Location, as others have said, you need to be careful on arrival as the entry is off a slip road onto a dual carriageway... if we hadn't known exactly where we were going or if the traffic were bad you could easily miss the entrance. Bigger signage would help! So would some advanced signage if it could be arranged.
Check in, fine.
Bar... a bit soul-less and definitely pricey. The prices were top class hotel prices but the bar area wasn't up to top class scratch. If I remember right, about a tenner for a G&Tand a pint of keg lager. Noisy TV showing football and not enough quiet seating to avoid it.
Restaurant... again, a bit soul-less, food not really up to the hotel's aspiration, can't comment on the cost as it was an all-in package but the wine was at usual markup, the bottle we selected was okay, nothing spectacular and still around the £20 mark.
Room... we had a room with no view... looked out onto the roof and skylights so couldn't see very much, which didn't matter as it was dusk when we arrived and dark when we left. But there were lights on on the roof so we had to have the (blackout) curtains drawn. Room was noisy as it was near the lift and right by a fire door off the lift area that banged every time people went through it. I know, a fire door and having anything keeping it open spreads the lift noise further... but a soft closer wouldn't go amiss. Room lighting gloomy... no central light, just bedside and table lights. In the bathroom I was surprised that there were wall mounted squeeze dispensers for shower gel, shampoo and hand wash, not what I'd expect at this rating but it all worked and was clean. Wifi (if we'd used it) was standard expensive public hotspot pricing which given how little it's provision costs... used the data connection on the 'phone instead.
Checkout in the wee small hours fine, could have had the overpriced 'breakfast' offering that was available pre 7am but decided to wait until we got to the airport to get something better (and cheaper and less rushed).
Overall, adequate hotel for the airport for one night, price OK on the deal we found including parking at Gatwick Long Term but anything off-deal was expensive. I wouldn't recommend this as a hotel for staying in more than 1 night, it's got limited and very ho-hum public space and though the staff are mostly efficient the service is no more than efficient, no smiles, they're just doing their job but not really enjoying doing it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Each of the beautifully appointed 151 bedrooms at our hotel near Gatwick airport has air conditioning, an en-suite bathroom, flat screen LCD TV featuring in room entertainment and high speed Internet access.Savour a relaxing meal in the Brassiere Restaurant, which serves contemporary modern food in stylish surroundings or take it easy in our friendly Club Bar. Alternatively hit the gym in the on-site fitness centre to shake off any jetlag. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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