Gatwick Hotels – My Reviews Plus Tips To Help You Choose Your Hotel

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I’ve stayed at a number of Gatwick Hotels, having travelled through Gatwick Airport quite a lot for work purposes. It has been one of the main airports where I have met groups before heading away with them when working as a Tour Manager.

On many occasions I have had to stay at the airport before meeting the group or I have had long layover inbetween flights which has required a day room.


As a result of all this travelling Gatwick Airport feels nicely familiar. Infact, it is one of my favourite airports for that reason. (I also wrote 10 Reasons to Love Gatwick Airport, which contains more information on the facilities at the airport if you are staying overnight.)


Below I am sharing reviews of the 5 Gatwick hotels I have used when travelling through the airport.


At the bottom of the page you will find some FAQs regarding Gatwick Airport.

Sofitel

I have stayed at the Sofitel Gatwick Airport a number of times. It is one of my Gatwick hotels.

Things I Liked

  • The location is great. Just follow the signs directly from the North Terminal and head along a covered walkway to get directly to the hotel. Easy peasy.
  • I love the central atrium – it is light and airy and a great place to spend time with a coffee even if you are not staying at the hotel.
  • Dayrooms are available at this hotel – I have always found the cheapest deals through the specialised dayuse website.
  • Breakfast has an extensive selection on the buffet which is a great way to start a day travelling. I loved the little juice shots and having a nice relaxed graze while reading the paper.
  • The beds are really comfy, with lovely linens.
  • The rooms are a nice size, with nice fittings and furnishings.
  • The bathrooms are a good sized and well equipped with nice fluffy towels.
  • There is a little cafe in the atrium and a couple of other choices of places to eat. I have only eaten breakfast there.
  • The Sofitel is my hotel of choice at Gatwick if I have a bit more time to linger and enjoy the facilities.

Things I Liked Less

  • Rooms overlooking the atrium can experience some noise and you cannot have your curtains open so easily depending on where your room is located.
  • Sometimes check in can be busy but it’s a busy hotel in a busy airport.

FAQ’s about Sofitel Gatwick

Which Terminal is Sofitel Gatwick?

It is linked to the North Terminal by a covered walkway – just follow the signs.

Is there parking at Sofitel Gatwick?

There is not parking as such but the hotel works in partnership with one of the parking services and offers accommodation and parking deals.

What time is breakfast at Sofitel Gatwick?

Continental breakfast is available from 5am and a full breakfast service starts at 6.30am. Continental is £15.3 per person and full breakfast £17.30. It is an extensive buffet with a wide range of hot and cold options including smoothie shots.

Does Sofitel Gatwick have a swimming pool?

No but there is a 24 hour gym.

Which Gatwick hotels are connected to the North Terminal?

The only hotel connected to Gatwick North Terminal is the Sofitel. It is connected by a covered walkway. Just follow the signs from the terminal building.

Want to Stay at the Sofitel London Gatwick?

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YotelAir

I have stayed at the Yotelair Gatwick Airport a number of times. I have only stayed in the Premium cabins and have used them inbetween flights rather than as an overnight hotel.

Finding the Yotelair is very easy. On arrival in the South Terminal just look for the lifts on the left hand side as you head toward the exit. Go down to the Yotelair which is actually below ground.

Things I Liked

  • The prices were reasonable for a 4 hour stay (this is the minimum that can be booked).
  • The premium cabins were compact but had everything there including great wifi, a bed which adjusted to become a seat, great shower and blackout blinds.
  • Snacks and drinks are available from the reception area.
  • Mood lighting was great for getting some sleep.
  • The beds are super comfy.
  • Linens are nice with clean sheets and super soft pillows.
  • The shower was great, very refreshing after a flight.

Things I Liked Less

  • The air flow system seemed a bit odd and on occasion was a bit noisy. It didn’t seem to be an air conditioner but more like fresh air flowing in from somewhere.
  • No tea and coffee in the room but this is available free of charge from the reception desk which is very nearby.
  • Whilst there was plenty of room for just me for two people it would be very cosy.
  • I did look at the smaller cabins but you couldn’t stand up in these so I never stayed in them.

Yotelair Gatwick FAQs

What is Yotelair?

Yotelair is a type of hotel that was developed from airplane travel – taking some inspiration from the pods used in business and first class. It is designed to be affordable yet provide everything you need.

Gatwick Airport Sleeping Pods North Terminal

Yotelair is in the South Terminal, below floor level actually. It is located just where the arrivals gate comes out into the main terminal building.


Want to Stay?

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Bloc Hotel

I have stayed at the Bloc Hotel Gatwick a number of times on my own and with my family. It is one of my favourite Gatwick hotels for an early start as you can fall out of bed and into the departures area, it really is right next door.

It is really easy to find as it is in the South Terminal building. Just take the lift behind Boots up 1 floor to the reception desk. It is next to the Departures so handy for flights!

Things I Liked

  • The location is great – really convenient. This hotel is right inside the terminal building.
  • There are rooms without windows available which are great if you are using the room in the daytime between flights for example. I have always booked through the special dayuse website.
  • Rooms are available with views of the runway including a runway suite!
  • Rooms are generally quiet, particularly those without windows.
  • The beds are really comfy.
  • There is a tablet with controls things like the lights and temperature of your room.
  • Linen is always nice, fresh and clean.
  • The showers have always been good.
  • There is a coffee shop just opposite reception and the Giraffe Restaurant is just next door.

Things I Liked Less

  • I stayed in a family room and this was quite small. If you had two children and two adults there would not be much room for luggage.

