from the airport
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 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 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 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.
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.
Terminal 2: 15 mins
Terminal 3: 15 mins
Terminal 4: 10 mins to T5
Terminal 5: 5 mins
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.
Overnight parking at the hotel is £10 and subject to availability. If you need parking for the whole of your holiday search for an ‘airport hotel and parking’ package with us.
Like many Heathrow hotels, the Thistle is on Bath Road.
Travelling by train? Heathrow T5 train station is closest to the hotel - it’s a 5-minute POD ride away.
Driving directions, and a postcode for satnavs will be on your email confirmation.
Check in from 2pm and check out by 12 noon.
They’re simple and functional. Guests say they’re small but they’re practical for an overnight stay. Triple rooms include a double and single bed or three singles. Child age 16 and under.
- Free wifi
- Flat screen TV
- Tea and coffee
- Iron and ironing board
- En suite bathroom with shower and bath
- Hair dryer
- Room service 5pm - 11pm (no tray charge)
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.
The Runway restaurant 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 overlooks the runway and has a simple stock 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 where you can eat as much as you like. Guests say there’s a good selection of food.
Tip: If you’re travelling before 6am, ask at reception for a breakfast to-go bag, which includes fruit and yogurt.
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.
Hints, tips and extra bits:
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.
*All prices correct at time of writing.
Thistle T5 address
Thistle T5 Additional Information
|Disabled facilities||There are no disabled facilities at this hotel.|
|All rooms non-smoking|
|Phone in room|