Arrivals Mezzanine Landside
London Heathrow Airport
+44 207 100 1100
Rate: $50 Single 4 Hours
Our Rate: FREE – Airline Discount
Booked Via: United Airlines
We happened upon the Yotel London Heathrow, completely by accident. United Airlines offers a free two hour stay at the Yotel on certain flights arriving at LHR Terminal 4. We had a five hour layover on our way to North Africa, so we took advantage of the opportunity to escape the hustle and bustle of Heathrow and rest for a couple of hours.
Yotel is located in Terminal 4. To find Yotel, you immediately turn to your left after you pick up your bags and exit the UK Customs area. You’ll see a large escalator at the end of the hall. Follow the hotel signs to the top of the escalator and make a left at the restaurant. Directly ahead, you’ll find the entrance to Yotel. Yotel also has locations at Gatwick, Amersterdam Schipol and New York Time Square.
Yotel is basically a small collection of “pods” where you can spend a few hours napping, relaxing and freshening up. Pods are staggered along the hallway, some a couple of steps up, some a couple of steps down, to maximize space efficiency. Most pods are 1 person pods, however, they do have a few “2 person” pods as well. Since each pod is fairly limited in size (think 8 feet wide by about 9 feet long) you could fit 2 people in a small pod, but it would be tight.
Inside each pod is a single sized bed, that’s really pretty comfortable. There’s a TV that gets 8-10 channels (mostly BBC and ITV), a small collapsible table, electrical outlets, internet connection, toilet, sink and shower. You can also choose you’re style of “mood lighting”, from a serene purple, to calming yellow or basic white. You can also shut lights off altogether.
The pods are amazingly quiet and amazingly work very well for a short rest or just simply to relax and shower after a long international flight. You can book the Yotel for overnight stays as well.
Yotel has no facilities to speak of, however, they do offer coffee, tea and a select group of snacks via a room service menu. Free internet is included during your stay and there is a TV with limited cable stations in each pod.
Yotel is a great alternative to more expensive hotels near or around Heathrow if you’re only going to stay over for a short amount of time.
[box type=”note” ]See if your airline offers discounts or free stays at Yotel when booking your Business or First Class ticket.[/box]