Best Hotels For Airport Stopovers: London Heathrow
Everybody knows that a journey to the airport can often be stressful and requires a careful amount of planning to tie in with your travelling plans. To avoid the early morning rush and the possibility of missing your flight due to unforeseen traffic jams, why not start your holiday a night early and relax in a hassle-free Heathrow airport hotel and remove the worry? Whether you are flying out or returning to the world’s busiest airport, choosing your hotel can make or break the perfect start and/or finish to your trip. So we at lastminute.com have decided to come up with a small guide to help you when making that choice. If you've never booked a Heathrow airport hotel before, perhaps because you thought you couldn't afford one, you'll be pleasantly surprised to know that you could stay close to the airport for less than booking for car parking alone!
Best for location
For ultimate convenience and peace of mind, the only two hotels that are directly connected to the airport, make an obvious choice for exhausted travelers arriving at Heathrow. Equally the are ideal time-savers for travelers departing the next morning.
Hilton London Heathrow is the only airport hotel with direct access to Terminals 4, via a covered walkway, and 5, via the complimentary shuttle bus. The hotel also is just 20 minutes by train from central London. However, fantastic location is not the only reason to book the Hilton Heathrow, as the choice and quality of dining is second to none. Dine in style at a choice of three mouth-watering restaurants; offers range from oriental delicacies to Italian and international cuisines. Alternatively you can choose the daily express buffet, spot-on for busy schedules.
The hotel boasts a stunning artificial beach terrace, executive lounge and fully equipped business centre, swimming pool, sauna and steam room facilities as well as a complimentary 24-hour fitness center. And why not make your stay even more memorable with an upgrade to an executive room or Suite, where you enjoy the extra benefits of having access to the Executive Lounge, offering complimentary continental breakfast, snacks, evening cocktails and canapés.
Sofitel London Heathrow is the only airport hotel with direct access to Terminal 5 via a covered walkway. Also accessible are Terminals 1, 2, 3, via courtesy Heathrow Express and Terminal 4 via a free Connect rail connection.
This luxurious 5 star boasts 605 bedrooms, including 52 suites, 45 contemporary meeting rooms, two restaurants showcasing fresh international flavors, two bars, an all-day tea salon, a gourmet French restaurant with a Chefs Table, as well as private dining options, a 24-hour fitness centre, and a hair salon. For supreme relaxation the hotel offers an award-winning state-of-the-art health spa where you can unwind and relax after or before your trip, with a vitality pool, an aromatherapy steam room, and a range of massages and treatments.
Best value for money
Bath Road in Heathrow is the main hotel strip where you can find a range of hotels with decent prices and location. There’s a small supermarket, an Italian Restaurant (adjacent to the Park Inn hotel), a pub and a McDonalds. A frequent red London bus service runs through Bath Road into neighbouring towns where a much greater choice of amenities can be found.
The Park Inn Hotel and Conference Centre is located just minutes from Heathrow Airport, via the Hoppa shuttle service which runs to all airport terminals. This 4 star hotel has spacious, well-equipped inviting rooms and suites, and all the facilities you would expect from a more expensive hotel. Stylish dining, free high-speed wireless Internet throughout the hotel, a fitness centre, conference centre and 24-hour room service. This convenient hotel offers travelers an ideal resting place with extra services to help ease your journey, including a plasma screen television displaying live flight departure and arrival schedules and multiple transportation options to all terminals. The Bravo! Bravo! Restaurant and Bar serves a carvery buffet along with a modern a la carte menu; while the newly renovated The Lounge offers a wide selection of light meals, snacks and a selection of hot and cold drinks including Costa Coffee 24 hours a day. If you fancy a workout, the Park Inn's health club provides a fully equipped gym, heated indoor swimming pool, Jacuzzi, sauna and solarium.
Holiday Inn Express London Heathrow T5 offers guests a contemporary, convenient stay just two miles away from Heathrow's Terminal 5. This new hotel features the highest standard of facilities and service, ideal for both business travelers and families. The hotel's stylish and comfortable bedrooms will leave you feeling relaxed, and the complimentary Hot Breakfast offers a great start for the day ahead. The chic Lobby Bar offers space to unwind over a hot beverage or a glass of wine, as well as a restaurant serving lunch and dinner. For added convenience, wireless Internet access is available throughout the hotel. The hotel features 300 air-conditioned guest rooms, a conference and business centre, and ample on-site parking. A kids' play area with books, puzzles and a PlayStation, makes this also a great choice for traveling families.
The biggest advantage of the Hilton Garden Inn Heathrow is that it is right next to the Hatton Cross Tube station making getting there from central London, both inexpensive and extremely convenient. Heathrow’s terminals 1, 2 and 3 are a single stop away via tube, and terminals 4 and 5 can be accessed by the airport shuttle service. From the Hilton Garden Inn you can walk to shops and restaurants, so there’s not the feeling of “being stuck in the middle of nowhere” that you can get at some airport hotels. The hotel itself is modern and well run with a stylish bar and restaurant, and 7 meeting rooms. The rooms have large screen TVs, Wi-Fi Internet access and complimentary toiletries.
Best for a Luxury Stay
If you just can’t say no to a bit of luxury, one of the best options around Heathrow is the Radisson Blu Edwardian Heathrow Hotel. This lush four star houses a brilliant and unique collection of artwork, designer furniture, and oriental artifacts, and was voted World’s Best Airport Hotel by readers of Business Traveler Magazine! Hotel amenities include 24-hour room service, business centre and on site health spa including a fitness room, dance studio, as well as a range of beauty treatments. The hotel’s Restaurant & Bar is a must-visit for drinks, lunch or dinner, with its subtle Art-Deco styling, and a striking centrepiece bar. Guest rooms feature A/C, desks, ergonomic chairs, and marble bathrooms.
The Sheraton Skyline Hotel at London Heathrow is another luxurious four star, located only a mile away from the Airport. The hotel offers 350 of the largest and most comfortable rooms in the Heathrow area. You can enjoy the options of Classic and Family rooms or upgrade to the spacious Club Rooms to get access to the exclusive Club Lounge, where you can benefit from Complimentary Breakfast and High Speed Internet Access. Dining choices include the award-winning Al Dente Restaurant and the American-themed Sports Bar & Grill.
Best on a Budget
Finally, if you are on a tight budget, there is hardly a better wallet-friendly choice than the Mercure London Heathrow. This 3 star is conveniently located only two miles away from the Airport and boasts comfortable, modern rooms, wireless Internet, a choice of dining options and a shuttle service to the airport.