Thistle Hotel Heathrow


A plane-spotter's dream

The Thistle is the perfect hotel for plane-spotters: it overlooks the terminal 5 runway. The hotel itself is contemporary and comfortable, with free, unlimited wifi throughout, and staff that really go out of their way to welcome you. Another thing that's attractive about the Thistle is its location; most Heathrow airport hotels are on the Heathrow ‘strip’ along the A4, making them ideal for transfers to either terminals 1 and 3 or terminal 5 - but the Thistle is perfectly placed between all so no matter where you’re flying from, you can reach any terminal in a matter of minutes.

Plane-lovers certainly won't want to miss out on dinner in the hotel's First Edition restaurant, which has a prime view of the runway ... and the menu's pretty good, too. 

If you’re travelling to the airport by car, the Thistle is a great park and fly hotel. It has 600 spaces on site, so there's plenty of room to leave your car securely while you enjoy your holiday. Transfer links are good too: the Heathrow Hoppa pulls right up to the front door, or you can catch the free Heathrow bus from the street to terminal 5 or to Heathrow central for terminals 1, 3 and 4.

We recommend the Heathrow Thistle Hotel for:

Families: There are plenty of triple rooms, interconnecting rooms or family suites.

Parking: On-site parking is easy because transfers are available day and night from outside the hotel.

Dining: With a large glass-walled dining room and sun patio directly overlooking the airport, you can’t beat the Thistle for spectacular views while you dine.

Fitness enthusiasts: Thistle guests have access to the Spring Health Leisure Club, which is opposite the hotel. It has a large swimming and spa pool, a separate ladies' gym, a weights room, a spinning studio, steam room and a boxing studio, and costs £10 per guest.

Arrival at the Thistle Terminal 5

The earliest check-in time is 14:00.
Here are the directions to the hotel:
Leave the M25 at junction 14 and follow the signs to terminal 4/Cargo.
At the first roundabout, take the A3044 towards Longford and Colnbrook.
At the second roundabout take the third exit towards Longford. Go through Longford. The hotel is 800 yards down the road on the right.
By public transport:
You can catch the Heathrow Hoppa bus from the hotel to the airport and back - it runs regularly during the airport's opening hours. From Terminals 1, 2 and 3, the Hoppa service runs every 20 minutes from 04:47 to 23:54. From Terminal 4 the service runs every 30 minutes from 04:51 to 23:51 and from Terminal 5, it runs every 30 minutes from 05:02 to 00:02. You may need to catch a free train between terminals, depending on where you are travelling from, so leave plenty of time.

When bought in advance, tickets cost £4.50 per person one way and £8 return. They cost £5 for a single and £9 return if purchased from the driver on the day. Up to two children under 15 can travel free with a paying adult.

Getting to and from LHR airport

You can catch the Heathrow Hoppa bus from the hotel to the airport and back - it runs regularly during the airport's opening hours. You may need to catch a free train between terminals, depending on where you are travelling from, so leave plenty of time.

When bought in advance, tickets cost £4.50 per person one way and £8 return. They cost £5 for a single and £9 return if purchased from the driver on the day. Up to two children under 15 can travel free with a paying adult.

To make life easier, we've automatically added Hoppa tickets to your basket - you'll see them on the next page. This adds an extra charge to your booking, however if you'd like to make other plans for your transfers, you can remove them by clicking the link underneath the text.

For an even speedier transfer, you can catch Heathrow's Pod shuttle which leaves from the Business car park opposite the hotel. It costs £5 per person and takes just 5 minutes to get the terminal 5.

Returning to the Thistle Terminal 5

The latest check-out time is noon.
You can catch the Heathrow Hoppa bus from the hotel to the airport and back - it runs regularly during the airport's opening hours. From Terminals 1, 2 and 3, the Hoppa service runs every 20 minutes from 04:47 to 23:54. From Terminal 4 the service runs every 30 minutes from 04:51 to 23:51 and from Terminal 5, it runs every 30 minutes from 05:02 to 00:02. You may need to catch a free train between terminals, depending on where you are travelling from, so leave plenty of time.

When bought in advance, tickets cost £4.50 per person one way and £8 return. They cost £5 for a single and £9 return if purchased from the driver on the day. Up to two children under 15 can travel free with a paying adult.

Thistle Terminal 5 address

Bath Road,
Longford,
West Drayton,
Middlesex,
UB7 0EQ,