A hotel I regularly stay at in the Heathrow area is the Renaissance Heathrow Hotel. I love this hotel because it is one of the best hotels for plane spotting, with planes regularly taking off and landing at Heathrow. It is by far the closest hotel to the runway that you can find; with the added advantage for plane spotters that the rooms are parallel to the runway.
If you book a room with a runway view on the second or third floor you are literally metres from the runway! You will be awed by the incredible view of planes taking off and landing throughout the day – for a plane aficionado like myself, this is always an absolute joy.
The hotel is very expansive with multiple wings, making it quite a hike from the lift to your room. so getting your bearings early on really does help navigate your way around.
My room was a room with a king bed on the third floor, looking directly at the runway. The room had a standard bathroom with a tub shower combination. A wooden built in writing desk was located near the window, and best of all, there is the comfortable seating area directly in front of the windows.
If you open up the curtains you can sit here in comfort and style while you have direct views of planes taking off and landing. This is my absolutely favourite spot and I can be found spending many happy hours there when I am at the hotel.
The delight of being able to watch planes of all types – A380s, 747s and 787s taking off and landing is an absolute joy. The range of airlines that fly through Heathrow is extensive, whether it is the Qantas A380 heading to Dubai and on to Sydney or Melbourne; A British Airways 747 on its way to Nairobi or Accra in Africa; or the Qatar A380 heading back to Doha, there are alwys amazing aircraft to be seen.
The Renaissance has a excellent Executive Lounge which is open throughout the day and evening. Drinks and snacks are served from 5pm. I find that the quality of the food in the evening often good enough to suffice for a light dinner. Throughout the day the lounge is open for soft drinks, coffee and tea. Fruit, biscuits and plane spotting opportunities are also available all day.
The hotel offers an extensive bar and restaurant on the ground floor. The hotel has some really interesting touches throughout the foyer, with large displays of antique items including typewriters, radiograms and clocks.
The Renaissance is served by the Hotel Hopper service making it easy to get back to whichever Heathrow terminal you need for your next flight.
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Hotels that are attached to the terminal like The Sofitel and the Hilton at Heathrow are very expensive, but of course you can’t beat there convenience. I find though, for the short shuttle ride to the hotels in the Bath Road area, that you get greater variety, better options and a memorable stay. If plane spotting sounds like a fun way to spend a layover to you, then you can’t beat the Renaissance London Heathrow.