I use this hotel a lot, several times per month over the past 3-4 years. In comparison with other HIE hotels I use in the UK, I would say it is better than the average.
Last year saw a new 'wing' and the rooms in this section are the new-style HIE form, very comfortable - walk-in showers, LCD TV's etc.
I think they plan upgrading the older rooms over time, and some of these are old/shabby, so ask for the 'new' wing when you check in.
New reception and bar area as well, although the drink selection in the bar is very limited.
Never had a problem with staff, always plenty of them and efficient, being close to an airport you can sometimes have a busy check-out in the morning.
This hotel is not actually at Gatwick, but close enough. To and from Gatwick - £10-£15 taxi, depending on which firm. If you know Gatwick well, take a taxi to Concorde House instead (staff entrance), rather than the main drop-off, it usually costs £8 and gives quicker access to departures (stairs lead directly into the EasyJet check-in area).
There is also a bus to Gatwick from the bus-stop outside the Hotel, ask reception for details.
Usual HIE breakfast, I rarely use it.
Dinner - nothing in Hotel, there is a Harvester restaurant next door (chicken, steaks, etc), also recently refurbished. It can get very busy in the evenings, more with locals than hotel guests, and you may have a 15-30min wait for a table, but the food is usually ok and prices are reasonable. I prefer to go into Crawley, which is a 20min walk or £7 taxi. Good Indian restaurants in the main st - Blue India, Saffron and Taj Mahal, I use all of these regularly and can recommend them all.
Also a Pizza Express, Ask, Spanish Tapas place, and few others as well as several bars.
There are also several takeaway delivery options, if you want to eat in your room or in the bar area.
Ample free parking, although again it can get busy due to the Harvester next door.
Rates are usually excellent, in comparison with other HIE hotels.
WiFi charges are a rip-off, but that is a UK standard and not something you can blame this hotel for..
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Holiday Inn Express London Gatwick-Crawley Hotel is located just 15 minutes from Gatwick Airport & less than 10 minutes from J/10 of M23. We offer onsite parking for residents at a rate of £7 per day. Three Bridges & Crawley stations are walking distance & offer's easy links to Brighton, London & beyond. Crawley Town center with selective shops and restaurants is at pleasant walking distance. Buses go to Gatwick and Crawley including Manor Royal. Ideally situated for both leisure & business travelers the hotel has Free Wireless Internet access in all areas. All bedrooms offer TV with free view satellite channels, telephone, tea & coffee facilities, and hairdryer, dry cleaning & power showers. Complimentary continental buffet breakfast with selective hot items served for all guests. The Holiday Inn Express Gatwick Crawley has a well equipped meeting room seating up to 25 people, rates starting from just £85. Local attractions include The Hawth Theatre. K2 Leisure Centre. Tilgate Forest Golf Course & County Mall Shopping Centre. You could also visit the nearby Hever Castle, the birthplace of Anne Boleyn. Biggin Hill. Chessington World of Adventure & Thorpe Park,Nearby Towns include Horsham, East Grinstead, Haywards Heath, Reigate & Redhill. Adjacent to the hotel is the Harvester restaurant, serving food from 12pm till 9.30pm, famous for their flame grilled steaks, spit roast chicken, and salad cart. This is a non smoking hotel but with designated area for smokers. Hotel has air-conditioned Bar with flat screen TV and satellite channels which also serve snacks. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Express Gatwick-Crawley Hotel Crawley
- Holiday Inn Express Crawley
- Holiday Inn Crawley
- Crawley Holiday Inn
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