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User currently offlineBATESY From United Kingdom, joined May 2006, 12 posts, RR: 0
Posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 5293 times:

I have began work again on a website project aimed at providing photographers and aircraft spotters a one stop reference for locating hotels with views of airports, or their approaches.

I commenced this project a couple of years ago with the kind help of some forum members, unfortunately due to work commitments I had to take time out for a while. I am now able to finally complete this project and I am looking for any help from list members who are able to correct, or add to the information given on the site (www.plane-spotting-hotels.com).

If you have any information which could update the site from your local airport please let me know and I will be happy to credit you on the web site

I am sure once complete the site will be a valuable reference to all enthusiasts and photographers.

Many thanks

Andy
Plane Spotting Hotels

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User currently offlineRonS From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 762 posts, RR: 23
Reply 1, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 6 days ago) and read 5265 times:

http://harborside.hyatt.com/hyatt/hotels/index.jsp

Hyatt has an awesome view of RWY 14-32 at Boston Logan Airport. Stayed there the other day and woke up to a great view of British Airways 777 using RWY 14 to conduct secondary de-icing operations.



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User currently offlineKoryo From Vatican City, joined Feb 2009, 285 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 5251 times:

The Radisson at LAX is absolutely not good to stay at, the observation deck is closed for construction (photography was not permitted in the first place) along with the bar, and they have covered all the windows with plastic film which is absolutely impossible to take photos through and the view is very obstructed ( it is lucky if you can identify what plane is). I would highly recommend that you remove the Radisson at LAX from the list or at least say you are much better off staying at another hotel nearby.

[Edited 2009-03-09 14:58:15]


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User currently offlineINNflight From Austria, joined Apr 2004, 3765 posts, RR: 60
Reply 3, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 5241 times:



Quoting Koryo (Reply 2):
The Radisson at LAX is absolutely not good to stay at, the observation deck is closed for construction (photography was not permitted in the first place) along with the bar, and they have covered all the windows with plastic film which is absolutely impossible to take photos through and the view is very obstructed ( it is lucky if you can identify what plane is). I would highly recommend that you remove the Radisson at LAX from the list or at least say you are much better off staying at another hotel nearby.

Absolutely bollocks!

Stayed there in October 08, got a room facing North on the 2nd floor from the top and while the windows were a little dirty they were no issue at all if you're just a plane spotter, and not a photographer.

I can highly recommend the Marriot Courtyard LAX too, stayed there in February 08 and got a good floor, you were even able to slide the windows open!!!! Very rare in any hotel in the US I guess. You theoretically could sit there all day and take pics of landing aircraft on the northern runways.

I think they build a new hotel in the area north of the Rad now, just started construction when I was there, so not sure how the views will be.



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User currently offlineKoryo From Vatican City, joined Feb 2009, 285 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 5235 times:

Quoting INNflight (Reply 3):

Well, I stayed there in February 2009 (it was not the first time) and everything is very accurate I even talked to the hotel staff for most of the information it even says it is impossible to read off aircraft on the website of the thread starter, a lot of things have changed at the Radisson since late 2008 it surprised me also.

[Edited 2009-03-09 15:38:13]


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User currently offlineRonS From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 762 posts, RR: 23
Reply 5, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 5205 times:

To get an idea about the Hyatt Harborside in Boston, here's a shameless plug!

http://www.airliners.net/photo/Briti...rways/Boeing-777-236-ER/1484579/L/

http://www.airliners.net/photo/Virgi...America/Airbus-A319-112/1495872/L/

Everything is good, except the price of the breakfast, like $27!



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User currently offlineBATESY From United Kingdom, joined May 2006, 12 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 5160 times:

Thanks guys.

I intend to complete a full update to the LAX page, as an interim measure I have moved the Radisson down to the bottom of the list and modified the comments. It is probably best to still keep it "live" on the site, this way people who visit will see the negative reports rather than assume that I have forgotton to include it on the page as I am aware it used to be a popular hotel.

If anybody would like me to include their pictures on the site to demonstrate views from the hotels please let me know, I would obviously place a credit beneath the picture as I did with Sam's kind gesture on the home page.

Again, any other hints and tips would be welcome, the Radisson topic demonstrates how quickly the info on the site becomes outdated.

