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Have you ever wondered what the best hotel options are (whether using cash or Points) for the main UK airports? I certainly have, so decided to take a more systematic look at the options for each airport – starting today with the best Hilton hotel for Heathrow Airport.
What is ‘best’ is clearly subjective, so I’m going to break it down a bit first and look at a few different categories before declaring an overall winner. As always, if I’ve missed something or if you think I’m just plain wrong (!), please let me know in the comments.
Best Hilton Hotel for Heathrow Airport – Convenience
The obvious choice must surely be the Hilton London Heathrow Airport – the only hotel with direct access to Heathrow Terminal 4 (via covered walkway). Connecting to Terminals 2, 3 and 5 is fairly quick and easy too – although it can take about 20-30 minutes in total, so it’s not necessarily more convenient than other options.
Cash rates range from ~£100 at weekends to £200+ for busy dates.
If you would rather use Hilton Honors Points, you won’t pay more than 60,000 Points and often less when the cash rate is low. Given that we tend to value Hilton Points as being worth about 0.4p each, I wouldn’t really want to pay 60,000 Points unless the cash rate was in excess of £240.
The Hilton Garden Inn Heathrow Airport is a 5-10 minute walk from Hatton Cross tube station, which means you can be at Terminals 2-3 in under 15 minutes, Terminal 4 in ~25-30 minutes and Terminal 5 in ~20 minutes.
Cash rates usually range from £52 – £120.
Points prices max out at 30,000 Honors Points per night, which wouldn’t tempt me unless cash rates were over £120.
The Doubletree by Hilton Hotel London Heathrow Airport is on the Bath Road and you should be able to reach all Heathrow Terminals by bus within about 30 minutes (traffic dependent).
Cash rates generally range from £55-£120, with the average being a little higher than the Hilton Garden Inn mentioned above.
Points rates max out at 30,000 Honors Points per night. From a convenience perspective, I would personally favour the Garden Inn as the tube is less likely to face unexpected delays than a bus (or taxi).
The Hilton London Heathrow Airport Terminal 5 Hotel can get you to Terminal 5 by bus in ~15 minutes (if everything works out perfectly!), but for the other terminals you are looking at ~30 minutes.
Cash rates range from £86-£216, but are usually north of £100 per night.
Points rates can be as high as 50,000, but are generally substantially lower as a result of the relatively low cash rates. I wouldn’t be interested in redeeming 50,000 Points unless it saved me £200+.
Thinking slightly ‘outside the box’ (only slightly!), the Hilton London Paddington shouldn’t be ruled out either, given that it is attached to Paddington Station and you can be onboard a Heathrow Express train in literally 3 minutes.
The Heathrow Express whisks you straight to Terminals 2 and 3 in 15 minutes and Terminals 4 and 5 both only take 5-10 additional minutes. The Heathrow Express can be pretty expensive if you get a ticket at the last minute , but fares start at a very reasonable £5.50 if you can book 90+ days in advance and are travelling on weekends.
Cash rates at the Hilton Paddington range from £160-£290, which is significantly more expensive than the other options – but it does have the obvious benefit of being in central London.
Points rates top out at a maximum of 70,000 per night, but are usually considerably less now that Hilton Points broadly mirror the cash rate, below the max threshold. I wouldn’t spend 70,000 Honors Points unless doing so saved me £280+.
You can check out our review of the Hilton London Paddington here.
Purely in terms of convenience for getting to/from your Terminal quickly and easily, I would say that the Hilton Garden Inn Heathrow Airport and the Hilton London Paddington are probably the best options for Terminals 2 and 3.
For Terminal 4, it’s hard to see past the Hilton London Heathrow Airport, on the basis that it’s actually connected to the Terminal.
Terminal 5 is the trickiest to call. On balance, the Hilton London Heathrow Airport Terminal 5 Hotel probably just about edges out the Hilton Garden Inn Heathrow Airport and the Hilton London Paddington.
The Doubletree by Hilton Hotel London Heathrow Airport is the weakest overall in my view, though none of the hotels listed above are terrible options really.
Best Hilton Hotel for Heathrow Airport – Value Using Cash
‘Value’ is always in the eye of the beholder, so feel free to shoot me down, but I’m simply going with the cheapest option here – the Hilton Garden Inn Heathrow Airport.
The location is substantially better than the Doubletree, whether you want to go to the airport or into central London, and all the other options are considerably more expensive.
The hotel itself looks perfectly good to me for an overnight stop and gets solid reviews. The Hilton London Heathrow Airport Terminal 5 Hotel and the Hilton London Heathrow Airport look nicer and have swimming pools etc, but are regularly twice the price of the Garden Inn. The Hilton Paddington is usually even more expensive.
Best Hilton Hotel for Heathrow Airport – Value Using Hilton Honors Points
Given the changes to how Hilton Honors works, the best cash rates should generally result in the best value Points rates too, but there can be exceptions when a hotel is in a relatively low category and therefore has a low maximum Points cost, regardless of the cash rate.
In this instance, there isn’t such an exception as the Hilton Garden Inn Heathrow Airport maxes out at 30,000 Points per night (and is often less due to the low cash rate), and all the other options have a maximum of 50,000 – 70,000 Points per night or higher, apart from the Doubletree which is also 30,000. As mentioned earlier though, the Doubletree is the least convenient of the Heathrow Airport Hilton options and the cash rates tend to be a bit higher than the Garden Inn too, which means the Points price tends to be nearer the 30,000 max more frequently too.
Most Luxurious Hilton Hotel for Heathrow Airport
If you’re looking for something a bit more special than the usual airport hotel experience, I think you’ve got two main Hilton options.
The first is simply to book whatever your favourite central London Hilton is (for me, the excellent Conrad St. James) and then get a taxi and/or the Heathrow Express to the airport.
The second option is to check out the Hilton Syon Park, which used to be branded as a luxury Waldorf Astoria hotel. As you can see, the style is certainly still rather more refined than you see at most Hiltons:
The hotel is actually only 7 Miles from Heathrow Airport, so getting a taxi shouldn’t be too expensive. As far as I can see, public transport would take 40-50 minutes and involve a change, so might not be hugely convenient.
Cash rates at the Hilton Syon Park are pretty reasonable, ranging from £110 to about £220, with the majority of dates costing under £170. Points rates can be as high as 60,000 per night, though most dates are substantially less as a result of the relatively low cash rates.
Best Hilton Hotel for Heathrow Airport – Overall Winner
As discussed, what you consider to be the best Hilton Hotel for Heathrow Airport will depend on many subjective factors, but for me, the clear overall winner is the Hilton Garden Inn Heathrow Airport. The combination of value and convenience, mixed with a comfortable (though admittedly not flashy) room, is exactly what I want from an airport hotel.
What do you think – smart choice, or is there something better that I’ve missed?