Do you have an early or late flight at Gatwick Airport? Read on for my Sofitel London Gatwick Review to see if it might be suitable for your trip too.
I have written before about how much travelling by plane stresses me out, especially an early morning flight (Mr DLT can certainly verify this!). And so when www.holidayextras.co.uk recently gave us the opportunity to stay at the Sofitel London Gatwick ahead of our trip to Spain, I was relieved as well as excited!
The Sofitel is one of many airport hotels available to book on the Holiday Extras website (a website that I have been using to book everything from airport parking to lounges for over 10 years now!), but it is the only hotel that is attached to the airport terminal. This means no taxis or transfers, and therefore extra sleep and less stress!
The hotel is large, with over 500 rooms and suites, and five restaurants and bars. The central hub of the hotel is its impressive atrium, with many of the rooms overlooking this rather than the airport and its car parks. As well as the reception area, restaurants and bars, you also found some cosy seating areas here – perfect if you have time to kill before or after your flight.
The Room: Junior Suite
Traveling with three kids often throws up problems for us when staying at hotels, as many have a strict four people per room policy. This means that we either need to consider interconnecting rooms (at an extra cost of course), or look at alternative accommodation. I was therefore pleased to find that the Sofitel Junior Suite could accommodate us all perfectly, with a double, two singles, and a sofa bed for an additional child under the age of 12 years.
The room was large, super clean, and had some of the comfiest hotel beds ever! There was a large desk with TV, a double cupboard for tucking suitcases out of the way, a hairdryer, iron and ironing board, and a fridge stocked with mineral water.
The bathroom was stocked with ESPA toiletries and had the added benefit of having a bath with shower over, which is always great when travelling with children.
Our room looked over the atrium, and the kids loved sitting and watching the world go by downstairs, and the glass lifts shooting up and down. It was also super handy to be able to see which bars and restaurants had tables free before we even left our room!
We ate dinner at the hotel in the Urban Cafe, which has a very varied menu from burgers and pizza to ramen noodles and Thai green curry. The kids menu was fun, with an aviation theme of course, and they all ate so well, which is always so satisfying to see! There were other families eating here, and the staff were good with the kids. I have to say that the food and drinks were very expensive, but it was really convenient and we enjoyed our meal – it was a nice way to start our holiday.
Getting to the airport
The next morning we needed to be at the South Terminal to check in and despite the Sofitel being attached the North Terminal, it took us only around five minutes to get to the South Terminal from our hotel room.
We used the key-drop check out at the reception (as we had no outstanding charges), walked through the walkway to the entrance to the North Terminal and then jumped on the skytrain shuttle which takes you to the South Terminal. It runs 24/7, there is a shuttle every few minutes and it takes less than 2 minutes between terminals – I was amazed at how easy it was!
We were all very impressed with the Sofitel London Gatwick and would certainly recommend it to anyone taking an early flight, especially families.
The hotel was perfectly located and, despite being attached to the airport, I did not hear a single roar of an aeroplane – the soundproofing was amazing. The room we stayed in was large, cosy and spotless and even accommodated a family of five, which can be hard to find. The selection of bars and restaurants in-house made mealtimes easy (if a bit expensive!) and the ease of getting to the airport was the icing on the cake.
Have you stayed at the Sofitel London Gatwick before? If so, what did you think?
Disclaimer: We were provided with a one night stay at the Sofitel London Gatwick by Holiday Extras, we paid for all transport, food and drinks ourselves. As always, all views remain my own – we genuinely loved our stay!