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What are the best IHG One Rewards hotels at London Heathrow Airport?

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IHG is not short of hotel options at Heathrow Airport which is good news for anyone looking to boost their IHG One Rewards points, redeem their points for a free room or benefit from their elite status.

There is even a dedicated IHG website for its Heathrow properties which you can find here.

But which hotel is best for you?

Holiday Inn Staybridge Suites Heathrow Bath Road

IHG has been on a roll at Heathrow over the last 3-4 years.  On Bath Road, just outside Terminals 2/3, there is a brand new Staybridge Suites (website here, review here) and Holiday Inn (website here, review here) sharing a building, pictured above.

Over at Terminal 4, directly connected to the terminal, there is a Crowne Plaza (website here, review here) and a Holiday Inn Express (website here, review here) also sharing the same building and public spaces.

IHG has eight hotels in and around Heathrow airport although three remain closed to the public.  These are my picks.

Best overall IHG hotel at Heathrow

The brand new Crowne Plaza London Heathrow at Terminal 4 is, in my view, the clear winner here.  It is a very classy operation, with the benefit of being directly connected to the terminal.  We reviewed the Crowne Plaza London Heathrow T4 here and a photo of my room is below – I also found the restaurant to be excellent.  The hotel site is here

crowne plaza heathrow terminal 4 bed review

That said, the new Staybridge Suites and Holiday Inn on Bath Road (reviewed here and here) are not far behind and you would be perfectly happy at those too. The only downside is having to take a bus to get there, albeit the journey is under five minutes from the Central Bus Station.

Best budget IHG hotel at Heathrow 

The new Holiday Inn Express at Terminal 4 gets my vote.  What more could you want?   It is directly connected to the terminal, is brand new and you get free breakfast.  As an added perk you can cross-charge the bar and formal restaurant in the Crowne Plaza to your room if you don’t want to skimp all the way.  We reviewed the Holiday Inn Express Heathrow T4 hereThe hotel site is here.  This is a photo I took of a room:

Review Holiday Inn Express London Heathrow Terminal 4 hotel

Cheapest IHG hotel at Heathrow

Sadly, during the pandemic, the Holiday Inn London Heathrow Ariel left the chain. It is now a Best Western as you can see here.

The photo below shows it in its original 1961 glory.  I can remember when single bedded rooms at the Ariel were available for £29. Shockingly the website now shows a lead-in price of £139.

For a more modern property with free breakfast, try the Holiday Inn Express London Heathrow T5.  Whilst I have never been, a friend is very positive about this hotel, praising its ease of access from the M4, the excellent sound insulation and the ability to grab a snack from the M&S Simply Food in the petrol station across the road.

Ariel Hotel Heathrow Best Western

Best hotel for longer stays or ‘at home’ facilities

Let’s be honest, I’m not sure why you’d want to have a long stay at any Heathrow hotel.  However, the new Staybridge Suites London Heathrow Bath Road looks like the best option if you do need to stick around

All rooms here include a fully equipped kitchen.  As an added bonus, all guests get free breakfast too.

Best IHG hotel for runway views

Whilst I have never stayed here myself, a friend recommends the rooms with runway views at the Holiday Inn London Heathrow T5 for any ‘aircraft enthusiasts’.  These cannot be requested when booking online but are often given as upgrades to elite members, apparently.  This hotel is not attached to Terminal 5, for clarity.

This hotel has still not reopened post pandemic.

Holiday Inn Heathrow Terminal 5

Best IHG hotel at Heathrow for families

If you don’t want to take two connecting rooms, there are a few options:

  • the Holiday Inn London Heathrow T5 has family rooms which contain a double bed plus two rollaway beds.  There is no free breakfast at Holiday Inn properties, however, unless you have Diamond status in IHG One Rewards. This hotel is still closed post pandemic.
  • the new Holiday Inn Express London Heathrow T4 is the best value family option, especially as breakfast is free and it is connected to terminal.  You can get rooms with a double bed and a double sofa bed.
  • the Holiday Inn London Heathrow M4 J4 also has rooms with a double sofa bed which sleep four (this is hotel is still closed post pandemic)
  • for higher spenders, the suites at the new Crowne Plaza London Heathrow T4 sleep four people and come with Club Lounge access which means free lounge breakfast
  • if you want a kitchen unit to prepare your own food for your family, the obvious (and only) option is the new Staybridge Suites on Bath Road, where the cheap one bedroom suites have a sofa bed in the living room.  Staybridge Suites hotels provide free breakfast.
  • the Crowne Plaza London Heathrow has rooms with two double beds, which means you don’t need to compromise with a sofa bed.  This hotel is currently closed (see next entry).

Best IHG hotel for leisure facilities

If you’re looking for an excellent swimming complex, I recommend the Crowne Plaza London Heathrow which is on the north side of the M4.  I stayed here a few years ago and my kids loved the huge pool complex.