Andy


User currently offlineUnattendedBag From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 2311 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 5145 times:

Atlanta - Hartsfield-Jackson International (The William B Hartsfield) (ATL / KATL)

http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/atlsa

unfortunately at this time I cannot perform a cross data search for multiple images taken from this location, so this link will have to do.


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maybe in the future, when someone fixes it, you can search the airport and date for multiple examples from this hotel.

Hotel is a good location in the Summer months and the rates are reasonable. Just don't use the in-house glassware.  

[Edited 2009-03-10 05:07:57]


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User currently offlineKoryo From Vatican City, joined Feb 2009, 285 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 5117 times:

Quoting BATESY (Reply 6):

I fully agree with you, I am heading to the LA area for some spotting in a few months and I will keep you updated about the situation.

Cheers,

Koryo

[Edited 2009-03-10 07:33:07]


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User currently offlineBrewox From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2008, 29 posts, RR: 7
Reply 9, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 5 days ago) and read 5077 times:

Andy

Having just stayed at the Sofitel in Athens, a high room at the side of the hotel offers the best views as the crossing between the 2 runways can be seen, as well as landing aircraft on either runway, although at an oblique angle. Windows next to the lifts allow the back runway to be seen when it is in use.

Flight arrivals / departures can be found on the TV in the room.

Andrew


User currently offlineDvincent From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 1736 posts, RR: 11
Reply 10, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 5057 times:
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The Sheraton at BDL is good for photo ops of terminal A activity.


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User currently offlineKoryo From Vatican City, joined Feb 2009, 285 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 5047 times:

BATESY, is your site in any way related to this one:

http://www.spottinghotels.com/

If not you have some competition on your hands.  Wink

Good Luck and Best Regards,

Koryo



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User currently offlineBATESY From United Kingdom, joined May 2006, 12 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 5012 times:

No, the other site is nothing to do with me !

Nice site though, they seem to be using the same marking system as us so we must be doing something right  Wink)

Thanks again for the info. Is it worthwhile me putting on this forum any "new" hotels which I receive information on through private emails to our site. I get around 1-2 new hotels a week from private email messages.

I don't want to swamp the list, but maybe any significant hotels I could report on?


User currently offlineJohnKrist From Sweden, joined Jan 2005, 1397 posts, RR: 6
Reply 13, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 4 days ago) and read 4970 times:
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I went to CeBit last week and stayed at the Hannover Maritim Airport Hotel, great place!
You can request airport view and the view is best on 4th and 5th floors. I stayed at 5th floor and it overlooks TUI's and Air Berlins area. The photo was shot in my room, and windows opens so no worries about dirt etc. It also overlooks RWY 9R/27L so you get take offs and landings, though the sun will be on the "wrong" side for most of the day.

Johnny
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Taken from room 5064 on the 5th floor of Hannover Maritim Airport Hotel



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User currently offlineBochora From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2008, 491 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 4848 times:

Dubai -

Roof pool of Sheraton Deira
Hyatt Regency for approach shots.


User currently offlineBATESY From United Kingdom, joined May 2006, 12 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 4825 times:

Thanks guys.

If any of you have photos taken from the hotels which you are happy for me to use on the site please drop me a line. Pages updated with new information this week are Shanghai, Madrid and Paris CDG.

Andy


User currently offlineGmonney From Canada, joined Jan 2001, 2159 posts, RR: 20
Reply 16, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 2 days ago) and read 4799 times:

There are a bunch more at YYZ that have great views of the approach and airport itself. The Courtyard by Marriot and the travel lodge are two off the top of my head... i know there are more... email me to remind me and I will look this weekend, heading down i think...

Grant



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User currently offlineTommy Mogren From Sweden, joined Dec 2000, 912 posts, RR: 22
Reply 17, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 4795 times:

DXB - Dubai - Holiday Inn Downtown Dubai

Here are some shots from my room and from the rooftop.

http://www.spottersblog.com/jumpseat/403/Hot+day+in+Dubai.html

http://www.spottersblog.com/jumpseat/661/Back+in+Dubai.html

Nice site with a good idea. I will be a returning visitor. Keep it up!

