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Overnight July layover in London? Where to stay with an EARLY morning flight out?

Overnight July layover in London? Where to stay with an EARLY morning flight out?

Mar 24th, 2002, 05:10 PM
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Louise
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Hi Ann;

I just booked the Renaissance Heathrow Hotel (part of the Marriott chain) for 69 pounds a night (in June). It is the closest airport to terminals 1,2,3.

I got that rate directly off the marriott website, it requires 21 day advance purchase and is non-refundable.

It seemed like an excellent deal to me. That included VAT and breakfast and works out to only $98.

Hope that helps
 
Mar 25th, 2002, 10:04 AM
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I booked a room about 2 weeks ago at LeMeridien at the Heathrow airport for $75/night including taxes for July.
 
Mar 25th, 2002, 11:17 AM
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Ann,
We stayed at the Renaissance last October and had a 6:30 a.m. Air France flight out. Air France told us not to get to the airport too early as it wouldn't be open two hours before our flight. Also, the Hotel Hoppa bus did not start up until a little later. There was no way we could walk that long distance with our luggage (filled with souvenirs at that point.) We got the first bus to the airport, arrived about 10 minutes after it opened, and there was already a huge line. We were in line about an hour and then rushed to get checked in as they called people on our flight. My advice is, Ahead of time ask the airlines what time the airport opens and what time you need to check in. Then when you check into the hotel, ask them the exact time of the first bus (unless you really want to walk). You may need a taxi, which they can arrange for you the night before if necessary (at least that is what they told us). Your room rate is a good one; we paid much more. Also we ended up eating in the restaurant and the food was not bad but very overpriced. Seems to me were weren't able to get breakfast at that early hour. Good luck!
 
Mar 29th, 2002, 06:31 AM
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Thanks to everyone who gave me information. We went ahead and booked two rooms at the Hilton connected to Terminal Four. I will also call American Airlines and check on the opening of their desk etc. for the early morning flight out. Thanks again!
Ann
 
Apr 3rd, 2002, 11:07 AM
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Thanks for the info for me as well. I have a layover returning from Dublin. Will have Fri afternoon and evening in London - my flight is not quite as early on Sat back to LAX, but I am on standby passes and will need to get there by 7 am. Appreciate all the ideas.
 
Apr 3rd, 2002, 12:01 PM
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Once again Ann:

I would NOT recommend the Hilton at terminal 4 if your early morning flight is leaving from terminal 3!

Your journey from the hotel to checkin involves a (short) train trip on the Heathrow Express to the stop for terminals 1,2 & 3 followed by MILES of tunnels to finally reach the terminal... ask anyone who has taken the Heathrow Express. At least a 30 minute transfer, probably more and lugging your suitcases along to boot. You might as well stay at the Hilton in Paddington station (which might not be a bad idea by the way).

If you're going to stay at the airport however, why bother with terminal 4 when there are tons of hotels quite close to terminal 3 (Marriott, Sheraton, Radisson, Crowne Plaza...)?? The shuttle bus will be faster and you won't have to struggle with luggage. Sure the bus ride will be a longer when you arrive at terminal 4, but you won't be under time pressure at that point.
 
Apr 3rd, 2002, 12:19 PM
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Ann - I TOTALLY agree with Andre. Term 4 is practically in a different county than Term 3. VERY inconvenient getting from 4 to 3 and the walk is HORRENDOUS.

(I am going to e-mail this to Ann in case shee doesn't check back in.)
 
Apr 3rd, 2002, 12:28 PM
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Is there a hotel that is particularly convenient to Terminal 2? Or some that should be avoided?
 
Apr 3rd, 2002, 12:32 PM
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Andre
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Lisa

Terminals 1,2 and 3 are pretty much adjacent to one another.

See my post above for some convenient hotels. Basically any of the chain hotels at the airport are OK for terminal 2 EXCEPT the Hilton.
 
Apr 3rd, 2002, 12:41 PM
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Apr 3rd, 2002, 03:54 PM
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Ann
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I have been convinced! Am changing my reservations to a hotel located closer to Terminals 1,2, and 3. Our flight has been changed to an 8AM departure which is much better than 6:50AM but still early. Does anyone recommend a discount website for good rates on the chain hotels located near Heathrow?
 
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