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The Novotel Heathrow on Bath Road has launched a special quarantine deal!

The date for the start of hotel quarantine for arrivals from ‘red list’ countries is not yet public. Some people are already subject to a 10-day quarantine (or five days with ‘test to release’) however, and arrivals who do not have a permanent UK address are currently the target of this offer.

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As you can see, a 10-night package of room, breakfast and inclusive PCR test is £670. I’m not sure why it needs to include a test on the 10-night package as you would be free to leave at that point irrespective.

There is a cheaper 5-night package with a PCR test for £375. This is aimed at people who qualify for ‘test to release’.

You can add lunch and dinner for an extra £10 and £15 per day respectively. It is not clear what your options are if you don’t do this, although I imagine food deliveries are allowed.

The hotel website is here although the quarantine package may need booking directly.

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Comments (40)

  • Mco says:

    Really good rates for a decent hotel. Effectively £55 a night for 5 nights if you take away the test cost.

    Does this mean you will have a choice of hotels rather than being placed into a Britannia dump.

    • ChrisW says:

      No, you won’t. Australia and NZ arrivals have no choice. There’s enough logistics for the Government to organise without the added complication of giving people people a choice of hotels.

      This offer sounds like it is designed for people who would quarantine at home, but would rather do it at a hotel (perhaps to avoid infecting others at home). The government mandated hotel program will be different – there won’t be the option to add on lunch and dinner – all meals will be provided as standard, because you cannot leave your room for any reason.

    • Blenz101 says:

      Not that anybody is likely to have any great desire to stay at an airport hotel for an extended period but the rates for 5 nights at least are actually cheaper via with the chance to earn the associated free night credits.

      One would hope the government would be arranging to undertake both a test on arrival and then test again before the point of release. Somehow I suspect those booking these hotels will end up more disappointed that they aren’t actually in a lockdown at all.

  • Harrier25 says:

    Thanks for the heads up, Rob. I’ve just taken advantage of the one year subscription to FT Weekend for £74. Much appreciated.

    • MikeT says:

      +1. Went for annual as well, at £74 net excellent value. I don’t see how the quarterly would work as at £24.75 as it is under the spend £30 get £25 back threshold

  • Howard says:

    Hi Rob, you say that the FT weekend I’d the most intelligently written newspaper in the UK, is that your personal view and what is it based on? Just asking as I am deciding if I should cancel the economist in favour of FT weekend.


    • Rob says:

      It’s my personal view after reading it – admittedly not every week, as 2 kids tend to get in the way – for 30 years!

      It is not comparable to The Economist because there isn’t much news in it. It is 90% features.

      Buy one next week and have a look. As it’s first Sat of the month it will have How To Spend It included too.

    • The Savage Squirrel says:

      I got a Times/Sunday Times subscription as part of Amex Plat Biz (only had the card for a month or two, and the sub has remained live for a year – good times). Weekday journalism standards have slipped compared to when I last read it 20 years ago, but very pleasantly surprised with the weekend editions, particularly Sat, actually. Sport coverage obviously far greater than FT – which may be a negative to some I grant you. Got to be close to the best credit card loyalty perk going – can’t think of anything else I use as much, and that’s even in non-Covid times.

    • Tom says:

      Another vote for FT Weekend.. weekend wouldn’t be complete without it, and puts the other papers to shame. Was exactly that I needed this weekend to take me out of the fug of lockdown!

  • BuildBackBetter says:

    Most intelligently written newspaper, really?
    They have gone quiet since the vaccine debacle by EU and are now accusing UK of hoarding the vaccines.
    Of course if people want a newspaper that hides the mistakes of EU while bashes the UK govt, it’s a perfect choice.

    • marcw says:

      Can you please post a link where the EU claims the UK is hoarding vaccines? TY.

    • Alastair says:

      The FT has written numerous articles castigating the EU for the botched vaccine rollout, for example the leader column on 26 Jan – “Vaccine protectionism by the EU will backfire” opens with “Europe’s faltering vaccine rollout risks turning into a fiasco. The EU is falling further behind global pacesetters, with only 2 doses administered per 100 residents compared with over 10 for the UK and nearly 7 for the US. If this continues, the region’s economic recovery will be delayed, political reputations could be ruined and more people will die. The EU’s legitimacy in the eyes of the public is at stake too.

    • Rob says:

      FT Weekend isn’t a newspaper, as such. 10% of it, at most, is news. The rest is home, personal finance, bit of travel, the magazine, How To Spend It etc, and it is mostly done to a far higher standard than other broadsheets.

      • Harrier25 says:

        Just what I wish to read over the weekend….for every else, there’s Sky News!

  • kitten says:

    Is this the nice new highly rated Novotel not far from the Ibis at Heathrow, or the older one that has always had more ordinary reviews.

  • Sarah says:

    Is anyone else not really getting any Amex offers at the minute? I had to phone up to get the £175 cash back one added to my plat card and I’ve not seen any new one appear for weeks

    • Guy says:

      I am not getting ANY new offers on my two amex cards – haven’t had any since November. My partner is still getting new ones so I am clearly not being offered any – but maybe this is because I have gotten a lot of value of their offers over the years and no longer a ‘key prospect’ to incentivise spending? I had to call to get the xmas spend small added.

    • Harry T says:

      I’m getting a small amount of new Amex offers across my multiple cards but they are almost all useless.

  • DT says:

    FT digital subscription has been free for NHS staff the past year and the offer continues until March 31st. Link:

  • Binks says:

    Thanks Rob – I’ve subscribed to the weekend print edition via the link above. Great offer – also used my wife’s Amex for £25 cash back offer!

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