For the reason I gave the hotel two star instead of one is that it is located nearby to the airport and the room rates were pretty reasonably priced. Now, putting that aside, the cliche comes in that you get what you pay for. Quite ironically we had just stayed in the Thistle Hotel in Middlesbrough which was very clean and nice. We booked the Thistle Heathrow for an overnight stay before we caught a connecting flight the next morning.
The hotel is definitely not walking distance from the airport, but it is very close and a Shuttle transfer can be purchased for 4GBP. The shuttles run very regularly and the front desk and help you figure out which shuttle to take to get you to your terminal of choice.
As for the hotel itself, you could tell that the hotel has been around for some time by the style of the room, especially the bathroom. The smell of the room was a bit stuffy. The biggest complaint was the hot water in the shower. The water would either be extremely hot or extremely cold. When you finally got it to adjust to a right temperature not to freeze or scorch your skin, it would randomly revert back to being all cold or all hot again.
Seeing that we got in the hotel at 11pm in the night,and needed to be up by 3am the next morning to get ready for our flight, we did not have time to call the front desk so they could fiddle with shower because we needed to get some rest. I bared the extreme hot and cold water to shower that night and in the morning. Thistle, I hope not all of your rooms are like this!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located close to all terminals, with direct access to Terminal 5 via the eco friendly Ultra POD network in 7 minutes. As well as boasting spectacular views of the northern runway and architectural splendor of terminal 5 from the hotel restaurant, terrace and bar. The Thistle London Heathrow is the ideal place to unwind whether you are flying off early or arriving late at night. Also because we're close to central London Thistle London Heathrow is a perfect venue for business meetings and other events. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Thistle London Heathrow West Drayton
- Thistle Heathrow
- Thistle London Heathrow Hotel West Drayton, Greater London