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  • lftbeach 11 posts

    This is a bit of a cheeky ask as I am so envious of you all visiting numerous countries around the world….if only. My partner and I are doing a very infrequent long haul flight to America for a week and I would like to treat him to a night in the Sofitel before flying the next morning. For us it is quite expensive and I am wondering for advice to how to book a room at the very best price possible ? I have looked at various comparison sites but is there a better way ? Thank you for your help which I appreciate.

    Froggee 1,006 posts

    Hello

    I do like the Sofitel but, I have to say, the rooms are pretty dated now. In terms of rates, they used to frequently appear as a top secret type hotel on various sites but they don’t seem to be on these any more as far as I can see.

    So in terms of rates, make sure you are an ALL member for a modest discount and when booking, go via a c@shback site as they track very well and you get 10% back (and sometimes 15% and they even once did 20%).

    It tends to be more pricey midweek.

    If you give your actual dates, some people might have a sniff around for you!

    BA Flyer IHG Stayer 2,385 posts

    Is there a reason for particularly picking the Sofitel?

    Like our amphibian friend above I find it dated as well.

    There are plenty of others in easy reach of T5 that may offer better value in more modern rooms.

    Some deal ideas discussed the other day

    https://www.headforpoints.com/forums/topic/sofitel-lhr-t5-deals/

    NorthernLass 8,484 posts

    Agreed, you’re paying for the convenience, although as @Froggee says, you can join for a small discount plus the best price is often flexible. There are plenty of good options off-site which you can easily get to by tube or bus.

    What time is your departure the next day?

    lftbeach 11 posts

    Thank you all. Sunday night, Sept 8th, for flight the next morning around 10am

    jj 560 posts

    For a 1000 flight, the Sofitel is a great choice. You want to check in about 3hrs ahead, so being 5 mins indoor walk from the airport saves having to set the alarm unpleasantly early. Your partner will appreciate it.

    Whilst the hotel is hardly at the cutting edge of contemporary design, the rooms are immaculate and comfortable. We always stay there for a morning T5 departure, as it’s by far the best choice.

    The obvious price saving hacks have been mentioned. A couple of further hotel tips are that it has the best restaurant in Heathrow, La Belle Epoque, if you want to start your trip with a romantic (albeit not cheap) meal the night before. Also, the hotel offers parking packages to residents at a reasonable price. The underground car park is as convenient as the official short stay facility, and you can keep your keys. It’s a life-saver on the return trip after an overnight flight.

    Finally, I’ve never bothered with breakfast in the hotel. Unless you really enjoy big hotel buffets, it’s much cheaper and less stressful to have a coffee in your room, clear security early and eat in the airport.

    masaccio 807 posts

    +1 for La Belle Epoque and the parking. We always eat at La Belle Epoque when we stay as it’s very good food. Certainly much better than the Sofitel at LGW which is a typical airport hotel restaurant.

    The car park in my experience to date has always had spaces that are friendly to the paranoid parker. Being able to find a spot in the short stay where at least one side of your car is protected from morons is usually very difficult.

    Cocktails in the bar are decent even though the bar itself lacks soul.

    I did have breakfast in the hotel once when work was paying and it was OK, but not 5*.

    BOSSMANTRAVELS 24 posts

    In my opinion it’s an ideal choice for an early morning flight as it’s a complete stress free short walk. I’m staying in August and looked at the best options and it’s booking as a member of Accor live which gives you a discount but make sure you go via TCB to Accor for 10% which will take a few months to come through.

    Guernsey Globetrotter 651 posts

    In my opinion it’s an ideal choice for an early morning flight as it’s a complete stress free short walk. I’m staying in August and looked at the best options and it’s booking as a member of Accor live which gives you a discount but make sure you go via TCB to Accor for 10% which will take a few months to come through.

    If you don’t want to go the TCB route then an alternative is earn Avios (usually 8 per £ for Sofitel) via the BA eStore.

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