Flying to or from Heathrow? These London Heathrow hotels have got you covered. Take the stress out of flying and bed down in one of these convenient spots.
Words by John Rogers
If you’re flying into London from afar, there’s a huge chance you’ll be landing at Heathrow. The capital’s main airport is one of the busiest transport hubs in the world.
Booking a night’s stay before or after your flight can help take the stress and sting out of air travel, a pursuit that can be stressful at the best of times.
Luckily for you, Heathrow has several airports that will suit your needs and budgets, helping you to relax and get your holiday off to a flying start. These are our top picks.
Best Hotels in Heathrow: At a Glance
|Best Hotels in Heathrow – Top Picks||Hotel|
|Best Overall Heathrow Hotel||Sofitel London Heathrow|
|Best Hotel for Terminals 2 & 3||Leonardo Hotel|
|Best Hotel for Terminal 4||Crowne Plaza|
|Best Hotel for Terminal 5||Hilton London Heathrow|
|Best Hotel for Parking||Thistle Hotel|
Best Hotels in Heathrow
Novotel Heathrow is the ideal location for travellers going to or from Terminals 2 and 3 at Heathrow. Situated just outside the airport on the A4 Bath Road, Novotel provides parking for guests and regular, fast shuttle services to and from the airport.
The hotel is very family-friendly, offering guests a business and family corner that provides kids with iPads, an interactive game touch table to keep them entertained, and a wide selection of family board games.
Hungry? The Nest Restaurant is a lovely spot for dinner, while breakfast comes as a hot and cold buffet, perfect to set you up for onward travels.
Sofitel (Terminal 5)
Sofitel is a great hotel for visitors travelling from or into Terminal 5 at Heathrow, with a covered walkway linking the hotel and airport terminal. The hotel has a top-of-the-range health spa, a 24-hour gym, two bars and two restaurants.
The hotel offers outstanding views across the airport, while each room comes with cable TV, free WiFI, and an en-suite with a bathroom and shower.
Hungry guests will be wowed by the La Belle Epoque and Vivre Restaurants, while the Tea Salon offers a quintessentially British Afternoon Tea experience.
Hilton Hotel (Terminal 5)
Anyone wanting to turbocharge their travels with a slice of Hilton’s famed luxury will love what is on offer at its Terminal 5 hotel, 3 miles from the airport in Colnbrook, just a few minutes’ drive away.
The hotel provides the decadent executive luxury you would expect from the Hilton brand, with a restaurant, a cafe, and two bars, alongside a health and fitness centre and executive lounge.
Connecting rooms are available, perfect for family travellers, while the Heathrow Hoppa Airport Shuttle connects guests with the airport with a fast, regular service.
London Heathrow Marriott
The London Heathrow Marriott is just a few minutes from London Heathrow’s Terminals 2 & 3 on the Bath Road, A4. Modern guest rooms include soundproof windows, a Smart TV and some of the most sumptuous and comfortable bedding imaginable.
You can upgrade to a suite for extra space and hospitality at the hotel’s exclusive M Club Lounge. At the same time, Carluccio’s restaurant will satisfy any craving for pasta, pizza and salad.
One of our top choices, the Marriott is a great mid-budget stay that offers discounted parking and return transfers to and from your flight.
Renaissance Hotel (Terminals 2 & 3)
The Renaissance London Heathrow offers outstanding comfort, services and amenities at terrifically low prices, making it one of our big budget choices for anyone looking for a Heathrow hotel.
With a health club full of relaxing treatments, a 24-hour fitness centre, and soundproofed guest rooms with views across the main runway serving Terminals 2 & 3 of the airport, the Renaissance is a great choice for anyone seeking excellent comfort and amenities at a modest price.
The DUO restaurant serves a range of excellent meals, while the hotel offers regular fast transfers to the terminal buildings.
Crowne Plaza (Terminal 4)
The Crowne Plaza at Terminal 4 is another hotel that does not require guests to transfer from the hotel to the terminal. Instead, a covered walkway does the job in a matter of moments.
Bus routes are available to other terminals, but we suggest making this your hotel of choice if you travel to or from Terminal 4.
Each room comes with triple glazing soundproof windows and blackout curtains to ensure a great sleep, while rooms come with LED Smart TVs, en-suite, luxury toiletries, and bathrobes.
Outside the rooms, guests can enjoy the gym, Destinations Bar, the Urbane Brasserie, and a range of awesome breakfast goodies to start the day.
Hilton Garden Inn
Hilton Garden Inn provides much of the comfort and delight of the Hilton brand but at a fraction of the price.
