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... the other one from giving us the evil eye all morning waiting for us to leave!
Once back on the road, we drove through the same enchanting forest as yesterday and decided we wanted to stop by the old ruined house we'd seen for some photos. We never found it though and I'm starting to think it was a ghost house!
We set our sights for Calais for a bit of shopping and with the hope of getting on an earlier train. Our shopping experience ...
... in the chilly Heathrow. We disembarked and managed to get onto the train to immigration, it was the fastest we had been through in England, we were to baggage collection in a record time so we sat to wait for the bags. And waited. And waited. And waited. And once all the other bags had gone and there were no more coming through we realised there may have been a very slight issue. The nice man at the BA luggage desk accepted that the bags had ...
... live music, photographers, a couple getting wedding pictures, a skate park, and even a few food vendors. We spent some time looking for a restroom, oddly enough they are impossible to find in such a big area, and ended up in a shopping center. Bought a couple of cups of tea and were on our way to find the hotel, Grange Rochester.
On our way we enjoyed seeing all of the little shops, pubs and homes. In particular Logan found it quite hilarious that ...
... the ground which we traversed! Once back on the ground we went through several country themed gardens - India, China and Malaysia. These beautiful gardens gave us a taster of what one would expect to see in the respective countries.
By this point we had sweated a lot and therefore needed air-con in the form of the heritage bus which we re-boarded and completed the whole route, we ended back in Chinatown where we killed some time having coffee ...
I am settling in nicely in a 4 bed house in Tooting Broadway. Although it is farther out from the centre (I am in zone 3), I am very well connected. The tube station is at most 5 mins away, with several buses running on the High Street (a block and a half away). On the High street (for those not familiar with the London way of doing things) I have 3 supermarkets, several pound stores (aka dollar stores) and restaurants and pubs. I am conveniently located near Primark too!
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Historical Traveler Reviews Alexander House Hotel & Utopia Spa East Grinstead
Best Airport Hotel
This hotel is the best "airport" hotel I have ever stayed in. Glorious facilities/Rooms/Grounds & great service.
If you need a hotel and are travelling from Gatwick, forget the usual on-site hotels at Gatwick (sofitel, Hilton etc) and book this one - it's the best.
If you book a hotel/car park package, they transport you to the airport in a luxury taxi and re-imburse you the cost of your return taxi fare. (much better than waiting for a shuttle bus!)
POssibly the nicest hotel I have ever stayed in
Wonderful rooms, lovely bathrooms, very comfortable beds, staff who could not do enough to help us, FANTASTIC! We stayed here one night before flying out of Gatwisk as it is only 15 minutes from the airport and we are LONGING to go back.
WONDERFUL! Would love to go back and spend a couple of nights there. We would take advantage of the mountain biking and horse riding in the grounds and then the spa, which they are apparently expanding in 2006.
The dinner menu was amazing, we had the slightly lower price brasserie menu and it was deliciious. We also had a bottle of house wine for UK #20 and it was really good. Then a lovely game of chess in the library beside the fire with an excellenr scotch (recommended by their barman). Can you say RELAXING!!!!
We did the Sunday special which is #100 for the room and then you have to have a 3 course dinner somewhere in the hotel. It then includes a full breakfast which was delicious.
Can you tell I cn't recomment this hotel highly enough.
Quite simply, this is one of the best hotels I have ever stayed in. My wife and I were here on our honeymoon for one night before flying from Gatwick to Sardinia. On arrival everything was just amazing. The drive up is great - beautiful gardnens alive with rabbits and squirrels and the exterior of the house is stunning - just what you would imagine a country mansion to look like. Inside, everything was very grand and palatial with fabulous old style drawing rooms and staircase etc - brilliant!
We were upgraded to the Huntingdon suite as the hotel was very quite and this suite was out of this world. It had a living room with TV, desk, fruit, sofas etc then the bedroom had a wonderful 4 poster draped bed with flat screen TV and all the usual comforts, then the bathroom was to die for!!It had a free standing victorian bathtub, a huge walk in shower, and a beautiful bay window couch/seating area looking on to the gardens. There was then a separate double sized bathroom where the toilet and sinks were with a chez lounge. Alll capped off with a bottle of champagne.
Service in the hotel was of the quality. We had a wonderful four course dinner with impeccable waiting staff (also at breakfast) and took our coffee in the library which has a wonderful huge open fire.
All in all this place is romantic - historic and of the highest quality in a most stunning location. Will be returning!
Great Gatwick Layover
Excellent top-end hotel 15 minutes from Gatwick. Renovated English country house with a first class French restaurant on site. Staff are friendly, rooms are beautiful. The sitting rooms and library are perfect places to relax and the end of a perhaps too-grueling vacation. An adjoining spa is currently under construction. The nearby town of Crawley is cute in that small English village kind of way, and the Crown Restaurant there offers an excellent alternative for meals if French fare is not your cup of tea.
