London Heathrow International Airport
UPDATE: Terminal 4 was closed due to COVID. However, it has now reopened.
First, there are A LOT of airport hotels at Heathrow. I’m not sure exactly how many there are, but it has to be at least 35 to 40–probably more!
Second, trying to find one that is conveniently located and affordable is not easy.
Finally, it’s especially difficult if you want a place to stay near Terminal 4 because it is a bit more isolated than the other terminals.
I had a really nice stay at the Holiday Inn Express when I flew into Heathrow from Portugal and had a flight home to the U.S. the next day.
After a month of traveling, we were too tired to take the Tube into London, but it would have been really easy to do. Instead, we had a good time checking out the four hotels connected to Terminal 4. Actually, you can easily connect to the other airport terminals as well (see Transportation below).
Anyway, I was sooo happy that I didn’t have to take an Uber or shuttle bus to and from the airport.
I’m telling you–it’s magical! …and no umbrella needed!
I will definitely stay at one of these places for an overnight airport stay in the future. I hope my awesome guide to Heathrow Hotels Terminal 4 is helpful for you too.
Awesome Guide to Heathrow Airport Hotels Terminal 4
These four hotels (listed below by price–high to low) are connected by covered walkway to each other, Terminal 4, and the underground which connects you to the other terminals and London.
Easy Access to Everything
The covered walkway, or tunnel, is well marked for easy access.
We enjoyed stretching our legs and exploring the four hotels via the walkway. We knew we’d be on a long-haul flight home the next day, so it was great to get some exercise without worrying about the elements. It was actually a really nice day and evening, but it was a bit breezy and cool, so I appreciated that covered tunnel.
The Hilton at T4 is contemporary and modern. It was originally built in 1992, but was completely renovated in 2006.
Whether you are traveling for business or for pleasure, the Hilton at T4 is a great choice. It has been rated as one of the leading airport hotels since 2015.
They seem to have everything you need if you’re a business traveler.
It is a 6-minute walk to T4 through the covered walkway.
Though, wifi is only free for Hilton Honors Gold and Diamond members. I’m not a fan of paying for wifi.
Where to Eat & Drink
UPDATE: Currently, the only restaurants available are the OXBO Bar, OXBO Cafe, and OXBO Restaurant.
If you’re thirsty or hungry, there are several options at the Hilton:
- Aromi Restaurant for contemporary Mediterranean
- Zen Oriental Restaurant for modern Chinese, and
- Oscar’s for British & international fare
I was really happy to see that all of the Hilton restaurants offer vegan and vegetarian options. Even if you stay at one of the other T4 hotels, it’s really easy to pop in for a drink or dinner.
Crowne Plaza & Holiday Inn Express London Heathrow T4
Opened in 2018, these two new hotels share the same building which seemed a little strange at first, but it works quite nicely. Naturally, they are both part of the IHG Hotels and Resorts group, so it makes sense.
The public space is shared, so there are more offerings than if they were stand alone. For example, the shared fitness center was really nice. My husband and I enjoyed a short workout before dinner.
Our room at the Holiday Inn Express was really nice, very comfortable, and affordable.
Both hotels offer free wifi, which is an absolute must for me.
All IHG hotels use the GreenEngage system for sustainability. This is a plus!
These hotels are only a 3-minute walk via the tunnel to T4.
Where to Eat & Drink
Each hotel has their own eating establishments, but it’s easy to go from one to the other.
The Urban Brasserie offers modern British, Mediterranean, and Asian food. They have a nice vegan menu, so this is the restaurant we ate at on our trip.
Destinations Bar is also available for beverages and snacks.
The Express Cafe and Bar offers food and drinks from 11 am to 11 pm.
The breakfast buffet is included in the stay. They had some good offerings, including vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options — you just have to ask for them.
The Premier Inn at T4 opened in 2017. It is very affordable, and from the reviews, it seems to be very popular.
From the covered walkway, you walk into a funky room with a desk and chair (no one was there) and an information board.
The sign at the desk said to take the elevator downstairs. I was hesitant at first, but don’t let this weird entry scare you.
We weren’t really sure what to expect. When we stepped out of the elevator, it was bustling with fun music playing in the background.
Across from the elevator was a self-check in area. There were people here and there in the different sections: a lounge area, restaurant, and bar. A Costa Coffee was also there, but appeared to be closed at that time.
Some things that appeal to me at this hotel are the following: free wifi, king-sized beds, and powerful showers. The price is great–very affordable.
Next time I need an airport hotel at Heathrow, I’m going to give this one a try, even if I’m at one of the other terminals.
Where to Eat & Drink
Thyme Bar & Grill is available for breakfast and dinner. If you just want a pint, the bar is there for you.
Additionally, they seem to have a pretty good variety of vegetarian dishes with a few vegan dishes. I also noticed that they have a gluten-free menu as well but didn’t get the chance to look at it.
Transportation: How do I get to the terminal?
Easy! You don’t need a shuttle. You don’t need a taxi. You don’t need Uber/Lyft. No need for an umbrella, either. The tunnel is completely enclosed.
Just walk through the tunnel to get to T4 or to the train station to catch a free ride to the other terminals.
Get a ticket before you board, and hold on to it because you’ll need it to exit the underground station at the terminal.
We had a flight out of one of the other terminals, but it was super easy and fast to get there. The best part is that I didn’t have to wake up extra early to get to the airport. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate that!
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Until next time…