Short stay: Sofitel London Heathrow, London, UK

To be honest, we could probably have slept anywhere when we spent the night at the Sofitel London Heathrow. We should have been well on the way to Cape Town by the time of our stay but unfortunately our plans were scuppered by a delayed British Airways flight from Manchester which resulted in a missed connection at Heathrow. But these things happen, and at least it gives me an opportunity to do a brief review of this Sofitel airport hotel.

London Sofitel Heathrow

The welcome

The hotel can be easily reached on foot from the airport – just along a corridor from the terminal building and then down an escalator.

London Sofitel Heathrow communal area

On arrival at the hotel, having just queued with BA for around 2 hours into the early hours of the morning, the last thing we wanted to see was another queue but thankfully this one was pretty short in comparison and at least going down at a rate that was equally incomparable! It was clearly a busy night for them, with a number of people being referred to the hotel due to missed connections or cancelled flights.

Since we were travelling with family, we were assigned two rooms – 3121 and 3127. Unfortunately there weren’t any interconnecting rooms available, but at least we were only a few doors apart and able to ensure uninterrupted childcare by each of us taking a room individually with each of our children.

The room

The room was well appointed with hues of brown and a green throw on the beds to give a splash of colour. I have to say the bed was so comfortable that we ended up taking away the bedding details with us on departure… I think we will now invest in a mattress topper of description!

London Sofitel Heathrow room

The room also had a flatscreen TV, comfortable chairs, desk area and a generous array of good quality magazines such as Wallpaper* and other publications to browse through.

The bathroom

The bathroom was simply decorated with neutral tiling, a bath, separate shower and contemporary, circular wash basin.

London Sofitel Heathrow bathroom

Toiletries provided were from The White Company.

London Sofitel Heathrow toiletries

The facilities

In order to try and maximise on sleep from the events of the night before, we arrived rather late to breakfast and so it very much had a tail-end feel about it. It was fine, though, and interestingly seemed to have a dedicated Japanese section to the buffet as well as all the usual traditional English breakfast options of sausage, bacon, black pudding, eggs, etc. Omelettes were also being made to order.

We can’t comment on dinner as we didn’t have the opportunity to have it at the hotel. Similarly there is a gymnasium and spa but we didn’t use that either.  Had we more time, I’m sure we would have been tempted as it looks to be a lovely facility.

London Sofitel Heathrow spa

Other nice touches

We arrived very late, stayed the night and departed the next morning so there was’t really much opportunity for an special extras to be demonstrated. We did enjoy free WiFi throughout the hotel – I would argue this should be a ‘given’ at a luxury hotels but it isn’t always so perhaps warrants a mention.

Cost

Rack rates for a superior room with a king size bed start from around £170 per night. If you wanted to truly splurge, the Imperial Suite (with 3 bedrooms, a living room, dining room and Club Millesime Lounge access) will set you back £1,400 per night. It should be noted also that day rates are available should you need to get some rest before catching a connecting flight.

The final verdict

A convenient luxury hotel for anyone leaving from, arriving at or passing through London Heathrow, with a pedestrian walking that connects to Terminal 5 and easy access to other terminals via free inter-terminal transfers. Central London is just 21 minutes away by express train.

Comments (4)

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  1. Hi Paul,

    Beautiful. I know the feeling well, because even if you haven’t missed a connecting flight you need to be in and out of hotels rather quickly at times to catch the next one out of town.

    I recall our flight back to the States from Shanghai. We landed from Bangkok nice and late, around 2 AM, caught a taxi cab to an exquisite hotel, checked in, then it was bed time.

    We hustled downstairs to catch a late breakfast before we did the 15 hour flight to NYC JFK. All in all a great experience. We’d have loved to have seen it for a day or so but it worked just nicely for the 10 hours we spent there.

    Amen on the free WiFi. Given what you’d normally pay for a high end experience tossing in free WiFi is not too big of an investment for such large, prospering hotel chains.

    Thanks for sharing Paul.

    Tweeting soon.

    Signing off from Savusavu, Fiji.

    Ryan

  2. Paul Johnson says:

    Thanks for dropping by, Ryan, to share your experience. I couldn’t agree more about the WiFi – although I’m told that the necessary investment in the infrastructure for good quality, reliable WiFi is significant, I still think it should be included in the rate. It’s considered a necessity by most travellers nowadays – much like having hot water or light by the bed (and we don’t pay extra for those… ;-) )

  3. stayed here years ago and this is either a new hotel or an upgrade thanks for sharing heading off to London 1st August on British Air but take the train to Mayfair where I stay at the University Women’s Club on Audley Square for the Plant Consciousness conference will remember this hotel for emergencies thanks

  4. Renee Louis says:

    Wow!! It looks beautiful and luxury accomodation. I am grateful to see these kinds of excellent hotels near heathrow airport also with affordable rate.

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