Gatwick guru: APH gives the lowdown on Gatwick’s best airport hotels for different types of travellers

With a wide variety of airport hotels at Gatwick to choose from, how do you pick the best one for your trip needs? We have compiled a top 12 list of Gatwick hotels on its home patch that will help you start or end your holiday in style.

Best for those with easyJet flights: Hampton by Hilton London Gatwick Airport

Hampton by Hilton London Gatwick Airport is connected to the North Terminal via a covered walkway and is the best choice for those travelling with easyJet, since the airline’s check-in desks can be accessed by foot very quickly. Furthermore, guests at the hotel can avoid early-morning traffic delays on the way to the terminal and instead enjoy a complimentary hot breakfast and a workout at the hotel’s 24-hour fitness centre.

Best for South Terminal passengers: Hilton London Gatwick Airport

The iconic four-star Hilton London Gatwick Airport is connected to the South Terminal via a covered walkway and is therefore ideal for those travelling with airlines including British Airways, Ryanair and Thomas Cook. The hotel also boasts free Wi-Fi, a fitness centre and a variety of dining options, including Amy’s Restaurant and Charlie Fry’s Sports Bar.

Hilton London Gatwick Airport - Night Sky

Best for families: Holiday Inn Gatwick – Worth

Highly rated by APH’s customers and conveniently situated close to the new APH car park, Holiday Inn Gatwick – Worth is the perfect choice for families and is just ten minutes’ drive away from Gatwick. Along with providing travel cots, high chairs and families rooms, the four-star hotel also permits children under 13-years-old to eat for free per every paying adult. For parents looking to extend the excitement of a holiday before leaving the UK, the hotel is just down the road from the botanical gardens at Wakehurst and also Tulleys Escape Rooms, a live immersive escape game experience.

Best for a pre-flight workout: Crowne Plaza Felbridge

For those who want to stick to their workout schedule while away, the four-star Crowne Plaza Felbridge offers gym bunnies a fitness centre, tennis courts, an indoor swimming pool plus a recently-refurbished Chakra Spa, which includes five treatment rooms. Gatwick’s terminals can be reached within 15 minutes and the hotel is also close to interesting local attractions including Chartwell country house, which was the home of Winston Churchill.

Best for passengers travelling with Virgin Atlantic or Emirates: Sofitel London Gatwick

Sofitel London Gatwick is an indulgent four-star hotel directly connected to the North Terminal and is a great choice for long-haul travellers flying with Virgin Atlantic or Emirates. As well as luxurious suites, the hotel includes three restaurants, free Wi-Fi and a choice of cocktail bars.

Sofitel London Gatwick Hotel Urban Cafe

Best for those with afternoon flights: Holiday Inn Express Gatwick – Crawley

The three-star Holiday Inn Express Gatwick Crawley is located 4.5 miles away from the airport and offers guests comfortable rooms and a relatively late check-out time of midday, meaning it’s a great choice for those with flights later in the day. Holidaymakers who need to shop for last-minute sunglasses or sun cream before heading to the airport should head to Crawley’s nearby Country Mall Shopping Centre, which is home to Primark, River Island and Boots.

Best for a night out in Crawley: Arora Hotel Gatwick Crawley

Situated in the heart of Crawley town centre, the four-star Arora Hotel Gatwick Crawley provides stylish accommodation and easy access to the town’s nightlife hotspots, including The Hive Bar and Moka, which is the largest nightclub in Crawley. The hotel is also just a few minutes’ walk away from Crawley train station, meaning it’s also a good choice for those travelling by train.

Best for budget travellers: Best Western Gatwick Skylane Hotel

For those on a budget, this three-star affordable hotel is conveniently located within a 15-minute drive of Gatwick Airport and features an on-site restaurant, a bar, and free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel.

Best for off-airport luxury: Sandman Signature London Gatwick Hotel

Situated four miles away from Gatwick Airport, this four-star hotel is a peaceful yet luxurious location to rest the night before a flight. Along with housing an on-site fitness centre and indoor pool, rooms at the hotel include air-conditioning, a flat screen LCD TV and complimentary Wi-Fi.

Best for exploring Gatwick’s surrounding area: Crowne Plaza London – Gatwick Airport

The four-star Crowne Plaza London – Gatwick Airport hotel is just 3.5 miles away from the terminals and is an ideal property for travellers who are keen to explore the airport’s surrounding towns and villages, including Crawley, which is accessible within walking distance. Guests can also enjoy a movie and a meal at the nearby Crawley Leisure Park.

Crowne Plaza London Gatwick

Best for being close to the airport, but not near the runway: Airport Inn Gatwick

The Airport Inn Gatwick is one of the closest off-airport hotels to the terminals, which can be reached in less 10 minutes by car. Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel and guests can also enjoy 24-hour room service.

Best for a few hours of sleep to avoid M25 delays: Gatwick Europa Hotel

Located 15 minutes from Gatwick Airport, the Europa is a low-cost, no frills, budget option for those who want to avoid potential M25 morning delays and just need a few hours of sleep before flying from the North or South Terminal.

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