If you’re jetting off to meet your cruise, why wait until you reach your ship for your holiday to begin. Hilton London Heathrow Airport hotel is an ideal place to enjoy a relaxing start to your cruise vacation, as Lyndal Beeton discovers.

Suite at Hilton London Heathrow Airport

Hilton London Heathrow Airport hotel has been voted the World’s Leading Airport Hotel for two years in a row, and as soon as I stepped inside, it was easy to see why the hotel has received such an accolade.

With lofty ceilings and large-scale artworks, as well as soft lighting and calming background music, the large foyer is a contemporary and tranquil space perfectly designed to ease any pent-up travel stress.

Adding to the relaxing atmosphere was the welcoming staff, who ensured a swift check-in process. I was advised that a 24-hour concierge was on hand to assist with any transfers or special arrangements, and this reminded me of just how convenient the hotel’s location is.

Terminal 4 can be reached via a short, covered walkway and, from here, the free TfL Rail train service connecting T4 with all the other terminals is within easy reach. Terminal 5 can also be accessed from the Hilton London Heathrow Airport via the daily Hotel Hoppa bus service.

Stylish suites and personal touches

bed in room at Hilton London Heathrow Airport

But I didn’t need to depart for the airport until early the next morning. So, after checking in, I headed to my room which, with stylish, modern décor, would be a comfortable retreat for the night.

What impressed me the most were the personal touches; chocolates, an iced bottle of bubbly and an innovative cocktail creation were awaiting my arrival – a treat reserved for VIP visitors such as regular guests or those celebrating a special occasion.

Other highlights included the Crabtree & Evelyn products in the plush en-suite bathroom and a well-stocked mini-bar. And with luxury linens, soundproof windows, blackout curtains and a Hilton Serenity bed, I knew I had a good night’s sleep ahead of me.

Varied dining options

Before setting down for the night, dinner was very much needed and, fortunately, the Hilton London Heathrow Airport has a variety of dining options.

These include Italian eatery Aromi Restaurant, Zen Oriental, which serves up modern and authentic Chinese specialities and Oscar’s – where I had a reservation. The laid-back restaurant has a diverse international menu and I picked the buttermilk chicken fillet burger with sweet potato fries.

The service was very attentive, and I rounded up the evening with a deliciously refreshing Hendricks strawberry gin cocktail. Those who fancy doing the same should continue their evening in the Dancers Bar, which offers an extensive cocktail selection as well as speciality beers and soft drinks.

A stress-free start

breakfast at the Hilton London Heathrow Airport

Despite having to rise early the following day to catch my flight, I still had a very restful night’s sleep. And although I didn’t have time for breakfast, it’s served from 5am in Aromi Restaurant.

After checking out, I took a private taxi arranged by the concierge to T5 and this ensured an extremely stress-free morning – which I’m sure you’ll agree is the best way to start a long day of travelling. It meant I arrived at my cruise ship feeling thoroughly relaxed and in the right mindset to begin my time at sea.

Hilton London Heathrow Airport has rates available from £175 per room per night, based on two adults sharing, subject to availability. Weekend rates start from £125. For more information or to book, please visit heathrow.hilton.com.

Executive rooms at Hilton London Heathrow Airport are available from midweek, Executive rooms start from £225.00 with weekends rates available from £175.00 per room per night, subject to availability.

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