Tommy Mogren



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User currently offlineAKE0404AR From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2535 posts, RR: 47
Reply 18, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 4775 times:



Quoting RonS (Reply 1):
Hyatt has an awesome view of RWY 14-32 at Boston Logan Airport

I'd be interested in seeing some pictures from that location. One thing that really sucks is that you are facing the sun almost all day.......

Vasco


User currently offlineBATESY From United Kingdom, joined May 2006, 12 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (5 years 1 month 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 4659 times:

Most recent update is Palma, details copied below. I've also created an interactive map at the foot of the web page (plane-spotting-hoels.com) with hotel locations as well as reported phot points. A couple of sample photos from The Helios can also be found on the Palma page.

The Hotel Marina Luz provides excellent views of the traffic at this busy airport. The hotel is situated in the family resort of Ca'n Pastilla just 15 minutes taxi ride from Palma airport. The hotel is thoroughly recommended with friendly staff and great food. The slight down side of the hotel is that you can only see traffic on the one runway, therefore you will miss some movements, however this hotel gets you closer to the action and a great photpoint for 06L is only a 2 minute walk away.

When booking this hotel ask for a top floor room overlooking the Bay of Palma. From here great views of the aircraft are seen with the Bay Of Palma providing a beautiful backdrop.

Location  *** A two minute walk from the hotel and you will be directly underneath the approach to runway 06L.

Spotting *** A good pair of binoculars or telescope are required to read off all the aircraft form the comfort of one's balcony.

Photos ** The aircraft are too far away for pictures from the rooms however from the beach just 2 minutes walk away, there is great opportunity for some outstanding pictures.

Value ** Rooms are available from £40 approximately for Bed and Breakfast or £60 for Full Board.



The Hotel Apolo is located across the road from The Luz Marina described above.

Location  *** A two minute walk from the hotel and you will be directly underneath the approach to runway 06L.

Spotting *** Ask for a room on floor 4-6 in the range of *05-*14. From here you will have a great view of runway 06L/24R and be able to get the vast majority of movements on this runway.

Photos ** The aircraft are too far away for pictures from the rooms however from the beach just 2 minutes walk away, there is great opportunity for some outstanding pictures.

Value ** Rooms are available from £40 approximately for Bed and Breakfast or £60 for Full Board.

The Hotel Linda is located in the same area of Can Pastilla as the Hotel Alexandra below, however it is a couple of streets nearer to the airport

Location  *** ideal for all the resorts bars and restaurants and just a 10 minute walk to the beach at the end of 06L.

Spotting *** Ask for a high level floor looking towards the airport (room 528 has been reported as the best room as it is on the end of the hotel with a balcony). From this area you can monitor both runways and read off most of the traffic. Rooms 514-526 also give similar, if more limited views.
Photos ** The aircraft are too far away for pictures from the rooms however from the beach just 2 minutes walk away, there is great opportunity for some outstanding pictures.

Value ** Rooms are available from £40 approximately for Bed and Breakfast or £60 for Full Board.


THe Hotel Alexandra is located in the centre of the family resort of Can Pastilla. With the golden beach just a 1 minute walk away and only 3 miles from Palma Airport this hotel is an attractive option. When booking ask for a top floor room. Numbers 601 / 602 and 613 / 614 / 615 / 616 offer views of the general aviation and cargo aprons. This hotel is regarded by many as the one which gives you the best overall view of the airport if you secure the correct room overlooking the airport.

Location ** ideal for all the resorts bars and restaurants and just a 10 minute walk to the beach at the end of 06L. The hotel also offers a good size pool and is ideal for familys been only a short walk from the beach.

Spotting *** some great views are available from the room numbers quoted above (601 been the favoured room). Many movements will be able to be read off, with SBS you will get them all.

Photos * little or no opportunity from the hotel, however only a 10 minute walk for great landing shots.

Value ** from £70 to £80 in the height of summer depending on whether half or full board.


THe Hotel Helios is located off the end of threshold 06R at Palma. Good views can be had from the balcony's of the airport facing rooms on the 5th floor (eg room 541). ***PLEASE NOTE Views are only available from the hotel NOT the apartment block therefore ensure that you are booking a room in the hotel and not the apartment.

