Arora Group has announced that it has entered the final stage in the two-year construction of its two linked Heathrow Terminal 4 hotels. The dual-branded property, ‘Crowne Plaza London – Heathrow Terminal 4’, and ‘Holiday Inn Express® London – Heathrow Terminal 4’, between them boast a total of 761 bedrooms and together will form one of the largest hotel openings in the UK this year.
The hotels are a three-minute walk to the terminal building and when finished in October, will be the largest hotel complex directly connected to a British airport terminal.
‘Crowne Plaza London ‒ Heathrow T4’ is a 456,000-sq ft development, which will feature 304 bedrooms and a range of business and meeting facilities, including ﬁve meeting rooms, a state-of-the-art fitness centre, executive lounge and three food and beverage outlets. In addition, this upscale hotel boasts enhanced facilities such as dedicated quiet zones, a Sleep Advantage Programme, including premium bedding and guaranteed wake up calls, executive lounges and luxurious bedrooms.
The 457-room ‘Holiday Inn Express London ‒ Heathrow T4’ will be a ‘next generation’ Holiday Inn Express hotel, featuring the latest technology, an Express Bar and Café and the brand’s new larger, cosier beds. Over 100 guest parking spaces will be available at the hotels.
Andrew Brown, who is the opening General Manager for the two hotels, joined the Arora Group in 2014 and was previously General Manager at Macdonald Hotels, Q hotels, De Vere Group and Trust House Forte Group. He has extensive experience in the four and five-star market and has launched various conference, leisure, golf and spa hotels within the UK and is an associate of The British Hospitality Association and a Fellow of the Institute of Hospitality.
Kaushal Niraula, Group Strategy Director, The Arora Group, said: “We are delighted to be nearing completion on this fantastic project. Constructing hotels on such a scale in such close proximity to Europe’s busiest airport was a challenge, but we have a very experienced team and we are hugely proud of the achievement. The two new Terminal 4 hotels will be superbly positioned to cater to the leisure and business travel market.”
Kaushal continues: “This new development is a testament to the group’s diversified business model focusing on growth through a strategy of vertical integration within the wider real-estate industry and airports market. By 2019 the Arora Group will be the first company to serve all airport terminals at Britain’s two largest airports, Heathrow and Gatwick, which was used by a combined total of over 123 million passengers in 2017.”
The hotels are conveniently located within walking distance of Heathrow’s terminals via a link-bridge and with direct access to the London Underground, Heathrow Express train service and nearby motorways.
The two hotels will operate under a franchise agreement with IHG and will be managed by Arora Hotels, a division of the Arora Group. The joint venture is being granted a ground lease for the one-hectare site. The construction of the hotels has been managed by Grove Developments, the construction division of the Arora Group.
Crowne Plaza London ‒ Heathrow T4 and Holiday Inn Express London ‒ Heathrow T4 will join the company’s expansive airport hotel portfolio, which includes the Sofitel London Heathrow at Terminal 5; Renaissance London Heathrow at the central terminals of Heathrow Airport; Sofitel London Gatwick, at the North Terminal; and Hilton London Gatwick airport at the South Terminal. Another addition will be Hilton Garden Inn London Heathrow Airport, situated in the Central Terminal Area at Heathrow and due to open in early 2019. On completion of the project, the Arora Group will become the first company with hotels connected to all Heathrow and Gatwick terminals, via Central Terminal Area (T2 and T3), T4 and T5 at Heathrow and the North and South Terminal at Gatwick.