Very convenient for early flights
We chose the Sofitel at the North Tower because we needed to check in for our flight back to the U.S before 8 am and did not want to deal with the hassle of leaving London and fighting with the traffic or trains to Gatwick.
Our check in was smooth and because we were Expedia Rewards members our room was upgraded and we received a discount on our room service charges. We arrived at about 8:00 p.m. after taking the train from Edinburgh and we did not want to deal with having to find a restaurant. We checked in and immediately ordered room service. We were notified that since they were busy, it would be an hour until we got our food. It arrived in 50 minutes and was still hot. The food was good.
The room we had was on the small side for 2 adults and 1 child, but since we were only there for less than 12 hours, we didn't mind so much. If it was for a longer stay, it would have been very cramped. Even though our room faced the tarmac for the South Terminal, I don't think we heard any airport traffic.
The bed was VERY comfortable and I was sad that I was unable to sleep longer. My only complaint was the water pressure in our bathroom seemed a little weak compared to other hotels we had stayed at on this trip.
We will definitely stay at the Sofitel again should we need to fly out of Gatwick early in the morning.