Located on the Eastern Perimeter Road in Hatton Cross, the other side of the airport from the plethora of hotels on the Bath Road, Hilton Garden Inn is within easy reach of Hatton Cross Underground station on the Piccadilly Line.
The rooms are comfortably appointed with award-winning photography inspired by the airport above each bed. Connecting rooms and Electric Vehicle charging points are available while
guests needing food and drink will be fully catered for at Jack’s Restaurant and Bar.
Radisson Red (Terminal 5)
The Radisson Red at Terminal 5 is an excellent choice for travellers heading away to warmer climes or arriving in London for business and pleasure. The fabulous red line of typically British telephone boxes and red Mini in the foyer are friendly little London-esqe touches.
The hotel provides a paid shuttle service to get guests to and from the terminal, while this hotel also offers a luxury heated swimming pool and sauna, perfect for unwinding after a long-haul flight.
There is a lounge bar, restaurant and full room service menu, while rooms all come with standard LED TVs, en-suite bathrooms and air conditioning.
Leonardo (Terminals 2, 3 & 4)
Located on the A4 overlooking the main runway at Heathrow, the Leonardo Hotel is a convenient stopover location just five minutes from the airport by one of the regular shuttle services that link hotels with Terminals 2 & 3.
With more than 230 spacious, soundproofed bedrooms, each with an ensuite bathroom, and a stunning bed that promises one of the best night’s sleep imaginable, Leonardo has you covered with your every need.
The on-site restaurant and bar serve great food and drink while guests can step onto the outdoor terrace to catch some rays and partake in plane spotting pre-flight.
Thistle (Terminal 5)
In need of a wallet-friendly option? The Thistle Hotel at Terminal 5 has everything you need for a relaxing stopover before you take off or arrive in London, just a few minutes from Terminal 5.
The hotel offers excellent fast transfers to the Terminal building, and with 450 on-site parking spaces, you can travel knowing your car is secure.
We love the Heathrow Pods, automatic driverless electric vehicles that transport customers between the hotel and Terminal 5 with minimal fuss. While all rooms have free WiFi, flat-screen TVs, air conditioning, and soundproofed windows.
The Runway View Restaurant at the hotel is ideal for sitting and relaxing while watching planes take off and land around the clock.
For those who like their rooms with a slightly more classical tint, the Sheraton Skyline is a beautiful hotel with classically designed rooms that include dark wood mahogany-style furnishings, unrivalled comfort with plush carpets underfoot and sumptuous beds to sink into.
All rooms have air conditioning, flat-screen TVs, blackout curtains, and triple-glazed windows. The Sheraton Lounge provides excellent food and drinks, while the choice from Bytes Restaurant and the Sports Bar & Grill will fit any taste.
Guests can use the indoor pool and fitness hub, while the front desk staff is always staffed with multi-lingual staff to help travellers from across the globe.
The Hyatt Place Hotel offers beautiful levels of quality and peace, overlooking the main airport site, yet without the disturbance of the aircraft landing and jetting off across the globe.
High-ceilinged rooms also feature views across stunning acres of green countryside, transporting guests far from one of the world’s busiest transport hubs.
The hotel offers freshly served breakfast daily between 6:30 am and 10:30 am, while the restaurant is open from 6 to 10 pm. A full room-service menu is available 24 hours a day, while the Market provides a range of grab-and-go items.
As well as a fitness gym, anyone needing to work or catch up with emails can use one of the hotel’s shared computers in the e-room space.
Radisson Blu Edwardian
The Radisson Blue Edwardian on Bath Road gives travelers a true feeling of opulence and elegance from the moment they walk into the door to be greeted by a wood-panelled foyer and luxury leather seats alongside plush armchairs.
Each of the 464 rooms and suites has been specially designed to provide a restful environment for travellers to rest, relax and recharge, each with a TV, drinks-making facilities, and en-suite bath & shower rooms.
The hotel has a spa and gym, while the breakfast buffet includes grab-and-go items for those on the run. Customer parking is available on-site, with airport shuttles to transport you to your flight with minimal fuss.
Where to Stay in Heathrow: Frequently Asked Questions
Practical Tips to Consider Before Booking Your Heathrow Accommodation
- Before booking your accommodation, ensure you know which terminal your flights are heading from or into. Book a hotel close to that terminal to minimize the time you need to transfer to the correct terminal.
- Pre-book your parking space at the hotel you’re staying at for discounts and a guaranteed spot.
- Ensure you pre-book your shuttle or transfer in advance to the terminal building from your hotel. Make sure you know when your shuttle leaves and make enough time at either end of your journey to ensure you arrive in plenty of time for your flight.