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Gatwick Europa (London)
Member Name: Hannah0802
Gatwick Europa (London)
Disadvantages: None really
I have used this hotel two years running following us being faced with extremely early flights which would result in us having to leave our house in the middle of the night which with a 4 year old is never a good idea.
I found the hotel on the internet when looking for a place to stay which also offered 15 days car parking. The price was very reasonable, under £100 for all of us plus parking and I found several reviews which gave good feedback. One of the real selling points for this hotel for us was the fact the shuttle transfer ran all night, many hotels they stop after 2am and you have to book taxis which is tricky when you have two kids, two buggies and 4 suitcases.
The hotel is extremely easy to find as it is just off a slip road from the motorway and the instructions provided on the hotels website were more than adequate. You actually drive past the back of the hotel when you come onto the slip road.
The hotel has a mediteranean feel to it and is pleasant to look at from the front. The exterior was clean and well maintained. On entering the hotel you are in a large lobby with marble effect flooring. It is clean and spacious. The reception is well run although often only had one person on at a time so this can cause queues if you happen to arrive at the same time as another family.
Once checked in you are handed a slip of paper to display in your car and directed to park around the back. The car park is a little chaotic as it is basically a gravelled area with no real parking bays and unfortunately some people can't seem to park in a straight line. Both times we managed to find a space easily and secured our car. The car park doesn't appear to have great security there was no guard or cameras that we could see. So we took the added precaution of fixing our steering lock.
The room we were given was a family room and consisted of two double beds. The rooms were clean and came with the usual tea and coffee facilities you would expect in any hotel. Clean towels and toilettries were also provided and the room had a TV with a few satellite channels.
The hotel at night is quite noisy as the nature of the hotel means many visitors are there to catch early flights so the corridors are full of people wheeling suitcases up and down. We didn't get the best night sleep but it was much better than being sat in a car for several hours and our daughters slept like a log.
On both occassions we ate at the bar and the food was fine. It was standard pub style food and was served quickly. The staff were all very friendly and they were very good with our children. The food and drinks were overpriced compared to our locals pubs but to be honest I would expect this from any hotel let alone one at an aiport.
The transfer to the airport was booked the night before and on arriving at reception the next morning the driver was there waiting for us. The transfer is in an old style bus which our children loved. There was ample seating and room for suitcases to be stored so they were out of the way of the aisles. Both times we had the same driver and both times he helped us to get our baggage on and off of the bus.
The transfer took about 15 minutes and he dropped off at both the south and north terminal. The driver was very friendly.
I would recommend this hotel. It was cheap and did exactly what you wanted it to. Provided you with a comfortable bed for the night and a transfer to the airport.
Summary: A good hotel for the price
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