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Old Oct 1, 18, 9:12 am
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Overnight at LHR T5

Looking to book a flight FRA-IAD that involves an overnight in LHR (arrival 19:20, departure 11:30 the next morning). I assume I won't have access to luggage but how fast/easy is it to get to T4 Hilton or the Sofitel in T5 and then back through security at T5 the next morning for the transatlantic leg?
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Old Oct 1, 18, 9:16 am
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You can ask the agents in FRA to 'short-check' your luggage so that you can pick it up at LHR for the night - if you want it (you might prefer to leave it with BA and just head straight back through security in the morning).

The Hilton at T4 involves a bus ride / transfer. The Sofitel at T5 is super-easy - you walk through a footbridge directly from Terminal 5: takes about 5 minutes. And the same on the return the next morning. Couldn't be much simpler for an overnight stop at T5.
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Looking to book a flight FRA-IAD that involves an overnight in LHR (arrival 19:20, departure 11:30 the next morning). I assume I won't have access to luggage but how fast/easy is it to get to T4 Hilton or the Sofitel in T5 and then back through security at T5 the next morning for the transatlantic leg?
There's many hotels around Heathrow to choose from. Hilton Garden Inn near Hatton Cross is usually reasonably priced. Buses are free within free Heathrow travel zone - from T5 you can take 423/482/490 to Hatton Cross, most Bath Road hotels are accessible via 423 bus only.
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If you're not led by budget - then Sofitel is an absolute no brainer - you walk from the terminal to the check in desk
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This thread may be useful Sofitel tips and tricks
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Old Oct 1, 18, 9:25 am
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If you're not led by budget - then Sofitel is an absolute no brainer - you walk from the terminal to the check in desk
+1 on this and check out THIS thread on the sofitel promo via lastminute dot com
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Unless you require your checked luggage, it is far better to let BA check it through and then you won't need to touch it until IAD. Just pack what you need in your carry-on and you have two tasks out of the way (pickup and drop off).
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Sofitel is always going to be first choice for an overnight T5 connection. But if you must leave the terminal I would head straight to the Premier Inn. Just as good as anywhere else and no doubt half the price of the Hilton.
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Old Oct 1, 18, 2:34 pm
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Sofitel is always going to be first choice for an overnight T5 connection. But if you must leave the terminal I would head straight to the Premier Inn. Just as good as anywhere else and no doubt half the price of the Hilton.
Plus 1 for the premier Inn at T4 i had a room there for £50, excellent value for money and a stretch of the legs both ways.
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If neither of those are available or appealing, the Hyatt Place or the Leonardo are easily reachable on the 423 bus (free in this case; just tell the driver you're going to those hotels). At the times you are travelling, this bus works OK.
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Thistle is another option accessible via pods or free bus.
Stayed once at sofitel paid about 120 quid & found it over priced for the condition it was in.
Thistle more of a 3 star, but paid 45 quid
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Nice restaurant at the Sofitel.
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My vote would be for Sofitel due to the convenience and time scale.
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Old Oct 1, 18, 2:58 pm
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One feature missing at the Sofitel T5 is a BA check-in counter next to reception.
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