The Hilton Heathrow Terminal 4 hotel was pleasant enough, but though I must have stayed there previously, I did not recall the quarter mile elevated walkway from the hotel to the terminal itself. The entrance to the walkway was outside the hotel; I was glad it wasn’t raining too hard. How difficult would it have been to attach the walkway directly to the hotel lobby? The walkway itself is a raised tunnel – enclosed against the weather, except that it has natural ventilation which generated a brisk cold wind along the tunnel, accompanied by the continuous whistling/moaning sound the wind makes when it encounters gaps in structures – I’d quite forgotten that aspect to Britain. The tunnel is not straight, but bends every 50 or so yards, conceivably to keep walkers from seeing just how far they have to go and getting disheartened, though there are signs indicating the approximate time to the terminal; “You are 4 minutes from Terminal 4!” They could justifiably add “Keep calm and carry on!” I think it would be warranted there!
Terminal 4 departures is a far more attractive area than the arrivals hall; plenty of high end shops. If the arrivals hall décor was as smart it would be a big improvement, but I suspect the effect is entirely commercial and there’s more money to be made from shops in a bright clean modern environment where people will be waiting excitedly for travel, rather than where people are at the end of tiring trips and want to get out of the airport. Perhaps the arrivals décor needs to be sponsored by some part of the British tourism industry to at least give people a good impression of Beautiful Britain and the possibilities.I was in country for just less than 46 hours...seemed a lot longer!