Bedrooms are bright and colourful, with an aviation theme
From the moment of arrival, guests are thrust into the world of flight
- Excellent connectivity to Heathrow Airport
- Fun, themed rooms
- 24-hour check-in
- Friendly staff
- Hot and continental breakfast buffet options
ibis Styles London Heathrow Airport Review
Just a stone’s throw from the busy runways of Heathrow Airport sits the ibis Styles London Heathrow Airport, a quirky, aeronautical-themed budget stay sure to get you excited about jetting off.
Though ibis Styles is a low-cost hotel chain, each of their locations are unique in character and design, and this airport location is no different.
From the moment of arrival, guests are thrust into the world of flight, with the lobby area shaped to emulate the wing of a plane. The reception area incorporates an element of fun to what is typically a basic experience at many budget hotels, with pops of colour and balloon lighting over head.
This is coupled with further aeroplane-inspired decor, including tall pink chairs which feel reminiscent of aeroplane seating, and cloud-shaped fluorescent wall lighting.
Although the hotel has been welcoming guests since 2016, the modern, clean decor means that the hotel doesn’t appear dated.
Friendly staff are on hand to greet you, assist with any questions and help with booking taxis or even day trips to nearby attractions. Accor All Club Members with Gold Status and higher will receive a free welcome drink voucher on arrival.
The aeronautical theme continues in the bathroom, with plane window shaped mirrors and artwork
The hotel offers three different room types, as well as accessible accommodations and family-friendly rooms, ranging from twin room ‘The Duet’, ‘The Queen’ room and a family room capable of sleeping up to four people.
And for plane spotters, a special request can be made to have a runway facing room, which we experienced for the night. While you can spend hours watching aircraft taxi the runways of London’s busiest flight hub, its a pleasant surprise to find that the rooms aren’t particularly noisy.
Despite the Queen room looking out onto the main road and adjacent airport, there was little noise other than a few engine rumbles which sounded far more distant than they were. Of course, even if you aren’t looking out to the aircraft, there are still plenty of fun reminders dotted around the room to root you firmly at Heathrow Airport.
Soft patterns in the carpet create the illusion you are padding atop the clouds, while travel-inspired artwork takes the feature spot above the queen sized bed. In our room, a whimsical, outer-space print, made an eye-catching addition.
There are plenty of fun reminders dotted around the room to root you firmly at Heathrow Airport
Perhaps the most unique feature of the accommodation though, and one certain to bring a smile to the face of any aviation enthusiast, is the airline service trolley which takes the place of a bedside table and doubles up as a mini bar.
In here, guests can find tea and coffee, milk, sugar and sweetener, as well as the kettle. Meanwhile, a pull-across table means those eager to hit the hay can enjoy a quick bite to eat from the comfort of bed.
In the bathroom, the jet set theme continues, with a mirrors shaped like aeroplane windows, accompanied by fun matching artworks of animals peering through aircraft portholes. While there are no fancy extras, basic amenities are accounted for, including shower gel and shampoo inviting guests to « press to impress », as well as a hairdryer.
The room itself is clean and spacious, and is complete with a desk-come-vanity area providing a convenient spot to get on with some work or get ready for a busy day of travel. However, a blown out lightbulb on the desk lamp did make it difficult to fully make use of the space at night.
A bright, welcoming lobby welcomes guests into the ibis Styles London Heathrow
Dining and Drinking
Whether you’ve emerged from a long flight or are gearing up for an early morning departure, the good news is that ibis Styles is home to the Westcombe Bistro restaurant and bar, as well as a breakfast buffet.
The Westcombe bar menu is a simple pub food affair, so don’t expect luxury. But it does offer a decent selection of options including dishes for vegetarian and vegan guests.
There’s a decent selection of « classic » mains, including British steak and stout pie, vegetable sausages and mash and crispy battered fillets of cod.
For those seeking a light bite, there are a selection of sandwiches and paninis, along with a decent starter and small plate menu and customisable salads. Prices are reasonable, with main courses available for under £13.
Breakfast is served in the dining area adjacent to the lobby, kitted out with the same brightly coloured chairs. The buffet option can be added on to your stay for an additional £14 per person, and includes both hot and continental options.
There’s nothing decadent about the offering, but there’s a good range of foods to suit dietary requirements, and it’s a fast, easy option for those on a time limit.
However, there is a lack of fresh fruit, with only a fruit salad on offer. And coffee lovers might be disappointed by the vending-machine hot drinks.
Pops of colour brighten up the dining area, which is open from breakfast through to dinner
Bar and restaurant
- Accessible rooms
- Hair dryer
- Free wi-fi
- Room service
If you’re staying at the ibis Styles Heathrow Airport due to its vicinity to the airport, then it’s an almost perfect option. Like the majority of hotels at the flight hub, ibis Styles sits just on the outskirts of Heathrow.
Located on bustling Bath road, there are plenty of local bus options, as well as a Hopper bus, which can get you to terminals in 30 minutes or less. Despite sitting on the edge of a busy road, outside noise can barely be heard from within the hotel’s walls.
For travellers hoping to experience London, this might not be the best location, although the tube is accessible from within the airport and can get you to the heart of the capital in under an hour.
The hotel is conveniently located on the outskirts of Heathrow Airport
Value For Money
Double rooms start from £75 per night based on two people sharing a Queen room when booked in advance, but prices can rise depending on how soon you book and demand. Last-minute stays can end up costing around £100. Breakfast can be added on for £14 per person. Find rooms and book direct on the ibis Styles London Heathrow Airport website.
ibis Styles markets itself as a budget hotel chain and that’s exactly what you can expect from a stay at the London Heathrow Airport location.
While you won’t get any luxury amenities, beds are comfortable, rooms are clean and every essential amenity you will need for a quick, convenient stay are accounted for.
However, the character of the hotel and its willingness to embrace the aviation theme adds an element of fun to the stay setting it apart from other budget accommodations.
The proximity to the airport makes it ideal for travellers jetting off on early morning departures, yet you can still expect a restful night’s sleep with little disturbance from the air and road traffic only a stone’s throw away.
Staff are friendly and knowledgeable from check-in to check-out, and are quick to help with any transport arrangements you may need.