aivisavia
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LHR Hotels?

Mon Feb 21, 2011 9:40 am

Hello guys,

I have been looking at many hotels to stay at LHR in July, however what is your favourite hotel? Does it have views towards the runway? And how easy is it to get to the airport ?

Thank you, will be looking forward your replies  

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Mon Feb 21, 2011 10:08 am

Quoting aivisavia (Thread starter):
I have been looking at many hotels to stay at LHR in July, however what is your favourite hotel? Does it have views towards the runway? And how easy is it to get to the airport ?
http://www.plane-spotting-hotels.com/plane_spotting_Heathrow.htm

I have stayed at 3 LHR hotels.

The Renaissance is the most famous, and deservedly so for its excellent views. I look forward to returning. However, to guarantee an airport-facing room you'll be looking at £100+ excluding taxes. I'd suggest not staying there during the winter due to the short daylight hours.

I have stayed at Travelodge Terminal 5 (for which you must get the Heathrow Hoppa unless you have a car) many times, and almost always pay £19 or £29 a night. I ask for an airport-facing room and get it. Views are good, although no good for registrations or photos (neither of which I'm bothered about).

Travelodge Central is good, although only really if they're landing on 27R.

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Mon Feb 21, 2011 2:38 pm

Quoting Pe@rson (Reply 1):
I have stayed at Travelodge Terminal 5

I've been here too... can't go wrong for £19!!
 
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Mon Feb 21, 2011 3:33 pm

Quoting Vasu (Reply 2):
I've been here too... can't go wrong for £19!!

I've stayed there too - but my room was GBP 9  

I've also stayed at the central travelodge, and did a trip report:
Heathrow And UK Domestics - LHR-MAN-NWI (by Signol Dec 4 2009 in Trip Reports)

If you can't see the photo from the room, i'll try and find the link from my Flickr account.

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Mon Feb 21, 2011 5:16 pm

Quoting Pe@rson (Reply 1):
The Renaissance is the most famous, and deservedly so for its excellent views. I look forward to returning. However, to guarantee an airport-facing room you'll be looking at £100+ excluding taxes.

True, but The Renaissance is offering "Plane Spotter Break" specials, well still starting at GBP109.00 (excl. tax) - but "all inclusive":
• Club bedroom (guaranteed room with an uninterrupted runway view)!
• Access to the club lounge (Complimentary soft
drinks and a fantastic view of the airport)
• Full English breakfast in DUO restaurant

Have a l@@k: http://www.marriott.co.uk/hotels/hot...renaissance-london-heathrow-hotel/

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Mon Feb 21, 2011 6:01 pm

I have stayed twice at the Heathrow Hilton, linked to Terminal 4 with a walkway. Very convenient, nice accomodations, good food and service. By my comparisons to other hotels, I felt my runway view room, breakfast included, for a 99GBP rate was a good deal, and a short walk to my DL gate for my flight home.
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Mon Feb 21, 2011 6:34 pm

I have only ever stayed at the Sofitel, connected to T5. Very nice, but expensive, and not the greatest of views (in fact, many (most?) rooms don't have exterior views, only views of indoor courtyards, but I have been lucky to always have external views). However, if you're doing anything in T5, you cannot beat the convenience - simply a walk without even having to go outside.
 
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Mon Feb 21, 2011 11:09 pm

I love the Marriott but for runway views it has to be the Renaissance .
 
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Mon Feb 21, 2011 11:36 pm

Quoting aivisavia (Thread starter):
however what is your favourite hotel?

My favorite LHR hotel is any one that easily connects either by Hoppa Bus or Transport of London bus to the Piccadilly Line; is three-star or above; and is available through Hotwire, Priceline, or some other consolidator.

So far, I have stayed at both Sheratons (the one on Colebrook Bypass *and* the one on Bath Road); The M-4 Holiday Inn, and the M-4 Crowne Plaza.
 
