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Discover the best budget accommodation in this Premier Inn London Heathrow Terminal 4 Review
Are you looking for a comfortable budget hotel that is within easy walking distance of London Heathrow Airport?
Historically, when selecting an airport at London Heathrow Airport you were faced with a tricky choice. You could pay a premium for the few hotels that were walkable from the airport’s terminal buildings; for example, the Hilton at Terminal 4 and the Sofitel at Terminal 5.
The alternative was to stay at one of the many hotels scattered around the airport’s perimeter. These were less expensive but necessitated a bus or taxi journey to reach the terminal.
The hotel landscape at London Heathrow changed in May 2017 with the introduction of a new Premier Inn within walking distance of Terminal 4.
This Premier Inn London Heathrow Terminal 4 review is based on my stay in January 2020 prior to spending a week in Tenerife.
Getting to the Premier Inn London Heathrow Terminal 4
To get to Heathrow Terminal 4 by public transport you have three main options: the National Express coach service, London Underground’s Piccadilly Line (the ‘Tube’) or the ludicrously expensive Heathrow Express train from London Paddington.
When you reach Terminal 4 take the lift up to Departures level and make your way to Zone G, where you will find the entrance to the covered footbridge to the hotel.
From here, it’s a five-minute walk to the Premier Inn. As this can be a chilly walk in winter, wrap up warm.
Premier Inn London Heathrow Terminal 4 Review
Reaching the Premier Inn London Heathrow Terminal 4 entrance, take the lift down one level to the hotel’s main lobby to check-in.
Although there was a bank of self-check-in terminals, Charlotte, the receptionist, was happy to help.
The hotel was undergoing renovation when I stayed, which carried a risk of noise when the builders started work in the morning. Charlotte took the trouble to find me a room where this wouldn’t be an issue.
This is typical of the customer care that I have experienced at Premier Inn hotels in the past.
My room on the 2nd floor, which overlooked a small courtyard, was spacious for two people sharing, let alone solo occupancy. Noise insulation was excellent.
Video: Double Room at Premier Inn London Heathrow Terminal 4
Decorated in tasteful grey and burgundy tones, it had excellent lighting with a combination of downlighters and lamps.
Storage space was limited but perfectly adequate for a one-night stay. There is an open space for hanging clothes if needed.
The Hypnos king-sized bed was super comfortable with decent linen and plump pillows.
There was also a sofa-bed flanking the window.
Opposite the bed was a wall-mounted television. Below this, a desk area which housed a kettle with limited supplies for making hot drinks – two sachets of instant coffee, two Twining’s tea bags, UHT milk and sugar/sweetener.
Power points were plentiful throughout the room and USB charging points were also available.
An in-room safe, generous fridge, iron and ironing board were available.
Opposite the entrance to the bathroom was a small vanity unit which housed a reasonably powerful hairdryer.
The bathroom was clean and functional with a large mirror and good lighting.
A deep full-sized bath had a rainfall showerhead. My one criticism is that water pressure could have been better.
Sadly, there was a nylon shower curtain instead of a proper shower enclosure. Liquid soap, shower gel and shampoo were provided in refillable dispensers.
The towels should have gone to towel heaven a long time ago.
Complimentary Wi-Fi is provided to all Premier Inn guests. Whilst this is not lightning fast, it is adequate for checking email and for Internet browsing.
If you need a faster connection, you can purchase Ultimate Wi-Fi for £5 for 24-hour access.
Eating and drinking
The standard Premier Inn Thyme restaurant, serving dinner and breakfast, is on the ground floor. There is also a bar and a 24-hour Costa Coffee outlet.
As I was grabbing a quick bite to eat in the BA Lounge prior to boarding my flight to Tenerife, I didn’t have breakfast at the Premier Inn. However, if past experience is anything to go by, this is worth considering.
For £9.99 (October 2020 price) you can fill your boots with as much as you like, from healthy fruit and yoghurt, through to a full English Breakfast, pastries and pancakes. A Continental Breakfast option is available for £7.99. Both are served with unlimited drinks.
Getting to Heathrow Terminals 2,3 and 5 from Premier Inn T4
If your plane leaves from Terminal 4, you simply have to retrace your steps along the covered walkway. But even if you are leaving from one of Heathrow’s other terminals, this is also an easy journey from the Premier Inn.
Heathrow Connect train service to Terminals 2 and 3
Exiting the walkway in T4, take the lift down to this free train service.
Give yourself 30 minutes to make this journey.
Local bus to Terminal 5
For T5, it’s quicker and easier to use the local bus service, which is also free. They will print a bus timetable for you at reception.
The bus stop is less than a minute’s walk from the Premier Inn. At check out take the lift down to the ground floor, exit the building, turn left and use the walkaway adjacent to the hotel on the same side of the road. The TfL bus stop will be clearly visible.
Buses 482 or 490 will take you to T5 in 15 minutes.
Is parking available at Premier Inn London Heathrow Terminal 4?
If you would like to drive to the airport, you can book a package that includes parking through Holiday Extras. However, currently, these are non-flexible rates.
For a rate offering free cancellation, book parking separately.
How much did it cost to stay at the Premier Inn?
Booking around three months ahead, a one-night stay at Premier Inn London Heathrow T4 cost just £29.50. This is a bargain for a Heathrow hotel, let alone one that is within easy walking distance of one of the terminal buildings.
The bottom line: Is the Premier Inn London Heathrow Terminal 4 a good budget choice?
I confess that I have a weakness for a Premier Inn hotel. In my experience, the chain has achieved the right balance between comfort and affordability.
And I’m not alone in my view. Amongst other accolades, Premier Inn has scooped the Best Budget Hotel Brand for the eighth year running at the 2019 Business Traveller Awards.
At £29.50 per night, the Premier Inn was a steal, and less than the cost of the taxi fare from my home to the airport. This was a non-flexible rate but you can opt for a flexible rate for £5 – 10 more.
But price isn’t everything. The room was basic but functional, very quiet and comfortable. Customer service was exemplary.
From hotel check-out to check-in at Heathrow T4 you are looking at ten minutes. But as you can get to the other terminals within 30 minutes maximum, Premier Inn London Heathrow T4 is also a great option if you are flying out of T2, T3 or T5.
In conclusion, this is my go-to Heathrow hotel and I look forward to staying there again in March.
I hope that you have found this review of Premier Inn London Heathrow T4 helpful but I’d love to hear from you if you’ve stayed in other Heathrow hotels. Just leave a comment below.
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