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maile Mar 6th, 2014 04:32 PM

Alternatives to Heathrow hotels?
An early morning departure from Terminal 2, four people with luggage and rental car to be returned either that morning or late afternoon before. We have usually stayed near Paddington and taken Heathrow express but the long, long walk after detraining is getting too hard for my husband's decreasing mobility. Looking at Heathrow hotels but they seem so dismal, even for an overnight stay. Considering a hotel in the area around Heathrow and taking a taxi to the airport? Returning the rental car early morning and rental car shuttle to Terminal 2? So many unknowns. Any suggestions?

Gardyloo Mar 6th, 2014 04:36 PM

I've used Priceline for Heathrow hotels and have never paid more than US$100 for a 4-star place like the Marriott, the Crowne Plaza or the Sheraton Skyline. You can either take the Hotel Hoppa bus (GBP4 per person) or have the hotel call for a private car service for you, which will be more expensive but infinitely more comfortable than the Hoppa. I would be rid of the car the previous evening.

janisj Mar 6th, 2014 06:34 PM

I don't find any of the LHR hotels all that dreary. I agree w/ gardyloo - I normally get one via Priceline for around $60-$75 but sometimes just a bit higher.

Definitely ditch the car the night before IMO.

travelhorizons Mar 6th, 2014 07:43 PM

Here's a blog post I wrote about countryside hotels near Heathrow:

travelgourmet Mar 6th, 2014 07:54 PM

I'm not a fan of staying by Heathrow, but the Sofitel at T5 really isn't a bad hotel - I've stayed there a couple times. Rooms are nice for a European business hotel (e.g. about as good as a US 3-star).

The Hilton at T4 was also pretty decent with rooms that might be marginally larger than at the Sofitel.

janisj Mar 6th, 2014 10:18 PM

but neither hotel at T-4 or T-5 are convenient to T-2. The hotels off airport along the Bath Road would be better for a T-2 departure.

Odin Mar 6th, 2014 10:33 PM

The area around LHR might be dismal but several hotels are not. Sheraton Skyline, Marriott, Radisson are all ok or try the Crowne Plaza which is a bit further away. When are you travelling as T2 is not finished yet.

alanRow Mar 6th, 2014 11:44 PM

Stay in Windsor, drop the passengers and luggage at the airport then return the car

OReilly Mar 7th, 2014 12:10 AM

The Sofitel is not at all dismal, and the Hilton at T4 is also quite nice. Convenience of staying at the airport is priceless.

Cathinjoetown Mar 7th, 2014 12:37 AM

I've stayed at the Marriott Heathrow several times. If you drop the car off the night before, drop your luggage and passengers at the hotel first then one person take the car back. Otherwise, from the rental car drop off you have to take the rental shuttle to the closest terminal then another shuttle to the hotel.

Marriott parking is free for guests so if you decide on that option your only transfer is the free car rental shuttle from rental drop off to the terminal.

maile Mar 7th, 2014 09:05 PM

<Terminal 2 not completed yet>. Our flight home is in mid July and I read where Terminal 2 should be ready in June. I am sure that both the Sofitel and Hilton are good but not the right location for us. I had a dreadful experience at one of these chain hotels at CDG and perhaps unfairly rate the Bath Road ones the same. And the reviews I have been reading really don't help me change my mind. Regardless, I did book at the Radisson and we shall see. A complete trip review should be ready in August. I am still having trouble accepting how there is no free shuttle service provided by the hotels and how this is all controlled by the AirPort authority. Doesn't anyone else complain?

Odin Mar 8th, 2014 12:58 AM

Yes T2 will (or should) be ready in June.

Gardyloo Mar 8th, 2014 05:44 AM

<i>I am still having trouble accepting how there is no free shuttle service provided by the hotels and how this is all controlled by the AirPort authority. Doesn't anyone else complain?</i>

Complain? Are you kidding? The Hoppa is hated around the world. Like they care.

Grindeldoo Mar 9th, 2014 01:50 AM

T2 will open on 4 June, so well before your departure date, with only some of the airlines that will eventually use it being in place during the first few months. I'd definitely return the hire car the day before, dropping off luggage and at least some of the party at your chosen hotel before doing so.

The new terminal looks and feels great and is just about complete already - I've already been there a couple of times as a volunteer "passenger" to test the new systems.

Odin Mar 9th, 2014 04:17 AM

Free airport shuttle service is not common outside the US.

bilboburgler Mar 9th, 2014 04:23 AM

Good point Odin. I still feel that I'm in a little socialist when I get to an American airport. :-)

Lois2 Mar 9th, 2014 08:14 AM

We will be departing on DL to USA and at this point the terminal they use is T4 so I was looking at an in-airport hotel ...I believe the Sofitel. With the opening of T2 is there any indication of what airlines will be using this terminal? Just wondering if we will have the possibility of ending up staying in the wrong terminal. I know no guarantees but just wondering. Thanks.

thursdaysd Mar 9th, 2014 08:22 AM

"Free airport shuttle service is not common outside the US."

On the other hand, good public transport to/from the airport and nearest town is. The B&Bs around Gatwick have free transport to the airport, have never tried to stay around Heathrow.

sofarsogood Mar 9th, 2014 08:48 AM

<<is there any indication of what airlines will be using this terminal?>>

from the Heathrow website

Lois2 Mar 9th, 2014 12:28 PM

thank you sofarsogood...will not include Delta. Very informative.

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