Review of the Premier Inn Heathrow Terminal 4 hotel …… quite a lot of room for not a lot of money

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This is a brief review of the Premier Inn at Heathrow Terminal 4.

On Tuesday morning I caught the 8am Qatar Airways flight to Doha for a meeting with Qatar Privilege Club and to take a look at Qsuite.  That story is coming up next week.

I had planned to get up around 4am and head out to the airport.  However, a broken night on Sunday due to a sick child meant that my wife was keen for a good sleep, so on Monday morning I thought I’d take a look at the Terminal 4 hotel prices for same-day check-in.

Review Premier Inn London Heathrow Terminal 4

To be honest, I was 90% certain that the best deal was going to be 20,000 IHG Rewards Club points for the Holiday Inn Express Terminal 4.  What I actually found was:

If you don’t know Heathrow Terminal 4, all four hotels are attached to the same fully enclosed walkway that runs directly into the departures hall.  The Crowne Plaza / Holiday Inn Express building is around a three minute walk whilst the Premier Inn and Hilton take five minutes.

£52, booked at 11am on the same day as I was checking in, was a no-brainer.  I was planning to arrive around 10pm and leave at 5.30am, so I didn’t need anything except a comfy bed and good soundproofing.

I like Premier Inn.  Whilst I kept it quiet at the time, I spent the weekend at the brand new one on Great Yarmouth seafront recently, for a golfing trip.  You really can’t complain – the quality is surprisingly high and it is almost certainly the best hotel in Great Yarmouth.  It seems the Beefeater restaurant attached is also the best restaurant in Great Yarmouth!

Anika did a full review of Premier Inn Heathrow Terminal 4 a couple of years ago – click here – on one of her more glamorous HFP assignments.  She claims it is a 7-minute walk down the walkway but my legs are longer – I timed it and it took me 5 minutes 🙂

I won’t repeat her coverage so here are a few quick pointers.  The room is perfectly acceptable – I ended up with an accessible room so it was a little bigger than average:

Review Premier Inn London Heathrow Terminal 4

Premier Inn uses Hypnos beds which are great.  You get a tea and coffee tray for free and basic wi-fi is free.  The wardrobe is ‘open’ but this isn’t an issue for an airport hotel aimed at one-night stays.

I should warn you that Vodafone reception on my wing (the building is triangular) varied from one bar of 3G to none at all:

Review Premier Inn London Heathrow Terminal 4

The free wi-fi is also exceptionally slow, although perfectly fine for email and HFP WordPress work.

The pleasant and bustling lobby area has a 24/7 Costa Coffee:

Review Premier Inn London Heathrow Terminal 4

…. a bar (usurprisingly quiet at 5.30am) and a restaurant, not pictured:

Review Premier Inn London Heathrow Terminal 4

Breakfast is £10.50 for the full hot and cold menu, or £8.50 for the ‘continental’ cold menu.  As I was leaving at 5.30am I didn’t try it.  There are plenty of vending machines in the building as well.

It is crazy that this hotel was less than half the price of any of the alternatives.  Even factoring in the free breakfast at the Holiday Inn Express Terminal 4, the Premier Inn is still exceptional value.  If you need a hotel at Terminal 4, you don’t need to have any concerns about taking the ‘bargain’ option.

How to book the Premier Inn Terminal 4

I booked on the Premier Inn website here.  I was under the impression that you couldn’t book Premier Inn hotels via any third party site with a loyalty scheme, so that means you cannot benefit from Rewards or anything similar.  Premier Inn itself does not have a loyalty scheme.

However, on Tuesday a HFP reader mentioned in the comments that this hotel can often be found on hotel booking site Rocketmiles – and it is, albeit only at ‘flexible’ rates.  This lets you earn Avios, Virgin Flying Club miles, Heathrow Rewards points or various other rewards with your booking.  It seems I missed a trick 🙂

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  1. Erico1875 says:

    Beefeater chain normally 2 4 1 in Taste Card too.

    • Or Meerkat Meals which HUKD will show you how to get for free.

    • Our nearby one sends us 40% meals which seem to be valid for 3months every 3months. I’m sure similar can be found online. The food isn’t too bad – standard pub grub really. Wife sometimes goes for the £5 lunch with the baby group.

