.
The hotel also offers many other amenities and conveniences like the indoor pool, fitness room, basketball court and even a putting green. I even noticed a card in the kitchen that you could have the Homewood staff do your grocery shopping – how amazing would that be on a busy extended stay?
I was really impressed with how comfortable and clean our rooms were. Even the pull-out bed was comparatively comfortable. Keira slept all through the night, even right through Ava waking up so that should say something! The rooms are also perfectly sound-proofed which is great when you have little kids and babies.
(I promise I made Keira take her shoes off the second after she jumped into this picture after ignoring my pleas to wait in the hall for me take my photos. She definitely knows better than to jump up on furniture with shoes on!)
We really enjoyed our stay and would definitely come back for another stay at the Homewood Suites by Hilton the next time we visit London.
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