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Whether you're flying long haul, short haul, or somewhere in the middle, it's vital to make sure you that you cover every base of your journey. This includes getting to the airport at the right time, possibly avoiding any traffic, and also, perhaps most importantly, ensuring that you're well-rested and raring to go, without being so stressed that you simply begin to wonder why you're bothering!
When flying from Stansted Airport, it's likely that you're flying short or medium haul, as the big long distance journeys from the capital tend to be from Heathrow or Gatwick. That doesn't mean that Stansted is a small airport by any means, as there are plentiful facilities on site, including parking and hotels, to make your journey much easier in so many ways.
It doesn't matter if your flight is just one hour long, the fact remains that if your plane is leaving extremely early in the morning, you still need to be at the airport two hours before, to allow the check-in process to go through smoothly. This means getting up super-early and making a journey to the capital, no matter how far away you live. Of course, you're going to be super-tired, probably a bit stressed, and therefore rather ratty. The answer? Make is all easier and just stay at the airport for the night!
We're not suggesting you sleep on the floor, because there are a range of airport hotels on site which means that you are right where you need to be, and all you need to do on the morning of your flight, is wake up, shower, perhaps grab some breakfast, and make the very short hop over to the terminal building, all without any extra tiredness, traffic stress, or wondering where your airport taxi is.
Of course, finding a hotel to suit your budget and requirements has to be at the top of your list, but this isn't difficult thanks to the range on offer. You can go for a budget hotel, where you simply base yourself somewhere clean and comfortable for the night, or you can up the glamour stakes and stay somewhere a little more luxurious, where you can start your holiday that much sooner than if you'd stayed at home until check in time was looming.
To make life that bit simpler for you, we're going to show you five of the best Stansted Airport hotels for 2017, and let you make your choice from there.
The name is instantly recognisable, and whether it's because you've seen it advertised on TV, or because you've stayed in a branch before, you'll probably already know that this is a budget hotel chain, which offers comfort, flexibility, and convenience these are all important factors when choosing an airport hotel. This hotel is located a mile away from the terminal building, so it's ideal for those driving who just want to be close by, and don't want to be surrounded by noise and action this is great for a relaxing night before you fly, and therefore ideal perhaps for couples who want to kick-start their break a night earlier!
Premier Inn has large and comfortable rooms which are basic, yet they offer everything you need. There is a range of different room options on offer, including twin rooms, double rooms, and family rooms, which can cater for up to two adults and two children. If you have small children, there is also the option to add a cot to your room.
All rooms have free Wi-Fi, a flat-screen TV, private bathroom, and large, comfortable beds; basically, you have everything here you need for a comfortable night's stay.
For most, the price is really what makes this hotel stand out, because you're getting quality for a lower price, and that is ideal for those who want to add convenience onto their travel plans, without it costing a small fortune in the process. The hotel is also a very short distance from the airport, so you're not too far away, but you're not right in the thick of it either. There is an on-site restaurant and the addition of family rooms makes this a winner for families who want to save cash.
The hotel has a highly rated on-site coffee shop, which is perfect for your early morning caffeine shot before you head to the airport! There is also a restaurant and bar on site, as well as breakfast available every morning. The restaurant serves and snacks and meals at good prices, with a large range of menu options available.
The Premier Inn is an all-rounder type of hotel, i.e. groups, families, singles, couples, basically everyone is catered for in this type of establishment. The fact the hotel is just a short distance from the airport obviously means that you need to be driving to stay here, but most people would be anyway. Families and couples are probably best suited to the Premier Inn, because of the family rooms which are available, and for couples, there is the on-site bar and restaurant for a chilled out evening, without spending a fortune in the process.
The Premier Inn is located one mile away from the airport itself, with easy access by road.Can I include parking?
There are facilities for private parking on site, and this costs £8 per day. You don't need to reserve this facility.
Again, we're talking big chain names here, so you basically know what you're getting from the start. Travelodge is ideal for a one night stay, and is also ideal for saving cash at the same time.
The hotel is located around one mile away from the terminal building, so again, you're far enough away traffic and the busy nature of an airport, but close enough to know that you're not going to be late or experience undue delays. The hotel is also great on the pocket in terms of budget, but has plentiful facilities on site, including a café bar, Wi-Fi throughout, and parking on a first come, first served basis.
To say this is a budget hotel, the rooms are large, spacious, and very attractively decorated. Double rooms feature comfortable king sized beds, showers, flat screen TV with up to 17 channels available, a desk area, tea and coffee facilities, and Wi-Fi available for a small charge.
The beds in all Travelodge hotels are specifically designed for the chain, designed to give you the best night's sleep, and including hypoallergic bedding fillings and medium to firm support basically, you won't struggle to get the rest you need.
For cost effectiveness, you can't beat any Travelodge, but this hotel is close enough to the airport to give you all the perks of an airport hotel, without being right in the heart of it. Whilst there aren't a million on-site facilities, there are enough for what you need, and what there is, is quality.
There is a bar café which serves snacks and drinks throughout the day and night. There is also breakfast available, which is served in the café or in your room, depending on your preference, and is in a continental style.
This hotel is ideal for couples or for friends heading away on holiday. Families are also suited to this particular choice, but there aren't family rooms on offer, which could cause an issue for larger family groups.
The hotel is located around one mile's drive away from the airport terminal building, with public transport close to the hotel also.
Parking is available on a first come, first served basis, and is limited. Parking is only available for guests whilst they are staying in the hotel, and long-stay parking isn't available.
Holiday Inn Express is a slightly smaller version of the large Holiday Inn chain, but still offers all the fantastic facilities that the hotel is known for, whilst probably also being a little cheaper too. Win win!
