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The Thistle Hotel, Heathrow: A plane-spotter's dream
The Thistle is the perfect Heathrow Airport 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: Terminal 2, Terminal 3, Terminal 4, or Terminal 5 - but the Thistle is perfectly placed between all so no matter where youre 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 youre 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 Thistle Heathrow 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 cant 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.
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Getting to the airport
It's a 5-minute POD shuttle to T5, which costs £5 per person each way. The POD car park is next to the Thistle hotel. To get to all other terminals, we'd recommend taking the POD to T5, then the free Heathrow Express train to your terminal.
Alternatively, the Heathrow Hoppa shuttle bus runs regularly during the airport's opening hours. The bus stops at other hotels on the way, so it can take between 10 and 50 minutes.
Prices for the Hoppa vary depending on when you travel:
2018 - £4.50 per person one way. £9 per person return.
2019 - £5 per person one way. £9.50 per person return.
Travelling to the hotel by train? Heathrow T5 train station is closest to the hotel - it's a 5-minute POD ride away.
Hotel check-in is from 2pm and check-out by is by 12 noon.
Overnight parking at the hotel is £12 and subject to availability. Driving directions and a postcode for satnavs will be on your booking confirmation.
If you need parking for the whole of your holiday search for hotel and parking packages with us.
When we visited we found the rooms to be simple and functional. They are on the small side, but they're practical for an overnight stay. Although it's close to the airport, you wouldn't know with the triple-glazed windows in every room.
- Free wifi
- Flat-screen TV
- Tea and coffee
- Iron and ironing board
- En suite bathroom with shower and bath
- Room service 5pm - 11pm (no tray charge)
If you book a triple room it includes a double and single bed, or three singles. Children are classed as 16 and under.
It's free throughout the hotel. Guests have said it's intermittent in the evenings, so we'd suggest using your phone data if you have trouble connecting.
The car park and ground floor of the hotel are accessible:
- 5 accessible bays at the hotel entrance.
There are no lifts and no fully accessible rooms at the Thistle but there are ground floor rooms that can be reached by wheelchair users.
The Runway restaurant speaks for itself, as it gives guests a great view of the runway. It offers meals like burgers, fish and chips, curries and salads. Guests say that although the menu is limited, the food comes out really quickly. A main costs around £15.
Open 6pm - 10pm
The Thistle bar again overlooks the runway and has a small selection of beers, wines, spirits and soft drinks. An average beer costs around £4.
Open 6pm to 11pm daily
It's a full English and continental buffet for £10 pp. You can eat as much as you like. Expect all the staple items, as well as omelettes made to order.
When we visited we found there to be a great selection of food, making it a great value for money.
Tip: If you're travelling before 6am, ask at reception for a breakfast-to-go bag, which includes fruit and yoghurt.
6am - 10am weekdays.
6am - 10.30am weekends and Bank holidays.
Things to do
The lobby coffee shop serves hot drinks and cakes.
The 24-hour grab and go fridge offers sandwiches, salads and bottled drinks.
Good to know
There's no lift, but the porter can help carry your luggage to your room.
We'd recommend requesting a room on the ground floor for convenience.
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Despite being caught up in the BA strike and ending up in Gatwick instead of Heathrow where my car was parked, the hotel, parking and T5 pod worked well for me.Herr Tan (Thistle Hotel Heathrow)
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