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After a relatively decent night of sleep, wake up at 8:00 AM ready to roll. Head out, stopping at a little cafe for a muffin and scone to take as I make the walk down Tottenham Court Road to Charing Cross for Trafalgar Square. The goal of the trek was to go to the National Gallery, which didn't open until 10:00. As I had about an hour to kill, I decide to meander through the streets around the Square and see what I can find. During ...
... over ground train' from Waterloo to Windsor. Estimated travel time 50min-1 hr. Well by 10am, I needed my 'Nana nap' to face the day. I think I just missed out on a bit of countryside, so it was a good time to catch up with some zz's and before I knew it we were in Windsor - perfect!
A short little walk from the station and we were at the Castle. After a short delay in getting inside (as we changed days and they couldn't find the booking), ...
... are only 3 complete copies left in the World. One of which we were allowed to examine (very, very carefully) in the College library. This copy is in fact the only copy in the world where the binding is so good that its maker can be identified from markings in its surface. This book is, understandably, priceless, although some may value it in excess of seventy million pounds. To have had the opportunity to see and interact with these works was amazing and I, for one, am ...
... our coffee (tea), with Carmine waiting for MI5 to burst though the door at any time. He suggested I take a picture, but as far as I know people do still have rights over here.... 1/7. Monday. My back was not OK. I awoke to the feeling that someone had strapped a board across it. Fortunately it was just stiffness and a hot shower fixed that. Breakfast was not quite the buffet of Istanbul. I picked up a variety cereal pack ...
Sunday was great. In the morning we kinda chilled out but after lunch we went to Brighton beach. We went with one of my cousins and he took us around these places called the Lanes. The Lanes are these little narrow passage ways through the town of Brighton. Its really nice. There are all these little pubs and shops everywhere. We wandered through the Lanes for a bit and then we went down to the seafront. The sea was really rough and the breeze was really ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsSofitel London Gatwick Crawley
Great service with a variety of restaurants with international food
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Historical Traveler Reviews Sofitel London Gatwick Crawley
This is my second time at this hotel and I am pleased to say yes, hopefully in September we will be back.
Welcome respite; totally convenient
I stayed here on Sunday June 13th after an extensive period of travel, including planes, trains, automobiles and a long coachride from Heathrow. It was such a relief to walk into Gatwick north terminal and not have to pay for yet another busride to get to a hotel. I walked in without a reservation and was graciously and quickly accomodated. The rooms are expensive but extremely clean, comfortable and moderately large. The bathroom fittings were top notch and very modern. You get about 15 channels on TV (as opposed to the usual 5). Wonderful view of arrivals. There are lots of food / drink options in the terminal a short indoor walk away if you want to avoid expensive restaurant prices. Utterly convenient and comfortable.
Convenient and comfortable
We stayed here the night before we flew out to the US on our honeymoon. It is very convenient, the room was clean and comfortable, and we were not bothered by noise at all, despite being above the terminal transit. The hotel is pricey, but we saved 60% booking through holiday extras rather than direct with the hotel. We would definately stay here again.
Stayed here for 1 night (april 2004) as a stop off on the way to america.
Wins for its location but...
The hotel wins hands down for its location, attached to the North Terminal by a covered walkway. I stayed here before a recent trip to the States. By US and Canadian standards the room, although clean and well fitted out was small and was pricey. You are of course paying for the convenience. Try to get a room on the opposite side to the transit that links the South and North Terminals. It runs every 5mins 24hrs !!!
This is the 3rd time we have stayed at this hotel.we have liked the location ,hotel and facilties,but this time what a disapointing stay .The hotel looked tierd and dated, we asked for non smoking and were given smoking.we paid for a room on the 8th floor with use of the excecative lougue,dont bother 1 free drink and at breakfast time sour milk was on was on display . In the morning the was a constant stream of complaints at the lifts because of there frequency of runningnot the start you want . I can say i wont be staying here again.
I stay here all the time because I regularly get a flight from Gatwick to the USA. Everything is clean and comfortable. The beds are particularly comfortable. I also appreciate the thoughtful facilities particularly the full size ironing board and iron so that I can remove the wrinkles from my clothes after being crammed on an internal UK flight. I've stayed in both standard rooms and Royal Club rooms. Both kinds of rooms are good - the ones with two twin beds have a bit more space but staying alone I was comfortable in the smaller room with the double bed. The main advantages of the Royal Club rooms is the private check-in which helps to avoid the queue at reception in the morning and the two free drinks vouchers for the Royal Club lounge which allows that glass of wine or two before settling down to sleep. The room service breakfasts are very good if a little pricey. Overall a really nice place to stay and relax before launching yourself back into the chaos that is modern air travel.
Great for an ovenight stay
This hotel is definitely my preffered hotel at Gatwick Airport. Its great for an overnight stay when waiting for a connected flight, rooms and bathrooms are clean.
Book through HolidayExtras for better deal
Obviously you only stay here if you are flying out early or arriving late. At first we booked direct with hotel for £105pn, but later found same room for £79 on HolidayExtras website. Room small and strangely shaped, with a view over the inner atrium. Given that everyone is checking out at 7am (and in a hurry to catch a plane) it would be helpful if the checkout had more than 3 staff. Best part is the car park at £10 a day (max 48 hours) which is a lot cheaper than airport short-term parking.
Great location, elegant hotel
I stayed here for one night for $68 on priceline. Superb facility--great heated pool and sauna. Marble floor in bath and comfortable bed. TV shows arrival and departure of flights, so you can see if your flight is running late and wait in the room rather than in the airport. Food was very pricey----$15 for burger and fries. We chose to walk to airport and hit McDonalds before our flight!!! Excellent property I'll choose again.