Greetings Cherished Advisors
We arrive Heathrow at 6:35am May 13 on American Airlines from the States. I have no idea what terminal we arrive in. We have reservations for 2 nights at the Hilton on Park Lane (got a good deal on priceline but wonder whether it really was a good choice). Saturday we need to make our way back to Heathrow to pick up a rental car before heading to Bath and the beginning of our journey of 2 weeks then back to London for a couple of days before going home.
So my questions are-
What is the best way to get to the hotel, 2 adults 2 medium sized bags, 1 small. Please be detailed, have to admit we get lost/confused easily. Open to most any form of transportation, whichever is easiest and most direct.
Do we need to purchase a travel card/oyster card......? I have read many posts about these cards and still do not really understand what they are, how to get or use them or why you need them. I think many tourist are having the same problem and hope it's one of those things that's obvious when you actually get there and have to use it.
Is the hotel situated conveniently to get around and do a bit of sightseeing before we take off again? Is it an ok hotel, did I make a horrible choice?
I know there will be showers and such at the terminal we can use, since we are getting in so early and may not be able to check in and freshen up is that a good option or do most larger hotels let you check in early?
I have read many post about Kew Gardens and would love to see it. Just saw some photos taken last week with so many plants flowering. Do you think they will still be in bloom?
Thank you for your time.