Gatwick airport hotels

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  1. diddldonna

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    We are planning on traveling to gatwick by train and doing twilight check in, then spend night in hotel. What hotels are really close to gatwick south? Like within walking distance to save on transfer costs.
     
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  3. madmumof2

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    The Hilton and Sofitel are the most popular. We stayed at the sofitel last time and it was stunning. Both are quite expensive though.

    This time were staying in days hotel which ipwas free with airmiles, cheap without, and they provide free transport to gatwick too which is only about 5 minutes away :)
     
  4. mrtoffee

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    We always use the Hilton as it is joined to the South terminal by a walkway and is so simple for both twilight check in and the morning of the flight. I booked through virgin atlantic's frequent flyer club as they had the best price at the time, which was £89 for a family of 4.
     
  5. madmumof2

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    Wow, Sofitel was quoting us over £200 this time! :( I would have loved to stay there again but no way am I paying that ridiculous price for one night :(
     
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    we booked the travelodge gatwick airport central for £25.50 for 2 adults 2 childrenfor a bed for a few hrs is ideal :)
     
  8. madmumof2

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    We're at the days hotel, probably around the same price as those posting above me but I got it free with airmiles :D They also include a transfer to the south terminal with the price :D
     
  9. Laurafoster

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    We prefer to stay at the on airport hotels - purely because we always arrive at he airport early and do twilight check in. Otherwise we would then have to transfer to the hotel and then back again. Not so bad if transfers are cheap/free but sometimes when they are £3pp each way it adds to the cost.

    We have had some great deals at the Hilton before. Most years they do a 50% off sale in January (for selected dates only) and this can usually be combined with a cashback website. We had a family room or £80 with breakfast on our last stay there.

    On our most recent trip we stayed at the Marriott, which although is onsite it's about a 5-10 minute walk to the terminal (it has shuttles too). This was £80 for a family room (2doubles) with breakfast.
     
  10. queendisney

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    we always stay in the executive rooms at the Hilton Gatwick. Yes it costs a bit more but its worth while in our case. With these rooms you get the buffet breakfast in the morning and you have use of the executive lounge where the drinks are free and they also bring out food (chicken wings, cheese platter, other nibbly foods etc) in the evenings. It also depends on your attitude to the hotel, ie to us its the proper start of our holiday and we take full advantage of a nice room and the hotel facilities but for others its just a bed for the night before the holiday begins.
    This year we upgraded to a King Suite as I was celebrating a BIG birthday and it was just wonderful.
    At the Hilton if you book a delux room they often ask you if you want to upgrade for a small fee to the executive room when you check in and its well worth doing. IMO anyway...:)
     
  11. 1nfrequent

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    I'll ditto Laura's comment about sales in January. If you're feeling brave and willing to wait it out, you can get a better deal in the New Year for Hilton and I think that Sofitel do the same thing. I've stayed at both of them in the past and I think I've paid between £80 and £100 for the room (I don't include breakfast because I can get it cheaper in the airport).

    Depending on when you're going, I can see rates of £102 room only for the Hilton via its website. The Sofitel is showing an eye-watering £200 at the moment.:crazy2:

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  12. Cinderella2006

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    we booked two triple rooms with breakfast for £91 each room at the Hilton which i thought was very good ... I do love the Premier Inns, they offer great value for money but i have two children, one of which is disabled and i just find it more convenient.
     
  13. royal99

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    We always go by train and if we stay overnight and we feeling flush its always sofitel but when we want to save a little I would always recommend Premier inn Gatwick central. Nice clean rooms, nice efficient staff and 5 mins walking to the north terminals front door. If your departing south terminal you could do it in 10 mins or so including monorail. Also a bus is available for a few quid although this can be a bit long winded. Enjoy
     
  14. Tinkerpeas hubby

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    We was going to sty at the Hilton but there was too many reviews saying that alot of people was getting put in the old wing and it's awful ( and I do love my reviews lol)

    We have booked to stay at the marriot it looks really nice and was £70 for a double only a 5 min walk plus they have shuttles but since we will only have hand luggage we will walk it!

    We don't fly until 1.15 so will get a nice lie in this time instead of our usual 4am starts haha.

    Cindy x
     
  15. Laurafoster

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    We have been in the old wing a few times and its definitely not awful, our rooms have always been immaculately clean and in good condition. I've had bad rooms in the 'new' wing. (To be fair the new wing opened in 2003 so its not that new) :)

    I think the new wing tends to be mostly deluxe and executive rooms.
     
  16. mrtoffee

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    We were in the old wing last year at the hilton and the room was very nice, plus as it was a family room it was huge :)
     
  17. Elise79

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    We stay in a family room at the Hilton using Clubcard points. Last time I did ask to be moved as they gave us a room on the 2nd floor that overlooked the lobby. Nothing wrong with the room but I thought it would be noisy and I like a view ;)
     
  18. Tinkerpeas hubby

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    You know what it's funny as I was at the hair dresser today and she asked where I was staying the night before, I told her and she said that she stayed at the Hilton last yr and that she had an amazing room! THEN her Flight was cancelled so they needed another room and was put in the older room!! She said that it was horrid and yet it was just down the corridor from the other room.
     
  19. sparkles18

    sparkles18 Earning My Ears

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    There is a new Premier inn directly behind the Sofitel which opens in November.
     
  20. eyelady

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    Long time lurker and occasional poster here!
    Another vote for the Courtyard by Marriott. We've stayed there twice - most recently last month - and it is fine. We paid about £140 for the night and 2 weeks parking, which was far less than the Hilton - and the room was a bit nicer than the last one we had at the Hilton 6 or 7 years ago. The walk is a little bit further, takes us about 10 mins without the cases and a couple more with them. Trolleys are available there. There's always the shuttle if it's raining. We like being on site and not having to use other transport to get to the terminal.
     

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