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Review of Holiday Inn Express at Heathrow, Terminal 4

I stayed at a Holiday Inn Express at Glasgow Airport last year, and found them quite comfortable for a good price, so I was happy to find out that Heathrow had one. It's connected to Terminal 4 and you get there by walking through a long tunnel from the terminal. The signage to get there is excellent. All you need to do is follow the signs for hotels, and specifically for the Holiday Inn Express. The service was good, the room was nice, and with a very comfortable bed. The hotel is connected to another IHG hotel, the Crown Royal Plaza, and everything was very open.

There were two restaurants, one a bit more casual, and one that was more formal. I opted for the casual and had the chicken makhani with a glass of wine. Both were very good. The hotel opens for breakfast at 5 am, but will let you order a breakfast bag if you have to leave earlier. I stayed one night and the cost was £98 (this was a non-cancellable rate, but I went with it as I had good travel insurance).

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Mardee, if you have an early morning flight out, do you retrace down the pedestrian tunnel - no shuttle bus or other means to get to the departure area?

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We stayed at the Premier Hotel at T4; a great bargain as well. Our departure was from T3. We walked to the Elizabeth line area and had to get a free ticket to ride to T3. There are machines to the left before you go thru the gates for the train. We were told the train runs every 30 minutes, at least that was the early morning schedule. Got on at 6:15 for the 6:30 departure. Zipped right over to T3. The walk from the hotel to the train took longer than the train ride.

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My husband and I stayed at the same HI Express last June for two nights after a cruise. We thought the room was very comfortable and somehow got a room with a view of a runway, which was fun!

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Cyn, yes, you just walk out of the hotel to the tunnel. The tunnel takes you right back to terminal 4, where the check-in counters are. It was really easy and very convenient.

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It's a fine point but the 2 restaurants were probably part of the Crowne Plaza section of the hotel. Normally HIE does not have restaurants, but there is access to a breakfast room included in the rate.

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It's a fine point but the 2 restaurants were probably part of the Crowne Plaza section of the hotel. Normally HIE does not have restaurants, but there is access to a breakfast room included in the rate.

Tom, the fine dining restaurant was part of the Crowne Plaza section, but not the more casual cafe where I ate. That was part of the HIE hotel. There was also a restaurant at the HIE at Glasgow Airport (in fact, I ordered the same thing there that I did at LHR).

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Mardee, thanks for this post. Some of the flights back home we are considering have an overnight connection at Heathrow, and it seemed intimidating. But your post lessens my concerns. Thanks!

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You're welcome, Bob! It was very pleasant experience for me. :-)

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I also stayed at that HIE, probably after a post here, and maybe by Mardee...
It was cheaper than the Premier Inn at the same location. I would stay there again, it was perfectly fine and the location and price were great.

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I stay in the same location but at the Crowne Plaza, which I like very much. Both are run well, and give a good experience.

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We stay at that HIE T4 every summer when we fly out of LHR. It is very easy to walk to the tube, which connects to the terminals. Great family hotel and reasonably priced. There is an option to book a room with a Queen size bed and a comfortable pullout couch- it can fit a family of 4. They charge for early checkout so if you leave before 5am just leave the keycard in the room.

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Nigel, I remember you saying that you enjoy staying at the Crowne Plaza. Maybe one of those days I’ll try that one.

TravelinTess, I checked out at 4:30 AM, and was not charged for an early check out. I went up to the desk, told them that I was waiting on a breakfast bag to take with me and gave them my keys. They didn’t say a word about an early checkout charge. And I know I wasn’t billed for it.

But that’s good to know about the family room. I might be taking advantage of that next year. Thanks!