If you have driven to Heathrow via Hatton Cross recently, you may have noticed an odd cylindrical building taking shape directly opposite Hatton Cross tube station.
This is the Atrium Hotel – and it has just opened.
This seems to be an odd hotel:
it is huge, at 612 rooms
it has decided not to align with a major international brand. To me, this seems like commercial suicide in the airport market where a large proportion of guests will be from outside the UK and are looking for the comfort of a big brand.
it is owned by a small company called Regency Homes, not one of the big operators such as Interstate or Arora who have a lot of experience at Heathrow
That said, from a look at the Atrium Hotel website there is a lot to like:
it has a very modern design-led interior
there are a lot of room combinations, including rooms with three beds – this is a great place for families or small groups
it has a pool
some rooms have runway views (although the building is low so take that with a pinch of salt)
the location, literally seconds from Hatton Cross tube station, makes it convenient for all four terminals (it is probably 90 seconds walk nearer the tube than the Hilton Garden Inn)
it is very cheap at present – I saw rooms from £55 for a random Friday night in September
We hope to check it out soon and do a full report.
The website is here. However, as it is not part of any loyalty scheme, I would book it via Hotels.com instead – this is the specific booking page for the hotel – if the price is the same and earn a credit in Hotels.com Rewards.
Note that, when we booked our room to do a future review, it was £11 cheaper to logged-on Hotels.com users than it was on the Atrium’s own website. You don’t see the cheaper rate if you are not logged in.
If you have stayed at the Atrium Hotel at Heathrow in the last few days since it opened, please let us know in the comments. I’m intrigued …..
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