We booked in at the Europa because it was the cheapest in the area and we were only there to get our heads down for 5 or so hours. It was pouring down when we got there (not the hotel's fault) but the parking was chaotic, cars everywhere. First impression and introduction to the hotel was an obvious lady of the night talking loudly on her mobile outside – if this wasn't a lady of the night she needed a drastic make-over! Check in was fine and quick, but it was 1 o’clock in the morning. We were given a room on the ground floor just through the bar - this area wasn’t particularly nice, the carpet was very sticky. The room was on the ground floor and a decent enough size – I think it was a disabled room. The room’s décor was very dark and dated. The carpet had seen better days probably in the 80s. On the surface the room was clean but if you looked down the side of the bed it was pretty grubby. The bed was ok, sheets clean, but the counterpane and blanket were nasty so we pushed these off and therefore froze during the night. The bathroom was ok and the shower surprisingly good. Neither of us slept so got up pretty early and left. We didn’t book breakfast, so can’t comment on that. I suspect this hotel is a cash cow for the Britannia chain, due to the long-stay car parking but it really, really needs refurbishment. I wouldn’t stay there again and can’t recommend it. The reviews are pretty accurate. You have been warned.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Europa Hotel Gatwick is one of three Britannia Airport Hotels in Gatwick and is an ideal place to stay for those looking for Gatwick Airport Parking. With its Spanish and Mediterranean themed architecture this hotel offers excellent value, comfort as well as first class facilities. The hotel has its own courtyard with beautifully landscaped gardens and fountain which are the perfect place to relax. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Europa Gatwick Crawley
- Europa Hotel Gatwick
- Europa Gatwick Hotel Crawley, West Sussex