Hilton London Gatwick Airport
THE HOTEL: This hotel’s location is its big magnet, as the only hotel directly attached to Gatwick Airport’s South Terminal. It’s a large, 821-bedroom property.
THE CHECK-IN: I checked in at almost midnight and the reception desk was empty but the convivial atmosphere in the main lobby was palpable, with late-night guests imbibing in the bar area, which is directly underneath the central atrium with over-size lampshades filling the lower levels.
THE ROOM: It was a bit of a schlep to the new wing to reach the Executive-level bedrooms but it was worth it. A sleek, contemporary and well-designed space was filled with large corner desk, wardobe, TV stand and the classic oversize headboard – all in blonde-coloured wood and natural colours – plus good lighting, desk-high sockets, tea and coffee-making equipment and a comfy leather swivel chair at the desk. The wardrobe houses the laptop-size safe, clothes press, robes and slippers. The bathroom – separated from the bedroom by a frosted glass panel – was spacious and fresh-looking in a white and turquoise colour scheme, with a power shower and water jet-equipped bath.
THE BUSINESS: There are some 21 meeting rooms here, all with natural daylight except the largest, the ballroom, which can host up to 400 theatre-style. The lead-in day delegate rate is £65 including lunch, all refreshments and VAT. The hotel also has a business centre open Monday to Friday, from 7am-7pm.
THE FACILITIES: Early risers can take advantage of the Garden Restaurant’s 5.30am opening time while late nighters can make for the sports-themed bar, Charlie Fry’s. There is also a convenient Costa Coffee outlet in the lobby area and an all-day dining option at Amy’s Restaurant.
THE VERDICT: To be able to walk to this hotel just minutes after emerging from passport control is a delight, so too being accommodated in a stylish room thoughtfully geared to the needs of the business traveller.
THE DETAILS: Hilton London Gatwick Airport, South Terminal Gatwick Airport Gatwick, RH6 0LL. Tel: 01293 518080. Room only rates are from £106.80 including VAT. Bed and breakfast rate available from £118.80 including VAT. Executive rooms start from £180 including VAT. www.gatwick.hilton.com.
Reviewed by Gillian Upton (2014)