FIRST REVIEW: Hampton By Hilton London Stansted Airport

hampton hilton stansted airport main entrance

Last month Hilton opened their largest “Hampton by Hilton” property in the world at London Stansted Airport. The £45m, 357 room hotel is spread over 7 floors, has rooms with runway views and “digital key” access, and is in walking distance to the airport terminal and train station. The Hampton By Hilton London Stansted Airport hotel replaces the previous Hilton hotel which was further away from the airport, which is now a branded as a Novotel property.

This Hampton by Hilton property is one of many chain hotels at Stansted Airport. If you are looking for a hotel within walking distance of the airport terminal and the train station then your option are either this hotel or the nearby Raddison Blu. The Hampton by Hilton is priced lower than the Raddison Blu hotel at around £80 per night depending how far in advance you point. Alternatively you could redeem 20,000 Hilton Honors points for a free night (or a combination of points and cash if you only have a small Hilton Honors balance).

The day before my stay Hilton sent through a push notification via their app to let me know that I was able to request a digital key. The digital key concept by Hilton is a smart piece of tech. Their app generates a digital key which you can then use to unlock your room door, meaning that you can go straight to your room without having to visit reception.

After arriving at the train station it was a short 5 minute walk under the covered walkway directly to the hotel. As I collected my digital key earlier in the day through the app I headed straight up to the room on the 7th floor.

hampton hilton stansted airport hotel view from train station

View of the hotel from the train station

hampton hilton stansted airport outside hotel

Entrance to the hotel

hampton hilton stansted airport welcome

Entrance and reception desks

hampton hilton stansted airport large breakfast area

Huge seating area used in the morning for breakfast and in the evening for the bar

The room was on the top floor (#740), out of the lift and down the hallway to the left. With the hotel being brand new it still has the “new carpet” smell.

hampton hilton stansted airport walk to room

7th floor hallway

hampton hilton stansted airport outside room

Outside room #740

Hampton by Hilton properties only offer a few different room types. The room types available at the Hampton by Hilton Stansted Airport are Twin, Queen and Queen Family Room, each of which can be booked with or without a runway view. I booked into the Queen Family Room with a runway view. The Queen Family Room sleeps up to 4 people.

hampton hilton stansted airport room entrance

Room entrance with a good sized fitted desk

hampton hilton stansted airport large family room

Large queen sized bed and double sofa bed

hampton hilton stansted airport large bed

A spotless room thanks to the hotel being brand new

hampton hilton stansted airport tv and coffee

Basic tea and coffee making facilities

hampton hilton stansted airport safe cabinet

Safe built into one of the bedside cabinets

hampton hilton stansted airport sofa bed closed

Double sofa bed stowed away

hampton hilton stansted airport sofa bed out

Double sofa bed extended

hampton hilton stansted airport wardrobe

Wardrobe storing iron, hair dryer and bedding for guests using sofa bed

hampton hilton stansted airport large shower

Clean bathroom with double shower

hampton hilton stansted airport sink and toilet

Spa Therapy branded soap and hand moisturiser

hampton hilton stansted airport body wash

More Spa Therapy branded products in the shower

hampton hilton stansted airport view

Great runway view of Stansted Airport directly from the room

hampton hilton stansted airport bar area

Huge bar on the ground floor

hampton hilton stansted airport waiting seating

Seating area used for breakfast or bar depending on time of day

hampton hilton stansted airport casual seating

More seating at the other side of reception

hampton hilton stansted airport computer and print area

Couple of computers and printer to print boarding passes if needed

hampton hilton stansted airport gym cardio machines

Cardio machines in the fitness centre

hampton hilton stansted airport free weights

Free weight gym equipment

The hotel, which was my first time staying at a Hampton by Hilton property, greatly exceeded my expectations. If you need to stay close to the terminal then the Hampton by Hilton is certainly one of the best options. It’s in a prime position and means that you don’t have to catch a shuttle between the airport and hotel. The hotel also offers a full or continental breakfast, and for free that’s even better.

When I next return to London Stansted Airport I’ll be checking the availability of this hotel.

Book a stay at the Hampton by Hilton Stansted Airport Hotel.