Good: Inside the airport, functional, good shower, good bed size, comfortable room temperature Not so good: Lack of hooks to keep stuff off the floor, chair was very uncomfortable after a while, no European sockets.
The brasserie restaurant is exceptional and very well priced. Cordon blue standard nouvelle cuisine authentically French. Absolutely fantastic! Could not believe the quality for an airport hotel. Worth going out of your way for if you live anywhere near it.
London's second-largest international airport sits in the leafy Sussex countryside, surrounded by rolling hills and pretty villages. Stay at Gatwick Airport in one of the many premium quality hotels in the area - from large, well-known corporate hotels through to family-run boutique hotels - and have plenty to see and do right on your doorstep.
Gatwick Airport sits on the edge of the ancient market town of Crawley. There have been signs of habitation here since the Stone Age, but it was in the 13th Century that Crawley really began to grow into an important trading town. Today, it's a charming location filled with historic hotels, boutique shops and a plethora of antique emporiums for those who love seeking out something unique during their shopping trips.
If you're just passing through on your way to a business meeting elsewhere in the UK or even further afield, then there are some outstanding large hotel chains within the Gatwick Airport complex. They provide clean, well-priced rooms and some delicious dining choices, as well as good quality business facilities such as conference suites and meeting rooms.
But if you want to experience the more relaxed, rural lifestyle of charming Sussex then head to the family-run bed & breakfasts and small hotels of nearby Crawley, some of which are house in historic, listed buildings. You can stay in an 18th century lodge with original beams and open fires just minutes from the town centre, or pick the sheer luxury of a five-star spa hotel set in 120 acres of perfectly maintained gardens and grounds.
Just a few minutes' from some of the larger Gatwick hotels, you'll find the Gatwick Aviation Museum. Recently refurbished, this fascinating museum is full of vintage aircraft charting the airport's role in aviation history including its importance as part of the South Coast defences during the Second World War.
Nearby Crawley is full of great days out if you're an outdoors lover. Southern Pursuits, just a few miles from the airport, offers a huge range of activities including clay pigeon shooting, quad biking, archery, and mountain biking. If you prefer to wander through the majesty of a country estate then Tilgate Park is stunning all year round, but particularly breathtaking in spring when the daffodils are in full bloom.
The airport itself has an excellent selection of restaurants, but for a more intimate experience you'll also find some exceptional local eateries that specialise in using locally grown produce. After a meal you can head to the Hawth Theatre - an arts and entertainment complex set in 38 acres of gardens and woodland. All of this is within easy reach of some of the best hotels in Gatwick.
Hotels in Gatwick are customer-focused, with excellent facilities and the emphasis on offering all visitors a warm and friendly welcome. WiFi connectivity is excellent and the area has recently been upgraded to fibre broadband, making download and upload speeds much faster - a real boon for hotel guests staying in Gatwick on business. The choice of hotels available ranges from large 'corporate' style offerings through to homely, boutique B&Bs packed full of quirky, original features. Those looking for a little luxury will also be able to stay in spa hotels offering a wide range of therapy and treatments.