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(3 star hotel)
including 8 days parking
1.9 miles
from the airport
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What you see is what you get at the Holiday Inn

There’s no mistaking the Holiday Inn Ariel when you arrive at Heathrow - its unique, circular structure certainly stands out from the other more traditional-style Heathrow hotels. And you definitely won’t be disappointed when you step inside. Its reception and shared areas are crisp and uncomplicated, but at the same time feel warm and inviting. The hotel’s bedrooms are much the same; bright, comfortable and equipped with everything that’s needed to get a good night’s sleep. With double glazed windows and blackout curtains, it’s easy to overlook the fact that you’re at an airport – and the squashy beds with choose-your-own pillows are bound to help you forget that the world exists for a few hours.

Avid planespotters should request a south-facing room when they make their booking – they overlook the airstrip and offer a grandstand view of the takeoffs. That also means that anyone who’s looking for a hotel close to the airport will be well catered for too: the Holiday Inn Ariel is less than two miles to the nearest terminal. Plus regular bus services depart from the front door to all terminals – see our 'Getting there' tab for more details.

Come on home

The hotel has on-site parking for 90 vehicles, as well as access to offsite parking when the car park becomes full. The car park is protected by CCTV which is monitored by staff at the hotel.

We recommend the Holiday Inn Ariel for:

Peace and Quiet - Despite being so close to the airport, the Ariel is well soundproofed and we enjoyed a quiet night’s sleep.

An elegant stay - Rooms are spacious and comfortable, and we loved the lightwell at the centre of the unusual ring-shaped building that lets in natural light at all times of day.

A quick ride to the airport - A bus or taxi takes only 10 minutes to terminals 1 and 3.

Family-friendly: kids not only get breakfast and dinner free, they stay free too. Request a room with runway view.


Clean Promise is the Holiday Inn's brand new, advanced cleaning system dedicated to making your stay as safe and contact-free as possible. When you arrive you'll find hand sanitiser for you to use and screens at reception. Both public areas and bedrooms are being cleaned more regularly.

Your room gets a deep clean with enhanced cleaners too, with emphasis on high-touch areas including light switches and remotes. You'll also get hand sanitiser and wipes to keep.

Getting to the airport

The Holiday Inn Ariel is on the Bath Road. Detailed driving instructions and a postcode for satnavs will be on your booking confirmation.

The Heathrow Hoppa shuttle bus runs regularly during the airport's opening hours. The bus stops at other hotels on the way, so it can take between 15-35 minutes between terminals 2, 3 and 4. To terminal 5, it can take 30-50 minutes.

The Hoppa costs £6 per person one way or £11 per person return.

Check in from 2pm, check out by 12 noon.


Overnight parking is available at £12 per night.

If you need parking for the whole of your stay, search for our ‘airport hotel and parking' packages. It's often cheaper to book them together than individually.


Rooms have free, medium speed wifi, double glazed windows, blackout curtains and a choice of firm or soft pillows. They are simple in design with crisp, white bedding. En suites have a power shower over the bath.

There's 24-hour room service with a £3 tray charge. It's a limited menu of sandwiches and paninis but guests are welcome to order food in.

Rooms include:

  • Free wifi (medium speed; upgrade £16)

  • Flat-screen TV

  • Tea and coffee

  • Hair Dryer

  • Iron/Ironing Board

  • Heating and air conditioning

  • Room service (£3 tray charge)

We'd recommend asking for an outer-facing room. They're larger than rooms facing the inner courtyard and some outer-facing rooms have a runway view. All rooms have windows that can be opened. Guests have said that twin rooms are spacious and clean. Triple rooms have a double bed and rollaway bed or two single beds and rollaway bed. Child age 12 and under.

Under 18s stay for free if sharing a room with their parents. There are also interconnecting rooms.


Medium speed wifi is free. To stream video online you will need a faster connection; an upgrade is £16.


Hotel accessibility includes:

  • Visual alarm in public areas
  • Lifts
  • Hearing loops
  • Service dogs are welcome

Accessible rooms include:

  • Visual alarm
  • Pull cords
  • Bathroom grab rails


Up to 4 kids 12 years and under eat free at Junction Restaurant (with at least 1 paying adult). The large menu includes 'home-style favourites', like bangers and mash and fish and chips, build-your-own burgers (a particular favourite with our guests), pastas, pizzas, steaks and salads. Some meals are available 24 hours.

Dishes are freshly prepared and meats from the grill are cooked to your liking. Expect to pay £13-£14 on average for a main meal.

This restaurant caters for vegetarian, vegan, lactose free and gluten free diets. If you have any dietary requests, speak to the restaurant team.

Open: 6pm - 10pm


The bar serves beers, wines, spirits and soft drinks as well as Starbucks coffee. Guests say that the staff are friendly and polite. A pint of Stella cost £4.50 (December 2016 prices).

Food is served from the bar, too, offering the same menu as the restaurant. See above for more info.

Open: 8am - 12.30am


Kids aged 12 and under eat breakfast for free. It's a full English and continental buffet. It's £15.95 on the day or £12.95 if you book it at reception the night before. Omelettes can be cooked to order by a dedicated omelette chef - just ask for the ingredients you'd like. Our guests particularly like the pancake machine.

The hotel will also create a breakfast to go - request it the night before at reception. It includes a yoghurt, a piece of fruit, a pastry and a sandwich.

Breakfast: £15.95 on the day

Open: 6am - 10am weekday.

Hints, tips and extra bits

Government regulations require passengers at the airport to wear a face mask. Remember to bring a face mask and have it on before you get there. You'll need one for each member of your party.

Vending machine in reception sells snacks, drinks, travel sets and adapters.

Rooms near the lobby tend to have a stronger internet connection.

Holiday Inn Ariel address

118 Bath Road,

Holiday Inn Ariel Additional Information

Star rating
Address118 Bath Road,
Disabled facilitiesAccessible rooms are available at this hotel. Please call us before you book if you need one of these rooms.
Room service
En-suite bathroom
Trouser press
Phone in room
Satellite TV