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Review: ibis Styles London Heathrow Airport hotel – it’s new, cheap, funky and friendly

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This is my review of the new ibis Styles London Heathrow Airport hotel.

Whilst Rob was enjoying the sun in Italy, I got to ‘enjoy’ the Piccadilly Line sauna towards Heathrow.

ibis Styles invited Head for Points to have a look at their new hotel at Heathrow Airport and to find out more about their concept.  I was a little uncertain about what to expect – ibis hotels have a reputation for being spartan – but I was very impressed by what I found.  Here is my review.

What is ibis Styles?

ibis Styles is Accor’s economy and design brand.

Unlike ibis Budget hotels, every Styles hotel has got their own unique interior design, reflecting the area it’s in. Located right next to Heathrow Airport on Bath Road, ibis Styles London Heathrow is all about aviation.

Room rates at ibis Styles always include breakfast and free fast wi-fi.

Where is ibis Styles Heathrow?

There are only two airport hotels connected to Heathrow Airport – the Hilton at Terminal 4 and the Sofitel at Terminal 5, plus the box-like Yotel inside T4. The other hotels are a little bit (occasionally, a lot) further out but well connected with local buses and the Heathrow Hoppa airport hotel shuttle bus.

I took the Piccadilly Line to Hatton Cross and got on the 285 bus to Nene Road. The ibis Styles Heathrow is right across the road from the bus stop.  It is worth mentioning that local buses in the Heathrow area are free of charge so don’t touch in with your Oyster card.

(Rob ran this article back in March on which bus routes serve which hotels at Heathrow.)

ibis styles heathrow airport review exterior building

Reception / Check-in

The reception area is bright and airy:

ibis styles heathrow airport review reception area

Next to the entrance is an interactive screen where you can access hotel information as well as flight departure times.

ibis styles heathrow airport review screen flight departures

My room

I stayed in one of the seven biggest rooms. Most of these are accessible for people with reduced mobility.

The bed was comfortable and the pillows weren’t too thick.

ibis styles heathrow airport review my room bed

The sofa in the corner can be turned into a bed for two which makes this room perfect for a family of four:

ibis styles heathrow airport review my room sofa

The room had no wardrobe, only some hooks and hangers, but as you are most likely to only spend one night at an airport hotel this is no problem.

ibis styles heathrow airport review my room table bathroom carpet

The bathroom was very practical with a shower, sink and toilet. The duck in the window next to the mirror is one of three designs that you can find throughout the hotel’s bathrooms.

There was a 3 in 1 shampoo / shower gel / face wash in the shower, which I only used to clean my make up brush – after my experience in Liverpool I decided to start carrying my own shampoo around.

ibis styles heathrow airport review my room bathroom shower

A kettle and complimentary bottles of water are stored in an aluminium travel case next to the bed.

ibis styles heathrow airport review my room kettle water

Other rooms

This is a standard family room at ibis Styles Heathrow with a double bed and a sofa bed. As the picture shows, the design of all the rooms is the same.

ibis styles heathrow airport review standard room

This picture shows a standard room which doesn’t have a sofa bed. The flight related artworks above the beds vary from room to room.

ibis styles heathrow airport review small room no sofa


The ibis Styles Heathrow restaurant is open for breakfast (free for all guests) in the morning and serves a la carte for lunch and dinner. Kids portions are 50% off.

ibis styles heathrow airport review restaurant

At the far back of the restaurant is another aviation related artwork.

ibis styles heathrow airport review restaurant corner TV

Here is the proof that I don’t always eat burgers and steaks – I actually used to be a vegetarian until I moved to London ….

I had a very pleasant tomato soup and a salad for dinner.  And some wine.

ibis styles heathrow airport review restaurant tomato soup


If your flight is very early, you can order a small breakfast from 4:30am.  If you’ve got more time, you can enjoy a breakfast buffet from 6:30 until around 10:30. The hotel is apparently quite flexible about this, depending on the schedule of the guests. If a large number of people are still eating at 10:30 they won’t start putting things away.

ibis styles heathrow airport review restaurant breakfast

If you prefer a cooked english breakfast, you can order it for an additional charge of £5 but as I was happy with the buffet selection I didn’t order hot food.

ibis styles heathrow airport review restaurant breakfast_2


Here is a picture of the bar which is in between reception and the restaurant.

ibis styles heathrow airport review bar

You can get free coffee and tea all day.

ibis styles heathrow airport review all day free coffee and tea


I was very impressed by the ibis Styles Heathrow. Bearing in mind that this is a 3* property, there is nothing to complain about. On the contrary I found the service to be excellent, the design fun and really enjoyed my stay.  I would happily stay there again.

