Sofitel near Heathrow Airport
'Beautiful' is how one of our happy customers described the Heathrow Sofitel ... but we're not sure exactly what adjective quite does justice to what has to be the most luxurious hotel we sell. What we are sure of is that this 5-star French hotel embodies all the elegance, sophistication and joie de vivre that our Gallic neighbours are famous for. If the fantastic spa, where you can have a massage for an extra cost, a dip in the jacuzzi or a Turkish bath, doesn't make you go ooh la la, then the two restaurants certainly will. As you bite into a soft madeleine in the tearoom, you'll realise this place has enough je ne sais quoi to make the start of any holiday magnifique.
The Sofitel Heathrow is the best airport hotel in the world according to the International Hotel Awards and the Australian Business Magazine Awards for 2011, and the best hotel in Europe according to the Skytrax and World Travel Awards in the same year.
Hotel Address Terminal 5,
Directions to Hotel Leave the M25 at junction 14 and follow the signs to terminal 5. Approach the terminal and you will see signs for the hotel.
For customers arriving via public transport:
If you are arriving at terminal 5, you can get to the hotel by a covered walkway. Otherwise, you can get the free Heathrow Express from terminal 2, 3 or 4. You can also catch the Heathrow Hoppa bus from the hotel to the airport and back - it runs regularly during the airport's opening hours. From Terminal 4 the service runs every 30 minutes from 04:48 to 23:18.
When bought in advance, tickets cost Â£4.50 per person one way and Â£8 return. They cost Â£5 for a single and Â£9 return if purchased from the driver on the day. Up to two children under 15 can travel free with a paying adult.
Hotel Facilities Two restaurants, two bars, a covered walkway to the terminal, a spa with facilities including 5 treatment rooms, a hair salon, a 24-hour gym, a relaxation room, a hydro suite, a sauna, an aromatherapy steam room and a vitality pool.
Leisure Facilities The Espa spa has five treatment rooms, a 24-hour gym, relaxation room, hydro suite, sauna, aromatherapy steam room and vitality pool, all of which cost a bit extra to use.
Restaurant Details The unique Vivre restaurant offers a live cookery experience, where your meal is prepared right in front of you. There are five interactive "theatres": Deli, Hot Wok, Grill, Forno and Sweets, with a la carte live cooking in the evening. Can't choose? Vivre offers a set menu for Â£24.50 for two courses or Â£28.50 for three. The restaurant opens from 6 to 10pm.
On the other hand, you could opt for traditional, fine French cuisine at La Belle Epoque. Enjoy stunning, skyline views or dine in the heart of the kitchen at the Chef's Table. You could start with scallops in a thai-scented pumpkin puree and caramelised cassava root or a carpaccio of turbot with truffled, scrambled quail eggs, then follow with smoked Guinea fowl in jasmine tea with byaldi and truffled gnocchi or pork belly filled with black olive and shiitake mushrooms, pearl barley risotto and a Calvados jus. On the other hand, you could go for the set, four-course menu for just Â£24.95. The restaurant serves lunch and dinner on weekdays, but just dinner on Saturday and is closed on Sundays.
The Vivre restaurant serves a hot buffet for breakfast.
For a lighter option, try the hotel's Tea Salon, serving nibbles and light lunches along with a selection of exotic teas.
The hotel also has two bars, the casual Sphere sports and cocktail bar, and the more-formal Library bar.
Disabled Facilities There are 27 rooms that are specially adapted for the disabled. These included lowered beds, walk-in showers, handrails and pull cords. If you would like to request an accessible room please call Holiday Extras before booking.
The hotel has accessible parking bays, hearing loops and accessible lifts. Service dogs are also welcome.
Transfer Information The hotel is connected to terminal 5 through a covered walkway.
T2 and T3:
There are no bus transfers from this hotel to terminals 2 or 3. Youâ??ll need to get the Heathrow Express train from inside terminal 5.
For Terminal 4 you can catch the Heathrow Hoppa bus from the hotel to the airport and back - it runs regularly during the airport's opening hours. Youâ??ll need the H53 bus. The first one from terminal 4 is 04:49, then every 30 minutes until 23:19. Alternatively you can also get the Heathrow Express from terminal 5.
When bought in advance, Hoppa tickets cost Â£4.50 per person one way and Â£8 return. They cost Â£5 for a single and Â£9 return if purchased from the driver on the day. Up to two children under 15 can travel free with a paying adult.