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On our way home from Sicily and Sardinia, we spent the night at the Hilton London Heathrow Airport. It’s been a while since we stayed at this hotel and I forgot how far away it is if you’re not coming from Terminal 4. We landed in Terminal 2 and had to take the train and then walk down the very long hallway (this took around 30 minutes). Once there, we quickly checked in and went to our suite.
Anthony’s Take: The Hilton London Heathrow Airport is a good choice for overnight stays when connecting through London. The hotel has a store in the lobby for drinks and snacks, fitness center, executive lounge, and restaurant. The hotel conveniently offers room service 24/7. The suite I booked was spacious, had some quirky, fun decor, and provided us what we needed for a comfortable night before flying home to Chicago.
I booked a King Executive Suite with Lounge Access for £270. Standard rooms were going for £172, so I thought this was a reasonable upcharge. Hilton does not have an award chart. This suite could have been booked for 165,000 points. Standard rooms were going for 49,000 points. Both of these rates are pretty standard across the calendar.
Transportation To/From the Hotel
We landed in Terminal 2 and took the train over to Terminal 4. The train is free when transferring terminals. It took us around 30 minutes between walking and the train ride to get to the hotel. After exiting the train, follow the signs along the tunnel to the hotel (you’ll see several other hotels before reaching the Hilton).
We got into the hotel around 11:00 PM. There was no line to check-in. The agent explained that the lounge was across from the check-in desk and that we would have access for breakfast. He got my keys coded and we were on our way to the suite within a few minutes.
Like the United Club℠ (more here), the hotel was decorated for July 4th. I always find it odd to see decorations celebrating the US independence from the UK while in London.
I liked the airplane-themed door numbers. The hallways were clean and nicely designed.
King Executive Suite (570)
There are 398 rooms and suites at this hotel.
There is a small hallway when you enter the room from the 570 door (the suite has two doors).
The other door is next to the closet on the other side of the suite.
The closet held robes and an ironing board.
An iron and blowdryer were on a shelf here.
A safe was also found here.
Past the hallway by door 570, you’ll find a living room with a small couch and several tables.
Two complimentary bottles of water were on the table next to the couch.
A TV is across from the couch.
The Nespresso machine and coffee pods are found under the TV.
An empty refrigerator is inside the cabinet.
The other side of the living room features a large office area.
I loved the aviation-themed decor here.
The bedroom was off of the living room. It features a king-sized bed, chair and table, as well as two side tables.
This comfy chair was next to the bed.
The lightswitches were a little confusing as several seemed to control the same lights. More free water was found here.
The bathroom was spacious with a double vanity, glassed-in shower, and a high-tech Toto toilet.
The toilet had tons of cool functions and features. I’ve seen these in plenty of luxury hotels in Asia, but was surprised to find one in an airport Hilton.
The shower was large and had good water pressure.
Toiletries were in large bottles on the wall in the shower. They are Crabtree & Evelyn brand.
More large bottles were near the sinks.
There were a few other amenities like a dental kit and mouthwash near the sinks. Bar soap was not provided.
This Hilton has an Executive Lounge with breakfast offerings and evening canapes on the ground floor across from check-in. We arrived too late to see any of the evening spread, but I went down to check out the breakfast offering. I had access due to the room type I booked. Hilton Honors Diamond members are also provided entry.
The lounge is divided between several rooms. The left side has tables for dining.
The right side has several chairs and couches as well as a fireplace.
The center (just inside the entry) has a long table as well as the buffet.
There is a computer nearby for guest use.
A desk is near the door, but it was not staffed when I visited. A wireless printer is found here.
The breakfast was pretty modest with hot items in the center room and some bread, cereal, pastries, and beverages in the room to the left.
Tater tots and tomatoes
Scrambled eggs and beans
Sausage and bacon
Fruit, vegetables, meat, and cheese
Pastries and croissants
Cereal, bread, and a self-serve toaster
A coffee machine and tea were found in the center room. I made a cappuccino to take with me.
Public Areas & Amenities
The lobby has a huge atrium that opens up the space several floors. There is also tons of seating in the lobby. This is also where you’ll find a 24-hour market, restaurant, and an ATM. There is a small fitness center one floor below the lobby.
Seating was mostly empty during our stay.
Even more seats
The ATM was around the corner from the elevators.
The market is self serve and open 24 hours a day. Self checkout worked fine, but if you’re purchasing any alcoholic beverages you need to ring a bell for agent assistance.
The restaurant was open for breakfast when we left.
It’s a big, open dining room with great light and some trees.
There is also a small counter offering coffee and breakfast for takeaway.
The fitness center is small, but functional.
There is a good amount of equipment including several tread mills, rowers, and bikes.
The entrance to Terminal 4 is right outside the hotel. We went through and took the train back to Terminal 2.
The hotel is convenient if you’re overnighting at London Heathrow (especially if you’re flying from Terminal 4). The rooms are modern and comfortable, it has a lounge, and the common areas are well maintained and spacious.
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