Once a small town, Crawley in West Sussex grew in the 1950s and 1960s and today is a busy commuter hub for London. Just a short drive or train journey from Gatwick Airport, the town is popular with those visiting London, and is renowned for its shops. Accommodation here ranges from 2-star B&Bs to airport chain hotels and five star country house hotels.
Crawley is home to a range of chain hotels including the Ramada, Holiday Inn and Copthorne hotels, all within minutes of London Gatwick Airport. These hotels are ideal for families looking for value-for-money accommodation or business travellers, with facilities such as free WiFi, laundry services and meeting rooms. Regular fast trains run from Crawley Station to London Victoria and Gatwick Airport.
Crawley is known as a shopping destination, and you'll find over 90 high street brands at the County Mall, as well as a food court and a children's soft play area, where you can offload the little ones while you shop in peace! There are more chain stores and independent retailers on the High Street too, as well as a wide range of eateries ranging from fast good joints to cosy English pubs. Many of the inns south of the High Street have outdoor space where you can enjoy a pint or food in the sunshine during the summer months, whilst some hotels in the area have their own bars and restaurants or cafés, perfect if you're dining in a hurry between meetings. There's plenty of opportunity to soak up the sunshine in Crawley too, away from London's urban sprawl. To the south of the town centre, Tilgate Park is a great place for a walk - there's also a nature centre and the annual 'Proms in the Park', which takes place during the summer months.
Whether you're travelling for business or leisure, you'll find hotels in Crawley to suit all budgets. Two star B&Bs offering a warm welcome to families and couples sit alongside airport chain hotels with free Wi-Fi and conference spaces, with excellent amenities such as complimentary breakfasts, in-room TV and DVD players and laundry services available at many hotels.