London-Gatwick (LGW)

Unlike at its larger Heathrow sibling, the Gatwick airport hotel situation is easily-navigable, diverse in options, and fairly priced (relative to the rest of England). The only types of accommodations missing are at the ultra-high and ultra-low ends of the spectrum. Otherwise, do you want to feel like you are in the English country side? The Langshott Manor is your answer. Want a top business hotel walkable from the airport? The Hilton and Sofitel are there. What to sleep inside the airport itself? Check out the “cabins” at the Yotel. Want a relatively inexpensive and comfortable room with free wireless internet? Read on for our three excellent selections.

Overall Best Gatwick Airport Hotel:

Langshott Manor
lgwlang London Gatwick (LGW) It is a special airport hotel that can envelope its guests in the local atmosphere and make the airport seem a world away. And the Langshott Manor is a special airport hotel. Built on the framework of an 1850 Tudor house, the Langshott is the sort of fairy tale mansion that catches the eye when driving by on the road and makes one think “I wish I lived there!” Not that it is easy to see from the road; the Langshott sits on three acres of woods and sculpted gardens framed by herbaceous. Inside, the lobby feels Elizabethan, warmed visually by wood panels and physically by a fireplace. The rooms themselves tend to exert a more modern and sophisticated ambiance. Each of the 22 rooms are individual in design; none disappoint but we are especially partial to the elite Henry VII suite, and the Leeds bedroom (overlooking the croquet lawn). The one complaint that we, and some other guests, have is that the dinning experience feels a little snooty. But then this is an English manor. And there’s no complaint about the price — all of this luxury is yours for less than what you’d pay at one of the international chain hotels. (You’ll likely get a discount over the rack rate when you book through Airport Hotel Guru) . Request your free airport transfer when you book. In short: most highly recomended!

Honorable Mention Best Hotel (North Terminal):

Sofitel London Gatwick
This hotel, connected by covered walkway to Gatwick’s North Terminal, used to be a Le Meridien. The property was never luxurious enough for its former brand; it fits new Sofitel name better. The Sofitel is a good solid business hotel with a few modern touches such as flat screen TVs and sleek comfy beds. There’s a comfortable atrium-style lobby and attentive staff. But a stay here also comes with two downsides: First, the rooms are on the small side; not crazy-small, but not expansive either. Second, a night here is expensive, because of the room rate and also because of the food and the internet connection charge. What you are really paying for is convenience. The Airport Hotel Guru, being a big fan of convenience, found that factor enough to push the Sofitel (and the Hilton, below) into an Honorable Mention slot. However, if you want to stay at a big chain hotel you could do well getting in a free hotel shuttle and staying at Ramada Plaza Gatwick (see below), which has similar quality rooms for £40 to £50 less. If you do splurge for the Sofitel ask for an airport view room on one of the top floors.

Honorable Mention Best Hotel (South Terminal):

Hilton London Gatwick Airport
lgwhil2 London Gatwick (LGW) The Hilton is attached by covered walkway to Gatwick’s South Terminal in the way the Sofitel (above) is attached to the North. Other than that, there’s little difference between the two. The Hilton offers family rooms that sleep up to five people, has a better gym, a more ornate lobby, and slightly larger rooms. The Sofitel has the slightly better beds. Unless one of those qualities is especially important to you, if you decided to pay the premium to a short walk from the airport you should choose whichever of the Hilton or Sofitel that happens to be at the terminal you are flying out of.

Closest Accommodations to the Gatwick Airport:

The option closest to Gatwick is INSIDE the airport. The Yotel, in the South Terminal, is an interesting mix of convenience and price. The catch — and isn’t there always a catch — is the size of the rooms. Those at the Yotel are large enough to have a bed and that’s pretty much it. Literally, the whole of a standard room (or “cabin” in Yotel parlance) is seven square meters. They pack a lot into that space — a foldout desk, a small bathroom, a flatscreen TV (through which you can not only watch over 60 channels and listen to 80 radio station but can also order food and drink 24 hours a day!). And there’s free wifi. Rooms are booked by the hour with a four hour minimum. Prices vary depending a variety of factors. An overnight midweek 12 hour booking costs £56 for a standard cabin,

Outside the hotel, The Sofitel is closest to the Gatwick’s North Terminal, the Hilton is closest to the South. See above for reviews on both of those hotels, below for general terminal info.

24500 London Gatwick (LGW)


Cheapest Gatwick Airport Hotel:

There are three very good guest houses near Gatwick, each are in the town of Horley and have a friendly atmosphere. Rates for each are in the low-mid £40s range for a single and include complimentary breakfast, parking, wireless internet and airport transport within certain hours. Each also has some local character. Since each have their strengths we’ll tell you about all three. (Just part of the extra service provided by the Airport Hotel Guru).

The Gatwick White House Hotel
lgwgwh London Gatwick (LGW) This is the favorite of our three cheap options. The rooms here, clean and comfortable all, are the best value around Gatwick. The Hotel’s bar and restaurant are a little underwhelming, though a solution to that is a few minutes walk away in the eating and drinking establishments around Horley. The White House Hotel offers their free hotel transport between 7am and 11pm.

Cumberland House
Of the three options in this category, the Cumberland has the most generous hours for free Gatwick transport (5am to midnight) though arrangements need to be made in advance (get the contact info from their website). The Cumberland is also closest to Horley’s premier pub, Ye Olde Six Bells. The room quality and size might be a quarter-point down from the other two options in this group, but of comparable value.

Gable End Guest House
The Gable End is the smallest and quaintest of the three options in this category — it is your clear choice if you are looking for the most homey attmosphere. The breakfast here is, very arguably, the best of the three, though the hours during which they provide free Gatwick transport (7:30am to 9pm) is also the most limited. Avoid the top floor rooms, which feel a little cramped due to the lower ceilings.

The Most Luxurious Gatwick Airport Hotel:

Langshott Manor (see above) earns our Most Luxurious designation. A more modern option, and nearly as luxurious, is The Felbridge Hotel & Spa. The Felbridge Hotel & Spa has the largest rooms of any Gatwick airport hotel, each richly appointed with a superbly comfortable bed, flat screen TV, and inviting working area. The hotel features a first rate spa, an indoor pool and a near-hip bar. Unfortunately, there’s no complimentary airport transportation — a taxi from Gatwick will set you back £12.50. Fortunately, the Felbridge offers a free internet connection, wired in the rooms and wireless in the many work-friendly public areas including “The Library” on the ground floor.


The Best Value Gatwick Airport Hotel:

The best values, for very different reasons, are at the Gatwick White House, the Langshott Manor and the Yotel. See their respective review, above.

The Ramada Plaza Gatwick is the best value business-oriented hotel. It isn’t attached to airport like the Sofitel and Hilton are. But in exchange for riding a free shuttle the two kilometers from the airport the Ramada will give you a larger room, more reasonably priced food, and a hotel pool — for around £50 less. Recommended.

Gatwick Airport Info:

Gatwick Airport
Gatwick is laid out in two terminals: North and South.

Gatwick is more convenient to London than commonly perceived. By express train it take 30 minutes and £17 to travel between Gatwick and Victoria Station, compared with 15 minutes and £14.50 between Heathrow and Paddington Station.

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Gatwick Transfer 07.30.09 at 11:13 am

The gateick hotels really are nice. Makes you wanna move to the airport.

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