Perfect place to spoil a loved one
As a location The Alexander House Hotel cannot be faulted. From the minute you approach the building up a tree lined drive with squirrels and rabbits everywhere it is just perfect. It really does have the feel of a country house and walking around the gardens (in green wellies which are thoughtfully provided) you can almost imagine that you are Lord and Lady of the manor! The decor is beautiful throughout. The ambience is one of peace and serenity wherever you go (the hotel didn't have many guests on the Tuesday we stayed). Nothing is too much trouble for the staff. The food (we had dinner and breakfast) in Alexander's Restaurant is delicious but I do feel a little pricey - which goes for the whole experience unfortunately. Such opulence and service does not come cheap. We had a suite on the second floor. It consisted of a small seating area with a comfy sofa and a tv, a fantastic bedroom area with flatscreen tv on the wall and a beautiful bathroom with a huge (plenty big enough for two!) walk-in shower, a bath that could you could practically swim in and huge fluffy towels and bathrobes; wasn't overly impressed with the toiletries though.
One criticism - no tea and coffee making facility!! I have no doubt that had we used room service it would have been delivered to the room in a flash but in a suite with 2 TV's couldn't they have provided this facility?
Overall though, if you're after a perfect getaway and want to come away feeling thoroughly spoiled, this is the place to go.
The best airport hotel ever
My husband and I stayed at Alexander House the night before we were due to travel from Gatwick. Having stayed at "airport hotels" before I have always found them impersonal, albeit very practical. Alexander House is only 8 miles from Gatwick and the hotel arranges for a taxi to take you to the airport and picks you up on your return to collect your car which is parked at the hotel whilst you are abroad. Much better than dealing with various hotels' courtesy buses which you never know when they will be turning up.
Now more about the hotel... beautiful !! When we arrived it was a relatively sunny day and we had a drink in the stunning gardens. I also asked if it was possible to have a sandwich - which was brought to me and I was told that it would be complimentary - a very nice touch! The rooms themselves are beautifully decorated with fantastic bathrooms. There is a wonderful library with an enormous fireplace (obviously not in use on the sunny day we were there) but you can imagine curling up on one of the big leather sofas with a good book (and Gin and Tonic) in the winter months - something my husband and I vowed to do at some point in the future.
All in all - a great start to our holiday. Much better than staying in a Hilton or Comfort Inn at the actual airport.
Alexander House - you are first on our list when we are off on our travels again - and first on our list for a relaxing, get away from it all, weekend.
Absolutely first rate
My wife and I stayed here on an Airport /Gatwick Park and stay deal,
we cannot rate the service more highly, or indeed the general ambiance and courteous manner of the staff,
If you decide not to eat at the Hotel, there is also a local pub, ( The Crown) within the village of Turners Green, and the food there is superb,
We will reccomend this Hotel to anyone, who either is wishing to stay for a period, or for any Park/Stay deal
Beautiful Country House Hotel
My Husband took me there for a birthday treat. We had booked a standard room, on a 'spring madness' break. When we arrived we had been upgraded to a luxurious four-poster suite, with separate sitting room and the most fabulous bathroom. - Perhaps they do this automatically, if they are not full, or maybe it's worth mentioning if it is for a special occasion. Included in the price was an afternoon cream tea, (homemade scones!) which we enjoyed in the garden. Before dinner we had a glass of champagne (also in the price). Dinner was exceptional, and although we were the last people in the restaurant, we never felt that we were holding things up. We took our coffee and petit fours in the library, which - like all the other public rooms - was tastefully elegant in decor. A wonderful breakfast finished off a memorable birthday.
The only blot on the landscape, at the moment, is the extention work in the grounds. It's a huge grey mass of steel and breeze-blocks, and the easiest way to find the hotel is to aim for the giant steel crane, in the grounds. I'm sure it will be as tasteful as the hotel when it's finished, though. The cost for db&b and extras, for two, was £199
Lovely country house hotel
I've been to Alexander House a couple of times for Sunday lunch which has always been excellent, so decided to try it as a treat for my husband's birthday. Booked dinner and a superior room with breakfast. In January if you book dinner on certain nights, a superior room including breakfast can be had for £98 which is superb value. The room was lovely with a big comfortable bed, luxurious furnishings and wonderful bathroom. Extra touches like bottles of mineral water, fruit, fresh flowers and bathrobes add to the pampered feeling.
Dinner was delicious and the pace just right, breakfast equally so, and the staff couldn't have been more friendly or helpful during our short stay.
They are currently building a large leisure complex next to the hotel and I hope this will not spoil the overall feel of the lovely country house it currently is.
Excellent country lunch location
We had a family Sunday lunch at this hotel on 2 January 2005. It was a repeat of an event in February 2004. Location is on the road from Crawley to East Grinstead, just past Turners Hill. Rather grand building in spacious grounds. Major building works are underway at the moment to add a spa, conference centre and 8 more rooms. But this did not disturb our lunch which offered an interesting menu, including VAT and coffee for £26. Friendly helpful staff, led by a South african manager. There is a 12.5% service charge. We will return.