With so many airport hotels at Gatwick to choose from, how do you pick the best one for your needs? Award-winning airport parking operator and retailer Airport Parking & Hotels APH.com has compiled a top 12 list of hotels to help you start or end your holiday in style.
Best for those with easyJet flights:
Hampton by Hilton London Gatwick Airport
Connected to the North Terminal via a covered walkway, this is the best choice for those travelling with easyJet, since the airline's check-in desks can be accessed quickly by foot. Guests can avoid early-morning traffic delays en route to the terminal and enjoy a complimentary hot breakfast and workout, if they are so inclined, at the hotel's 24-hour fitness centre.
Best for South Terminal passengers: Hilton London Gatwick Airport
The four-star hotel is connected to the South Terminal via a covered walkway and is ideal for those travelling with British Airways, Ryanair and Thomas Cook. The hotel also offers free Wi-Fi, fitness centre and several dining options.
Best for families: Holiday Inn Gatwick – Worth
Close to the new APH car park, the hotel is great for families and only ten minutes' drive from Gatwick. As well as providing travel cots, high chairs and family rooms, the hotel allows under 13s to eat free per every paying adult.
Best for a pre-flight workout: Crowne Plaza Felbridge
Want to keep your workout schedule while travelling? The four-star hotel offers a fitness centre, tennis courts, indoor swimming pool and recently-refurbished Chakra Spa with five treatment rooms. Gatwick's terminals are approx 15 minutes away.
Best for passengers travelling with Virgin Atlantic or Emirates: Sofitel London Gatwick
A four-star hotel directly connected to the North Terminal and is a good choice for long-haul travellers. Besides luxurious suites, the hotel has three restaurants, free Wi-Fi and several cocktail bars.
Best for those with afternoon flights: Holiday Inn Express Gatwick – Crawley
The three-star hotel is 4.5 miles away from the airport and offers guests a relatively late check-out time of midday, good for those with later flights. Holidaymakers who need some last minute shopping before heading to the airport can go to nearby Country Mall Shopping Centre.
Best for a night out in Crawley: Arora Hotel Gatwick Crawley
The four-star hotel in the town centre provides stylish accommodation and easy access to nightlife hotspots, including The Hive Bar and Moka, Crawley's largest nightclub. The hotel is also just a few minutes' walk away from the train station.
Best for budget travellers: Best Western Gatwick Skylane Hotel
For those on a budget, this three-star affordable hotel is conveniently located within a 15-minute drive of Gatwick Airport and has an on-site restaurant, bar, and free Wi-Fi .
Best for off-airport luxury: Sandman Signature London Gatwick Hotel
Four miles from the airport, this four-star hotel is in a peaceful location. It has an on-site fitness centre, indoor pool and all rooms have flat screen LCD TV and complimentary Wi-Fi.
Best for exploring Gatwick's surrounding area: Crowne Plaza London – Gatwick Airport
The four-star hotel is 3.5 miles away from the terminals and ideal for those keen to explore surrounding towns and villages including Crawley which is within walking distance. Guests can also enjoy a film and meal at the nearby Crawley Leisure Park.
Best for being close to the airport, but not near the runway: Airport Inn Gatwick
One of the closest off-airport hotels to the terminals, reached in less 10 minutes by car. Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel and there is 24-hour room service.
Best for a few hours of sleep to avoid M25 delays: Gatwick Europa Hotel
15 minutes from Gatwick Airport, the Europa is a low-cost, no-frills, budget option for those who want to avoid potential M25 morning delays and only need a few hours sleep before flying from the North or South Terminal.
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