Premier Inn Gatwick Airport Central Hotel

, Gatwick, United Kingdom
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Premier Inn Gatwick Airport Central Hotel

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Longbridge Way - Gatwick - England - RH6 0NX - United Kingdom Hotel Website | 44 08702383305
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Excellent value airport hotel within walking distance to terminal

from tori19
Very impressed with this travel inn. We stayed for 1 night before an early flight. The location is just a 5 min walk along a main road but easy with cases with wheels from the North Terminal. We were flying from the South Terminal but the monorail makes it easy to connect. The rooms were up to travel inn standard, clean, large, with tea and coffee etc. Staff on reception were helpful. Did not eat at hotel we went to Pizza Express in the Airport. Excellent value would recommend made a very pleasant start to our holiday.

Great Airport Stop off

from A TripAdvisor Member
Stopped here for the second time in december before flying out from Gatwick. The room was a nice size, included 1 double bed and 2 singles, the room was clean, had enough pillows and towels. Could here no sound from planes. Previous visit we had a bar meal which was gorgeous. We decided to eat in the bistro this time, and my meal was far from tasty but my partner had a lovely mixed grill. All in all for £60 per night this is excellent value for money.

a gem!!

from bell51
what a gem of a find this hotel is, within walking distance of the terminals (albeit) walking on the main road, but this is no hardship, we have stayed in this hotel before,the service and cleanliness is second to none. Plenty of tea and coffee in the rooms, (and plenty more if you run out!). The staff are wonderful. Do not confuse this hotel with their other one, at gatwick, this is the 'metro', but I am sure the standards are the same as this hotel group are the best we have ever stayed in. We paid £60 for one night, room only, but the meals we have had there are first class and very reasonable. Would highly recommend.

A nice one nighter

from Lloydy79
My partner and I stopped at this hotel for a night before taking an early morning flight. We paid £60 for the night. The hotel is clean, the people at the front desk are always pleased to help and the food at the resteraunt was very nice (i recommend the fillet steak). The rooms are what you would expect from this type of hotel, but they have everything you need including those small things that come in handy, eg. ironing board, shower gel etc. the hotel is situated right next to the north terminal and is within walking distance but we decided to take the shuttle bus which costed £2.50 each. This service was on time and quick.

Mixed bag

from HalloweenBaby
I ended up staying here the hottest night/day of the year in London -- July 3rd/4th (this was all the morning shows talked about, so I assume it's true). When I read the reviews on this site before booking and saw the thing about no A/C I really didn't think too much about it since I was only going to stay for about 12 hours, overnight, and it was London after all, not Madrid. Alas, it was very stuffy and hot - had to employ the wet towel technique to even fall asleep. But let me backtrack. I was led astray by a couple reviews saying this hotel was connected to the airport so when I showed up at the Hotel Sofitel after a three hour bus ride from my Stansted flight, I quickly realized that I was at the wrong place. The nice concierge showed me how to walk through their car park and a hedge of bushes, then scuttle across a roundabout to the Travel Inn. This whole time I had my large "European Backpacker" backpack on plus carrying my too-heavy-after-three-week-vacation day bag. When I got to the Travel Inn, check in was fairly painless but I had already realized that my flight out the next day was from the other terminal -- oops. my fault. My first order of business was to stuff my face with some dinner as quickly as possible as it was already after 9 p.m. and my head was pounding from starvation. The restaurant and bar were doing a brisk business (World Cup) and the menu looked pretty good. I'm very sensitive to cigarette smoke and noticed that the lobby and restaurant, while crowded, was not smoky. Yay! I had read that you could order from the bar and then take your food back to your room so I decided to try it. The bartenders ignored me for several minutes then finally one of them deigned to serve me. I ordered the hamburger plate. I ended up having to wait over half an hour -- close to 45 minutes -- so I had to remind the bartender of my order. He had forgotten all about me even though I was sitting right there, obviously all by myself, waiting with my 'take away' number. The food was pretty good but by that time I was almost sick from hunger/fatigue. It should not take that long for a hamburger. During my wait, I got the chance to watch the surly bartender sass the waitstaff and one poor waiter put ice cubes in someone's white wine because it wasn't cold enough and the bartender could care less. Besides the lack of A/C, the room was ok. Made a pot of coffee in the morning -- nothing special but this is a budget chain. Shower's water pressure was fine. Auto-wake up call worked. Not too noisy -- had the trusty earplugs while sleeping but again, couldn't keep the window open due to the flight noise. The last thing was the shuttle bus fiasco. I gave myself plenty of time -- three hours -- from leaving the hotel to my flight time. The shuttle bus never came. The three older couples waiting with me were getting VERY agitated and finally a staff person called to check on the status at our request. By the time the bus got there, I realized I could have walked to the terminal and then done the monorail thing to the other terminal in that time, but I just wasn't up to it with my bags. It was pretty clear that that particular shuttle just never arrived and we were getting on the next scheduled shuttle (they run about every 30 minutes). The driver blamed traffic. hmmm. So to sum up (whew!) this is a budget hotel. If not for the hot summer night, it would have been fine for the money -- although what I observed in the restaurant and the weirdness about the shuttle van gives me pause. I would probably splurge and stay somewhere else, esp. in the summer.

