I tried a new hotel for me recently – part of the Hilton family of hotels, the Doubletree Heathrow Airport.
The property is further away from the airport than most of the other hotels I have used – well outside the Heathrow Free Flow travel area which provides free bus journeys in the area around the airport. This provides a sensible alternative to the expensive Hoppa buses which serve the hotels as long as you do not mind a walk. The Doubletree is about 15 minutes away by bus and the 105 and 111 run 24 hours per day. The Doubletree is marked below with a red arrow.
It is cheaper to use an Oyster card to travel on the bus than to pay cash on the bus. (£1.40 Oyster, £2.40 cash)
The hotel is located on a main road but only a small number of rooms overlook the busy Bath Road. Opposite are a small parade of shops, including a Dominio’s Pizza, an own brand friend chicken shop and a Tesco metro. These are all less than a 5 minute walk away on the main road.
Entering through two sets of double doors you enter the walk way which links the original building from the bedroom block. Reception is about half way along.
I was greeted warmly, told that I could have breakfast as a Gold member of HHonors but that as it was in my room rate, it didn’t matter. In addition I noticed that they didn’t start breakfast until 7am suggesting that they don’t see themselves as an airport hotel. By contrast the Hilton at Terminal 4 starts at 5am.
I was directed to the lifts behind Reception where I needed to swipe my card to gain access to my floor.
If you can get a hotel closer to the airport for the same price as this property I would do this, as the Doubletree is some distance away. The rooms are unexceptional.