Location ** Ideal for families, the beach is a 2 minute walk from the hotel. The airport is a 10 minute driver away.
Spotting *** Set yourself up on the balcony and you will read off most arrivals on runway 24L. A good telescope (or ACARS/SBS1) is required to read off departures off rw 24R. Good vies can be had of the freight and GA aprons.

Photos * A good 400 lens will get very limited shots of any aircraft lining up on RW 06R

Value ** from £40 to £80 in the height of summer depending on whether half or full board.


User currently offlineSAA738 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2009, 261 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (5 years 1 month 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 4635 times:

Here @ Port Elizabeth (PLZ/FAPE) they are supposed to be building a hotel here :
http://i145.photobucket.com/albums/r208/captain_daniel_25/fapehotel.jpg

The hotel is supposed to be finished in August of this year and I was told it is going to be a 'Road Lodge' which offers very good priced rooms. Make sure you don't go to sleep before 11PM though as the Imperial Air Cargo Boeing 727-200F will wake you up when it takeoffs, also there is a South African Airways Cargo Boeing 737-200/Adv that departs at 9:30PM  Smile !



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User currently offlineBATESY From United Kingdom, joined May 2006, 12 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (5 years 1 month 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 4592 times:

I've just updated the Los Angeles page.

Included is a map showing the locations of the various hotels, along with the main viewing areas. I would be grateful if any of the LAX regulars could confirm that the viewing locations are 100% accurate as it's been a few years since I was out there.

Your link is

LAX.htm" target=_blank>http://www.plane-spotting-hotels.com...plane_spotting_Los_Angeles_LAX.htm

Andy


User currently offlineBATESY From United Kingdom, joined May 2006, 12 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (5 years 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 4329 times:

Latest Update Santiago, Chile :

The Diego De Almagro Hotel
Location  ** Is located on around a 2 mile final to runway 35R

Spotting *** Ask for any even numbered room on the 5th and 6th floor and you will be able to monitor movements on both parallel runways. The high level rooms enable you to look down on runway 35R

Photos ** No reports however if traffic was landing over the hotel shots should be possible from the hotel grounds

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The Holiday Inn Santiago Airport
Location  *** Great location, the hotel is linked to the terminal by a walkway

Spotting ** High level rooms facing away from the terminal building offer limited views of the approaches/climb out and taxiways. SBS would probably be required to help identification.

Photos * It is difficult to take decent pictures from anything but wide-bodies, as you are exactly in between the 2 parallel runways, rather distant, shooting above a lot of concrete (heat distortion), and the rooms have heavily tinted windows. A photo spot is in walking distance from the hotel at abeam RW27R, this spot is suitable for departure shots in the morning with a minimum 130mm lens required.


User currently offlineBATESY From United Kingdom, joined May 2006, 12 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (5 years 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 4178 times:

Latest Update-Heathrow.

Sample phoos from some hotels as well as
interactive map showing hotels and photo locations can be found at
www.plane-spotting-hotels.com

The Renaissance London Heathrow Hotel is widely regarded as one of the
best hotels for spotting. Indeed, it may now be one of the best places
for spotting overall as other areas like the Queens building and the
visitors centre close. The hotel is situated on the Northern perimeter
road and is linked with all the terminals with a complimentary shuttle
bus. Ask for a room on the third floor overlooking the airport. From
here you will have great views of runway 27R / 09L and many of the
taxiways. Distant views of runway 27L / 09R can be seen from the
rooms, although either ACARS or an SBS-1 unit would be useful to
assist in reading any movements that use this runway. With patience,
you can expect to read virtually everything during the day.


Location *** Couldn't be much better than this being so close to
27R / 09L.


Spotting *** With the correct rooms you will not be disappointed.


Photos ** Good photos are possible from the rooms depending on
the runway in use. The glass in the rooms does not pose a problem. On
a sunny day you are into sun therefore the hotel is no good in the
winter for photos. In the summer good shots can be had early morning
and from 1800 in the evening.


