First Look: Hilton Garden Inn London Heathrow Terminal 2

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Hilton last week opened a new Hilton Garden Inn (HGI) hotel that is attached to the Terminal 2 at London’s Heathrow airport.

A friend of mine stayed there for a night while transiting between Europe and the United States late last week and filed a report about his stay.

You can access Hilton Garden Inn Terminal 2’s website here.

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Here’s the report that a friend of mine filed:

Hilton Garden Inn London Heathrow T2 opened the night before my arrival; I was told that I was the first guest to stay in this room.

The hotel is not exactly attached to Terminal 2, but connected via the parking structure, so it’s covered. The key is to note that the hotel is directly opposite the International Arrivals doors of T2. From there, its a straight shot through the parking structure’s valet level. Signage is very well marked and it’s less than a 5 min walk from the terminal to the hotel’s front desk.

At the same time, its less than a 10 min walk to the trains to London or even Terminal 3, although that route is a little more complicated, requiring the use of an elevator that is not well marked. The short bridge into the hotel lobby is heated/air conditioned and well set-up for luggage carts.

Staff seemed well trained with supervisors standing behind to assist with any issues.

Everything is of course brand new, and everything seemed to be in working order. The exception being the rooftop bar which will not open until August. The lower level bar and restaurant were open and busy

Tea making facilities – no coffee maker though the lobby had a coffee machine that made lattes, etc. for a fee.

One annoying thing about many UK Hotels are the fire doors separating hallways and the elevator areas – not fun when you have luggage.

Room:

Typical HGI set-up, with high quality shower, marble and toilet.

The window was double pained, and as you can see from the photo, very thick walls.Very thick walls and double-pane windows made the room very quiet.

There was a mini-fridge with a glass front. I liked that it was empty so you could fill with your own items, and of course items from the small market adjacent to the front desk.

Besides being absolutely quiet, the highlight of the room was the view of the terminal and runway. It’s assumed that upgrades will be to ‘runway view rooms’.

Both sides of the bed as well as the desk had USB and dual UK power ports.

The gym was small, but adequate with brand new equipment.

Restaurant & Breakfast Room:

Breakfast room view of T2 – and parking.

Breakfast Room Coffee Machine.

Breakfast Buffet

Hot Breakfast Offerings

View of the lobby and Front Desk as you enter from the T2 bridge.

Bridge to T2 parking structure

Signage along the columns through the parking structure indicate you are headed to the right place

Reverse view of T2 Arrivals area coming from the hotel

As you exit T2 International Arrivals the hotel is a straight walk through the parking structure valet area:

Overhead signs point to the hotel.

The walk through the parking structure is not heated or air conditioned, but the final bridge into the hotel is climate controlled. Decor or signage had yet to be installed.

Conclusion

Good to have a hotel that is attached to the terminal 2 at Heathrow. I tend to transit in London few times a year and usually book a day or an overnight room at one of the hotels nearby (and pay Uber fees – hate the Hotel Hoppa).

The hotels most convenient to the airport are usually obscenely priced. Let’s hope that the rates at this brand new HGI stay at more reasonable levels.

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