Comfort and convenience at a great price
How did the Arora International airport hotel group go from humble bed and breakfast to 5-star luxury in just fifteen years?
The family run hotel business has come a long way since 1993 when Surinder Arora bought a row of houses at Heathrow airport and turned them into a B&B for airline staff.
Providing convenient, competitively priced airport accommodation at the top end of the airport hotel market, the Arora International portfolio now includes six hotels located at London Heathrow, London Gatwick and Manchester.
The man behind Arora International, Surinder Arora, explains the company ethos:
"My vision is that our customers enjoy a real 4-star hotel experience at 3-star prices, with fabulous 5-star service."
Shrewdness, attention to detail, high standards and sheer hard graft have ensured that Arora is now the largest hotel operator at both Gatwick and Heathrow airports.
The 4-star Arora International Heathrow opened in June 1999 on the site of the former B&B. In 2001 the 4-star Arora International Gatwick and Arora Park Hotel at Heathrow both launched. Arora opened the 4-star Sofitel London Gatwick in 2004, rebranding the former Le Meridien London Gatwick. Offering exclusive VIP luxury, the 5-star Sofitel London Heathrow opened its doors in the summer of 2008 following the launch of Terminal 5.
With prices starting from just £99 room-only at the Sofitel London Heathrow and £65 at the Arora International Gatwick, airport travellers can enjoy a taste of luxury at recession-busting prices.