With far flung flights to Hong Kong, short jaunts to Jersey and everything in between, Gatwick Airport remains one of Europe's busiest. Add to that its close proximity to the capital and it's clear to see why they need take-offs and landings round the clock just to accommodate all the passengers. If your departure happens to be at an unsociable hour, or during peak commuter times, you'd do well to book a room nearby so you can get in early and board the plane feeling fresh and well rested. There's somtehing to suit all budgets too, so don't worry about the pennies, simply pick your next stay from our selection of the best hotels at Gatwick Airport.
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The Gatwick outpost of the world-renowned Hilton empire has two fairly major selling points. Firstly, it’s the only hotel connected to the airport’s South Terminal by a covered walkway, so you wont have to drag your suitcase amongst the London drizzle. Secondly, it’s (unsurprisingly) the largest hotel at Gatwick, with over 800 guest rooms - so you should easily get a stay at short notice.
Time Out tip: Naturally, this a good choice for big broods – the Hilton family rooms can accommodate up to two adults and four children. Plus, if you're saving your pennies for holiday activities, it's free for under-10s to dine alongside adults in the restaurant.
Considering it has such a great location directly in the south terminal, Bloc provides great value for your money. You can easily get a room here for less than a ton. It won't be huge, but it'll be comfy, with Swedish design and innovative technology built-in all over the place.
Time Out tip: Plane nerds should plump for Bloc’s Runway Suite – you'll get some great views.
Sitting adjacent to the north terminal, this four-star is the Gatwick branch of Parisian hotel chain Sofitel. It's just as sleek and luxurious as you'd imagine a business from Paris to be, with two onsite restaurants, a bar and a well-equipped gym.
Time Out tip: Feeling peckish? Head to Le Ciel, the terrace-style bar where you can relax and sip a cocktail whilst watching all of the holiday hustle and bustle in the foyer below. Parfait!
If the four-star Hilton is a little out of your price range, opt for the Hampton instead. Connected to the north terminal by a covered walkway, it provides all the same high quality service, with slightly fewer luxury amenities. A free hot breakfast is served daily too.
Time Out tip: Want to zap yourself back to life after a particularly gruelling long-haul flight? Head to the fitness centre, which is open 24 hours a day (or maybe just catch some z's).
If the name looks familiar, it's because Yotelair is owned by the Yo Sushi crew. Don't let that put you off, though, this is a great and affordable capsule hotel. It was created with the help of one of the designers of BA's first class cabins, so everything you’ll encounter here is of the small-but-well-thought-out variety.
Time Out tip: Just need a couple of hours to freshen up before you board? Each room is bookable by the hour.
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