Sofitel Set to Open at Heathrow T5

Hotel News - 20/09/2007

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The new terminal building at Heathrow Airport will open at the same time as the airport's newest hotel: the Sofitel London Heathrow. The hotel will be linked to Terminal 5 by a direct bridge.

The hotel building is being constructed by an Indian property developer Surinder Arora. Mr. Arora has made a name for himself in India as someone who went from ignominy to being worth an estimated £225 million.

The Sofitel London Heathrow will have 600 rooms ready for business by next spring. The building has a number of atriums built from steel and glass, one of which will be linked by a bridge to the terminal building. Rooms in the hotel are modeled along the theme of international travel, with decor inspired by each of the seven continents.

In 1970, Mr. Arora made his first purchase in London, buying a row of dilapidated houses near Heathrow. He demolished the buildings and build his first hotel. Now he is responsible for two hotels at Gatwick Airport.

The new terminal building at London Heathrow is expected to handle some 30 million passengers every year. Heathrow's largest airline, British Airways, will be the airline operating from the terminal building. The building is expected to open on March 27th 2008 and relieve some of the pressure currently faced by high passenger numbers at Heathrow Airport.

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