LHR hotels?

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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?
 
Are most of the hire car offices near Bath road?
Many of them are. Just look a map to see where your car hire return is and you can probably find a hotel within a short walk (and probably could even drop luggage before returning the car). Last time I did the reverse. Walked down to get the car hire and the returned to hotel to get my partner and the luggage.
 
Wow over $500 for 1 night in June! More than $100 more expensive than the Sofitel at T5
Is it worth staying at a hotel near T4 and getting a taxi?
I paid £215 for a single room in late June this year. That was with a senior's discount and without breakfast. For me the closeness to both the terminal and the coach station was worth it as I was then walking with a stick and difficulty.
 
Hi guys I am travelling and arriving into Heathrow via T5. I have a flight next day so I want to stay close to the airport.

I have looked at the Thistle London hotel as a cheap overnight option at T5. Has anyone stayed here before?

Also I was wondering if it’s worth zipping into central London via the tube and how easy is this from the Thistle/T5.

Thanks in advance.
 
Hi guys I am travelling and arriving into Heathrow via T5. I have a flight next day so I want to stay close to the airport.

I have looked at the Thistle London hotel as a cheap overnight option at T5. Has anyone stayed here before?

Also I was wondering if it’s worth zipping into central London via the tube and how easy is this from the Thistle/T5.

Thanks in advance.
From any of the Heathrow's it's easy to get to London. Free internal tube from terminal to terminal and then two choices, the Express into Paddington or Elizabethan line I think it's called into central.

My question, how to get from Heathrow to Staybridge? There's no shuttle. I forgot about that bit when we arrive. Is it ok to take a taxi for a not long ride?
 
From any of the Heathrow's it's easy to get to London. Free internal tube from terminal to terminal and then two choices, the Express into Paddington or Elizabethan line I think it's called into central.

My question, how to get from Heathrow to Staybridge? There's no shuttle. I forgot about that bit when we arrive. Is it ok to take a taxi for a not long ride?
Last year we were flying into T5 one evening, out of T2 the next morning, and stayed at one of the Bath Rd hotels (Courtyard) for the night. We got an Uber to/from the hotel.
 
Free internal tube from terminal to terminal and then two choices, the Express into Paddington or Elizabethan line I think it's called into central.
3 choices actually, the cheapest is take the regular tube Picadilly line - which is what I do.

I've never seen the value in paying for Heathrow Express when you end up having to connect to regular tube anyway to get to where you need to be.

Elizabeth line comes in between Express and Picadilly price wise and is cool if you are staying at a hotel walking distance from one of those stations. I choose to stay walking distance from a Picadilly line station.
 
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3 choices actually, the cheapest is take the regular tube Picadilly line.

I've never seen the value in paying for Heathrow Express when you end up having to connect to regular tube anyway to get to where you need to be.

Elizabeth line comes in between Express and Picadilly price wise and is cool if you are staying at a hotel walking distance from one of those stations.
The Elizabeth line has a surcharge from LHR. The cost to central London is £12.80. If you’re returning to LHR the same day, it’s better value to buy a 1 day Zones 1-6 Travelpass for £21.50 peak or £15.20 off peak (after 9:30am). This can be used for the trips from and to LHR as well as any other trips that day.
 
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From any of the Heathrow's it's easy to get to London. Free internal tube from terminal to terminal and then two choices, the Express into Paddington or Elizabethan line I think it's called into central.

My question, how to get from Heathrow to Staybridge? There's no shuttle. I forgot about that bit when we arrive. Is it ok to take a taxi for a not long ride?
Even though there isn't a shuttle there may be commercial buses so you can use Google maps to check that out.

I've stayed at the HGI at T3 and it is nice to just walk across the road. If bus isn't convenient I'd go Uber or Taxi


For others in case I've missed it being mentioned, most of the hire car companies have shuttles outside most of the terminals
 
Even though there isn't a shuttle there may be commercial buses so you can use Google maps to check that out.