Bloc Hotel FAQs

Does Bloc Hotel Gatwick have a restaurant?

No it does not but right next door is Giraffe Restaurant which has a great and varied menu and directly opposite is a Cafe Nero for snacks, coffees, sandwiches etc.

Want to Stay?

Read the TripAdvisor reviews for the Bloc Hotel Gatwick

Check the prices for the Bloc Hotel Gatwick

Courtyard by Marriott

I have stayed at the Courtyard by Marriott a couple of times. It’s one of the Gatwick Hotels located within walking distance of the terminal building.

Things I Liked

  • It is an easy flat walk from the Terminal to get to the hotel in around 10 minutes. Just turn right out of the main terminal exit and keep walking, the hotel will be on the right.
  • The rooms I stayed in looked over some small trees and grass – it was nice to see some greenery and it also meant it was very quiet.
  • Rooms were nice, spacious and well appointed with everything you would expect to find.
  • The bathrooms were a good size.
  • The reception area was nice, open and airy.
  • The check in team were welcoming and friendly.
  • There was a vending area near reception if you needed some snacks.
  • The public areas were bright and airy.


Things I Liked Less

  • Breakfast was very busy and it seemed a little disorganised. It is a buffet breakfast. My rate had breakfast included otherwise it would have been £10.95 for a continental buffet and £14.95 for a full buffet breakfast.

Courtyard by Marriott Restaurant Menu

There is a restaurant at the hotel. It is the same area where breakfast is served and called The Cow at the Airport.

The restaurant is open for dinner 5.30pm to 10pm. As the name suggests it does steak, burgers and pub style grub. 

Cow at the Airport has a reasonably priced menu for an airport hotel.

Want To Stay?

Read the TripAdvisor reviews of the Courtyard by Marriott

Check out the prices for the Courtyard by Marriott

Sandman Signature Hotel

I stayed at the Sandman Signature Hotel for two nights before a trip to Portugal with a friend. We needed a taxi to get there but I had wanted to stay to try this hotel out. It is one of the Gatwick hotels that is not on site.


Things I Liked

  • The room was a really good size with a seating area.
  • Breakfast was good with a good selection and a pleasant dining room.
  • There was a microwave and a fridge in the room which is handy if you wanted to store your own food or medication.
  • The hotel has a restaurant on site, although we ate off site.
  • There is a pool at the hotel (and a gym too).

Things I Liked Less

  • On the 1st morning the alarm clock went off at 4am – it had clearly been set by another traveller. It was a really loud alarm/radio combo.
  • The bath/shower had been left set at shower so when I went to run a bath I got soaked (generally these should be left to bath to avoid this problem).
  • On the 2nd day the room was not cleaned at all.
  • The management response to these issues wasn’t great when I raised them all at reception.
  • The distance from the airport hotel meant that when combined with the taxi cost this hotel was more expensive than on site airport hotels.

Sandman Signature FAQs


Sandman Signature Gatwick Airport Shuttle

The hotel does offer some deals which include parking and and a taxi transfer to the airport. They do not offer a shuttle service themselves. It is about 15 minutes in a taxi depending on traffic.

They do offer a special transfer rate with Metro cars of £8.50.


Sandman Signature Restaurant Menu

The menu is a mix of dishes including burgers, wings etc. It is reasonably priced for this type of hotel.

Want to Stay?

Check out the TripAdvisor Reviews of the Sandman Signature

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Gatwick Hotels That are On Site – North Terminal

The Premier Inn is right beside the North Terminal

The Hampton by Hilton is connected to the North Terminal

Gatwick Hotels That Are On Site – South Terminal

The Hilton is connected to the South Terminal. It has 2 bars, a Costa Coffee, a Garden buffet restaurant and Amy’s restaurant

Gatwick Airport FAQs

Is Gatwick North or South London?

Gatwick airport is located just off the M23 and it is South of London. It has it’s own train station right in the airport (it is located in the South Terminal). You can easily catch trains to London from here as well as connect to trains all over the country. You can also use your Oyster card to pay for train tickets (an Oyster card is a London travel card which gives reduced fares on trains, buses, trams and the Underground, as well as making travel ticketless).

Does Gatwick Airport have a hotel?

Yes. There are hotels in the terminal buildings and one connected to the terminal. There are also a variety of hotels within walking distance such as the Premier Inn, Courtyard by Marriott and more hotels connected by hotel shuttle bus.

Can You Sleep In Gatwick Airport

There are two hotels located inside the South terminal building.

Yotelair is in the South Terminal. These are Asian style cabins, although the deluxe cabins are very small rooms infact.

Bloc is on the 1st floor of the South Terminal. This hotel has a selection of rooms from budget rooms with no windows to runway view suites.

Which hotels are connected to Gatwick North Terminal?

The Sofitel is connected to the North Terminal by a corridor so it is almost within the terminal building. This is an upmarket 4 star hotel with very comfy beds. It is generally one of the more expensive options but worth it in my view.

Is the Gatwick Shuttle free?

The shuttle between the North and South terminals is free. It runs all the time with two or one train depending on demand and whether there is any maintenance being done. If you have kids go to the far end of the waiting area for the shuttle (furthest from the terminal building). This will give them a great view out of the front window of the shuttle. It is driverless so they will feel like they are driving it too!

The shuttle buses to the airport hotels, known as the Hotel Hoppa service, are not free. You can buy tickets on the bus or at the hotels for the return journey. They are £4 per person each way.

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