Sofitel is linked to the north terminal at Gatwick airport by a covered walkway; two minutes on foot will get you to the terminal. There isn’t a more convenient place to stay.
Arranged around a central atrium, many of the 500-odd rooms look over the runway. It’s an airport hotel, so a slightly corporate feel is to be expected. The rooms (all non-smoking) have a queen-size bed or two singles, wi-fi, television and radio. The bathroom has a full-size bath tub, power shower, magnifying mirror and hairdryer. The beds are extremely comfortable, the room quiet and the housekeeping standards very high. Suites are available suitable for families with a queen size bed and two singles; cots on request.
There are three restaurants, two bars and 24 hour room service, but expect London prices. A short walk to the terminal will find you cheaper options from well known chains, and there’s always a Marks and Spencer sandwich.
Booking at least 15 days ahead will get you a good deal. Worth investigating as well at are the park and fly for four, eight or 15 days. It’s simplicity itself: arrive at the hotel, drop your luggage, park in the car park and on your return from holiday, just go to the hotel to collect your car.
On a recent trip, with Gatwick temporarily closed due to snow, the hotel packed to the gunwales and the hotel computer down, reception staff remained calm, pleasant and helpful.
If you want a kick start to your holiday and are flying from Gatwick, a night here could be a very good move.
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