It's only 10 minutes away by bus from Gatwick Airport. If you're not traveling by car, the only option you have it to take the shuttle service that costs £7 per person to get to the airport and back. We ended up traveling to London by coach (about 1 1/2 hour ride), as there's no other reasonably priced way to get to London otherwise.
The residence has a huge parking lot, but the building could use a fresh paint job. The hotel is surrounded by huge fields and beautiful scenery (very nice for a little walk around the village!). Being so close to the airport, you do hear the planes flying pretty low, but it's really not that bad at all (probably because you can't open the windows in your room...). The Staff was helpful and friendly, one of them even got stamps for us at midnight for our post cards (which ended up taking almost 2 months to arrive in Austria... not enough postage paid). The entrace hall was huge and nicely furnished and has free wifi. Our room had a good sized double bed with a firm mattress. Sheets were clean and there's a spare blanket + pillows in the small wardrobe. The bathroom was clean but had a faint smell of bleach. Towels were provided. There's a kettle next to the really small, old TV. I wanted to use the tea cups that were in the cupboard under the TV, but the kettle was dirty and the cups dusty. Unfortunately, the walls seemed to be quite thin, as I heard the neighbour watching TV the other night. Reception on my phone was super bad in our room.
We tried the buffet in their own restaurant. There wasn't much to choose from, though. Food was okay (I had turkey with potatos and veggies with gravy), but not worth the £12,50 per person.
In general, our stay there was okay for what we paid. We didn't spend much time there, mostly for sleeping. What kept us from sleeping once was an unannounced fire alarm test in the middle of the night and at 10AM the next morning again...
We probably wouldn't stay there again, we'd rather invest those £14 we spent every day to get into town in a hotel closer to the city or with better public transport services.
- 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