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Ideal place to stay before a morning flight!
Hilton Hotel (Gatwick)
Member Name: flowerpot19
Hilton Hotel (Gatwick)
Advantages: Friendly and very clean - only 5 minutes walk to the airport!
Disadvantages: Bar and restaurant very expensive!
As the name suggests the Hilton Hotel Gatwick is located at London Gatwick Airport. This is the only hotel that is actually located in the south terminal of the airport, it is attached to the airport by a long walkway. We use the Hilton probably about twice each year and everytime i have had an excellent stay. The hotel is located near the car parks - if your near the entrance to the airport you will see plenty of signs pointing you in the right direction.
As you enter the hotel you will walk past a costa coffee and a gym for anyone that would utilise these facilities (the gym is pretty small but does have a variety of equipment.) The main lobby area is a big square and many of the standard rooms overlook this square. Also in the lobby is the entrance to the restaurant, the restaurant looks really nice and the menu loks good. However i have never eaten there as it seems really expensive! There is also a bar, there are loads of comfy chairs around the lobby so its a nice place to ahve a drink - if your happy to pay £8 for a glass of wine! I wasnt so we didnt stay.
Over the otherside is the check in desks and concierge - there is also a small gift shop selling those typical "london" gifts. If you are a member of the Hilton Honors program there is a seperate check in desk for you. We are gold members so we use this queue but ive never noticed much of a queue there at all really.
We ahve only stayed in an executive room - which is in the 'newer' wing of the hotel but is quite a trek from the lobby. We like it as its always really quiet and we usually get a view where we can see the planes coming in to land! The rooms are quite large and comfortable. The bathrooms are great! Huge bath, seperate shower - dressing gowns and slippers are provided in executive rooms along with crabtree and evelyn bath products.
They also have an executive room serving a continential breakfast in the mornings. In the evenings for 2 hours they also do complimentary snacks and drinks which is worth taking advantage of! The drinks are normally good ( good quality wines etc).
The main perk of the hotel for me is that you are right next to the airport. We tend to walk across and get dinner there as its far cheaper than in the hotel - same with drinks. We usually stay as we can do a night before check in and get rid of most of our luggage allowing for a bit of a lie in the following morning!
Staying at the Gatwick Hilton has become part of my holiday - i find it very relaxing and i ahve an enjoyable evening and good nights sleep before a long flight the next morning. A perfect way for me to start my holiday.
Summary: Ideal place for a relaxing evening before your flight.