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.
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:
- Crowne Plaza Terminal 4 – £135, review here
- Holiday Inn Express Terminal 4 – £155, review here (crazy, as it shares a building with the superior Crowne Plaza)
- Hilton Terminal 4 – £215, review here
- Premier Inn Terminal 4 – £52
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:
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:
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:
…. a bar (usurprisingly quiet at 5.30am) and a restaurant, not pictured:
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 Hotels.com 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.
Hotel offers update – June 2021:
Want to earn more hotel points? Click here to see our complete list of promotions from the major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Offers’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.
Want to buy hotel points? There is currently a special offer running with Marriott Bonvoy (30% discount to 20th June), Hilton Honors (100% bonus to 8th July) and World of Hyatt (30% bonus to 25th June).