A decent hotel, large rooms, good size beds and large flat screen tv.
The hotel has a reasonable gym with sauna and steam room, but lacks a pool. It's well enough equipped for a hotel gym, but staff seemed pretty disinterested.
Food in the restaurant was very good indeed, the set menu was really enjoyable, but the service let the hotel down. It was late when I arrived and I was one of the last to order in the Grill restaurant and it felt like the staff couldn't wait for the shift to end.
The hotel offers free internet, but it is so slow it is next to useless and I wouldn't pay to upgrade for the 'premium service'. In the end I switched to tethering off my 3G phone, as it was much faster. If hotels advertise free wifi, it should be at least faster than a mobile phone connection.
There are a good range of hospitality options though, with the Grill, a pub and a coffee shop, plus a shop selling essentials, which is useful if arriving late.
Overall the hotel is 'good' rather than ''very good'. It's certainly above average and good value so close to the train links to London (there is even direct access to the platforms from the hotel).
I'd certainly recommend for anyone travelling from Gatwick as an overnight.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Arora Hotel in Crawley is a modern hotel that offers a high quality accommodation in the town centre, with Gatwick airport just 10 minutes away. The hotel offers 432 en-suite bedrooms, an AA Rosette awarded Restaurant(The Grill), an English Pub and a 24 hour gym. In the expansive Atrium, WIFI is available free of charge as well as in the hotel rooms. Combine this with ample on-site car parking and superb train links to Brighton and London and you have the perfect base for your business or leisure travel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Arora International Gatwick Crawley
- Arora Hotel Gatwick / Crawley West Sussex