Breakfast and fast wi-fi are included in the room rate and there is free coffee and tea all day. The only thing you could be spending money on when staying at the ibis Styles Heathrow is lunch, dinner or a drink.

If we’re honest, the overall standard of hotels at Heathrow – as with many major airports – is not great, irrespective of brand or star level.  I think you’ll find the new ibis Styles to be a lot better than many higher star-rated properties and if you give it a try, you won’t be disappointed.

You can read our full series of London airport hotel reviews here.

The hotel website is here if you want to know more.

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Comments (46)

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  • JamesWag says:

    Hotel staff usually start off friendly but we manage to grind them down in the end 🙂

  • Gregor says:

    Good morning from a busy but bearable No. 1 Lounge at Gatwick North. Rather a dull breakfast offering though.

    Thanks for this useful review Anika; always interesting to know of additional hotel options at Heathrow. However in the interests of fairness I wanted to add that the Yotel at T4 is also technically “connected” to the airport as it’s inside the terminal! The cabins are certainly compact but I reckon you can still term it a hotel….

  • ee says:

    Thanks for the review. We stayed overnight at the Ibis Styles at CDG and thought it was great value. Decent breakfast, great location and friendly. Similar to a HIX but a lot less cookie cutter in design!

    Since that experience we’ve now booked a longer stay in the Ibis Syles in Mexico City, so looking forward to that!

  • Metatone says:

    What’s it like trying to get from there to Terminal 3 for an early flight? How much time do you think I need to allow?

    • Brian says:

      Not long. The hotel is at the end of Bath Road nearest the airport, so not far from the tunnel. And there are several buses going to Heathrow, so no need to wait long for one to the Central Bus Station.

      • Metatone says:

        So about 20 mins?

        • Kareem Osman says:

          Took about 5 minutes from the bus stop across the road from Ibis. Another to walk from the bus station to T3.

        • Brian says:

          Sounds like a good time to allow, though it will probably be shorter in practice. Always good to allow more time rather than less.

  • Mark says:

    Thanks for the review, we stayed at the Renaissance on Bath road before the bank holiday last week (points redemption) but it’s helpful to know the other options. One thing about the local buses is that because they are free they get very overcrowded, when we arrived at t1,2&3 from central London at 10pm the queue was enormous and given that everyone has bags etc it didn’t make for an easy (albeit short) journey. In the morning we also struggled to find the correct bus stop to get to t5 and in the end had to bite the bullet and hand over money for the hoppa bus so worth checking on Tfl or the hotel when the free buses are.

    • Kareem Osman says:

      The only bus along Bath Road for T5 is the 423.

      I have been on this bus a few times for the pre 7am departures and it’s always packed.

      • ee says:

        N9 also goes along bath road to Central Bus Station and then continues to T5. It runs until about 6:30am and we have used it a couple of times for the 7am departures. It is included in the free fares zone.

        • Gavin says:

          350 bus I think as well but it turns left just after the Premier Inn

          423 is rammed even at 4:30 as its used by a lot of airport workers

  • Neil Holland says:

    Funnily enough we stayed at Ibis Styles for the first time in Tours last week on the way to and from the south of France. If looking to break a car journey mid way between Calais and Biarritz and traveling with kids, they do family rooms with a double and two singles.

    Breakfast was all continental but very good and freshly squeezed orange juice machine.

    Quirky public areas there too and a nice outdoor pool.

    By far the best mid-drive crash pad we’ve found.

  • signol says:

    The last few times I checked, it was also included in the Happy Mondays offer for £25.

    • Brian says:

      Yes indeed – which is a great offer, considering breakfast is included and the Ibis further away is the same price. Funnily enough, Ibis Styles in London are £50 in the Happy Mondays deal, so half way between the Mercure and Ibis prices there.

  • Kareem Osman says:

    I stayed at this hotel in July.

    My only complaint was finding my room. My room happened to be in the building the you have to cross over on the footbridge, but there was no signs saying which way for the room.

    I mentioned this as I checked out and I was told they are working on this.

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