LHR hotels?

bernardblack

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Arriving from DUB on BA, presumably T5, on a Tuesday afternoon. Departing to YYZ on AC, T2, next morning (Wednesday). Travelling with wife and two kids, so we're booking for connecting rooms. Currently have a booking at the Crowne Plaza at T4 at ~GBP78 per room, and I can now get the Courtyard on northern perimeter for ~GBP93 per room.

I have Gold status with both IHG (pretty much worthless) and Marriott (better). Both hotels are rated very highly (4.5+ on TripAdvisor). Courtyard is almost brand-new, having opened during COVID, and the Crowne Plaza looks pretty decent too. Crowne Plaza is a bit further from runways, and T4 will still be closed, so it will be quieter. But Courtyard is probably quicker to T2 in the morning.

Has anyone stayed at either (or both) who would like to give an opinion? Otherwise, do people think I should stick with the Crowne Plaza or switch to the Courtyard?
 
Haven't stayed at these but I got tricked once by an LHR hotel that said it was 'at' a terminal but actually it was in a field a 5 minute airport bus ride away. So triple check the hotel's actual location is my advice.
 
Crowne Plaza, in theory is at T4 but with T4 closed are trains even running back and forth? In which case either property will require car or bus transport.
 
Crowne Plaza, in theory is at T4 but with T4 closed are trains even running back and forth?
The Inter-Terminal Transfer by train between Heathrow Terminals 2 & 3 and Heathrow Terminal 4 is currently suspended.

Family ticket available on hourly Hoppa bus shuttle instead:
 
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T4 will reopen in June. At that time trains will resume.

Can confirm CP is at the terminal (short walk in covered walkway).

Unless arrival is late at night, or departure early in the morning, I'd stay somewhere more central so you can do stuff with the kids.
 
Thanks, yes, I had factored in an expectation of not being able to use the Tube station at T4 while it remains closed. I think given there are four of us I'll probably just spring for cabs.
 
I have a very early depature from LHR (too early to get the tube from central London), so i have booked the Sofitel, from what i could see it is actually connected by a walk-way into the terminal, whereas most others apart from the Aerotel all seemed to require ground transport.
 
I stayed at the Double Tree a few years ago and it was perfectly adequate. I had a lot of luggage because I'd been away for over 6 months so I took a cab
 
I have a very early depature from LHR (too early to get the tube from central London), so i have booked the Sofitel, from what i could see it is actually connected by a walk-way into the terminal, whereas most others apart from the Aerotel all seemed to require ground transport.
Also Hilton Garden Inn at T2, from memory
 
I have a very early depature from LHR (too early to get the tube from central London), so i have booked the Sofitel, from what i could see it is actually connected by a walk-way into the terminal, whereas most others apart from the Aerotel all seemed to require ground transport.
Yes it does. Very convenient and a nice lounge with high tea.
 
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I have a very early depature from LHR (too early to get the tube from central London), so i have booked the Sofitel, from what i could see it is actually connected by a walk-way into the terminal, whereas most others apart from the Aerotel all seemed to require ground transport.


Excellent choice:


 
Gee, what's happened to the prices of UK hotels?

This thread nudged me into checking a few rates, and they seem to have at least doubled since early 2020.

Glad I'm staying here for the time being, where rates have hardly changed.
 
The other thought, more for reference than anything should this thread come up in searches, if choosing cheaper off airport stay (but still close) we found the Hilton Garden Inn a short walk from Hatton Cross Tube Station handy. Preferable to hotels in Bath Road. Only 1 stop and first tube to airport station much earlier than first tube from central London. (Just after 5am).
 
Another option for T4 is Holiday Inn Express, connected by a (long) elevated walkway. It has a common reception area with Crowne Plaza.Shown in this TR:

 
The other thought, more for reference than anything should this thread come up in searches, if choosing cheaper off airport stay (but still close) we found the Hilton Garden Inn a short walk from Hatton Cross Tube Station handy. Preferable to hotels in Bath Road. Only 1 stop and first tube to airport station much earlier than first tube from central London. (Just after 5am).
Definitely the HGI is more convenient than the bath road options - particularly now as TfL buses in the Heathrow area are no longer free and even more so if you're coming on the tube from either London or the terminals. Cross one set of lights and a couple minutes walk.

I stayed at the HGI at Hatton Cross last month, still perfectly acceptable location and hotel. And I got a fantastic rate via an aggregator too (less than $100)
Another option for T4 is Holiday Inn Express, connected by a (long) elevated walkway. It has a common reception area with Crowne Plaza.Shown in this TR:

The other option is the premier inn t4. It's actually my hotel of choice full stop in London (when trains are running anyway) - just have to make sure to be on the last tube or Heathrow connect back. Same covered walkway as the Hilton T4 and so cheap. I know an unconventional choice! But these days I only spend 2-3 days in London catching up with friends so not having to shlep luggage in to Central London has it's upsides.

Also has an Amazon locker for last minute purchases.
 
The other option is the premier inn t4. It's actually my hotel of choice full stop in London (when trains are running anyway) - just have to make sure to be on the last tube or Heathrow connect back. Same covered walkway as the Hilton T4 and so cheap. I know an unconventional choice! But these days I only spend 2-3 days in London catching up with friends so not having to shlep luggage in to Central London has it's upsides.
I'm going to second your recommendation on the Premier Inn T4 and I say this as someone who almost exclusively flew out of Terminal 2 on United flights pre-COVID. The hotel is very reasonably priced, often around £40/night for a decent room that is directly connected to T4. Perhaps the Hilton or HIExpress that are also connected to T4 are slightly better in terms of amenities and particularly if you have status that gives you perks like free breakfast, but I don't think it's twice as good as the Premier Inn despite it often costing twice as much. The Premier Inn has a Costa coffee on the ground floor and a restaurant so shouldn't be too much trouble grabbing a bite to eat. I know the last time I was there in late January 2020, the restaurant at the hotel was closed as I arrived at 11 PM. However, the nearby restaurant at HIExpress was still open and so just ate there.

In terms of getting from the hotel to T2 it's a fairly straightforward process. You take the walk way from the hotel back to T4, take the escalator down to the train platform and board the free train from T4 to T2. I say all of this having hauled 3 large pieces of luggage as I was moving from UK to Australia back then and was flying United to SYD.

One last point, and something you should consider is whether you have Gold frequent flyer status on a Star Alliance carrier like United or Air Canada that grants you lounge access. If that is the case, then I would strongly recommend forgetting about breakfast at the hotel altogether. Instead, make a b-line for Terminal 2 and enjoy the lounges there. As a Star Gold member you will have access to the Lufthansa Senator, Air Canada Maple Leaf, United Club and Singapore Air KrisFlyer lounges. Here was my carb loaded spread at the United Club @ LHR before grabbing my first flight towards SYD:

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-RooFlyer88
 

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