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Tue Feb 22, 2011 6:32 am

Its amazing the Renaissance is still in business. I recall that hotel in the 1970s when it was a Penta. It was sad then, and still is rather sad.

For a decent hotel along Bath Road my favorite is the new'ish Marriott. Some rooms for have decent airport views.
Another new property is the Sofitel in T-5. While some rooms look at an internal garden/lobby, others have have views of the airport. From a colleague that stayed there he said he had good view of the BA action.
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Tue Feb 22, 2011 8:44 am

Quoting debonair (Reply 4):
True, but The Renaissance is offering "Plane Spotter Break" specials, well still starting at GBP109.00 (excl. tax) - but "all inclusive":
• Club bedroom (guaranteed room with an uninterrupted runway view)!
• Access to the club lounge (Complimentary soft
drinks and a fantastic view of the airport)
• Full English breakfast in DUO restaurant

Have a l@@k: http://www.marriott.co.uk/hotels/hot...otel/

That is what I'm on about. It's the only guaranteed airport view package. I said from £100 excl. taxes. The club lounge isn't anything special, although you only real go for the view. But if you already have it from your bedroom...

Anyway, if you didn't want to pay well over £100 incl. taxes, you could always stay somewhere fairly close-by, e.g. Travelodge Central (maybe for £19 if lucky!), and walk/get bus to the Renaissance. I recall that they have an outdoor seating area that have excellent views.

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Tue Feb 22, 2011 9:49 am

Quoting LAXintl (Reply 9):
Its amazing the Renaissance is still in business. I recall that hotel in the 1970s when it was a Penta. It was sad then, and still is rather sad.

I have to disagree having stayed there recently and have done over the years , the hotel was refurbished and its not as if the prices are OTT, they reflect the product offered and its far from shabby! Its an old hotel that has alot to offer still. There is a budget and style for all along the Bath road , take your pick.
 
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Tue Feb 22, 2011 10:23 am

Quoting LAXintl (Reply 9):
Its amazing the Renaissance is still in business. I recall that hotel in the 1970s when it was a Penta. It was sad then, and still is rather sad.

Have you stayed there recently. Its just had reception done up, a nice new entrance. Yes it is a bit dated outside, but it is not inside.
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Tue Feb 22, 2011 4:53 pm

Quoting OA260 (Reply 11):
I have to disagree having stayed there recently and have done over the years , the hotel was refurbished and its not as if the prices are OTT, they reflect the product offered and its far from shabby! Its an old hotel that has alot to offer still. There is a budget and style for all along the Bath road , take your pick.
Quoting lhr380 (Reply 12):
Have you stayed there recently. Its just had reception done up, a nice new entrance. Yes it is a bit dated outside, but it is not inside.

You can refurbish it all you want, its still a depressing old building imo.

Being in aviation I know many in the hotel industry as well, and know much about the back end of this hotel. It has all types of issues from crumbling foundation, nightmare heating/cooling system etc. It was simply a poor cheaply built concrete building in the 1960s which is ever harder to keep going, and is part of the reason it has changed hands 3 times in 10-years.

I look forward to the day if and once the LHR expansion concepts ever become clear that either the hotel will be razed to make way for the airport, or razed as someone builds a new modern facility in its place. The owners today would consider doing so, however the future of the airport makes it hard to risk such sums at the moment.
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Tue Feb 22, 2011 9:48 pm

Quoting lhr380 (Reply 12):
Yes it is a bit dated outside, but it is not inside.

+1

Quoting LAXintl (Reply 13):
You can refurbish it all you want, its still a depressing old building imo.

Well from a guests point of view I have never had any complaints there and I have stayed in many hotels all over the globe from 2-5 star .
 
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Tue Feb 22, 2011 10:05 pm

Quoting Pe@rson (Reply 1):
The Renaissance is the most famous, and deservedly so for its excellent views.

If you want to spot from your room, the Renaissance is the place. When I stayed there about a year ago I got the runway view for free without extra fees. It is not like most guests want or ask for a runway view like us enthusiasts definitely would. But if they have a "plane spotters package" now that might be an indication they now will ask for extra $ for if you ask for runway view, even at check in.

