Gatwick Airport is going head to head with Heathrow as the two bid for the additional runway that will ease the South East's airport capacity issues. It is busy working hard to shed its 'bucket & spade' reputation and proudly claims to serve 46 of Europe's top 50 business destinations. The Business Travel Magazine selects six meeting venues in the surrounding Sussex and Surrey countryside
Name: South Lodge Hotel
Address:Brighton Road, Nr. Horsham, West Sussex, RH13 6PS
Tel: 01403 891 711
Within this five-star country house are 12 different but similarly grand meeting rooms, many with garden terraces and private entrances and all with wifi access. Rooms cater for 12 to 170 delegates and allow for any configuration. Day delegate packages include lunch, three servings of homemade snacks and unlimited tea, coffee and bottled water, as well as an LCD projector, screen, flipchart, stationery and use of a business centre. It's a 20-minute drive from Gatwick.
NEW KID ON THE BLOCK
Name:Hampton by Hilton London Gatwick
Address: Longbridge House, North Terminal, Gatwick Airport, RH6 0PJ
Tel: 01293 579999
This North Terminal hotel opened early this year and has one meeting room which holds up to 16 delegates boardroom style. It can be booked for full-day use and comes with unlimited tea and coffee, flip chart with pens, TV with connectivity for computers/laptops and stationery. The meeting room also has a conference line available if required.
QUEEN OF CONVENIENCE
Name: Sofitel Gatwick
Address: North Terminal, Gatwick Airport, West Sussex, RH6 0PH
Tel:0871 360 218
Connected to the North Terminal, this hotel's business and conference centre offers 11 meeting rooms with capacity from two to 300 delegates. Most of the rooms have natural daylight, private reception areas and high speed internet. The hotel also has a business centre and conference organisers’ office.
Name: Aurora Hotel Gatwick
Address: Southgate Avenue, Southgate, Crawley. West Sussex, RH10 6LW
Tel: 01293 530 000
The 13 conference rooms have natural daylight or views overlooking the four-storey glass atrium and can host from two to 270 delegates. Located in a self-contained area with its own reception and business centre, there are a range of room configurations and each is equipped with air-conditioning, mood lighting controls, black out screens and AV equipment. Smaller meeting rooms offer data projectors and screens while larger facilities have 50-inch plasma screens with DVD.
Name: Hartsfield Manor
Address: Sandy Lane, Betchworth, Surrey, RH3 7AA
Tel: 0871 222 48020
The stately Victorian house, a De Vere venue, is set in 16 acres of Surrey landscape, 20 minutes from Gatwick Airport. Its 17 rooms have capacity for groups of 18 through to meetings for 100 delegates, with theatre, classroom, boardroom, cabaret and u-shape set-up options all available. Day delegate packages include wifi access, AV equipment and technical support, refreshments and a two-course lunch (24-hour rates are also available) and a range of team-building activities are also available.
Address: Spindle Way, Crawley Town Centre, West Sussex, RH10 1TGS
Tel: 01293 548000
Set loose that pent-up energy with a post-meeting laser gun battle! Located close to Gatwick Airport in nearby Crawley town centre, LaserHub has the Oak Room available for corporate hire and offers a range of meeting and event packages, including catering and other facilities, with laser battles – typically lasting 20 minutes – available in a number of formats.
GATWICK AIRPORT INFORMATION
Getting there: Gatwick Airport is 28 miles south of Central London, linked directly to the M23 at Junction 9 and to the A23 London- Brighton road. It is a 30-minute journey from London Victoria station via the non-stop Gatwick Express train service, and is also served by Southern Rail and First Capital Connect operations to London.