First hotel opens at Heathrow Terminal 5

Hotel News - 04/08/2008

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The new five-star Sofitel hotel recently opened at Heathrow Airport’s Terminal 5 features 605 guest bedrooms and is being described as one of Europe’s largest and most the largest and most stunning airport hotels. It is linked to Terminal 5 by a pedestrian bridge.

The architect for the Sofitel, Stephen Williams, also designed the Conrad Hotel at Chelsea Harbour. He was appointed to conceptualise the hotel overall, and Khuan Chew, from KCA International, was chosen to design the interior. She is most noted for her design of the Burj Al Arab hotel, located in Dubai. One of the hotel’s guest suites boasts a Swarovski crystal bathroom.

French chef consultant, Albert Roux, will oversee the dining venues at the hotel, the highlight of which is the Brasserie Roux. The kitchens will be under the management of executive chef Julian Jenkins.

In addition to its restaurants and cafés, the Sofitel feature two bars, a tea salon, a spa and 45 meeting rooms.

“The Sofitel London Heathrow is not an airport hotel, it’s a five star luxury hotel which just happens to be at an airport,” commented the chairman of Arora International Hotels, Surinder Arora.

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