If I had to rate my stay at the Hilton at Heathrow Airport (Terminal 4), I’d give it a solid 3 stars out of 5. The location is excellent and the rooms are nicely designed, but it felt like a freezer in my room – even after turning off the air conditioning. I wanted to like it, but I couldn’t. I hate when that happens.

A full review of my 1 night stay at the Hilton at Heathrow Airport (Terminal 4)

This Hilton is located adjacent to the main structure of T4 at Heathrow Airport. It’s not attached directly to the terminal itself. It can be reached from within the airport through a long tunnel system which takes about 5 minutes to walk the entire length. Plan ahead if you’ve got a lot of luggage to pull around.

I did notice an elderly couple being picked up at the entrance to the tunnel by hotel staff in an electric cart, so apparently that is an option if you are unable (or unwilling) to do the walk.

Hilton Heathrow Terminal 4 entrance
This is the entrance to the hotel from inside terminal 4 here at LHR. Looks close and convenient!
Hilton Heathrow Terminal 4 tunnel
But once you walk through those doors, there is this tunnel to traverse (which oddly enough, is a lot like the tunnel leading to the Logan Airport Hilton in Boston). This doesn’t seem so bad, right?
walking to Hilton Heathrow Terminal 4
But then I turned the corner, thinking I was almost there, when I saw this sign. 4 minutes!? Really? Good thing I don’t have a lot of luggage…
Hilton Heathrow Terminal 4 outside entrance
But the sign was correct, and exactly four minutes later I reached the entrance to the LHR Hilton.

The lobby

The lobby of this Hilton is large, bright, and grand (typical of what I would expect a Hilton to be). It didn’t feel overly stylish and trendy to me – at least compared to the Westminster Park Plaza I had stayed in the previous two nights. It was certainly designed in a more “casual” way that made me feel at home right away.

Hilton Heathrow Terminal 4 check in
Hilton Heathrow terminal 4 main lobby. That’s the check in desk down there (left center of the picture).
Hilton Heathrow Terminal 4 restaurant
Looking the other way, you can easily see how large of a property this is. This is the restaurant and lounge, as seen from the 3rd floor.

Getting to my room

I had room 314 for my short 1-night stay, and it was a fairly short walk from the elevators. That didn’t matter to me all that much, but every little bit helps after making that long walk from T4 at LHR.

Hilton Heathrow Terminal 4 guest room hallway
Off the elevator and into the guest room corridor. I love the airplane lights on the walls!
Hilton Heathrow Terminal 4 room door
What good is a proper hotel review without a pic of the door to the room?
Hilton Heathrow Terminal 4 room 314
Room 314. Mine for the night!

The room

It became obvious as soon as I opened the door that not all Hilton airport hotels are created equal. How did the one here at the Heathrow Airport end up looking so cool, while the ones we get back in the US look so dumpy and plain? I mean, just have a look at my Hilton MSY review to see for yourself… 

Hilton Heathrow Terminal 4 room
Walking into the room for the first time. Looks a bit small, but really nice!
Hilton Heathrow Terminal 4 room layout
Right away I liked the colors and overall layout. Not bad for an airport hotel.
Hilton Heathrow Terminal 4 wide angle room overview
Here’s a wide angle pic showing the space a little bit better.
Hilton Heathrow Terminal 4 bed
Is it bed time yet? That thing looked awful tempting while I was taking these pics.
Hilton Heathrow Terminal 4 in room desk
Interesting wrap-around desk! The sharp corner right at the edge was a bit dangerous though. I stubbed my toe on it twice!
Hilton Heathrow Terminal 4 wide angle view of desk
This wide angle pic shows the desk in all it’s wrap-around glory.
Hilton Heathrow Terminal 4 room size
And this is the view from the other direction.
Hilton Heathrow Terminal 4 in room chair
I couldn’t help but to think “yeeaah, baby!” (in a heavy Austin Powers accent) whenever I looked at this chair. If only the management team at the Knoxville Airport Hilton could be so brave…
Hilton Heathrow Terminal 4 TV
Remember when TV’s used to be thick? Here’s the view looking towards the door.
Hilton Heathrow Terminal 4 room exit
The wide angle pic from nearly the same angle shows off how nice the neutral materials of the room work together.
Hilton Heathrow Terminal 4 alarm clock
Bed side table with complimentary water and alarm clock.

The room itself was a bit small, though perfectly comfortable and sprinkled with a few very cool little design elements which gave it a bit of character. The glowing world map on the wall above the minibar was cool, and the minibar itself was a piece of art. It was more like a showcase than a minibar, and I will admit it tempted me to indulge a bit. But I did my best to resist!

Hilton Heathrow Terminal 4 minibar
The coolest minibar I’ve ever seen in a hotel room. It almost made me purchase something!
Hilton Heathrow Terminal 4 art
This illuminated map of Europe was really cool – and I liked how it matched the style of the lights in the hallway. I love design consistency like that.

The bathroom

Hilton Heathrow Terminal 4 bathroom
The bathroom. Quite nice actually!
Hilton Heathrow Terminal 4 bathroom size
Large and spacious it was not, but still quite functional.
Hilton Heathrow Terminal 4 bathroom vanity
Looking the other direction towards the door.
Hilton Heathrow Terminal 4 toilet
The toile….I mean…loo. I love the simplicity of European toilets! Give me something this small with all the luxuries of a high-tech commode common in Japan, and I’d be a very happy guy.
Hilton Heathrow Terminal 4 bathroom amenities
No fancy amenities here – pretty much run of the mill Hilton stuff.

One of the best parts of the room was the view of the steady stream of aircraft approaching in the distance. I spent at least two hours with my chair next to the window just watching airplanes from all over the wold pour into LHR.

They weren’t close enough to photograph (like you can at the ORD Hilton), and I wouldn’t go as far as to consider this a good aircraft spotting hotel, but the planes were close enough to identify airlines. LHR is a diverse airport – I even saw a few airlines that I’ve never even heard of before, which was pretty interesting for this airline nerd.

Hilton Heathrow Terminal 4 view
While this was nowhere near as nice as the view I had at the Hilton in Waikiki, he steady stream of airliners approaching LHR in the distance made it worth remembering.

Just as I experienced at the Frankfurt Airport Hilton, the worst part about the room was the temperature! No matter what setting I set the climate control to, all it did was blow cold air. It was miserable, so the only option was to turn it off completely to stop the deep freeze.

And even that didn’t help – I was uncomfortably cold all night long. Noise was also a bit of an issue – the walls are very thin here, so the constant noise from other guests was distracting.

Room service

I had to get up very early the next morning to catch a flight to JFK, so I didn’t feel much like going out for dinner that night. I spent the night in, with an order of room service from one of the in-house restaurants. It was pretty good – and fairly reasonably priced for room service if you ask me.

Hilton Heathrow Terminal 4 room service
Room service. This Indian curry dish hit the spot.

Final thoughts

I enjoyed my stay here at the LHR Hilton. Yes, the room was downright freezing, but the convenience of being right next to the airport made up for that in a big way.

This is especially helpful if you’ve got an early morning flight out of LHR – even if it’s in a terminal other than 4. All the other terminals are easily accessed (for free) via the Heathrow Express, and it sure beats having to make the trek to LHR from other parts of London that early in the morning.

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