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.
But which hotel is best for you?
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.
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 here. The hotel site is here. This is a photo I took of a room:
Cheapest IHG hotel at Heathrow
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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