Thistle Hotel Heathrow

4 star airport hotel with access to the Spring Health Leisure Club opposite. Guests to the Thistle hotel at Heathrow get a superb package at a great price.

What to expect at the Thistle Hotel Heathrow

This elegant, 4-star airport hotel is the closest accommodation of its kind to Heathrow terminal 5, and is just 2 miles from Heathrow’s terminal 1 and 3. Expect airy spaciousness and clean, crisp lines at this airport hotel, and dining areas that boast panoramic views of the runway.

The 264 modern, en-suite rooms are soundproofed from the airport’s whir of activity, and each room features a flat screen LCD TV with Freeview and in-house movies for your in-room entertainment. Meanwhile, the muted colour schemes ooze calm and relaxation to soothe you before your flight.

Features at the Heathrow Thistle

With the choice of three eateries to satisfy your stomach, you might want to indulge in the holiday flavours on offer at the European-inspired, Best Sellers Bar. Or perhaps you’d rather enjoy some last-minute home comforts courtesy of the First Edition Restaurant and its selection of traditional and contemporary British grub. The Oak and Avocado Lounge has an extensive range of drinks, cocktails and light bites, sure to sooth you into a laid back beginning to your break.

The First Edition Restaurant is open throughout the day and full room service is also available.

And while you’re not sampling from the extensive menus, the Heathrow Thistle Hotel has BT wifi that’s accessible throughout, at an additional charge. So whether you want to Skype the family from your bedside, or set that all-important Out Of Office reply from the dinner table, you can do so, from right where you sit.

You may not want to leave the comfort of this superior hotel, but for optimum pre-flight relaxation, the Spring Health Leisure Centre opposite is available at an additional charge. Energise at the gym or splash in the pool before soaking in a warm, bubbling Jacuzzi. Afterwards, enjoy the ultimate wind down in the centre’s sauna and steam rooms, as the 9 to 5 turmoil melts away.

Unwind at this contemporary Heathrow airport hotel in Middlesex, or have a nosey around some of the most well-known landmarks in the area before you leave. Wembley Stadium is just half an hours’ drive away while the exquisite Windsor Castle can be got to in just fifteen minutes.

Check-in times

Check in from 2pm and check out by 12 noon.

Parking at the Heathrow Thistle Hotel:

With 600 on-site parking spaces guests can opt for the simple, value-for-money Park and Fly package. In this instance leave your car at this Heathrow airport hotel for the duration of your holiday. To get to and from the airport, you’ll need to take the Hoppa transfer bus, which is provided by Heathrow airport and will pick you up from outside the Thistle hotel.

A single ticket for the Hoppa transfer purchased in advance is £4, while a return is £7. Tickets bought with the driver are £4.50 for a single and £8 return. 2 children under 15 won’t have to pay as long as they’re with an adult.

Flying from terminals 1 and 3:

To get to the terminals 1 and 3 from the Thistle Hotel at Heathrow airport, jump on the H4 Hoppa bus, which runs every 20 to 30 minutes between 4.20am and 11.15pm, and takes between 7 and 15 minutes to reach either terminal.

Flying from terminals 4 and 5:

To get to terminals 4 and 5, take the Hoppa bus H51. This transfer bus from the Thistle airport hotel to Heathrow airport runs every half hour between 5.10am and 11.48pm. The journey takes roughly 15 minutes.

Parking at Heathrow Airport:

Alternatively, you may prefer parking at an Official Heathrow airport Long Stay car park. These car parks are monitored by CCTV, regular patrols, and also hold the Park Mark award for security. Park at the hotel on the night of your stay for £9 and, on the morning of your flight, move your car to the Official Heathrow airport Long Stay car park and take the free shuttle bus to and from your terminal.

Flying from terminals 1 and 3:

This shuttle bus runs every 10 to 12 minutes, except between 11.45pm and 4.45am, when the bus runs on demand. Transfers take between seven and fifteen minutes.

