You’ve finally made it; it’s time to go on holiday! The days have been counted, the bags packed and the car loaded; just a short hop on the M25 and you’ll be on your way. But what’s that up ahead? Variable speed limits and slow moving traffic?
The curse of the London ring road strikes again… and as you sit stressing in your car and watch the seconds to your flight count down, you can’t help but wonder; is there another way?
Stay and play at Heathrow Airport the night before your flight
Funny you should ask! At APH we think that holidays are about relaxing and enjoying yourself, not sweating the small stuff. Surrounding Heathrow there are magical things, called hotels, that offer comfortable beds, fabulous food and even exciting extras like gyms and swimming pools; all so that you can avoid that fume-filled congested commute.
If you have an early flight, or you’re heading to Heathrow from afar, a stay in one of the many Heathrow hotels on offer really could save you heaps of hassle. With so many hotels on offer we thought we’d give you a helping hand; so we did our research and rounded up the top contenders for your perusal, enjoy!
Best for families: Holiday Inn Express
Not only does this cheap and cheerful hotel offer free breakfast with every stay, it also lets kids under the age of 12 eat for free at the on-site Great Room Bar & Lounge! If that isn’t family friendly, we don’t know what is…
The 3-star Holiday Inn Express is handily located for Heathrow; its less than 15 minutes door to door so a night here is a great idea if you’re travelling with your loved ones but don’t want to blow the budget before you hit foreign shores.
Family rooms are available and sleep up to 4, all rooms have free Wi-Fi, flat screen TVs with pay per view movies, tea and coffee making facilities and an en-suite bathrooms complete with a glorious power shower; just what you need to get the family going in the early hours.
On-site there are two restaurants to choose from, Great Room Bar & Lounge serves up classic British dishes; if you fancy something a little more continental, make your way to Tratts Restaurant for freshly made pizza and pasta dishes.
Find it: London Road, Slough, Berkshire, SL3 8QB
Best room: Hilton Terminal 5
The rooms at the Hilton Terminal 5 have been designed so that you never need leave! They come with a host of features including soundproofing and blackout curtains to induce a blissful sleep, king size beds, free Wi-Fi, on demand movies which you can check out on your 37 inch flat screen, radio with MP3 connectivity, a mini bar, tea and coffee maker and room service.
If you do venture out of your room during your stay, you’ll find cocktails on offer at Gallery Bar, Pan Asian delights on the menu at the stylish Mr Todiwala’s Kitchen, caffeine pick-me-ups to lounge with at Musetti’s Coffee Shop and drinks and snacks at River Bar. If none of that catches your imagination, make your way to The Gallery where contemporary British dishes are served up in an elegant atmosphere.
Need somewhere to work off all that food? There’s a 24-hour fitness room that should do the trick. If that sounds like hard work, head to Imagine Spa where you can enjoy a relaxing treatment or unwind in the hydrotherapy pool.
Find it: Poyle Road, Colnbrook, Berkshire, SL3 0PH
Best restaurant: Radisson BLU Edwardian
Decadent doesn’t even begin to describe the décor at Trunk Bar and Restaurant, or the divine Bijou Bar at Radisson BLU Edwardian; as you sip on a cocktail you’ll feel like you’ve been transported back to more glamorous times.
Getting its inspiration globally, Trunk serves up classic dishes with a modern twist and inventive newbies designed to put a spring in your step. After dinner, set your course for Bijou Bar where a huge chandelier presides over events. Feel yourself getting more glamorous, as you lounge with a glass of champagne or a refreshing Martini.
If your tastes are a little more exotic, why not sample the treats on offer at Annayu Restaurant, the latest addition to the hotel; which serves up freshly made Indian cuisine.
The rest of the hotel is just as plush; the rooms are decked out in calming warm tones making you feel right at home. Relax on the huge bed and catch some pay-per-view movies on your TV or make full use of the hotel’s complimentary Wi-Fi.
Find it: 140 Bath Road, Hayes, Middlesex, UB3 5AW
Best swimming pool: Sheraton Skyline
Imagine reclining on a lounger in a tropical paradise, cocktail in your hand; the pool laps lazily at your feet as you drift off into a blissful sleep… As you stir you have to remind yourself that you are in the midst of Middlesex and a mere 15 minutes from Heathrow!
You don’t have to wait until you hit the holiday hotel to enjoy a refreshing dip in a gorgeous pool. Sheraton Skyline’s Sky Garden is nestled at the heart of the Sheraton Skyline Hotel and features a lush tropical garden, a divine heated pool and a pool side bar so you can relax with a tipple while you unwind.
Every room at the hotel is soundproofed and fitted with blackout curtains ensuring a dreamy night’s sleep, rooms are also fitted with air conditioning, flat screen TVs and Wi-Fi access.
On-site you’ll find Madhu’s Heathrow which serves up authentic Punjabi cuisine fresh from a Robata Grill. For burgers and grill favourites head to Sports Bar and Grill where dinner is served up alongside all the latest sporting events.
Find it: Bath Road, Hayes, Middlesex, UB3 5BP
Best location: Sofitel Heathrow
If you’re flying from Terminal 5, you’d be hard pressed to beat the location of Sofitel Heathrow. Connected to T5 by a covered walkway, you can quite literally fall out of bed and into check-out; perfect if you have a crack of dawn start or want a low hassle start to your day.
All the rooms are neutrally decorated and feature a sleep guaranteeing MyBed, soundproofing, a mini bar and a flat screen TV. You can also take full advantage of the free Wi-Fi on offer throughout the hotel.
Downstairs you could check out Belle Epoque if fancy French fare is your thing, or head to Vivre for international food served from open kitchens. For the truly refined, Tea 5 is an elegant tea salon with a huge range of tea’s from around the world for you to delight in.
Take to the 24-hour gym to burn off any stress from your demanding day, or book yourself a truly pampering treatment at the in-house Spa and get your holiday on!
Find it: Terminal 5, Heathrow Airport, TW6 2GB
Start as you mean to go on…
Pre-booking a Heathrow hotel and parking package is a great way to start your holiday; you get a night in a top hotel and the next day you sail into a guaranteed space and get whisked to the airport in a matter of minutes, saving yourself a ton of cash in the process!