This is our review of the Staybridge Suites hotel at Heathrow Airport. We stayed in a Studio Suite which cost us £69.
What is Staybridge Suites
Staybridge Suites is an all-suite hotel from IHG, the same owners of Holiday Inn and Crowne Plaza. Staybridge Suites are aimed at the extended-stay market. Currently there are only a hand full of hotels in the UK so it’s a rarity to have the opportunity to stay in one.
All Staybridge Suites rooms include a fully-equipped kitchen, seating area and a generous room size. All guests also have free use of the gym, launderette and complimentary tea/coffee station 24-hours a day. Plus, a complimentary breakfast is included for all guests.
Staybridge Suites hotels also feature communal lounges that host social evenings on selected nights with free beer and wine.
The hotel is not connected to the airport but on Bath Road which is about a 5 minute drive from the airport.
If you are using public transport you can either use the free local buses from Hatton Cross tube station (bus 423), Heathrow terminal 5 (Bus 423) or Heathrow Central bus station (Bus number 4 or U3). The Heathrow Hotel Hoppa also stops here and costs £6.
Checking in the staff member was incredibly bubbly and friendly. We enquired about a late checkout as we had a late flight which was £20-extra upto 3pm or £45 upto 6pm.
The hotel itself is really welcoming and has a large lounge with plenty of comfortable seating and a coffee-machine that is free to use 24-hours a day. There not a restaurant and a pantry which sells snacks and microwavable meals. Pizza delivery is also available to your room.
There is very little around the hotel so if you plan on eating in and utilizing the kitchen, we suggest picking up your food before you arrive. The hotel does have a small shop selling some, vastly overpriced, essentials.
The hotel also offers mixers on Tuesdays, Wednesday and Thursday evenings. These include free wine, beer and nibbles. Unfortunately we were staying on a Monday and missed out.
We were staying in a studio suite – the lowest category room. There are also two-bedroom suites that offer more space and a seperate bedroom.
First entering the room we were surprised how big and spacious it was. Instantly it felt homely and unlike any hotel we have stayed at. Little touches such as the kitchen clock, trinkets on the shelves and the pinboard in the kitchen make it feel like an apartment rather than a hotel.
The suite comes with a kitchen area that is fully equipt with a dishwasher, two hobs, microwave and sink. There is also appliances such as a kettle and toaster. Next to the kitchen is a small breakfast bar which we used as a workstation.
Whats included in a Staybridge Suites kitchen?
- Two Electric Hobs
- Kettle with Tea & Instant Coffee
- Cafetière / French Press
- Chopping Knives, Boards, Sive, Ladles
- Mixing Bowls
- Knives & Forks
- Wine Glasses, Drinks Glasses & Mugs
- Kitchen Paper
- Plates, Bowles, Egg Cups
- Washing-up liquid and cloths
Coming into the main room the green decor was lovely and welcoming. The space is well laid out with a large TV and sofa area and the end of the large king size bed. We loved this space as it felt like an apartment rather than a hotel. The sofa has a table which we also used for work.
The bed was incredibly comfortable and we both had a fantastic nights sleep. The hotel was extremely quiet.
Our room overlooked the lobby of the neighbouring Holiday Inn hotel so it was pretty dark with little light coming through. We were unaware that these rooms looked inwards when we booked but it didn’t bother us for one evening.
There was plenty of plug sockets and charging points all around to charge all our devices.
Around the room was ample storage. So many cupboards, draws and shelves to store everything. If you were staying for an extended stay I could see how this would be handy but for only one night we didn’t bother unpacking.
In the cupboards you will also find a safe, laundry basket to use the free launderette and a iron.
The bathroom continued the spacious theme with a large shower featuring a hand-held and rain head. The shower was incredible! The only downside is the lack of bath, however for us we prefer having a larger shower. The amenities provided where in large pumps to eliminate waste.
Breakfast is included for all guests which is a fantastic bonus. The breakfast selection was served from 6am – 10am and included a selection of cereals, pastries, cheeses, meats and a hot buffet with english breakfast favorites.
We attended at just before 7 am and was still quiet but did start to pick up as we left. Overall a great breakfast and fantastic start to the day.
For just £69 a night including breakfast this hotel is a fantastic deal. The larger rooms are good for families and the in-room kitchen make it perfect for an extended stay. While the hotel is not as convenient as hotels attached to the airport, it makes up for that with the spacious rooms and included breakfast.
Staybridge Suites are a fantastic option for a extended stay and a great alternative to Airbnb. The in-room kitchen, launderette and gym are fantastic facilities to have.