We stayed here prior to catching an early morning flight at Gatwick and it provided a nice start to our holiday. We found the hotel very easily and check-in was amazingly quick and efficient - as we had pre-paid our room we didn't have to use the automated check-in machines but were able to just sign the registration form and collect our room cards from the very pleasant receptionist. Indeed, all the staff were always ready with a smile and when you passed one of them in the corridor they would go out of their way to make conversation and check everything was alright for you.
Our room was straight from the standard 'Premier Inn Room Template' but was incredibly clean - not even a speck of dust anywhere. It was located at the back of the building and was just above an outdoor area where staff tended to congregate when on their breaks. Although we were initially a little concerned about this, we were not disturbed by them.
The only minor gripe I have is that the low energy lighting is very poor in terms of both colour and brightness but, for £29 for the night, I don't think we can complain too much about that.
We omitted to book ahead for the in-house restaurant and it was extremely busy with a long wait for a table so we went to eat at the nearby Toby Cavery as we needed to get to bed as early as possible. When we did get to bed we found it very comfortable and slept well, despite having to get up at 3:30am for our flight.
In my opinion this is the hotel that Premier Inn should use as the blueprint for their whole chain - good value with clean, modern, comfortable rooms and staff that really do make you feel welcome. We will definitely book here again when taking an early flight from Gatwick.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Near the town of Crawley, and a great place to rest your head whether you're flying in or out ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Premier Inn Gatwick Manor Royal Hotel Crawley
- Premier Inn London Gatwick Airport (Manor Royal) Hotel Crawley, West Sussex