Value ** Rooms generally between £50-£100


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The Holiday Inn London Heathrow Ariel is located just 1/4 mile North
of the threshold of runway 27R. The hotel offers a shuttle bus to the
terminals for a one-way fee of £3.00. As usual ask for a room
overlooking the airport to avoid disappointment. Reports suggest that
the following room numbers offer great views 270, 274, 276, 278, 280
and 284. From here expect to see landing and departing traffic on 27R,
aircraft on the taxiways and distant views of the other runway 27L.
Note that the hotel is circular, and only the rooms described above
give the best views, other rooms may give very limited views of part
of the airfield but are far from ideal.


Location *** Fantastic location close to the threshold of 27R.


Spotting *** From one of the rooms quoted above you will not have any
problems reading the majority of the movements if the airport is on
westerly ops. Easterly ops would give distant views of departures from
09R (SBS required) howvere only a limited number of arrivals on 09L
would be seen depending on which terminal they park on after arrival.
Note all the rooms described only have double beds, the rooms with
twin beds face away from the airport and are of no use for spotting.


Photos ** From the hotel you would be facing into sun and good
quality shots would be limited. You are around a 15 minute walk away
from the cargo sheds which are a great photo spot for 27R arrivals


Value ** Rooms generally between £50-£100


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The Ibis Hotel is located on the same street as the Holiday Inn above
but slightly further East.


Location ** Well away from the central terminal complex however
ideally placed to see the action on the northern runway, especially
when on westerly ops. The hotel is only a 10 minute walk away from the
photo spot at the Cargo Sheds for 27R arrivals.


Spotting *** Ask for a room on the 4th or 5th floor ending in 01 to 07
(eg 501 etc) and you will see all movements on 27R. If operations are
Eastrly you would see about 50% of the arrivals as they vacate 09L and
have distant views of traffic climbing out from 09R (SBS required)


Photos *** No actual reports from the hotel as you would be
shooting into sun, however the hotel is only a 10 minute walk away
from the photo spot at the Cargo Sheds for 27R arrivals.


Value *** Great value with a twin room at a weekend costing just
£40.


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The Premier Travel Inn is located on the same road but further East of
the IBIS. Because of it's location on the approach it is very
difficult to observe any traffic moving on the airfield and is only of
use for arriving traffic when Heathrow are on Westerly ops. Arrivals
on 27R arrive more or less over the hotel, arrivals on 27L can be seen
and identied on SBS.


Location ** Well away from the central terminal complex however
ideally placed to see the arriving action, when Heathrow are on
Westerly Ops.


Spotting ** On a limited number of rooms overlook the approach to the
westerly runways. When checking in ask for a room overlooking the
approach or maintenance area, they get plenty of spotters here and
should know what you are talking about!. Caution, there are two levels
of double glazing to the windows. On a previous visit a lace curtain
was located in between layers, the room side window was locked which
rendered the view almost non existant!


Photos ** Photos of arrivals onto 27R can be taken from the hotels
rear car park although you are into sun most of the day. The cargo
sheds are around a 10-15 minute walk away from this hotel


Value ** Rooms generally between £50-£100


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The Travelodge Heathrow Central is located on the same road but
further East of the Premier Travel Inn above. Because of it's location
on the approach it is impossible to observe any traffic moving on the
airfield and is only of use for arriving traffic when Heathrow are on
Westerly ops. Arrivals on 27R arrive more or less over the hotel,
arrivals on 27L can be seen and identied on SBS.


Location ** Well away from the central terminal complex however
ideally placed to see the arriving action, when Heathrow are on
Westerly Ops (on around a 2 mile final to 27R)


Spotting ** On a limited number of rooms overlook the approach to the
westerly runways. When checking in ask for a room overlooking the
approach.


Photos * No reports.


Value *** Great value with a twin room at a weekend costing just
£40.


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The Jury's Inn is located behind the British Airways maintenance
facility at Heathrow. One side of the hotel looks out to the 27R
approach, the other side looks out to the 27L approach. The hotel is
also midway between the 2 photo locations used when Heathrow are on
Westerly Ops (around 2/3 of the time). A 15 minute walk will take you
to the Cargo Sheds for 27R or Cairns lane for 27L arrivals


Location *** Well away from the central terminal complex however
ideally placed to see the action, especially when Heathrow are on
Westerly Ops.


Spotting *** Ask for as high floor as possible. Room 737 has been
reported as giving a great view of 27R along with the far end of
runway 27L where distant movements can be seen.


