CX 401 TPE – HKG 77W J
CX 251 HKG – LHR 77W W
Sofitel London Heathrow
BA 572 LHR – MXP 319 Y
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CX 292 FCO – HKG 343 J
Location 4/5 Service 3/5 Modernity 4/5 Little things 4/5 Meals 4/5 Overall 4/5
Our original plan was to stay at the aloft London ExCeL with lulu for the last four nights, but as lulu’s parents are British Airways flight attendants and they had to do two direct turns to Berlin and back, we chose to stay with lulu near the airport for the last four nights (lulu stayed at the aloft for the nights that I was hanging out with friends), and decided on the Sofitel London Heathrow, which has won a few awards on being the world’s best airport hotel.
Prices were over HK$2400 (US$310) a night, including taxes. Very pricey, but it was worth it (stay tuned). We didn’t include breakfast in our stay – we were eating at the airport, and lulu’s parents did morning turns in Berlin.
Sofitel London Heathrow Classic Room Rate (pardon the date, this is a dummy booking)
As I’m Accor Classic, I received priority check-in and private duty free. The latter was useless, so I’m in the midst of upgrading myself to Silver or getting rid of any status (as I don’t really need priority check-in given the lines aren’t that long in all Accor hotels I’ve stayed in).
It’s awesome how people can go through the tunnel to the hotel through an underground walkway from Terminal 5. So many chain hotels use the Hotel Hoppa, which is always a mess. Unfortunately we weren’t coming from Terminal 5 (rather from a friend’s house over in Enfield), rather just departing from it, so coming in it was a moot point for us.
Sofitel London Heathrow exterior