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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 – December 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.

New to IHG One Rewards?  Read our overview of IHG One Rewards here and our article on points expiry rules here. Our article on ‘What are IHG One Rewards points worth?’ is here.

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You will receive a 100% bonus if you buy IHG One Rewards points by 29th December 2022.

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Comments (70)

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  • Andrew. says:

    There’s a HIX at West Ealing that’s due to (re?) Open in November too. Short walk then 15-20 mins on Elizabeth.

    Obviously Heathrow Connect was running for years, but Elizabeth line has really changed the dynamic. I’ve done the ‘Otel ‘Opper, and the service buses that run the Bath Road hotels. The trouble with the OO is that it loops for miles and takes ages. The service buses can drop you off physically close, but leave you confounded on a dark wet night how to cross the road to get to your hotel.

    Unless your hotel is physically connected, or you’re arriving/departing outside operating hours, getting on Elizabeth to/from an H&H or Ealing hotel seems a good option.

  • degsy says:

    We recently stayed at the Marriott Heathrow/Windsor which is close to the Holiday Inn Express T5 by the looks of it (about 5 miles from T5).
    Uber from the hotel to T5 was £16 which was in line with expectations but getting back to the hotel, we were quoted £45 for a black cab by the person marshalling the queue there – something to do with crossing a boundary/county line apparently.
    We ordered Uber instead cheaper but still £28 this time.
    So taxi fares are something to factor into overall cost in some cases.

    • Andrew. says:

      Classic Black Cab.

      Black cabs can only pick up in their licensed area, so you left London (or London Borough of Hounslow) and took the Black Cab into Slough Borough Council area.

      Different rules apply in different areas. Some require you to negotiate a tariff with the driver for “foreign” excursions, others set a premium tariff and give you the option to negotiate.

      Multiple complaints were received by my local authority, over the local rules, as some parts of the City can be accessed most readily by using the ring road – which is in a different licensing area and some drivers were taking advantage of the anomaly and charging £lots for a journey that started and ended in the same city.

  • Dave Brass says:

    The park stay fly options have saved me a LOT of money over the years. I used to use the Crowne plaza off M4 ~five times a year, and stump up the heathrow hoppa into the terminals. However, When the new HI/Staybridge on bath road opened, I moved ALL my stays there. Brand new rooms and the manager at the HI was always helpful to the point he told me to email him after making a room booking to ensure I got an upgrade/issues sorted out.

    At the time I always wondered why they had such a MASSIVE car park behind the hotel…….. But we now know as reported here, its become a base of a hire car company, so the park stay and fly options have gone from this hotel – a real shame.

    I did randomly find a rate at the Crowne Plaza at T4 with a park stay fly that worked for me and it really is a nice hotel. Only down side is its another 30 mins to Terminal 2 on the local bus – quicker and cheaper than the hoppa though!!

  • Richie says:

    BTW There are two hotels with Avis/Budget/Zipcar flex drop off car parks.

  • RussellH says:

    > Holiday Inn Express London Heathrow T5. Whilst I have never been,
    > a friend is very positive about this hotel.

    Obviously things change, both for the worse and for the better, but this is not somewhere that I would recommend, based on my experience.

    Stayed there twice. First stay, was typical HIE. Best thing was paying 10K points for a night when cash rate was just over £100.

    Second stay – 2018? – was at BA’s expense when our flight from MAD was late and our connection to NCL was missed. We were shunted from one desk to another around T5 for about 40 mins before we got hopper tickets and a hotel voucher. At that time of night I had hoped for somewhere close to the airport. Waited 25 mins for the Hopper. Long journey to Slough.
    Hotel staff totally unsympathetic. made us wait at reception for about 10 mins before they would talk to us. IHG status recognition refused.
    We could help ourselves to the dinner buffet provided. This, though, both looked and tasted as though it had been keeping warm for at least 3 hours. Not nice at all, given that we had booked the DT at NCL for the night.
    We did get EU261 compensation for the delay.

  • Lyn says:

    The Staybridge Suites worked well for us for an overnight connection in May. We were upgraded to one of the larger suites as diamond even though we booked with points. The fridge, proper wineglasses and microwave in the small but well-equipped kitchen were useful.

    The 423 bus from T5 stops right outside the hotel, on the same side of the road. Manageable with luggage, even if it were dark. The only caveat is having to cross the busy road the next day to catch the bus back to T5. This is uncomfortable, even allowing plenty of extra time to wait patiently for a suitably long break in the traffic. Not for the faint-hearted and it would be suicidal in the dark.

  • Njb says:

    Great article – stayed at most of these except Crown Plaza ( which I will look at for next time)!
    Was at Staybridge Suites last week – very different vibe to Holiday Inn next door. Apart from obvious difference in room, the lounge and reception areas are calm and were empty. The HI – where you have to go to get food/drink – was a zoo. Crowded and noisy – we got pizza to go and ate back in the Staybridge lounge.
    Had a very different impression of HIE terminal 5 – tatty, hard to get to, expensive for taxi/Uber. Would only stay here again if it was considerably cheaper than any other option.

  • SamW says:

    How easy/quick would it be to transfer from the HIE T4 to catch a flight in T3? I have a Virgin international flight at 8am. Bit concerned about the timings but HGI T3 much more expensive. Thank you

    • SamG says:

      No problem Mon-Sat , first tube and train run just after 5. Bit tight on a Sunday as the first tube is just before 6

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