If you’ve ever flown from London Gatwick airport before, you’ll know that it’s not necessarily the nicest way to start your holiday. It often takes longer to get to than Heathrow Airport and as it’s a major UK airport, queues can get pretty long at check-in and security, and there can be a fair walk to your gate from the terminal – hardly ideal scenarios, especially if you’re about to board a long-haul flight.
Luckily, you can make sure you get a good night’s sleep beforehand, and avoid getting stuck in traffic en route to the airport, by staying in BLOC Hotel Gatwick; literally less than a five-minute walk from the Departure Lounge.
I stayed at BLOC Hotel when I flew to Delhi from London Gatwick airport’s South Terminal in November, as I had a morning flight and didn’t fancy catching a coach from Cardiff at 3am. It was really easy to find the hotel at the airport, situated on the third floor of the terminal.
It was unlike anywhere I’ve ever stayed before. With ultra-modern design featuring ambient purple mood lighting, climate control, sound-proofing, a Samsung Galaxy tablet, HD LED TV and Wi-Fi seven times faster than the UK hotel average, my Vista Double Room made my feel like I’d been transported through time into the future.
There are 8 different rooms available in total at BLOC Hotel Gatwick, from the Smart Double Room; a compact cabin measuring less than 10 square metres with no window, to the swanky Runway Suite; a first-class, eighth floor, 32 square metre penthouse with separate lounge and kitchenette.
The main benefit of my room upgrade was the large window above my bed, which had great runway views. The curtains take the form of electric blinds. I was unsure of how to open and close these at first, but then I found the Samsung Galaxy tablet stuck to the wall next to the bed.
Not only does this nifty little tablet allow you to control the window blinds, it also enables you to switch different lights on and off, adjust the temperature and check-out of your room – all without having to leave the comfort of your soft, pocket-sprung king bed.
The bathroom was equally as impressive as the bedroom and after seeing the monsoon shower, I knew I’d have no issue getting out of bed the following morning. It was actually styled as an Italian wet room as opposed to a traditional bathroom; the shower drenched the entire room when it was in use, so all surfaces were waterproof and the door was watertight.
All rooms at BLOC Hotel Gatwick have the luxury of climate control, developed in partnership with a Scandinavian sleep institute to make sure each room is at the ideal temperature for a good night’s sleep.
While there is no mini bar, there are complimentary bottles of water, and corkscrews are available to loan from reception (in addition to travel adaptors).
In addition, each room includes a hair-dryer, and there are 24-hour ironing facilities on all floors of the hotel.
As BLOC Hotel focuses on simple, affordable design, there is no restaurant inside the hotel and so you aren’t able to eat here. However, with the Departure Lounge just a stone’s throw away, that’s not an issue as Gatwick Airport’s South Terminal is packed with bars and restaurants dishing up freshly cooked food to fill you up. What’s more, BLOC Hotel have negotiated a range of discounts with many of the food, drink and shopping outlets in the South Terminal. Just show the BLOC brochure from your room, along with your booking confirmation, to qualify for the discount. I treated myself to Eggs Benedict with smoked salmon and a rich, milky latte in the Grain Store Cafe and Bar, at 20% off.
BLOC Hotel Gatwick is one of the best hotels I’ve ever stayed in. My room was smaller than a typical hotel room, didn’t contain as much furniture and lacked a mini bar, but it included everything I needed for my overnight stay ahead of my flight to India, and the futuristic design helped to give it that luxury feel. Furthermore, the cost wasvery reasonable, especially considering the hotel’s convenient location within Gatwick South Terminal; Sleep Double Rooms currently start at £69.35 in advance, while Vista Double Rooms start at £83.60 in advance (based on booking a month ahead).
I highly recommend staying at BLOC Hotel if you are flying from London Gatwick Airport, or from Birmingham Airport, (where BLOC Hotel has another branch). To find out more or to check current room rates, click here.
Have you ever stayed at an airport hotel? Where did you stay, and what did you make of it?
BLOC Hotel Gatwick
Gatwick Airport (LGW)
+44 (0) 20 3051 0101
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