Where there’s a commercial passenger airport, there’s inevitably a selection of airport hotels. Whether we’re flying for business or pleasure, many of us need to stay overnight at a hotel either before or after our flight, especially if our flight departs early in the morning or arrives late at night.
Most airport hotels belong to one of the well-known hotel groups. Usually, they offer the traveller a comfortable and efficient overnight stay and work hard to cater for the demands of air travel such as making an early breakfast available for guests with early morning flights and providing an airport shuttle bus.
Staying in an airport hotel can be a great way of securing a value-for-money overnight stay and car parking deal. Many airport hotels allow guests to park their car in the hotel car park for the duration of their trip. The combined cost of the one-night hotel stay and a week’s car parking can work out much cheaper than paying for each facility separately. Guests can catch a shuttle bus to and from the airport, although there is often a fare to pay each way.
You can book your airport hotel and a park and fly package if available by contacting the hotel directly or online. Many hotel booking websites eg booking.com will list airport hotels and help you to book a room or you could use a travel company such as Holiday Extras. Shop around to get the best price.
So which airport hotel should you choose for your overnight stay? Whether you want to start your holiday in style or need to stick to a budget, there should be a hotel to suit. Here are some suggestions:
Luxury: Hilton London Heathrow Terminal 4. The only hotel directly connected to Terminal 4, via a covered walkway. It operates a shuttle bus to Terminal 5. Rooms start at £130 and parking is £20.
Mid-price: Holiday Inn London Heathrow. One of three Holiday Inns at or near Heathrow Airport, this hotel is by J4 of the M4. Rooms start at £65. Stay, park and fly packages are available and guests can take a shuttle bus to and from their airport terminal.
Budget: easyHotel London Heathrow. A budget hotel with rooms available for as little as £40. There is no restaurant although drinks and snacks are available from vending machines. On-site parking is available with a shuttle bus to the airport terminals.
Luxury: Langshott Manor. A member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World group, the hotel has an award-winning restaurant. Rooms start at £119 without breakfast. Overnight parking is free and an airport shuttle is available.
Mid-price: Premier Inn London Gatwick Airport South. One of several Premier Inns close to Gatwick Airport, rooms are available from £49 not including breakfast. Overnight parking is free but there is no park and fly option so you would need to use an airport car park.
Budget: Gainsborough Lodge, a family-run hotel, is five minutes away from the airport. It offers basic rooms and a cooked breakfast starting from around £40. A parking package is available and an airport shuttle bus stops at the hotel.
Luxury: Halebarns House. A country house hotel five minutes’ drive from the airport. A double room costs around £140 including breakfast. Free overnight parking is available with a shuttle bus to the airport.
Mid-price: Best Western Plus Pinewood on Wilmslow. Four star hotel accommodation just a short drive from the airport. Rooms start at £63 not including breakfast. Overnight parking is free and park and fly packages are available. There is a shuttle bus to the airport.
Budget: Premier Inn Manchester – Handforth. The hotel is four miles from the airport and offers free overnight parking but no shuttle bus. Rooms start at £48 not including breakfast.
Luxury: Radisson Blu Hotel Stansted Airport. Just two minutes’ walk from the airport. There are three international restaurants and a fitness centre, spa and indoor pool. Rooms start at around £121 including breakfast. Park and fly packages are available.
Mid-price: Holiday Inn Express Stansted. A short drive from the airport, rooms start at £70 including continental breakfast. A shuttle bus operates to and from the airport every 30 minutes.
Budget: Days Inn Stansted Bishops Stortford. Just five minutes’ drive from the airport and with free overnight parking, rooms start at £43. Transport to and from the airport can be arranged for a charge.
Luxury: Parkstone Hotel. On the Prestwick seafront this hotel is a two-minute taxi ride from the airport. Rooms start at £89 including breakfast and overnight parking is free.
Mid-price: Prestwick Old Course Hotel: Just a three-minute taxi ride from the airport, rooms start at £65 including breakfast. Parking is free overnight.
Budget: Premier Inn Ayr/Prestwick Airport. Less than two miles from the airport, rooms start at £44 not including breakfast. Overnight parking is free but there is no shuttle service to the airport.
Luxury: Redhill House Boutique Hotel. A spacious hotel with large gardens and an indoor pool. Rooms start at £99 including breakfast. An airport shuttle bus transports guests to the airport 1.8 miles away.
Mid-price: Holiday Inn Bristol Airport. A 10-minute drive from the airport, rooms start at £69 not including breakfast. Parking is £5 per day and a 24-hour shuttle service to the airport is available for guests.
Budget: Accommodation Bristol Airport. Rooms start at £55. The hotel is just over a mile from the airport with free overnight parking and an airport shuttle bus service.