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Dopo aver alloggiato per una notte all'Holiday Inn Gatwick finalmente partiamo per Las Vegas orario di arrivo previsto 18 ora locale.
... more humbling than seeing the city lights in the darkness from a plane at 30,000 ft. It really is an amazing sight. I also shouted "land ho!" at the guy sitting next to me on the plane when I first spotted land from the plane."
On the plane, I ate an absolutely delicious pasta dish!! I hope all meals in Europe are that good.....one moment......yep, it was just as good the second time! I tried sleeping, ...
... amount it. I was pretty tired haha. I met up with Rhett (a guy on my tour) and he was sooo hungover haha funny as! We had lunch at a little pub which was yummy but then we were both pretty tired so I headed back to pick up my bags and check into the Royal National Hotel (the contiki hotel). I got there and purchased my sleeping bag for the tour and attempted to find my room. What a bloody maze! It was hectic as and the numbers don't make any sense or go in order haha. I finally ...
... one of the more memorable moments was the creepy Santa wearing a thong in one of the shops and another was watching a donkey Being led into Bath Abbey for a children's Christmas service. For me today was just awesome catching up with old friends. I find that I am torn between two very different lives... The sensible person I am at home and the adventurous fun person that I a become on the other side of the world. Until next ...
... relaxed at a pub where I Nathan and enjoyed a steak dinner (which was only one pound more expensive than the hamburger!).
We took it easy on Thursday morning, doing a bit of exploring around Covent Garden and London's Theater district. Once Nathan had booked his tickets for the Queen Musical "We Will Rock You", we made our way to our meeting point for our Harry Potter tour.
The guide for the tour was extremely enthusiastic and led our group of 18 people ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Holiday Inn London-Gatwick Airport Horley
Bad Experience at Holiday Inn, Gatwick
The hotel and restaurant are overpriced and the restaurant service was poor at best. Gratutity at the restaurant was built in to the check and the meal was a buffet and the food quality was average. Telephone charges for a 3 minute call to the US exceeded $20. I had made several phone calls in other EU countries for about the same amount of time and never exceeded $5.
This is also the first hotel that I have encountered in a while that did not include a breakfast (continental or otherwise) with the hotel stay.
I have stayed in a lot of hotels in Europe and I have never had a worst experience than at this hotel. The staff was terrible and rude! The room was clean but the air conditioning did not work and it was very hot...I took a shower and was sweating by the time I put my PJ's on! I complained to the staff at around 7pm, after bringing me 5 different fans that didn't work the maintenance guy had to call down and tell them that they needed to change my room because there was nothing he could do and that "it was bloody hot in there!". They changed my room at about 1am and I had an 11 hour flight at 8am the next morning.
Very enjoyable one night stay and 7 days car parking.
The Hotel is very central to the Airport Complex and the Shuttle Bus provides good links promptly to the Terminals (cost us £2.50 each - each way). I was impressed by the 'Alarm Clock' call via the TV as I had to get up at 04:30 am for my flight. We (my wife) stayed one friday night and parked for seven days in the price of £119.00. No problem with my car on arrival back (same mileage so it had been parked on-site). The room was of a high standard as was the food in the restaurant. Paid £55.00 for meals and wine in the restaurant that evening. Convenient Petrol Station right next door for return car journey to Bournemouth.
Laura on reception was very efficient and helpful and our thanks to her for the information she provided. I would stay again on future trip.
Fine hotel with shuttle service
We used this hotel two times during our recent trip to Europe. There was a convenient shuttle to and from Gatwick airport. The restaurants were just so-so, but the rooms were nice. They were small, but looked fairly new and the bathrooms were very nice. Staff was helpful and responded to requests for towels and sheets for the pullout couch.
We stayed at this hotel in the first week of June, 2004. We spent the entire week actually in the city of London, but decided to make it easy on ourselves for leaving and stay near Gatwick.
On June 10, 2004, due to a problem with transportation in London we missed our flight from Gatwick airport and had to spend the night. The hotel information desk in the airport was very helpful and told us a list of the hotels and rooms available for the night at Gatwick, including the prices. We chose the Holiday Inn Gatwick. There was a nice bus service to the hotel with plenty of space for our luggage, which included a bicycle. We did have to pay a couple pounds per person but London is an expensive area to visit and you just have to accept that! The room was large, clean, and quite comfortable. We had a nice late lunch in the hotel's lobby. The manager (?) was great the next morning when there were too many people in line for the bus to the airport. She arranged for taxis right away including a taxi large enough to accomodate a bike. Now that's service!! Well done Holiday Inn!
Not worth it
The interior of the otherwise balnd loking hotel has been remodeled and is quite nice. My bed was very soft (old?), however.
The food is terrible and very expensive. Ordered room service which came cold, then they brought it back after having heated it up (disgusting).
You are stuck here in no-man's land, so you really have no other option in tems of food if you are in a hurry.
Having to pay 2.50 GBP each way for the slow shuttle bus is a joke.
The front-desk was totally understaffed and there seemed to be a permanent long line.
I was just browsing the website when a review of Holiday Inn, Gatwick caught my eye. The reviewer had a problem gaining entry to his car on return from holiday. My story is even worse. At end of September 2002 myself and my husband booked a night's stay and 2 weeks car parking at this hotel. Room was fine - though woken up by room service with drinks we didn't order at midnight. We parked our car safe in the knowledge that it would be looked after properly. You can imagine our horror on return from 2 weeks in Turkey to find the car had double the original mileage when we left it in their care, air conditioning, seat and mirror positions had all been adjusted. Obviously somebody had been using our car without permission. Despite an investigation by the hotel we never did find out what happened. The worst case scenario was that the car could have been used in a robbery, abduction, accident etc.
Had to climb in through my car window
This is the worst hotel I have ever stayed in, the bed was broken on arrival and the food was overpriced.
The worst thing however was the fact that i parked my car on site for 2 weeks while on holiday. They took my car keys and when i came back the car was on the grass wedged in between two other cars so tightly that we had to climb in through the drivers side window!!! - after an 11 hour flight and no sleep its the last thing you need
Don't stay there!!!
The exterior of the hotel is pretty boring looks like an old office building. The rooms are nice and clean and they have tea and a kettle in the room. The main problem is that you have to pay almost $5.00 each way to get to and from the airport via a bus system. I thought it was ridiculous that a hotel charging a 100.00+ night wouldn't spring for a shuttle. So, if you don't want have a car and want something to eat or need anything you have to walk. The frontdesk staff was completely useless they were completely clueless about the town they lived in.