Review: Hilton Garden Inn London Heathrow – Terminals 2 and 3

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To cap off our trip to England we decided to the spend the night before our flight at an airport hotel. Silly me had assumed AA would fly out of Terminal 3, and staying at the Hilton Garden Inn Heathrow that services both terminal 2 and 3 would make sense. But alas, on the day we departed from Terminal 5 and needed to take a quick train over to 5. The only other hotel at London Heathrow that is attached to the airport itself is the Sofitel at Terminal 5 which is currently serving as a quarantine hotel and unbookable.

We were driving to the hotel and found it quite tricky to find the entrance…the best way to explain it, is right as you’re about to drive up the ramp to Terminal 2 departures, exit to the parking garage ( car park ) and then follow the signs to the Hilton Garden Inn. The lobby is upstairs, but we left our car parked out front while we dropped bags off and checked in. We then headed to Sixt to return our vehicle and trained back.

If you arrive at one of the other terminals just make your way to Heathrow Express, get a terminal change ticket ( free ) and hop on the train.

Stay Details:

  • When: July 2021
  • Where: London Heathrow across from Terminals 2 and 3
  • Status: Hilton Diamond – achieved from the Amex Hilton Aspire
  • Upgrade: None
  • Benefits: Free breakfast which didn’t have

Finding the Hotel

If you’re coming from Terminal 2 you’ll simply head to the parking lot or Car Park as it’s said in England.

Cross it, and enter the hotel. It’s approximately a 5 to 10 minute walk from baggage claim

Check -In

Quick and easy. You can even do it via app and bypass the lobby altogether.

In the morning they were doing breakfast near the snack station…

The Room

Quite nice for a Hilton Garden Inn featuring a King bed and a large flat screen tv.

One thing I don’t understand is when hotels update their properties and decide to not include international plugs. These are found on so many hotels around the world, and you’d think, especially at the airport, you’d have plugs that can accept worldwide devices. This one had a small desk with British plugs…make sure you have your adaptor. Safe was under the bedside table.


Single vanity with a shower that oddly didn’t have a complete door. I get how it can look cool from an aesthetic perspective; however, the bathroom floor was quite wet after a shower…so not that practical.


Off the lobby, kind of around the corner is a small gym with the basics you’d need to work up a sweat.

Getting to the airport

If you’re flying out of Terminal 2 or 3 you could simply walk across, but if you’re flying from any other terminal, you’ll need to pop down to the train and ride over. In total, from the time we left the hotel til we arrived at 5 was about 15 to 20 minutes. It’s very weird to see the trains THIS empty. Remember you’ll need a ticket to go between terminals…which is free and don’t throw it away, you’ll need it to exit.


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1 Comment

  • Uri August 12, 2021

    I thought LHR also has Aerotel inside Terminal 3?

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