Pretty good BUT very hot in summer

from ichiban
My experience was the same as other reviewers: hot room, no a/c, window does not open very much and small, noisy, ineffective fan. Those are the cons. The pros: clean, nice restaurant/bar, easy walk to North terminal at LGW, on-site parking (for a small fee), and pleasant staff. I would stay here again, but only during cold weather!

Handy Airport Hotel

from screen101
Had a dayroom at the hotelthis time but have stayed overnight many times in the past. Must agree with the previous reviews regarding no airconditioning but this is a problem in a lot of hotels in the UK. Was the cheapest dayroom (£60) available at Gatwick that I could find. Room was clean and checkin took seconds. Staff were great and quickly produced extra towels, tea and coffee and said it was no problem if we wanted to stay an hour after normal check out for a dayroom. A transfer bus is available but we usually walk from North Terminal which is about a 10min walk (my daughter likes to count the rabbits), you just need to be careful crossing the roads.

Great Stay

from ThetwoofUs
We always have the same problem when we fly out of Gatwick, we always forget where we stayed last time! A few years back we came across the Travel Inn at the North terminal, This hotel is convenient to the airport, rooms are clean and spacious and the service I have always received has always been great!
Please dont make the same mistakes as myself and end up in a different hotel chain as I think they have changed there title from London Gatwick Airport to Gatwick Airport Central!

Not one for summer use

from howl
This hotel is pretty much like all other Premier Travel Inns that I've stayed in, with two main exceptions. Firstly, there's a large restaurant and a bar. Secondly, there's no air-conditioning in the rooms.

We stayed in the hotel on one of the hottest nights of the year so far, meaning the room was sweltering. The hotel staff had provided a small desk fan for the room, which was noisy and largely ineffective. Of course, being an airport hotel, opening the window isn't really an option. We tried it, but the flights started going extremely early in the morning, so the window had to be closed.

On leaving the hotel, we called in the "Good night's sleep" guarantee. With much huffing, puffing and complaining, the manager gave us our refund. He muttered that we shouldn't expect air-con in a budget hotel. Well, newer Travel Inns all have it, and their rooms are less expensive than this one. So that's nonsense.

Due to the hotel's proximity to the North Terminal, it took less than 10 minutes to walk over to departures in the morning and, indeed, it's easy enough to pop over to check in the night before your flight (if your airline allows this).

With the addition of air conditioning, this hotel would be perfectly adequate for a pre-flight night's rest. The room itself was reasonably clean and tidy, the bar pleasant and the location excellent.

Good value, but some reservations

from MikeC_2006
I have stayed here three times in the last two months, and my impression each time has been exactly the same:

(1) A good price for an airport hotel, especially if you are staying as a family as family rooms don't cost extra

(2) Rooms are functional and perfectly comfortable. BUT - the lack of air conditioning would make a stay unpleasant in warm weather, which would be enough to stop me staying here in the summer months

(3) Check-in can be quite slow

(4) The bar area is small, noisy (loud TV) and smokey

(5) Food in the restaurant is enjoyable and reasonably varied. The two-course special is good value. Service in the restaurant, however, varies from good and friendly to (on my latest stay) surly and indifferent.

(6) If you don''t mind making your way across busy roads, you can avoid the cost of transfer bus or taxi to North Terminal (and onwards to South Terminal via transit link)

Overall (apart from in the warmer months - see comment re aircon) I'd stay again.

Other names for Premier Inn Gatwick Airport Central Hotel

  • premier inn crawley
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  • Address: Longbridge Way - Gatwick - England - RH6 0NX - United Kingdom
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