Photos *** No actual reports although a short walk in each
direction will take you to the popular phot spots when arrivals are on
westerly ops.


Value ** Rooms generally between £50-£100


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The Thistle Hotel is now regarded as the place to go when Heathrow are
on Easterly ops. Although no rooms have views the hotel has an
excellent outdoor terrace with tables and chairs. It appears that the
staff are happy for guests to use the terrace providing that they
purchase the occasional drink/snack. Car parking is available for a
fee for non residents who are also welcome into the cafe/terrace area.


Location *** On the northern perimeter adjacent to the runway 09L
threshold.


Spotting ** None possible from the rooms. The outdoor terrace offers
great views and is a relaxing place to sit and observe arrivals when
on Easterly ops. When on westerly runways outbound's can be read off
from 27R and seen in the distance on 27L (SBS required). The hotel
also overlooks terminal 5 where aircraft can be seen taxing for
parking.


Photos *** The location is into sun, however great landing shots
can be had early morning/late evening as the sun moves around (see
below)


Value ** Rooms generally between £50-£100
This hotel can be booked through the following sites :AGODA
Hotels.com OPODO


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The Travelodge Terminal 5 is a relatively new hotel build on an
industrial estate between the parallel runways on around a 3/4 mile
final. The hotel is only really of use when ops ore Easterly (around
1/3 of the time). When on westerlies, outbound's can be seen from the
hotel, however many are high and SBS would be required. For the more
energetic this is the closest hotel to the King George Reservoir photo
spots (around 30 minute walk) were great banking shots can be had of
heavies departing 27L.
Location ** In between the approach to the Easterly runways. Due to
its remote location a car is required, otherwise the bus from the
airport is £4 each way.


Spotting ** Assuming that the airport is on Easterly ops ask for a
room in the Annex as this will give excellent views of traffic landing
09L (the main landing runway on Easterly Ops). A family room should
also give views of the 09R holding bays for outbound traffic. High
level rooms on level 3 or above are required, otherwise other
buildings obstruct the views. When Heathrow are on westerly ops the
departures off 27R are quite hard and high to identify, the majority
of traffic off 27L would also be out of view.


Photos *** When on Easterly ops great approach shots should be
possible from the area around the hotel with the sun behind you for
most of the day. All is not lost if the airport is on westerly ops as
great banking shots can be taken of the heavys from the location at
King George Reservoir (shown on the map below). This location is
around a 30 minute walk from the hotel.
Value ** From £40-80 a night


This hotel can be booked here
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The St Giles Hotel Bedfont is only of use for those photographers
who are looking to get banking shots of heavy departures when on the
climb out from the Easterly runways
Location * Located around 2 miles south east of Heathrow in Feltham


Spotting ** If Heathrow are on westerly ops ask for a north facing
high level room and you will get distant views of the approaches (SBS
required to identify many movements)


Photos ** Some great shots can be had of heavy southbound
departures from Heathrow from the park in Feltham only a 5 minute walk
from the hotel. This area is for serious photographers only as only
about a quarter of departures fly over here but magnificent shots can
be had as the aircraft bank south on departure (at least a 400m lens
is required)
Value *** Great value with a twin room at a weekend costing just
£40.


Value *** Great value with a twin room at a weekend costing just
£50.


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User currently offlinePtrjong From Netherlands, joined Mar 2005, 3884 posts, RR: 19
Reply 24, posted (5 years 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 4170 times:

Nice project, Andy. thumbsup 

Of course there's the Hotel Royal in Corfu.

I don't have photos taken from the rooms I believe, but it's certainly possible.
This one was taken from the hotel terrace. I think non-guests can have a drink there.

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Photo © Peter de Jong



Detail information should be easy to find.

Peter Smile



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25 Post contains links Cvervais : Years ago I stayed here in Munich, it's right on the airport... http://www.kempinski-airport.de/en/home/index.htm
26 United50 : About a year ago I stayed at the Marriot in Seattle, Washington and it had a great view of the terminals at Tacoma. But you will only have that view i
27 Post contains links BuyantUkhaa : In LIS, try the Radisson SAS, the top floor is the same height as the landing planes and overlooks the airport: http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&sour..
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