Updated: May 21, 2015
Heathrow Hotels - Which is Best?:On a recent trip to London I had to take an early morning (6:30AM) flight out of Heathrow International Airport on my return home. I usually just stay in downtown London and get to the airport by midday for an afternoon flight but this time I had to stay near the airport. I started searching online for hotels near Heathrow airport and came up with quite a few to choose from. Heathrow hotels are almost all within a few miles of the actual airport and several are located within a short walk of the terminals. The 2 most popular choices are the Hilton London Heathrow airport hotel near Terminal 4 and the Sofitel hotel at Terminal 5. Even if you stay a few miles away you can get on the Hoppa buses which offer shuttle service back and forth to the airport (code LHR) and the hotels, but with early morning flights make sure you check to make sure you can get to the terminal in time. You may end up having to hire a taxi. Many of the hotels around Heathrow are priced very reasonably - rates are as low as $65/night with most hotels charging more like $100/night. The Hilton and Sofitel can demand higher prices for their convenience and rates go as high as $220/night at those.
We suggest you reference the Heathrow hotel map we have listed below to see a visual of where hotels are located and what terminal they are near to. No sense in staying near Terminal 1 if your flight is leaving from Terminal 4. I decided to go with the Hilton since it was connected to Terminal 4 and the price was right ($100) on a Friday night. The other alternative would have been to stay at the Jurys Inn which is not too far from Terminal 4. The Heathrow hotel Hoppa is the best solution when staying off site, then you don't need a to deal with parking or returning a rental car early in the morning. The Hoppa buses do charge, but it's minimal considering the convenience you get. When you look at travel sites like Tripadvisor.com you will see that hotels like Premier Inn, Yotel, Etap, and Days Hotel Hounslow are top rated. Bath Road is the main hotel strip with over a dozen to choose from and this northern perimeter road is where you want to be if not staying at the Hilton or Sofitel. For my early morning flight I arrived at the airport a few minutes before 5 AM and that was perfect timing since the check-in counters don't open until 5 AM anyways. London Heathrow airport is busy and the hotels seem busy during the work week but on weekends you should see less crowds. I went over there in March 2009 and was surprised at how busy the Hilton hotel at Heathrow was given the current economic recession we are in. Perhaps that is why the room was only $100 (booked on Expedia). We recommend staying at the Renaissance or Park Inn if you are flying out of Terminal 3 or Terminal 1 or 2 for that matter.