I wrote this article on the best hotel swimming pools at Heathrow and the Crowne Plaza was the winner.  There is also a sauna, jacuzzi and a good gym.  Unfortunately, the long promised refurbishment of the rooms has not yet taken place.

Note that this hotel is currently closed to the public. It has been taken over by the Home Office to house asylum seekers

Crowne Plaza Heathrow pool

Best IHG hotel if you want a funky lobby!

To be honest, the Holiday Inn London Heathrow M4 J4 does not get much enthusiasm from people I know and I was struggling for something positive to write about it.

However, it did spend a lot of money on a new lobby and restaurant just before the pandemic, with the old Irish pub been transformed into ‘Terminal 6’. This is reportedly a surprisingly classy bar.

Note that this hotel is currently closed to the public.

Holiday Inn Heathrow M4 J4

Conclusion

There are now eight IHG hotels at Heathrow Airport, although only five are currently open to the public. The good news is that four of the five are effectively new and, having been to all of them, they are all recommended.

To be honest, I would be tempted to add the Hotel Indigo just outside Paddington Station to your shortlist.  You get the benefit of spending time in the city centre and, if you time it right, you should be able to get from the hotel to the airport within 30 minutes via Heathrow Express or the Elizabeth Line.


IHG One Rewards update – October 2022:

Get bonus points: You will earn bonus IHG One Rewards points on stays between 13th October 2022 and 31st December 2022. You can choose between 2,000 points for every two nights or 10,000 points for every four nights (not cumulative). Read this article for full details. You can register here.

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Comments (70)

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  • Adrian says:

    The Staybridge Suites suit us best. It’s a good, new hotel and
    3 mins from T5 long stay parking which we use as our default parking. Personally, i was not impressed with T4 CP.

  • Andrew J says:

    What’s strange about the T4 HIX/CP building is that they put the HIX rooms with great runaway views but none of the CP ones have. So the T4 HIX gets my vote, very convenient with the short tunnel from the HEX/Elizabeth Line platform lifts and T4 if flying out from there. And not only can you cross-change to your room from CP, you can use your welcome drink voucher at the very nice CP bar.

    • RussellH says:

      Perhaps the designers thought that rooms without aircraft views would be quieter, and therefore more popular, and therefore better suited to the more upmarket establishment. Not everyone who flies is an aeroplane gricer.

      • Mike Hunt says:

        What on earth is an “ aeroplane gricer” ?

        • AJA says:

          A gricer is usually a fanatical railway enthusiast. So I guess they mean the same thing but applying to aeroplanes – the type to stand and photograph aircraft as they land and take-off and record the serial numbers.

        • Brian78 says:

          I’ve never seen that term on jedforloints either Mick

    • Points Hound says:

      Perhaps it is no coincidence that those choosing to runaway are those staying at the cheaper HIX rather than the CP side of the building @Andrew J. I’ve always stayed in the CP and haven’t experienced the HIX side but if you have great views of those running away, I think I’ll stick to the CP!

  • Colin Thames says:

    Am staying at Staybridge Bath Rd and picking up an Avis rental from their new T5 office to get about in the evening. I had thought the T5 office had moved to the Holiday Inn Ariel on Bath Road but now see it’s no longer an HI.

    So is the Avis office (and therefore Avis shuttle bus) moved to the HI Bath Rd next door to the Staybridge? If so that’d be a great result. I could investigate hiring for four hours rather than overnight.

    • Rob says:

      Yes, it’s at the new HI/Staybridge, as is the Zipcar pick-up area.

      • Colin Thames says:

        Oh wow. There’s Zipcar there too? That’s amazing. Leaves me with the dilemma whether to cancel my hire car and hope to get a Zipcar, or stick with the hire car this time.
        How’s Zipcar availability?

        • Rob says:

          You can try it in the app at any point. Clearly you need to live in an area which allows one way drop offs.

  • trickyuk says:

    I have stayed at the Holiday Inn on Bath road and email the hotel and request a runway view, I have spent many evenings watching planes 🙂

  • QFFlyer says:

    The HIX T5 is pretty pi55 poor to be honest, I mean it’s cheap and easy, but the room we were given had some questionable stains on the sofa, ceiling, walls behind the bed and beside lamps (!).

    HI M4/J4 was always my go to in years gone by, but wasn’t available this time. No welcome/acknowledgement of status either (not that it really matters). Didn’t bother with breakkie, if it’s a choice between a HIX breakfast and the SQ lounge, I’ll pick SQ every time, so I’ll let the HIX off there, it could’ve been amazing (although somehow I doubt it 😂).

  • Robert says:

    Very useful article thanks, although I would hardly call the CP/HIX T4 brand new considering they’ve been open for 4 years now (although all is relative of course…)

  • the_real_a says:

    Is there a place to buy groceries if staying at the Staybridge Suites? Looking at google maps its seems there isnt even a convenience store.

    • Rob says:

      No. There is a convenience store at Hatton Cross tube, not sure if any buses from there pass the hotel. Or go to M&S in arrivals.

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