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Hilton Hotel (Gatwick)
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Hilton Hotel (Gatwick)
Advantages: Great hotel, cheap
Disadvantages: lacked atmosphere
When we planned our recent trip to Florida we tried to make things as easy as possible for ourselves. As we live on the Isle of Wight, its usually a real pain in the backside to get anywhere, let alone with any degree of comfort. We decided that rather than attempt to get up to Gatwick and got though security all in one morning, we would have a bit of 'luxury' and book a hotel at the airport itself.
Using the fabulous Tesco points system, we booked the hotel online. It actually worked out about £40 in Clubcard vouchers for the two of us per night which was a real bargain. At reception the room rates were well over £200 for those wishing to turn up on the day, which was well above what we would have been willing to pay.
The hotel itself is situated in the south terminal and is easily accessible from the train links and via the moving platforms. Its deceptively large as well, as the entrance is very small indeed.
The room was spacious with a large double bed. It was very nicely decorated with a modern wooden style to it. The room had a large TV with some digital stations. The room had a large desk with an adjacent breakfast table worth a modern chez lounge. The bathroom was clean and tidy. All in all the room was nicely furnished, but a little dark. There was no available natural light from the windows, as the room looked out onto other glass corridors.
The hotel was immense. To access the room we had to go along a very long corridor, that was so long it was reminiscent of an Escher drawing and was a perfect example of one point perspective. Although the hotel was large and cavernous, it did the job without having that 'homely' feeling.
The main lounge area had a large bar and seated area that was nicely set out. In fact, many of the rooms in the hotel had windows that overlooked this large indoor area. The hotel had a small shop selling papers and gifts, Internet access and a new coffee shop that was due to open the day after we left.
Below the main hotel foyer there was a large breakfast room that also served a la carte dinners. The breakfast in Hiltons have always been excellent, and this was no exception. The waiter attended to coffee and toast while we helped ourselves to a very large English breakfast. The breakfast was well stocked and very well cooked. Excellent for a long haul trips to the US!
A really excellent hotel experience, it lacked the 'homeliness' of a smaller place, but was clean, well kept and very reasonable. What more could you want? It was also extremely convenient for the airport and for us from the good ol' IOW who didn't want to rush up to Gatwick in the morning.
Summary: Great place to stop for convienience
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