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Airport hotels: Six of the best in the UK

1 November 2018

Airport hotels can help ensure smooth, stress-free business trips. Here are six of the best…

1. Radisson Blu Hotel London Stansted

After undergoing a £6m refurbishment, completed in summer 2018, the new-look, 500-room Radisson Blu Hotel London Stansted is breaking the mould of traditional airport hotels.

A mere 500m from the main terminal via a covered walkway, and just a three-minute walk from the rail station, the convenient location of this four-star property alone should put the Radisson Blu Hotel at the top of your list.

But it’s the arrival of two unique restaurants at this hotel that will persuade guests to extend their stay either side of their travels. Named in recognition of Stansted Airport’s fascinating history as the site of the United States Army Air Force base during World War II, Station 169 serves traditional and sophisticated Anglo-American cuisine.

The extensive renovation project brought with it the hotel’s flagship restaurant. Labelled a ‘quintessentially British brasserie’, Collage Restaurant offers flexibility for breakfast and meetings and events. The additional buffet offering, with a ‘grab and go’ option for travellers rushing to catch a flight, is another thoughtful feature.

However, the Wine Tower Bar and Lounge, which serves as the hotel’s sensational centrepiece and houses thousands of bottles of wine, is where we see the wow factor.

Acrobats climb a glass tower to fetch your preferred bottle of wine – and it’s unlikely there are many airport location properties that do that.

The Pace Health Club is fully equipped with a pool, sauna and gym, plus a studio for classes such as Ab Attack, Boxfit, and Toning, and there’s also a dedicated spin room for fitness fanatics who don’t want to disrupt their workout routine on their travels.

2. Courtyard Glasgow Airport

Located just off the M8 motorway and only 500m from Glasgow Airport, this versatile four-star hotel provides guests with easy access to the latest weather and airport conditions via GoBoard technology – and that can prove useful when your journey looks set to be disrupted.

In a bid to help kick-start even the earliest of starts, the hotel’s casual signature restaurant, The Bistro, even serves Starbucks coffee.

Glasgow city centre is also just a seven-mile ride away, allowing easy access to the Scottish city’s vibrant shopping scene, arts, culture and Victorian architecture.

3. Sofitel London Heathrow

This award-winning Heathrow hotel combines luxurious comfort with a convenient location. It is connected to Heathrow Terminal 5 by a walkway and accessible to all other terminals via free inter-terminal transfers.

With two distinct restaurants – La Belle Époque and Vivre – providing the only fine-dining experience at Heathrow, plus an elegant tearoom serving afternoon tea with finger sandwiches and delicious Parisian pastries, it’s easy to forget you’re just a stone’s throw away from one of the world’s busiest airports.

The hotel has 605 bedrooms, including 27 suites, and they include the high-end technology we have come to associate with Sofitel properties. Some rooms also offer views across the Zen Garden.

With 25 rejuvenating treatments to choose from, the spa and wellness centre is an ideal spot to destress either side of your travels. Equipped with a vitality pool, sauna, relaxation room and steam room, plus a 24-hour fitness centre, the Sofitel London Heathrow raises the bar for airport properties in London.

4. Marriott Manchester Airport

This spacious 215-room hotel is a 10-minute drive from the airport and offers guests attractive packages, including Eight-day Park Here, Fly There and the use of a shuttle to the terminal buildings.

But it’s the sophisticated yet casual Italian restaurant by the popular San Carlo Group that is this hotel’s biggest selling point.

In addition to a leisure centre with a large pool and gym, plus a spa with six treatment rooms, a whirlpool tub, a steam room and a sauna, guests can also try a range of complimentary fitness classes. For those who need motivation and expertise, there’s an on-site personal trainer.

Whether you’re jetting off on business or even just for leisure, the in-house hair salon at the Marriott Manchester Airport hotel will prove useful to those guests who didn’t quite manage to squeeze in a trip to the hairdresser ahead of their travels.

5. Renaissance London Heathrow Hotel

A number of the 710 well-appointed guest rooms at the recently renovated Renaissance London Heathrow Hotel offer extensive views across the airport runway from soundproof windows.

The abundant on-site parking, with around 700 spaces, ensures you can leave your car hassle free while you travel to your destination, with daily charges from £15.

Just five minutes’ drive from Heathrow Terminals 1, 2 and 3, this stylish four-star hotel includes the Market Garden Restaurant with its seasonal European dining, serves Starbucks coffee at Café Cha, and has a popular all-day bar, Bar Eleven.

6. Thistle, London Heathrow Hotel

The chief sell here are the ‘Heathrow Pods.’ A fleet of futuristic-looking driverless vehicles, the ‘Pods ferry passengers from the Thistle Hotel to London Heathrow Airport's Terminal 5 (and back again) in the space of five minutes, for just £5 per person. There’s an on-site car-park too, for 450 cars, a charge of £10 per night, when reserved with accommodation at the hotel.

Located close to central London, it’s an ideal venue for meetings, conferences and other business events – the largest space seating 700 guests, while the hotel also boasts spectacular views of the northern runway and Terminal 5.

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