Hotel in Detail:A large Luxury hotel within the airport grounds the Sofitel Heathrow Terminal 5 opened at the same time as the terminal. To reflect the international appeal of the hotel each section of the interior is themed after a different continent ( Antarctica, Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas). The reception area is themed to reflect Antarctica and features a water fountain which flows from the mirrored ceiling and onto floodlit ice blocks. A stand out feature is the 5 steel and glass atriums.
Bedrooms are triple-glazed to minimise any outside noise and feature Sofitels' MyBed™ beds. Each room has private bathroom facilities which includes a walk-in power shower, phone, radio and hairdryer. All rooms are air-conditioned and have cable flat screen television (pay to view channels), safe, telephone with voicemail, WiFi internet access, and audio/visual entertainment equipment.
Some rooms have views out over the airport grounds and hotel gardens.
Room options include Classic, Superior, Executive, Deluxe and luxury rooms along with range of suites (27). There are also four types of suites which feature a television in the bathroom.
Room service is 24 hours and includes the full bar and grill menu. The Sofitel has 26 rooms adapted for accessibility, this is a number larger than normally found in most hotels within London.
The hotel can also boast to be among the first to deploy the Acentic's Panorama "in-room digital broadcasting" system. This is an interactive on-demand television service and high definition capable. It includes support for IP applications.
All guests over the age of 12 staying in a hotel suite have access to the Club Millésime Lounge.
Dining Options:All of the hotels restaurants are air-conditioned.
The Vivre fine dining venue in a refined setting that features a "Chefs Table" with open views of the restaurants kitchen. 5 cooking theatres: Deli, Hot Wok, Grill, Forno, Sweets. Serves a varied menu which includes classic and modern international dishes.
Open: 06:00 till 10:00, 18:00 till 22:30.
The Brasserie Roux restaurant with open theatre cooking. French regional cuisine. The innovative setting offers no less than fifteen different styles of international cuisine available from five food theatres. Linking these are the 3 types of flame cooking consisting of a wood-fired oven, rotisserie and the wok. Serves a hearty breakfast.
Open: 06.00 till 10.00, noon till 14.30, 18.00 till 22.00.
Tea 5 & Pastry Salon: Elegant atmosphere where you will find the Tea Master serving you your traditional English tea along with fresh pastries, deserts, cakes and light snacks. Celebrates the famous French Madeleine cakes. Champagne and savoury treats also served.
Open: 08.00 till 18.00.
Sphere Bar and Lounge: A central part of the hotel. Icelandic style interior and a trendy informal spot with a buzzing atmosphere serving artesian beverages, tap beers, tempting cocktails and a selection of wines by the glass. Also an extensive spirits list.
Open: 17.00 till midnight.
Library Bar: Enjoy the luxury of white jacket service. Intimate and relaxing serving a large range of Champagnes, vintage wines and cocktails.
14.00 till 23.00 (hours vary).
The hotel some of the most intensive conference and facilities to be found in a major city anywhere in Europe, making it a top convention centre.
Facilities include 45 meeting/conference rooms with the main conference being able to accommodate up to 1700 delegates theatre style. The total capacity for all conference rooms is 2800. Meeting rooms cover a range of sizes from intimate to large (20sqm to 1500sqm) and have their own breakout rooms. Of these, three are boardrooms which have their own separate dining room.
Banqueting facilities include a single room capable of hosting 1250 guests.
There is even a cinema/theatre with seating for 117.
The Sofitel Heathrow hotel Terminal 5 has a business centre which itself has two mini-offices.
A dedicated theatre and cinema room has seating for 117.
Within the hotel are several shops.
Onsite health and leisure spa. Here you will find a gymnasium (open 24 hours) along with five beauty and massage treatment rooms, relaxation zone, sauna, aromatherapy steam room and hydro-spa (with vitality pool). Along the same corridor you will also find the West London Skin Clinic where treatments such as Botox are available. Within the spa herbal teas are served.
Others services include concierge, dry cleaning and ironing.
All bedrooms and public areas are non-smoking.
Hotel Vicinity:Nearest: Tube & Railway Station: Heathrow Airport T5 281 yards (256 metres), Motorway: M25 Junction 14 0.9 miles (1.4 km). The Sofitel Heathrow Terminal 5 is the only hotel connected to terminal 5 at Heathrow Airport via bridges. This on the Western side of the airport grounds. The location lies between Stanwell and Longford, both small villages with a few local pubs. Being to the west of the airport grounds makes it especially suited for access to Windsor (5.7 miles) and Ascot (9 miles). You can easily access other terminals using the Heathrow Express from the terminal which is free within the airport perimeter. Indeed it will get you into London in around 20 minutes.
local places of interest: 0.9 mile (1.4 km) from Formula 1 Karting, an Indoor racing circuit with 8 corners. 1 mile (1.6 km) from Jump Giants, a huge sports arena with trampolines, a Battle Beam Zone, jump arena, foam zone, dodgeball courts, tumble runs, basketball slam dunk lanes and dedicated junior giants area.
Bedroom Numbers: 605
Check-in: 14.00 (2 pm)
Check-out: 12.00 noon
Parking:Private parking is available on site and costs £18 per day.
Internet:Complimentary wireless internet access throughout.
Compared to other London hotels: This hotel has been rated 90% by past guests. The London average is 80% and the average for 5 star hotels is 89%. Therefore this hotel is above average for its sector (star rating) and for London as a whole. Sofitel Hotels across the chain average 90% so this hotel is rated as average when compared to other Sofitel hotels.
Compared to surrounding hotels: The hotels rating of 90% is 13% above the 77% average guest rating for the area around Heathrow. Guests therefore rate the hotel well above average for the surrounding area.
Milesfaster ranking: 52nd from 866 London hotels, 2nd of 3 Sofitel Hotels, 2nd of 64 Heathrow hotels, and 30th of 131 five star rated hotels.
Another to Consider: A similar type of hotel (size, rating) nearby (2.1 miles, 3.4 km) would be the 5 star Radisson Blu Heathrow Hotel, with rates that start from about £77 and which has an 82% guest satisfaction rating. The Radisson Blu Heathrow Hotel also offers: free WiFi, a spa.Looking for lower base rates? Then another option might be the Mercure London Heathrow. 2.9 miles away (4.7 km), has scored 74% from former guests and whose lowest rates start at about £44.
Background:Work started March 2006 after Sofitel paid BAA £65 million pounds for the ground lease with completion July 2008. The Hotel is estimated to have cost £180 million pounds in what was a joint venture between Sofitel and Arora Hotels in a franchise agreement with Accor, who run the Sofitel brand. The scale of the construction is such that up to six hundred workers were onsite at any one time. The look and style of the hotel was the work of KCA International Designers and concept architect was Stephen Williams.
Best Airport Hotel at Australian Business Traveller Awards 2015
Skytrax best airport hotel in Europe 2011
Top new business hotel in the world (Businesstraveller.com 2009)
Best International Airport Hotel 2011 Australian Business Traveller Awards.
World Travel Awards:
Europes leading Airport Hotel 2011, 2012
International Hotel Awards
Best International Airport Hotel 2012