The Stansted version of the hotel has many entertainment facilities on site, which makes it ideal for families or for groups who want something extra to do whilst they're staying. The hotel is located just five minutes away from the airport, and this means you have no worries whatsoever about not arriving at the hotel on time.
There is a whole range of different rooms on offer, including family rooms which cater for two adults and two children, as well as twin rooms and double rooms too. All rooms have private bathrooms and free Wi-Fi throughout, as well as air conditioning, flat screen TV, heating, telephone, and of course, a rather large and comfortable bed. The rooms are designed to give you everything you need during your stay, and they certainly achieve that.
The close proximity to the airport, the availability of family rooms, and the entertainment options on site all add up to a very cost effective hotel choice and one which is certainly ideal for families and groups who are wanting to spend a night away before their flight.
There is a bar and restaurant on site which serves snacks and meals throughout the day, as well as a kids' menu on offer too. Bookings come with breakfast included, which is served in continental style in the restaurant, or in your room if you prefer. There are also vending machines dotted around the hotel if you simply want to grab a quick snack on the go.
This is a good hotel for all types of travellers, but families will gain the most benefit from it, because of the larger room capacity and the on-site facilities. Couples and groups will also enjoy this hotel because it is so close to where you need to be, but also has quite a lot of 'life' about it, with a lively, yet still very relaxing feel.
The hotel is located five minutes' drive away from the terminal building.
There is private parking available at the hotel on a first come, first served basis, and this costs £9 per day. Reservations are not possible.
A name which is synonymous with quality is Hilton and located just six minutes' away from the airport terminal building you will find the Stansted version. The hotel is a four-star choice and offers a little bit of luxury for your night's break before you venture off to whichever destination you're flying to. This is, therefore, ideal for couples who want to get away from it all completely!
The hotel provides a shuttle service which runs regularly to the terminal building, and there is a number of on-site facilities provided too, such as a restaurant and bar.
The Hilton's rooms are a little larger than standard hotel rooms of the same nature, which means you have more space to roam. You can choose between double rooms, twin rooms, and family rooms, making this a great all-rounder choice. Rooms are packed with facilities, including free Wi-Fi throughout, private bathroom, flat screen TV, tea and coffee making facilities, desk area, hairdryer, and heating/air conditioning.
When you choose to stay at the Hilton, you may pay slightly more money, but you will get that little bit more luxury that makes up for it. The fact you are super-close to the airport also takes away any slight concern about delays or not making it to the check-in desk in time, and you can fuel up on breakfast before you leave, which is served from 4 am onwards.
The breakfast at the Hilton is regularly reviewed as being well above average, and consists of continental choices, as well as full English/Irish dishes, catering for special diets, such as vegetarians and those who require gluten-free. The on-site restaurant is on hand to serve international dishes, with vegetarian choices, and the bar also serves snacks and drinks throughout the day and evening, with a large TV showing all large sporting events.
Couples will really enjoy the laid back atmosphere at the Hilton, however, the fact you can easily book a family room means that those travelling with children are also very well catered for, and very close to the airport itself.
Located six minutes' drive away from the airport terminal, connected by regular shuttle buses which are free, and provided by the hotel.
First come, first served airport parking on-site is available at a cost of £15 per day. You cannot reserve this ahead of time.
For those who want to be right in the heart of the action, with absolutely zero chance of being late to the check in desk, the Radisson Blu offers the best location of all the hotels around the airport area. Yes, this hotel is a little more expensive than some of the budget options we've talked about, but it is almost like a holiday resort in its own right, with several restaurants and bars on site, meaning it is the ideal place to start your break a little earlier than planned!
The Radisson Blu offers rooms which are slightly bigger than average, and you can choose whether you want a double bed or two singles when booking a double room. If you want to seriously upgrade, then go for a business room, which is even bigger, or you could go for a family room which caters for two adults and two children, with two single beds and a double bed. All rooms are spacious regardless and have private bathrooms, free Wi-Fi throughout, flat screen TV, and air conditioning/heating.
The major benefit of this hotel is without a doubt the location because, at just 2 minutes' walk away from the terminal doors, you're certainly not going to run into a delay! The hotel also offers a seriously comfortable and relaxing place to stay before the madness of your travel day begins, and the on-site gastronomy is certainly high quality.
The Collage Restaurant offers all manner of delicious international meals, as well as being next to the rather large bar, which has over 4000 bottles of wine on offer! The on-site coffee shop will cater for your caffeine needs, and the breakfast is buffet style, catering for special diets also.
Couples will benefit most from the on-site facilities, although the fact there is evening entertainment on offer will also mean that children are entertained, as well as the option of booking a family room. Basically, this hotel is for anyone who wants to be right at the airport, without any concerns about not making the check in desk on time.
Literally, 2 minutes' walk away from the terminal building!
Parking is available at a charge of £10 per day and does not need to be reserved.
Reassuringly close to the M11, Stansted Airport is easy to reach from either direction. All of our Stansted airport hotels are within nine miles of the terminal building, offering you plenty of quick conveniences when its time to head for check-in.
If youre going to be arriving by public transport, its easy to reach the hotels from the train station or by taxi. Stansted Airport rail station is under the terminal building, offering guests direct access to and from central London and Birmingham.
Several of our hotels offer room and parking packages for the duration of your holiday, offering you plenty of convenience and peace of mind.
The Stansted Hilton's 4-star service extends to its on-site parking, a luxury way to start your holiday off on the right foot.
Other hotels can be booked with parking at Stansteds Long Stay car park, which is a great option if you would like to drive home straight from the arrivals lounge. Our Stansted airport hotels with parking provide transfers to and from the airport, with times and prices varying by location.