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Review: Yotel London Heathrow Terminal 4
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My flight from Mumbai to London landed shortly before 8AM, while my connecting flight to Tunis was around 6PM. Both flights were arriving and departing from Terminal 4, and given how tired I knew I’d be, I figured I’d try to rest somewhere for a bit.
There are three hotel options connected to or near Terminal 4 — there’s the Hilton London Heathrow, the new Premier Inn, and the Yotel. For a long time I’ve been wanting to try out the Yotel concept, and this seemed like the perfect opportunity to do so.
For those of you not familiar with Yotel, it’s a chain of “hotels” (if you can call them that) with functional but small sleeping pods. They have a few airport locations, as well as a couple of city locations, like in New York.
I booked a standard cabin for an eight hour block, which cost 69.50GBP (~90USD). I’d say that’s a fairly good value, especially when you consider that the Yotel is directly in the terminal, unlike the other options.
Upon exiting the immigration hall I turned left and followed the signage towards the Yotel.
At the far end of the arrivals hall I took the escalator up a level.
The Yotel is located near the prayer room and Plaza Premium Arrivals Lounge.
At the top of the escalator I turned left, and saw the futuristic Yotel entrance at the end of the hallway.
Inside the entrance was some quirky art and a couple of monitors. I guess I could have checked in there, but the reception desk was just a few feet further down the hall.
It was referred to as “Mission Control,” and once there I was greeted by Georgios.
He had me checked in within a few minutes, and informed me that I had been upgraded to a premium cabin. I’m guessing I’m the first person to have ever made this request, but I asked if I could be “downgraded” to the room I had booked, but unfortunately they had no standard cabins available. Oh well. 😉
Since I didn’t get to stay in one, below is a picture from Yotel’s website of what a standard cabin looks like.
Below is the sign that was at the reception desk with information about some of the services offered.
Once I was checked in, I was asked to go down the hall for a quick security check. There a friendly lady did a quick explosives test on my bags, and within a minute cleared me to proceed to my cabin.
The Yotel hallway was so cool, and felt sort of like a ship. My cabin, #11, was the first one on the left.
Below is a picture of the layout of the Yotel facility.
I can’t even describe how much I love this concept. There’s something about it that’s just so cozy. My premium cabin had a bed that was folded to basically be a couch.
There was a window looking into the hallway that was open when I arrived, but there were blinds that could be lowered for privacy.
At the touch of a button the couch could be turned into a proper bed.
Underneath the bed was a storage compartment that was big enough for a large suitcase.
On the bedside table was a phone, dining menu, and TV remote control.
Across from the bed was a TV, as well as some outlets, earplugs, and a chair that could be removed from the wall to sit on. It wasn’t especially comfortable, so you’re much better off just sitting in bed.
Then there was a glass partition separating the bedroom from the bathroom. The bathroom had a sink, toilet, and shower.
The toiletries were pretty basic, as there was just a single dispenser that doubled as body wash and shampoo.
The room controls were all right next to the bed. There were several lighting controls.
Then there were two buttons you could use to transform the couch into a bed. You just pushed the “ZZZ” button to turn it into a bed, and the “sun” button to turn it into a couch.
Then there was also a thermostat.
The room also had some cool mood lighting.
While I didn’t order anything off the menu, here’s what the Yotel food & drink menu looks like:
Coffee & tea are always free at mission control. As I said earlier, Georgios was a super nice guy, and offered me several bottles of water. I went there in the afternoon and grabbed an americano as well.
The Yotel had a separate wifi network from the rest of the airport, and wifi was fast and free.
I managed to get a solid three hour nap at the Yotel, then worked from bed for a few hours, and then showered, before heading back to the terminal.
I had seen some people complain about noise at the Yotel. I didn’t have any issues at all, though I’m also not a light sleeper. There were occasional noises as I was trying to fall asleep, though they didn’t bother me one bit.
Yotel Heathrow bottom line
What an awesome concept. It’s weird how sometimes certain things make us disproportionately happy, and for me, this was one of them. I found the Yotel to be so cozy, and such a nice break from the rest of the terminal. Would I want to stay here if I had a 24 hour layover? No way. However, with a long daytime layover, or a quick overnight layover (let’s say landing at 10PM and leaving at 6AM), I could see this being a great option.
I’d stay at a Yotel again in a heartbeat, and next time hopefully I’ll get a standard cabin, which almost looks like a first class suite you’d get on a plane.
If you’ve stayed at a Yotel, what was your experience like?