First night honeymoon hotels near Heathrow Airport
By Jane Anderson, Editor of 101 Honeymoons
If you have a morning flight from Heathrow – or you just don’t fancy rushing to get to the airport – it’s a good idea to spend the first night of your honeymoon at or near the airport. You can get to the terminal without feeling stressed, and you may even get a lie-in.
It might not sound too appealing staying at an airport hotel, but some are surprisingly luxurious, and there are several excellent options in the countryside near Heathrow Airport. You’ll also find details of how to pay for lounge access.
Onsite hotels at Heathrow Airport
The Sofitel London Heathrow (020 8757 7777) has direct access to Terminal 5 via a covered walkway and to Terminals 1, 2, 3 and 4 via a courtesy Heathrow Express/Connect rail connection. Rooms cost from £135 per night.
This five-star hotel is elegant, sophisticated and known for its excellent spa with Turkish baths, and a restaurant menu by Albert Roux. The website, APH.com, offers a Magnifique Romance package, which includes a standard queen room, breakfast in room and champagne. This costs from £162 for one night with one weeks’ parking.
The Hilton London Heathrow Airport (020 8759 7755) has direct access to Terminal 4 via a covered walkway. Doubles cost from £120 per night including VAT.
The quirky nature of the hotel’s architecture has led the Hilton Heathrow Airport to be hailed as one of the UK’s most striking buildings. Newlyweds can enjoy a relaxed start to their honeymoon with a Park and Fly package including a space in the hotel’s car park, an overnight stay and easy access to all airport terminals. There is a beauty salon and health club, pool, gym, sauna and steam room, and a choice of three restaurants and a good bar. The hotel’s 398 rooms begin a phased refurbishment in June 2013, with the first set of 150 executive rooms and suites to be completed by December 2013 and the remaining scheduled for completion in 2014.
Travellers Lounge Terminal 3
If you’re on a tight budget, Terminal 3 is home to No1 Traveller Lounge where you can reserve a twin bedroom for £30 per hour. You must be on a flight departing from Terminal 3. Find out more.
Off-site hotels nearby Heathrow Airport
The Holiday Inn London Heathrow (020 8990 0000) is a five-minute bus ride away from the terminals with its own hop-on bus service. A double room costs from £75 with buffet breakfast and up to 21 days onsite parking.
As the closest off-site hotel to Heathrow Airport, the Holiday Inn London Heathrow offers and value for money and is a good place to get a good night’s sleep before taking off on honeymoon, though of course it’s not the most romantic of hotels. Each of the rooms has a flat screen television, individually controlled air conditioning and an en-suite bathroom with power shower.
The Hilton London Heathrow Airport Terminal 5 (01753 686860) is one mile away from the terminals. A “premoon” package costs from £321.
This stylish hotels is a treat before you fly and especially convenient if you’re flying from Terminal 5. Book the “premoon package” which includes an overnight stay in a luxury guestroom (apparently the largest offered by any hotel at Heathrow), a romantic meal at the pan-Asian restaurant, Mr Todiwala’s Kitchen, a spa experience for two, a Neal’s Year Energising Essentials Kit, breakfast and up to two weeks car parking.
The Sheraton Heathrow Hotel (020 87592424) is a 10-minute drive from the airport. A honeymoon package costs from £250 per night.
Perhaps a bit corporate but for ease of flying off, the Sheraton ticks all the boxes and knows how to treat honeymooners well. The honeymoon package includes a night in the Presidential Suite, a bottle of Champagne, strawberries and chocolates, full English breakfast for two, chauffeur transfers to and from Heathrow Airport, up to 15 days free car parking at the hotel and 4,000 Starpoints for members of Starwood Preferred Guest programme. There’s also a spa, but messages and treatments are extra.
The Aviator, Farnborough (01252 555 890) – pictured above – is 23 miles away from Heathrow, or 30 minutes by car. Doubles cost from £167 with breakfast.
For a glamorous hotel with a flying theme, stay at The Aviator in Hampshire. With a stately sweep of glass on the outside and opulence within, with lots of plush velvet sofas and circular balconies, there are 169 rooms, a great brasserie and a very suave cocktail bar.
Pre honeymoon treats at London Heathrow
If you are flying British Airways and have lounge access, then how about booking a spa treatment at the Elemis Travel Spa within the British Airways Lounge?
It might also be worth considering Heathrow’s own VIP services. Details here.
The art gallery in Terminal 5 opened in December 2009 with an exhibition called the Art of Sport. The gallery space is in Landside Departures and is hugely popular with passengers and staff alike. For dining at Terminal 5, try Caviar House or Gordon Ramsay’s Plane Food.
* Also see my guide to first night honeymoon hotels near Gatwick Airport.
Last updated: 4 April 2016
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