This is a chance to stay in an old manor country house and experience a bit of what a hotel was like about 40-50 years ago.
The good: Stately old manor house with impressive entranceway straight out of the 19th century. Nice spacious lounges. On-site pub with reasonable prices for drinks and limited pub menu.
The bad: This place is really completely given over to one or two night stop-overs for Gatwick. Rooms are very small. Mattresses are not good quality.
They offer only one type of breakfast: a buffet for 9.50. Who wants to pay 9.50 for breakfast, even if it is a buffet?
The other problem is that this place is mostly occupied by people who are off for a mass-market holiday somewhere.
The hotel's website claims you will receive a warm welcome. Don't count on it. There are 130 rooms here, so you can imagine.
They offer a parking service for people leaving for one or two weeks and it's fairly inexpensive to leave your car, but the result is that there are hundreds of cars parked in front of the place which gives a rather unsettlling impression.
This place will not be everyone's cup of tea. Judging by many of the reviews it seems like many people want to pay a rock-bottom price but expect the place to be fully rennovated with premium rooms and service. For the low price I paid, it met our expectations and in some ways even exceeded them.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Russ Hill Hotel is based in a 19th century manor house and set in nine acres of countryside within the charming village of Charlwood. This Gatwick hotel offers great value, comfortable accommodation and is conveniently placed just 4 miles from Gatwick Airport making it the perfect stopover either before or after flying. Transfers are by taxi with special rates in place. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Russ Hill Charlwood
- Hotel Russ Hill
- Russ Hill Hotel Gatwick
- Russ Hill Hotel Charlwood, Surrey