Thistle Hotel Heathrow

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

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(3 star hotel)
2.8 miles
from the airport
customer rating

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 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.


You can check in from 2pm; you must check out by noon.


Bath Road,
West Drayton,
UB7 0EQ,

Arrival at the Thistle T5

The earliest check-in time is 14:00.

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.

It may help you to enter UB7 0ET into your SatNav when looking for the hotel.

Checking Out

The latest check-out time is noon.
The easiest way to get to terminal 5 is on the driverless POD shuttle from the Business car park opposite the hotel.

It leaves every 3 minutes, takes 5 minutes and costs £5 each way per person. It runs from 03:00 to 01:00 Monday to Friday, then until 23:00 on Saturdays and from 04:00 on Sundays.

All you need to do is get in, press the button for Terminal 5 and the POD does the rest for you. You'll arrive at Car Park Level 2, Business Parking and all you'll need to do then is hop in the lift to check-in. From terminal 5 you can also get to the other terminals via the Heathrow Express train.

Alternatively, for the other terminals you can get the Heathrow Hoppa bus which takes 15 minutes,and costs £4.50 one way.
If you do choose the Hoppa, you’ll need bus H4 for terminals 2 and 3 and H51 for terminal 4.

Getting to and from Heathrow airport

On the day of your stay:

Make your way to the hotel. Detailed driving instructions and a postcode for satnavs will be on your confirmation email.

Overnight parking is available for £10 per car if you need it.

Getting from the hotel to the airport:

There are several options for getting to the airport. We’d recommend using the POD, which is connected to the hotel via an outside walkway.

To get to T5:
The POD takes 5 minutes to get to T5 and costs £5 per person each way. You can buy tickets for the POD shuttle at the hotel reception, as well as the access code and directions.

It leaves every 3 minutes and runs from 3am - 1am on weekdays, from 3am - 11pm on Saturdays and from 4am - 11pm on Sundays.

- Use the machine to call the POD.
- Once you get in, press the button for T5.
- You’ll arrive at Car Park Level 2, Business Parking and take the lift to Departures.

To get to T2, T3 or T4:
Take the POD shuttle to T5 first, then use the free Heathrow Express train to get to T2, T3 or T4.

Alternatively, you can get the Heathrow Hoppa bus which takes 15 minutes, and costs £4.50 one way. If you do choose the Hoppa, you’ll need bus H4 for terminals 2 and 3 and H51 for Terminal 4.

A taxi to T5 will cost around £15.

Coming home:

Take the POD or Heathrow Hoppa back to the hotel.

Collect your car and head home.

*All prices correct at time of writing.

Thistle T5 Additional Information

Star rating
AddressBath Road,
West Drayton,
Disabled facilitiesThere are no disabled facilities at this hotel.
All rooms non-smoking
En-suite bathroom
Trouser press
Phone in room
Satellite TV

* Prices quoted are stays on the 18-06-2017, valid as of 17-04-2017

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Overall rating: 84%by 319 guests