Yeh, there are TFL buses that operate to Bath Road hotels if not taking uber or taxi. They used to be free even, unfortunately not any more 😥 A lot cheaper than using the Heathrow Hoppa shuttle service (3.50 GBP return vs 12 GBP for the Hoppa), but can be a pain if lots of luggage, or for anyone not using to carting luggage around on public transport.
 
3 choices actually, the cheapest is take the regular tube Picadilly line.

I've never seen the value in paying for Heathrow Express when you end up having to connect to regular tube anyway to get to where you need to be.

Elizabeth line comes in between Express and Picadilly price wise and is cool if you are staying at a hotel walking distance from one of those stations.
Agree but we took it because we had luggage and wanted space. We did see others taking luggage on the normal tube and it didn’t look easy. But we are older. And we were staying near Paddington so easy access without changing subs.
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The Elizabeth line has a surcharge from LHR. The cost to central London is £12.80. If you’re returning to LHR the same day, it’s better value to buy a 1 day Zones 1-6 Travelpass for £21.50 peak or £15.20 off peak (after 9:30am). This can be used for the trips from and to LHR as well as any other trips that day.
Thanks. We will do exactly that. Travelpass.
 
Hi guys I am travelling and arriving into Heathrow via T5. I have a flight next day so I want to stay close to the airport.

I have looked at the Thistle London hotel as a cheap overnight option at T5. Has anyone stayed here before?

Also I was wondering if it’s worth zipping into central London via the tube and how easy is this from the Thistle/T5.

Thanks in advance.

Worth checking out the Hilton Garden Inn (at Hatton Cross tube station) as well, it's a compromise - it's off airport so a lot cheaper than the on airport hotels, but is very close to the tube, so very convenient to go to central London and to get to the airport (free) the next morning before your flight - only 2 stops to T5.
 
I always try and stay at the Premier Inn T4 (if the price is right). It's very handy for buses (outside the door) and tube/Elizabeth at T4 (a 5-10 minute walk via covered walkway).

On my last trip a few weeks ago, I stayed at the Premier Inn T2/3, as the price was right (both hotels are fairly modern and well maintained), but it's not quite as handy to the tube, as you have to get a bus to somewhere, eg Hounslow West/East (depending on your preference).
 
Never had issues with luggage on Picadilly line from airport, the trains have space for luggage next to seats (not racks). On return it can be harder to get optimal position depending on time of day, but perfectly doable. Last trip I had a large suitcase, large travel pack (balanced on the large case), carry-on case and hand bag no worries. YMMV.
 
Agree but we took it because we had luggage and wanted space. We did see others taking luggage on the normal tube and it didn’t look easy. But we are older. And we were staying near Paddington so easy access without changing subs.
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Thanks. We will do exactly that. Travelpass.
You probably know you can just use your Aussie debit card and if you use the same card all day it will top out - sometimes cheaper than Travelpass
 
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You probably know you can just use your Aussie debit card and if you use the same card all day it will top out - sometimes cheaper than Travelpass
You’re right. The daily anytime cap for zones 1-6 is £14.90 for Oyster or contactless credit/debit card. I thought the LHR surcharge was on top of the cap, but it seems I was mistaken.
 
Yeh, there are TFL buses that operate to Bath Road hotels if not taking uber or taxi. They used to be free even, unfortunately not any more 😥 A lot cheaper than using the Heathrow Hoppa shuttle service (3.50 GBP return vs 12 GBP for the Hoppa), but can be a pain if lots of luggage, or for anyone not using to carting luggage around on public transport.
We do have a car rental booking - but we can walk there from the hotel. Hoppa looks expensive and no free buses. Do you reckon it’s possible to use the rental car shuttle on days we aren’t renting the car? 😉
 
Do you reckon it’s possible to use the rental car shuttle on days we aren’t renting the car? 😉

I did that for a few days during one stay out at LHR near my car rental lot (then used the Piccadilly line from the terminals to get into the city), but that's a fair while ago now.

I recall when I used the Avis shuttle earlier this year (rental lot into the terminal) they asked for BPs or some proof of flying.
 
I was just reading that if you are staying at the Sofitel T5 you can catch the Heathrow express for free to T3.
Has anyone done this? We would be catching it about 6am.
 

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