Detailed review by koshkha
Northampton, United Kingdom
I've stayed in most of the hotels on Bath Road close to Heathrow. I have my favourites and ones I'd really rather avoid but the Marriott is the one I'd choose if money were no object (and ideally someone else was paying). I've used it a couple of times for work when leaving on very early flights and booked it another time with my husband and a friend when we were going on holiday.
Airport hotels are generally a bit dire; they are the places where ships pass in the night, where nobody really wants to be and everyone is between one place and another generally taking no delight about being stuck by the airport. The Marriott adds an extra element of style and panache that's lacking from many of the older hotels on Bath Rd.
Firstly there's the architecture. It's a big square building with an enormous expanse of glass windows on the front which floods the atrium inside with natural light. The atrium itself has quirky design with acrobats modelled from wire suspended from the ceiling. It also has a coffee bar in the lobby. I think it's Costa, but it might be Nero, and this is a great alternative to over-priced breakfasts. The seating in the lobby is classy and doesn't make you feel like you're sitting in a glorified bus station.
The rooms are laid out around the perimeter of the square building and are of a very good standard. It's a Marriott and I've never been in one that wasn't pleasant and well equipped. Thinking to the visit we made with our friend, we'd booked a triple room to cut costs and the hotel had set up a small but sturdy camp bed fully kitted out with linens and had made sure we had enough towels and coffee and tea for three. I appreciate those little signs of attention to detail. We had a standard room and that was fine for us. We were only planning to be there for about 8 hours and to spend most of those asleep. The bathroom had a powerful shower over the bath and toiletries were supplied. The TV had a good range of channels, the kettle was provided with plenty of supplies and internet access was available if required.
We had prepaid so checking out was a quick affair and then we grabbed some tickets for the shuttle bus to the terminal and left. Our car took a holiday in their car park and when we returned everything was fine and it hadn't been moved. If you can get the Marriott at a good price, it's my preferred location on the Bath Road.
Marriott London Heathrow Airport