(4 star hotel)
from the airport
A safe spot, near the entrance
There's a plentiful supply of parking spaces at the Novotel hotel, all a short walk away from the main entrance. Surrounding the car park is a high, metal fence to keep your car secured and theres a barrier at the entrance.
Just pull up at the barrier, take a ticket and find a space. Guests can leave their car here for the duration of their holiday. To reach the airport from the hotel, the Heathrow Hoppa bus will take you for £4 one way, and children up to 15 travel free. The bus runs every 20 minutes between 4.42am and 3.42pm, every 25 minutes from 4:10pm and every half an hour from 9.38pm to 11.38pm.
If you decide to park your car elsewhere, and only leave your car at the hotel for the night of your stay, you will need to take your ticket to reception to have it validated. Parking is charged at £10 a night. Once paid, you'll receive a ticket to get out of the car park and can drive to the airport to start your holiday.
The Novotel is stylish, convenient and affordable, with great food, friendly staff, a gym and a pool.
At the Novotel, you'll find the perfect balance between style and comfort. The public areas are trendy and inviting, and the rooms are spacious and cosy. There's plenty to keep you entertained, from the relaxed bar to the pool and gym.
You'll be greeted with a warm welcome at check-in, any time after 12:00. The friendly staff go out of their way to make sure you're well taken care of during your stay.
If you've got a few hours to kill, take a dip in the indoor pool, or burn a few calories in the well-equipped gym.
When you've worked up an appetite, you'll find the Elements restaurant full of delicious dishes waiting for you. From burgers and salads to pasta dishes and fresh fish, the tempting menu is full of your favourite British and European dishes. You can even keep the kids happy since they'll have their own special menu. Dinner is served in the Elements restaurant until 23:00.
The hotel's relaxing open-plan bar area is the perfect location for a pre-holiday tipple. There are all of your typical pub favourites, and even fruity cocktails served just the way you like them. It's open from 08:00 to 01:00.
Bedtime? Kick back in your comfy bedroom - they're all spacious, comfy and stylish. You'll have an en-suite bathroom, minibar, flatscreen TV, hairdryer, trouser press, telephone and all you need to make tea and coffee. There's even free, unlimited wifi throughout the hotel, so you'll never miss a beat.
And don't worry about entertaining the kids either - they're all taken care of with a play room in the atrium. There's an Xbox, toys, puzzles and a TV - plenty to keep them entertained for a few hours.
In the morning, tuck into a tasty English breakfast at the Elements restaurant. Pile up a plate of eggs, bacon, sausages and hash browns. Or for a lighter start, there's cereal, fruit and croissants.
Transferring to the airport couldn't be easier. Jump on the Heathrow Hoppa to the terminal - you'll be there in minutes.
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