Hilton London Heathrow (T4)
THE HOTEL: Ideally-situated for passengers departing on an early flight or arriving late into Terminal 4 with its own covered pedestrian access to the Terminal. The 398-bedroom property, including 82 Executive rooms and five suites, is also good for Terminal 5 with complimentary shuttle bus connections.
THE CHECK-IN: Instant acknowledgement by a friendly receptionist and an efficient and speedy check-in with an invitation to the Executive Lounge for refreshments. The perfect welcome to a light, modern hotel.
THE ROOM: The hotel is currently undergoing a makeover and my twin-bedded executive room felt spacious and contemporary, furnished in neutral colours. Features included a sleek desk, fridge cabinet and floor-to-ceiling wall mirror. The large window overlooking gardens was super-sealed and I did not hear a single plane! A flatscreen TV dominated the desk. High-speed wifi access was free. Other features included tea and coffee-making facilities and safe. The wallpapered bathroom featured a large walk-in shower. Amenities were by Peter Thomas Roth.
THE BUSINESS: The Business Centre offers guests sercretarial and computer services. The Executive Lounge is available to those in premium rooms, offering a pleasant oasis along with snacks and a bar and several workstations. There are 30 meeting rooms and suites and a conference centre for up to 300 delegates. DDR from £55 excl VAT.
THE FACILITIES: There's a choice of three restaurants including the Zen Oriental featuring Asian dishes and the airy Aromi Restaurant for informal all day dining and breakfast. There is a health club open 24/7 with pool, sauna and steam room. Parking is available at a reduced rate for guests.
THE VERDICT: An impressive hotel offering the full range of facilities and an ideal place for meetings. The modern, airy, bright design gives a sense of space and guests can relax in a choice of seating and dining areas under the main atrium. The hotel's proximity to Terminal 4 is excellent.
THE DETAILS: Hilton London Heathrow Airport, Terminal 4, Heathrow Airport, Hounslow, Middlesex, London TW6 3AF. Standard Queen guest rooms from £149 per night; King Executive rooms from £185 per night. Both rates include breakfast and VAT. Tel 0208 759 7755; see www.hilton.com.
Reviewed by Jo Austin (2014)