Copthorne Hotel London Gatwick
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... morning tea, milan had a choc chip cookie that was bigger than his hand, dior had a hot chocolate and we shared a raspberry tart which had a crown dusted tool with icing sugar. We then went on a river cruise down the Thames river right in the heart of London. We saw the Tower bridge and the London Bridge. We went to an English pub for lunch right across from Westminster Abbey. We then walked across the road to Westminster Abbey. Here is where ...
... of followed their lead. :) And what do you know, lucky me! My baggage did make it, it was even the first to show up! And Customs was a breeze. Phew! While waiting for our baggage though we ended up running into a couple of people who were also studying through AIFS, but were going to Salzburg. They seemed just as surprised to realize their country wasn't to be the only one staying at the hotel. But it was an excellent idea because we all got to mingle with one another and ...
One night of camping to go. As we pulled into our campsite just outside Calais, that was the thought on both our minds. It was really hard to believe that we were actually catching the ferry back the next day after one more night in the van. We haven't really been thinking in terms of "last time" for this and that because we have just gotten so used to seeing or doing something new every day. The drive from Amiens up to Calais was not terribly exciting but we’re ...
... for as far as you could see. We joined the end of the line and waited. There were so many ambulances and police that put their sirens on and then it was like watching a game of tetrus where all the vehicles had to move out the way and fit in between others so that there was a path which is police could drive down. That happened so many times as more and more police and ambulance had to go down there. We were in line for ages until finally our turn came for ...
Drive from Bramall lane to Portsmouth, to touch the North Sea at the southern tip of England. Tried to have a look at the naval museum but ran out of time. It took about 5 hrs to get to Portsmouth and then 1.5hrs to Copthorne near Gatwick. We have to return vauxhall car to Gatwick airport and catch train to St Pancras station - then the Eurostar to gay, french Paris! Oui ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Copthorne Hotel London Gatwick
We booked this hotel through a Park & Stay package and was glad we didn't pay the full room rate. We didn't arrive until 11.30 pm and at first they couldn't find our reservation and we found the reception staff very unfriendly.
Our room was as far away from reception as you could possibly be - not great when you have to carry heavy cases. We were really disappointed with the room - it was very shabby and was supposed to be non-smoking but had a real bad smell of stale smoke and smelly feet!!!! As we arrived so late & had to be up pretty early we were too tired to arrange a room change but we will certainly not be returning.
I did think that because we booked a parking package we were put in the grotty area - who knows?!
Not worth the rack rate price, book a deal if possible
Paid £75.00 for one night through another site. If we had paid the rack rate of £144.00 I would have been annoyed as it is not worth it. Stayed there 24th Feb 2005
The rooms and corridors are shabby and need a good clean, bar is expensive. Staff courteous and helpful.
Would not stay there again.
The problems started the moment we arrived at Gatwick Airport. The times posted on the courtesy bus board do not match the times of the buses. Hence, we waited 45 minutes on a freezing February evening and the hotel blamed the airport for not changing the times. When we arrived at the hotel they couldn't find my reservation (through lastminute). They did eventually find it and then sent us on a trek down never ending corridors to a shabby room with the lights in the bathroom being dumped in the sink where maintenance had forgot to finish the job. An upgrade and a complimentary bottle of wine partly made up for my frustration but the damage was done. The restaurants looked mediocre so we ordered a club sandwich on room service which was OK. The courtesy bus to the airport the next morning scheduled for 6.15am was late which made us rushed for the flight. All in all a bad experience and I wouldn't return.
Mmm surprised at the reviews
I'm surprised at how good the review are on this site. I have just stayed there Feb 05 and it definitely isn't 4*. The staff are very friendly I must say but the rooms and corridors are a little run down now and a bit tatty. The health club is awful - the pool was murky and the jacuzzi was freezing cold and had chipped tiles - definitely not luxurious !! The food was also very average.
I'm not particularly hard to please but it is not a 4*.
HOWEVER, I did get a deal through APH for 8 nights parking and 1 night double for £85 so shouldn't grumble. If your paying £150 though there are much better. !!
Stayed in the Copthorne on New Years Eve before flying out on the 1st January. We decided that for New Years Eve, a true airport hotel would not be a good idea. We are so glad we made that choice. The Copthorne is a quiet, well laid out hotel. It is decorated in an old style with open fires, and low ceilings. Although quite a sizable entity, it feels homely and relaxed. There is a free bus transfer to the airport every 15 minutes (4 miles away) so it is almost as convenient as those attached to the terminals. You do pay a little extra for staying at the Copthorne (our taxi driver to the hotel remarked it was expensive), but for special occassions it is worth it. The breakfast (which may or may not be included, depending on your reservation) is an excellent buffet, with all the usual items.
We got a lastminute cheap deal - £55 for a good sized room with a double bed for us and a seperate bed for our son. The room was big, but very shabby; the bathroom was also in need of a coat of paint.
Just come back from Thailand for 8 days but before we went we stayed over night @ the Copthorne Hotel, very relaxed atmosphere, rooms was nice and spacey and beds were nice and clean..great for an over night stay..
Deffo would stay there again before going on a long haul flight...
My wife and I stayed here the night of September 4, 2004. After two weeks of budget hotels, we wanted to splurge a little with a nicer place close to Gatwick Airport. The Copthorne Gatwick is definitely a very nice place to stay and £80 a night for a double en suite won't break the bank. The hotel is built around an old farmhouse, the rest of the hotel is built in the same style. The area around the hotel is very nicely landscaped. Our room was a modern and fairly typical hotel room, but it was nicely decorated and quite comfortable. It included a color TV with satellite and movie channels, radio, mini-bar, hot-water pot for coffee & tea, and an iron and ironing board. Hotel guests can use the health club next door, which has an indoor pool, sauna and steam room and Jacuzzi. The hotel staff is efficient, but not especially friendly. Although our room was on the first floor (American second floor) and down a fairly long corridor, no one offered to help with our luggage. (There was wedding going on that weekend, and I think that they were a bit pre-occupied). The hotel has a shuttle to Gatwick Airport. However, you have to sign up for it in advance, and the driver tends to leave a bit early. To save time, we decided to go to the restaurant for breakfast before we left. That was a mistake. The breakfast buffet is good and offers a lot of choices. However, it isn't worth the £15.25 per person they charge for it. The airport restaurants aren't that expensive.
My husband and I stayed at this hotel June 14th,2004 before making a quick trip to Italy, and after spending 5 days in London. The hotel and grounds are very charming. Our room was smoky even though we asked for "no smoking." One could see the room used to be a "smoking" room and the label had just been removed. I'm sure we could have moved rooms, but we were so tired we didn't bother. The airport bus delivered us to the airport promptly, and the best part was that we were able to leave one suitcase with the porter while we were away in Italy. When we returned from our trip to Italy, we just called the hotel and a porter came out to the airport with our left luggage. This was a huge plus for us as we didn't have to lug extra luggage to Italy nor did we have to wait for a bus to go back to the hotel to pick up our luggage.
Perfect start to a holiday
We have stayed at the Copthorn every year for 10 years before our trips to florida. The hotel does good value family rooms for 2 adults and 2 children for around 130 pounds. The rooms are large and spacious and the children have proper beds not camp beds. There is a children splay ground and you can request rooms lookin out over it so so u can watch the children play. The reception is very nice usually with free apples and newspapers. There is a small shop selling magazines and newspapers.
A restuarant and a couple of bars selling pub food. The bathroom in our usual room is in need of a little repair but does the job. Altogether the perfect place to stay to start of your holiday and with parking included in the price you can't go wrong.