Perhaps most importantly for a hotel that’s part of Heathrow Terminal 5, my room is completely soundproofed. Out of the window, I can see planes taking and a busy roundabout leading into Heathrow but I can’t hear a thing.
I have a Luxury King Room with access to Club Sofitel (an executive lounge serving drinks and snacks) with a huge, comfy king-sized bed that gives me a great night’s sleep before my morning flight to New York the next day. With so many hotel guests staying for just one night before or after travelling through Heathrow, the Sofitel must have a limited window to make an impression but this is a room that has all the luxury touches.
There are six different types of room, ranging from the Classic through to the Imperial Suite.
The sheer scale of meeting space (more than 5,500sqm) on offer here is where the Sofitel comes into its own. It has 45 event rooms, which can accommodate anywhere up to 1,300 guests across multiple floors and hotel sections. There are auditoriums, boardrooms, a 117-seat tiered theatre and a large pillarless ballroom that can be divided into smaller rooms if needed.
The Sofitel’s meetings and events team are well versed in hosting large-scale events for clients in industries such as pharmaceutical or tech.
With 605 bedrooms on offer, most of your delegates can probably stay overnight if they want to and make use of the restaurants, bars or gym after a hard day’s conferencing.
Food and beverages
There are two restaurants and a ‘tea salon’ to choose from. I enjoyed dinner at La Belle Epoque, which has three AA Rosettes and is French cuisine with an Asian twist. It also has the exclusive chef’s table, a private dining area with a window that looks straight through to the kitchen.
To start with I had the pan-seared scallops with roasted cauliflower, sea aster and coconut emulsion followed by roasted tenderloin of pork, confit belly with chorizo, mousseron and carrots.
There are also two bars if you fancy a drink after dinner: elegant Le Bar Parisien and the more lively Sphere serving cocktails and small dishes.
The Sofitel is connected to central London by the Underground and the Heathrow Express, and is of course right next to Heathrow Terminal 5, making it the ideal place to spend the night before an early flight the next day.
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