(Here’s a quick guide to Gatwick South Terminal Hotels
There are four hotels at Gatwick South Terminal. The Hilton, Bloc, Courtyard by Marriott and Yotelair.
The Hilton has 821 rooms and several restaurants and bars.
They accommodate families and accept guests travelling with cats and dogs.
There are two restaurants, Amy’s and the Buffet Garden Restaurant. You are essentially a ‘captive audience’ for the restaurants in the hotel so expect prices to reflect this.
Children under 10 eat free with paying adults, which is great if you’re travelling with children.
There is also a bar, Charlie Fry’s Sports bar. Although you could eat at one of the restaurants in the airport (generally not good value for money)
The Trip Advisor reviews for the Hilton suggest that there can sometimes be a wait of up to an hour to check in. You can avoid this by checking-in online. The general consensus of the reviews suggests that public areas and many of the rooms are shabby and dated. Indeed they are planning complete renovation in 2020/2021. There are a number of different room types which reflect the size and current condition of the room, so it would be worth asking about this before booking.
There is a covered walkway from the hotel into South Terminal. This is useful if you are flying from South or indeed traveling on by train as Gatwick station is located inside South Terminal.
Passengers flying from North Terminal would need to take the free mono-rail to North.
There are a number of options for packages with parking all of which are very expensive.
On site 4 days from £124
in the terminal from £149
Long Stay and Valet Parking from £134
The Bloc is again very close to the terminal so only a five minute walk to check in desks.
It is high tech with touch pad controls for mood lighting, blinds and air conditioning.
They have a variety of room types from the smallest budget room with no windows to luxury suites with panoramic views of the runway.
The Trip Advisor reviews report guests who booked budget rooms, are sometimes dissatisfied. They find the small windowless rooms claustrophobic. However, all rooms have king sized beds and monsoon showers.
All reviews praise the cleanliness of the Bloc and many also praise the staff team.
There are no restaurants in the Bloc so you eat at restaurants inside south terminal. So bring plenty of money!
It would appear that the Bloc has good soundproofing both from outside and neighbouring rooms. Guests report undisturbed sleep. They appear to have occasional issues with the air conditioning causing unpleasant smells.
All rooms have large TVs and free wi-fi.
Courtyard by Marriott
Courtyard by Marriott is further away from the terminal than the Bloc or the Hilton.
It is a good ten minute walk to get to the check in area.
There is no covered option when leaving the hotel to get to the terminal. Therefore you could face that walk in the rain with heavy luggage. If you are flying from North Terminal they offer a shuttle at £3 pp.
The packages offering holiday parking appear to be good value. However, cars are NOT kept on site. Their web site says they are driven to a secure location. It doesn’t say how far away this is!
Also, if you are just parking your car for the night of your stay they charge whopping £25.
The Trip Advisor reviews are mixed with the most common complaint being that the air conditioning is noisy (and cannot be switched off). Latterly there are reviews with images showing very shabby furniture. Some reviewers are satisfied as their parking packages are cheap.
There is an on-site restaurant The Cow which Trip Advisor reviewers report as being overpriced and many complain about the food.
The Courtyard Marriott charges £7.50 a day for wi-fi which irritated some reviewers who also found it difficult to get a phone signal.
There is a small fitness suite available to guests.
The entrance to Yotelair is right inside the terminal so you couldn’t be closer to check in desks.
The Yotelair describes their rooms as Cabins.
They have used aircraft space saving design so they are prefabricated pods rather than conventionally furnished rooms.
They have different sized ‘Cabins’ and space is definitely tight on the smallest ones with no room for holdall sized luggage.
The smaller ones (7 square metres) have no partition between the room and the shower etc. The larger ‘Premium’ Cabins designed for 2 occupants are 10 square metres
The ‘Cabins’ can be hired by the hour for travellers in transit who want to catch up on a few hours sleep.
The Yotelair Tripadvisor reviews are mainly good from guests who had an idea of what to expect.
Those who didn’t know what to expect left much less favourable reviews including complaints about there being no natural light in the ‘cabins’. Also, there are some complaints about the beds being too high. Although their web site says that they are adjustable, so this may just be a communication issue.
The Yotelair is very popular with travellers in transit. Also with business travellers as they include FREE fast wi-fi and a work space with a USB connection
Article by Springwood Gatwick