  2. I use this most times I fly from LHR; usually great value for an overnight stop.
    The amazon locker in the lobby is a bonus too as it lets me pick up shopping ‘en route’

  3. HAND SHANDY says:

    Full of EE prostitutes.

  4. Love T4 Premier Inn, booked it for flying out just before Christmas for £39!

  5. Tracy Regan says:

    We stay here a lot and if you book in advance it’s usually £29.50. As Rob said you can walk to the other terminals so you don’t have any additional transport costs either. We usually have dinner too and although at first I had low expectations it is surprisingly good. As Rob said a no brainier really.

  6. Just booked this for 3 weeks time when I fly back from Doha (in a q suite I hope) via FRA on BA. How easy is it to get from T5 to T4?

    • You just need to take s public bus.

    • I’ve stayed here once, between arriving from EDI on BA (at T5) and flying out on Jet (from T4).
      Did T5->T4 on the train, which involves a change.
      Then did T4->T5 by bus and suddenly the train seemed a lot better.
      (oh, and the hotel itself is very decent for the money)

  7. Is it still a good option if flying from T5?

    • Fiddly – you either pay for a taxi (disproportionately expensive, and it is quite a long way) or you get the tube to T1/2/3 and change for a tube in the other direction to T5 (so 2 trains) or you get two trains. Presumably the Hotel Hoppa would also do it for £5.50 and, of course, there are public buses but I’ve no idea where the bus station is in T4. If you’re not in a rush it’s fine.

      • Rob, what’s the secret sauce for embedding hyperlinks on HfP?

      • There’s a FT post somewhere that I can’t for the life of me find today (I think I was pointed to it by a comment on HfP a while back) that has a map showing the best bus stops to use for the bus to/from T5. (*Not* the T4 bus station, the quickest way is to use the bus stops on the street outside the Permier Inn. apparently).

      • It’s one stop further East than T4, and directly outside the hotel. If you look on Google Maps, you can see the bus stop at the junction of Southern Perimeter Road and Starlight Way. Directly under the walkway, and 30 seconds from the hotel. Click on it for bus times.

        Going back to T5, it’s 100m further East again, at the junction of Southern Perimeter Road and Sheffield Way. Again, 30 seconds walk.

    • Tracy Regan says:

      We just walk to Terminal 4 and catch the Heathrow Express free.

      “Free shuttle trains run between Heathrow Central station (Terminals 2 & 3) and Terminal 4 or Terminal 5. There are four trains an hour. Please note from 20 May 2018, to travel on the shuttle trains, you can get a free Inter-Terminal Transfer ticket from the machines in the station.”

  8. IslandDweller says:

    Premier Inn at T4 to T5 is not fiddly at all!
    You step outside the hotel (do not go to T4) and get the free tfl bus to T5. It really couldn’t be simpler. Allow 15/20 minutes as the buses zig zag into the cargo area on the way.

  9. Michael C says:

    Went to the brand new Isle of Man Premier Inn this summer, fabulous. Views out to sea, right in the town centre, excellent free wifi, and the usual 1 b/fast = 1 free child b/fast set-up.

  10. I can’t find it on Rocketmiles. How should I be searching for it?

    • Took me a while on mobile, not easy at all! Location box couldn’t recognise Heathrow and searching London almost broke the website. Eventually got it by using Hounslow as location then filtering on Premier for hotel name.

      Looks like the pricing is based off flexi rates so $62 (£50ish) vs the £30 saver rate, and offered 183 Avios. Probably only useful if its a late booking.

  11. From my experience Premier Inn provides a consistently good quality product across its hotels around the country, and at generally very competitive prices. The only downside is not having any loyalty scheme for regular users, but worth knowing now about Rocketmiles.

    • Other useful factor is they have a good value offering for families, as long as you can manage a night with 4 in a room: these rooms come at a small or no premium.

      Travelodge is not so far behind really. Often cheaper, often not the same premium locations (same a Gatwick), and more older properties in the chain.

      Of course the lack of a loyalty scheme, and the direct booking requirement (since OTAs want c20%) are the very reasons they can be so competitve … and capture the market thanks to brand recognition where a hotel like Atrium can’t.

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