It doesn’t take much to take the shine off the start of a holiday; a misplaced passport, a snow flurry or two that threatens your flight or a screaming child in the back seat of your car, unhappy with your choice of tunes; but getting to the airport shouldn’t be one of them.
Why endure stress and fuss when you could be enjoying a leisurely breakfast?
If you have an early flight from Gatwick or you’re travelling a distance to take off, then an airport hotel stay the night before your flight could offer an exciting and hassle free way to start your trip; waking up minutes from Gatwick rather than fighting the morning traffic on the M23 seems like a no brainer.
Staying close to the Gatwick action doesn’t have to blow the entire holiday budget; there are a myriad of affordable and great value Gatwick hotels out there. At APH we’ve rounded up a few of our favourites and given you the lowdown on what you can expect, so that you can enjoy a stress-free start to your holiday!
Just 10 minutes south of Gatwick Airport lies the modern and bright Ibis Gatwick, a great no-frills hotel that offers a comfortable stay, in a great location without breaking the bank.
All 141 rooms are en-suite and blissfully air conditioned; they also feature free Wi-Fi so that you can stay connected throughout your stay, your very own flat screen TV, all-important tea and coffee making facilities and a comfortable bed, making this a great base for bargain seekers who want to stay close to the action.
The Ibis never shuts down, serving up food and drinks 24 hours a day at their café and bar; here you’ll find a wide variety of light snacks and drinks no matter what the hour.
Find it: London Road, County Oak, Crawley, RH10 9GY
Features: Bar and restaurant; 24-hour reception; free Wi-Fi
Featuring spacious modern rooms and handily located just off the M23; Holiday Inn Gatwick Worth is only a few minutes from Gatwick yet feels a million miles from the chaos of the airport.
Step inside your stylish room and you will find a flat screen TV complete with freeview channels, high-speed Wi-Fi that’s raring to go and your very own en-suite. Lie back on the comfortable bed, relax with a cuppa or order up some room service and settle in for the night with a movie; you’ll have all you need for a blissful night’s sleep.
If you’re feeling a little more sociable, make your way downstairs to Lyttons Bar and Brasserie; here you’ll find a varied menu packed with international stars and traditional favourites. If you have little ones in tow then make the most of the free kid’s meals for under 13’s.
The more refined can sample the delights of a full afternoon tea, featuring a selection of sandwiches, scones sweet treats, all served with a bottomless cup of tea.
Find it: Crabbet Park, Turners Hill Road, Worth, Crawley, RH10 4SS
Features: Bar and restaurant; high speed Wi-Fi; kids under 13 eat for free
Days Hotel is a great base for Gatwick, and having recently undergone a complete refurbishment, the rooms are looking fresh and bright and ready to welcome you for the night.
You get all the features you would expect of a three star hotel here; a contemporary feel to your room which comes with an en-suite and includes a flat screen TV, a tea and coffee maker, air conditioning and complimentary Wi-Fi.
On-site, the Watershed Bar and Restaurant serves up a modern menu amidst traditional touches like oak beams and an original inglenook fireplace; the house speciality is fresh, homemade Indian delights that we suggest you sample; while the bar leans towards lighter snacks and a range of soft and alcoholic drinks, best enjoyed while catching up on the days sporting events.
For a few added extras without the price hike look no further than Sandman Signature London Gatwick. Located just 15 minutes from Gatwick, this plush hotel boasts a swimming pool, a fitness centre and spacious rooms that make airport sleeping a dream.
Relax and take the weight off your feet on the comfortable bed while sipping a cuppa and catching up on some TV on your flat screen. The rooms are air conditioned and come en-suite and with free Wi-Fi.
If you’re looking for a relaxing place to grab a bite, head to Arts Grill where you can dine on the likes of Thai fishcakes or pie and mash in stylish surrounds. Had a demanding day? Enjoy some after dinner drinks against the backdrop of the casual Club Bar and get yourself in the mood to holiday.
Still feeling strung out? An hour spent at the fitness centre working up a sweat before diving into the indoor pool should soon sort out your stresses!
Find it: 18-23 Tinsley Lane South, Three Bridges, Crawley, RH10 8XH
Features: Bar and restaurant; leisure facilities; free Wi-Fi
Get a top whack hotel without paying top dollar with Felbridge Hotel and Spa. Found 15 minutes from Gatwick this little gem of a hotel has everything you could ask for without the scary price tag.
Each elegant and beautifully decorated room comes air conditioned and en-suite; featuring flat screen TVs, high pressure power showers that make early morning flights a breeze and free Wi-Fi so you can stay in touch while on the move.
Downstairs, choose from a fine dining extravaganza at Anise or a more casual experience at Bay Tree Restaurant. Head to Qube after dinner to soak up the stylish atmosphere and enjoy a wide range of drinks.
The icing on the cake at Felbridge is the Chakra Health Club and Spa; work out in the fully equipped gym, take a dip in the gorgeous indoor pool, unwind in the sauna or steam room, while away the hours in the whirlpool or take to the tennis courts for a little one on one action.
After all that activity, the only way to fly is by booking a pampering spa treatment and indulging in some much needed me time.
Find it: London Road, East Grinstead, West Sussex, RH19 2BH
Features: Bar and restaurant; leisure facilities; spa; free Wi-Fi