This review is part of a trip report:
- American Airlines Flagship Lounge Chicago O’Hare (ORD) – Terminal 3
- American Airlines Business Class – Boeing 787 Chicago (ORD) to London (LHR)
- Holiday Inn London – Heathrow Ariel
- Emirates Air Line London
- Plaza Premium Lounge London Heathrow (Terminal 2)
There are multiple ways to get to the hotel. The hotel itself doesn’t offer an airport shuttle.
Of course, you can hail a taxi but this is probably the most expensive way to get to the hotel but it provides more convenience. You can load your luggage in the trunk, they will drop you off right in front of the hotel. You or your party are the only passengers driving with it.
- Hotel Hoppa Bus:
Most people refer to that option to get to the hotels located around the airport. The Hoppa Bus runs from Terminal 2,3,4, and 5 to all hotels in the vicinity. Please buy your tickets online, at the ticket counter at the central bus terminal between Terminal 2 and 3, the British Hotel reservation center kiosks in Terminals 2 and 3 or the National Express travel shops/kiosks in the passenger terminals. These locations accept all major credit cards and British cash. You can also buy tickets on the bus itself for a premium charge and the bus only accepts British cash. I highly recommend buying online or at a ticket machine. Check the websites for luggage allowance.
Ticket Machine: One Way: £4,50 Return: £8,00
Inside the Bus: One Way: £5,00 Return: £9,00
To get to the Holiday Inn take H6 from the Central Bus Station at Terminal 2&3 and H56 from Terminal 4&5. Hotel Hoppa Timetable.
- Free Local Bus Transfer:
This is by far the cheapest way to get to the Heathrow Airport Hotels. There are multiple public buses traveling to cities around the airport. The travel inside the airport perimeter roads is free of charge on these buses. You can bring your luggage as well but there is no dedicated luggage storage. I took the shuttle bus from the Central Bus Station at Terminal 2&3 but there are buses from the other terminals as well.
To get to the Holiday Inn from the Central Bus Station at Terminal 2&3: 111, 140, 105 & 285; Terminal 5: 423. The same bus lines run back to the airport as well. Confirm your departure terminal and then check which lines go where. The only downside to this, the buses don’t stop directly in front of the hotel, but most bus stops are just outside of the hotel parking lot and it’s only a short walk. More about getting to the Holiday Inn below.
As mentioned, I took the free local bus. I arrived by foot at the Central Bus Station and went outside to the bus stops. Watch the signs and look for the numbers you need to get to the hotel. Once there wait until the bus arrives. All the buses have the number displayed as well so you can make sure you take the right one. Once inside the bus watch the display until it shows “Harlington Corner” and then press one of the many “Stop” buttons all over the bus. This will notify the bus driver that you want to get off there. Otherwise, the bus will keep on driving to the next stop.
Once outside the bus, you can already see the Holiday Inn across the street. Walk to the intersection and use the traffic lights to cross the street. Be aware that England has left traffic. That means you have to look to the opposite side to check for traffic.