Picking the Sheraton Heathrow:
Many who are interested in booking a SPG hotel at Heathrow have to decide between the Sheraton Skyline and the Sheraton Heathrow. The Skyline is almost always more expensive, and often a decent amount more expensive. However, it is also reported to be the nicer of the two properties. I haven’t yet stayed at the Skyline so I can’t offer a side-by-side comparison, but I can tell you what I thought of the cheaper (both in points and dollars) Sheraton Heathrow. While I can be a sucker for a nice hotel, this one was only about $75 USD via a “Beat the Timer” promo, and the Skyline was close to double that price. For a one night stay near the airport, I was going to be a cheapskate.
Check-in and Lobby:
After flying into London on an overnight flight from the East Coast and getting to our hotel, we were really ready for some sleep. It had taken much longer to get to our hotel than we anticipated due to traffic, so we were ready for a nap. However, it was still only 10:30 or so in the morning, and we were praying there was a room available for us to check into immediately. Fortunately, luck was on our side that day at the Sheraton Heathrow. If that hadn’t worked, we would have been hanging out in their nicely appointed lobby for a while.
My husband has Platinum status with Starwood so we received a complimentary upgrade into a Club Room with Club access. Keep that in mind as you read the review, as it is possible some of the other standard rooms aren’t exactly the same as a Club Room.
The room was not large, but it was big enough for the two of us. I did find the mattress to be a tad harder than what I was used to, but that trend continued throughout many of our European hotel hops. The room was clean, quiet, and more than adequate for a much needed nap. The floors themselves are quite the maze, so if you easily get turned around then I advise you to really pay attention to where you are going!
The bathroom had a tub/shower combo and was also totally adequate for an overnight. There wasn’t tons of counter space, but enough for the essentials.
We got some sodas and water from the lounge which was conveniently located on our floor. When we visited there were often a couple of other people in the room, but it was not at all over-crowded.
I found it to be a nice touch that if you preferred the breakfast buffet in the restaurant downstairs instead of the lounge breakfast, that it is provided at no additional charge. We didn’t have enough time that morning to check it out, but it still felt nice to have that option.
There were also computers and a printer in the lounge, so we were able to print out our boarding passes for our upcoming flight from Heathrow to Dublin later that morning. Everyone that we interacted with at the hotel was polite and helpful. Our room was clean and perfect for an over night. The lounge was nice and was well-staffed when we visited. As many reports indicate, I have no reason to doubt that the Skyline is nicer, but this hotel was absolutely acceptable for the price.
You Can Do it Too:
If you want to stay here on points, note that it is a Category 3 hotel that costs 7,000 points per night. The hotel would have to be going for more than 100 GBP ($150 USD) per night for me to strongly consider using points. Especially since SPG points can really only be earned via SPG stays and the co-branded cards like the SPG American Express. Before using points or booking at the going rate, I would check the SPG “Beat the Timer” sale to see if this hotel is available, as that is how we were able to find it at a reduced price.
I also want to add that if you have never been to London, Heathrow airport hotels aren’t that far from Windsor and Windsor Castle, so that can be a good thing to do if you have time the day before or after your flight. We actually went and had dinner at a nearby town while staying at the Sheraton in a very charming restaurant called the Hitching Post, but I’ll cover that in more detail on a future post in this trip report series.
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