The major hotels

Many of the big names in the hotel business have an outpost at Heathrow: Sofitel, Marriott, Sheraton, Doubletree, Radisson Blu, Hilton… The Sofitel and the Hilton are both connected to the airport by a covered walkway, and the Hotel Hoppa shuttle provides transfers to the others (return trip from £7). The major chains boast the most facilities: fitness centres, restaurants, room service, spa, indoor pool, parking, meeting rooms – and also have high standards of service, making them good choices for a relaxing stop-over or a business trip. Prices range from £100 to £300 per night.

Value for Money

Two Premier Inn hotels, the Heathrow Airport Terminal 5 and the London Heathrow Airport, stand out from the crowd; the reviews are full of praise, particularly concerning the breakfast, the price (from £50), and the comfort of the rooms. The Stanwell Hotel (from £50) makes a refreshing change from the standardized chain groups. Guests have complimented the green surroundings, the restaurant and the friendly reception. Located in the pleasant town of Stanwell, the hotel is just a five-minute drive from the airport and the transfer is quick and easy by taxi, bus or shuttle. A firm favourite among reviewers is the traditional Harmondsworth Hall Guest House (from £50). Just five minutes from Heathrow (the bus stop for the airport is a five-minute walk from the hotel), this B&B ticks all the boxes with its excellent breakfast, kind owner and charming Victorian style.

Serviced Apartments

The Berkeley Park serviced apartments score well for their proximity to the airport as well as the advantageous, modern facilities (washing machine, DVD player), secure parking and well insulated rooms – an ideal alternative for families or longer stays (from £70 per night).