Flying from Heathrow terminal 4:

This time you’ll be parking at the Official Heathrow Airport Long Stay terminal 4 car park. Transfers take between 3 and 7 minutes and run every 7 to 8 minutes between 5am and 11pm. Outside of these times, transfers run only on demand.

Flying from terminal 5:

Bus transfers to terminal 5 run every 10 minutes between 5.30am and 11pm. The journey takes 5 to 7 minutes, and is included in the price.

Dining and drinking at the Heathrow Thistle Hotel

All of the on-site venues at the Heathrow Thistle Hotel offer a contemporary and relaxed dining atmosphere. There’s also 24-hour room service available, which is ideal for guests who arrive very late or early in the day, those who’ve just missed a sitting at the restaurant, and anyone who prefers to dine in the privacy and luxury of their room.

The First Edition restaurant has amazing views of the runway at Terminal 5, giving you the chance to watch planes take off and land whilst you dine. Make your way there for breakfast between 6am and 9.30am (10.30am on weekends and Bank Holidays), and return between 6pm and 10pm for dinner. Choose the Best Sellers Bar for lighter snacks and liquid refreshments. It’s open from 6pm until the small hours every weeknight, with a far earlier opening time of 10.30am on the weekends. The dress code for both venues is ‘Smart Casual’, so don’t be afraid to dress for the occasion!

With a truly intriguing name and a menu to match, the Oak & Avocado Lounge is a spacious and comfy place to try a cocktail or afternoon tea. It’s open from 9am until 6pm on weekdays, serving food and drinks throughout the day.


Modern British and European cuisine dominates the menu at the First Edition, so you’re sure to find something that you fancy from the a la carte choice. Meat dishes, seafood, vegetarian options and delicious desserts – this restaurant has it all. Make sure you’re wearing something comfortable when you dine, as you’re bound to leave full and satisfied.

As well as a very decent range of wines and spirits, you can also select snacks and nibbles at the Best Sellers bar to accompany your drink. A couple of pints of the usual and a packet of pork scratchings, or some mixed nuts to nibble on with your Pinot Grigio? It’s entirely up to you.

Why not try some cucumber sandwiches and scones at the Oak & Avocado lounge? Their afternoon tea includes all of the traditional favourites, especially the choice of tea. If you’re after something a little stronger, take your pick from one of the many cocktails on offer.

Directions to the Thistle Hotel Heathrow

Directions from

It’s less than 3 miles from the airport, and the Heathrow Thistle Hotel is really simple to find from the motorway. Its convenience for the M25 links you easily to the rest of the country, so you’ll get there with no problems wherever you set off from.

  • Leave the M25 at junction 14, following the signs for ‘Terminal 4/Cargo’.
  • At the first roundabout, take the A3044 in the direction of Longford and Colnbrook. At the second roundabout, take the third exit towards Longford.
  • Head through Longford, and you’ll see the hotel after about 800 yards on the right-hand side.

If you’re planning to reach the hotel via public transport, your best option is to use the Terminals 1-3 Underground station at the airport and then take a Hoppa bus the rest of the way. The station is on the Piccadilly line, with direct access to national rail services via King’s Cross St. Pancras.

Rooms at the Thistle Hotel Heathrow

There are over 260 rooms at the Thistle Hotel, each with soundproofing to minimise the noise of the runway. With Wi-Fi available throughout the hotel for a small charge, you can check your e-mails as you make your way to lunch, or leisurely surf the net from the comfort of your bed. Ask for a voucher at reception to enjoy internet access in your room.

Room facilities

Every single room is fully equipped for your comfort and convenience, with an en-suite bathroom, television with in-house movies, telephone and radio, and facilities for making tea and coffee. No matter which room you stay in, you can also call room service at any time, as it’s available 24 hours a day.

Room types

There are Standard, Deluxe, and Family rooms available at the hotel, and each one lives up to its name with convenient extras. You can also choose double or twin beds for your room, to suit the needs of your family or group.

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Hotel address

Thistle Hotel,
Bath Road,
UB7 0EQ,

Distance to airport: 1.1 Miles

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