For convenience, the Sofitel is great for T5 as is the Hilton for T4. And if you just want to sleep for a few hours, I have tried the cabins at the Yotel in T4 and they definitely got me the sleep and shower I needed - 4 hours for about 25 pounds. Though absolutely no view and a cramped environment reminiscent of a space shuttle.
 
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Tue Feb 22, 2011 10:35 pm

I've done the Hilton attached to T-4 and had no problems, other than the restaurant being way to expensive. if I am solo I'll stay in town, but when I am travelling with wife and my small children, I like being right there where I can walk directly to my check-in.
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Tue Feb 22, 2011 10:44 pm

Quoting Vasu (Reply 2):
I've been here too... can't go wrong for £19!!

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Tue Feb 22, 2011 11:11 pm

Quoting lhr380 (Reply 12):
Its just had reception done up, a nice new entrance. Yes it is a bit dated outside, but it is not inside.



A friend and I decided to treat ourselves to a night in the Renaissance at the beginning of last October. They didn't have any spotter packages available, but did offer us a club room with a partial runway view and access to the club lounge. We were very impressed by the public areas of the hotel and were looking forward to seeing what the room had to offer, but have to say that we were very disappointed. The room itself we felt was quite small, drab and dated, especially considering the amount we were paying. However, we decided to try out the club lounge in case it proved to be our oasis for the night. What we found was a grubby, unkempt room with a fridge containing a few cans of pop, a coffee machine and a bowl containing a grand total of two apples (we took one each!). Granted it did have great views over the northern runway, but my friend likened it to an office smoking room without the smoke!

We decided at that point to check out and try and find a room at the Jury's Inn instead. We ended up with a huge, bright, modern room on the top floor with great views over the airport for a third of the price of the Renaissance. And of course the Jury's is only a few minutes walk from the Green Man! 

A good thing I will say about the Renaissance though was that as we were standing in the queue at reception to check out I was surprised by a hand being placed on my shoulder and a voice saying "Mr. BAViscount, is everything OK?". It was the very friendly receptionist who had checked us in not half an hour earlier. I explained our plight, he apologised profusely but said that all of their rooms were the same, so could offer us no alternative. However he said that he would refund the room rate to my card immediately. We were so impressed by his very genuine professionalism that we actually felt bad about leaving (and taking the apples from the club lounge!)...until we saw our room at the Jury's Inn that is!
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Tue Feb 22, 2011 11:18 pm

Quoting LAXintl (Reply 13):
and is part of the reason it has changed hands 3 times in 10-years.

Well, it was a Renaissance in April 2004, so if your saying its changed 3 times in 10 years, your telling me 2 times in 4 years it changed hands?

I enjoyed my stay there, and have been in the hotel a view times since and cant see any faults with it. You seem to have it put down and dont want to change your mind about it.
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Thu Feb 24, 2011 11:15 pm

Quoting kgaiflyer (Reply 17):
Yes you can -- if you wind up burning your luggage and clothes.

Meaning? Genuinely interest in your experience!
 
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Fri Feb 25, 2011 1:07 am

Quoting lhr380 (Reply 19):
Well, it was a Renaissance in April 2004, so if your saying its changed 3 times in 10 years, your telling me 2 times in 4 years it changed hands?

In a 10-year period in 90s its branding has gone from Penta > Ramada > Renaissance.

Its also been sold about 5-times in the last 3-decades while franchise has remained the same to the public. From what I gather the property is still for sale and has been the last 2-years, however the owners have yet to receive and offer that they don't loose money on.
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Fri Feb 25, 2011 1:43 am

Quoting LAXintl (Reply 21):
From what I gather the property is still for sale and has been the last 2-years, however the owners have yet to receive and offer that they don't loose money on.

I can understand why. See my post above, the public areas look good (they even have a nice little aviation gift shop), but the rooms are just not up to today's standards.
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