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A stay in a Heathrow hotel could save you from a seriously stressful morning; imagine waking up only minutes from the terminal, knowing that you can roll out of bed, stuff yourself at breakfast and then just make the short hop to check-in and the start of holiday excitement.
Staying a night at Heathrow before you jet off to sunnier climes doesn’t have to break the bank. At APH we’ve selected our favourite affordable Heathrow hotels so that you can enjoy a stress free start to your trip without having to re-mortgage your home!
Managing to be close to Heathrow and still come in on budget, the no-frills Comfort Hotel offers a comfortable night’s stay close to all the action.
The rooms have all the features you would expect; a flat screen TV, en-suite bathroom, Wi-Fi and all-important tea and coffee making facilities. You can also order up room service at any time of the day or night so if you’re feeling lazy, order yourself a treat and curl up on your bed to catch a movie.
Head to the Seasons Brasserie for a modern international mix of flavours; open for breakfast and dinner, this casual restaurant offers a laid back place to grab a bite. For after dinner drinks make your way to Seasons Lounge Bar and unwind with a cool glass of wine and a selection of snacks.
If you’re feeling restless and want to burn some energy, there’s even a complimentary fitness room; just what you need after a demanding day.
Fresh, modern and crammed with extras at no added cost; this Heathrow-handy hotel is the perfect pitch up for families.
The rooms are spacious and decorated in cool blue tones; here you’ll find free Wi-Fi, satellite TV channels that you can check out on your flat screen tv and tea and coffee making facilities. The cherry on the cake is that each room at Holiday Inn Express comes with free breakfast the next morning!
Downstairs you have the pick of two restaurants. If you’re travelling with little ones, your best bet is the Great Bar and Lounge where kids under 13 eat for free. Tratts Pizza and Pasta Restaurant offers a great alternative, serving up fresh Italian delights daily.
Find it: London Road, Slough, Berkshire, SL3 8QB
Features: Bar and restaurant; complimentary Wi-Fi; complimentary breakfast
Looking for a little more bang for your buck? Thistle Heathrow is the closest off-site hotel to Terminal 5 and makes for a more luxurious stay that won’t kill the budget.
The spacious rooms are decked out in cool cream and blue tones; unwind and make full use of the free and unlimited Wi-Fi, catch up on some TV time on your flat screen or just make yourself a cuppa and sink into the soft and comfortable bed.
Hit the Best Sellers Bar for a reviving drink or light snack, or relax and take it easy at the plush Oak and Avocado Lounge. For dinner, make your way to First Edition Restaurant where you can enjoy a delicious meal with views of all the action at Terminal 5.
All that and you’re still not sold? Guests of the Thistle can also use the facilities at Spring Health Centre found opposite the hotel. For a small fee you can access a fully equipped gym, a pool and Jacuzzi along with a sauna and steam room.
Find it: Bath Road, Longford, West Drayton, UB7 0EQ
Features: Bar and restaurant; leisure facilities (chargeable); complimentary Wi-Fi; 24-hour room service
Time to airport: T1-3 15 minutes; T4 20 minutes; T5 7 minutes
For a room with a view look no further than Holiday Inn Ariel which boasts fantastic runway views from many of it’s spacious rooms; step inside and you’ll find satellite TV, high speed Wi-Fi and tea and coffee makers.
For dinner head to The Junction Restaurant where kids under 13 eat for free, and you can dine on British classics, burgers and steaks, as well as taking part in themed nights like their Indian spice evening which happens every Wednesday.
The Junction Bar and Lounge offers a comfortable spot for an after dinner drink; unwind in the informal atmosphere and make full use of the Wi-Fi.
Find it: 118 Bath Road, Hayes, Middlesex, UB3 5AJ
Features: Bar and restaurant; kids under 13 eat for free; 24-hour room service
Time to airport: 7 minutes
Check in: 2:00pm
Check out: 12:00pm
Smith's RestaurantArora International Heathrow Hotel: Smiths bar and restaurant and BA crew photo-shoot
The rooms at Arora are fully kitted out, making this the most luxurious yet affordable Heathrow hotel on our list! Once you’ve checked in you’ll be treated to satellite TV, your very own mini fridge, air conditioning, triple glazed comfort and tea and coffee makers.
Feeling peckish? Make your way downstairs to Smith’s grill where Brit favourites mingle with more exotic international dishes on their wide-ranging menu. Smith’s Bar is open ‘til midnight daily, serving up a huge drinks menu and offers an informal place to catch up on all the latest sporting action.
Has all this talk of sport whetted your appetite? Luckily there’s a fully equipped health suite waiting for you just downstairs!
Find it: The Grove, Bath Road, West Drayton, Middlesex, UB7 0DG
Features: Bar and restaurant; leisure facilities; 24-hour room service