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(3 star hotel)
1.4 miles
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The Thistle Hotel, Heathrow: A plane-spotter's dream

The Thistle is the perfect Heathrow Airport hotel for plane-spotters: it overlooks the Terminal 5 runway. The hotel itself is contemporary and comfortable, with free, unlimited wifi throughout, and staff that really go out of their way to welcome you. Another thing that's attractive about the Thistle is its location; most hotels are on the Heathrow 'strip' along the A4, making them ideal for transfers to either: Terminal 2, Terminal 3, Terminal 4, or Terminal 5 - but the Thistle is perfectly placed between all so no matter where you're flying from, you can reach any terminal in a matter of minutes.

Plane-lovers certainly won't want to miss out on dinner in the hotel's First Edition restaurant, which has a prime view of the runway ... and the menu's pretty good, too. 

If you’re travelling to the airport by car, the Thistle is a great park and fly hotel. It has 600 spaces on site, so there's plenty of room to leave your car securely while you enjoy your holiday. Transfer links are good too: the Heathrow Hoppa pulls right up to the front door, or you can catch the free Heathrow bus from the street to terminal 5 or to Heathrow central for terminals 1, 3 and 4.

We recommend the Thistle Heathrow Hotel for:

Families: There are plenty of triple rooms, interconnecting rooms or family suites.

Parking: On-site parking is easy because transfers are available day and night from outside the hotel.

Dining: With a large glass-walled dining room and sun patio directly overlooking the airport, you can’t beat the Thistle for spectacular views while you dine.


You can check in from 2pm; you must check out by noon.


Thistle Hotel London Heathrow,
Bath Road,
West Drayton,
UB7 0EQ,

Sleep 20 mins from check-in. Restaurant and bar both have runway views. Eco-friendly shuttles to T5.


The Thistle has introduced an upgrade to their already high cleaning standards, to keep you as safe as possible during your stay.

All surfaces are cleaned more regularly, and hand sanitisers are available throughout the hotel for you to use. Social distancing is encouraged, with signs in place in public areas. The hotel is not accepting cash and bedrooms are only cleaned once you've checked out, to help keep your stay contact-free.

The restaurant is currently closed, but breakfast and lunch can be ordered via room service.

Getting to the airport

It's a 5-minute POD shuttle to T5, which costs £6 per person each way. The POD car park is next to the Thistle hotel. To get to all other terminals, we'd recommend taking the POD to T5, then the free Heathrow Express train to your terminal.

Alternatively, 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 10 and 50 minutes.

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

Travelling to the hotel by train? Heathrow T5 train station is closest to the hotel - it's a 5-minute POD ride away.

Hotel check-in is from 2pm and check-out by is by 12 noon.


Overnight parking at the hotel is £12 and subject to availability. Driving directions and a postcode for satnavs will be on your booking confirmation.

If you need parking for the whole of your holiday search for hotel and parking packages with us.


When we visited we found the rooms to be simple and functional. They are on the small side, but they're practical for an overnight stay. Although it's close to the airport, you wouldn't know with the triple-glazed windows in every room.

Rooms include:

  • Free wifi
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Tea and coffee
  • Iron and ironing board
  • En suite bathroom with shower and bath
  • Hairdryer
  • Room service 5pm - 11pm (no tray charge)

If you book a triple room it includes a double and single bed, or three singles. Children are classed as 16 and under.


It's free throughout the hotel. Guests have said it's intermittent in the evenings, so we'd suggest using your phone data if you have trouble connecting.


The car park and ground floor of the hotel are accessible:

  • 5 accessible bays at the hotel entrance.

There are no lifts and no fully accessible rooms at the Thistle but there are ground floor rooms that can be reached by wheelchair users.


The restaurant is currently closed, but lunch can be ordered via non-contact room service.


The Thistle bar again overlooks the runway and has a small selection of beers, wines, spirits and soft drinks. An average beer costs around £4.

Open 6pm to 11pm daily


The restaurant is currently closed, but breakfast can be ordered via non-contact room service.

Things to do

The lobby coffee shop serves hot drinks and cakes.

The 24-hour grab and go fridge offers sandwiches, salads and bottled drinks.

Good to know

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.

There's no lift, but the porter can help carry your luggage to your room.

We'd recommend requesting a room on the ground floor for convenience.

Thistle T5 address

Bath Road,

Thistle T5 Additional Information

Star rating
AddressBath Road,
Disabled facilitiesThere are no disabled facilities at this hotel.
All rooms non-smoking
En-suite bathroom
Trouser press
Phone in room
Satellite TV

Our customers rated Thistle Hotel Heathrow on average 9/10 (1400 reviews). Read Thistle Hotel Heathrow reviews.