More about Gatwick Airport Central Premier Travel Inn
Spacious room (enough space for another double bed);
Excellent location (turn left out of the arrivals section of North Terminal, follow the path round under the ramp, cross 2 roads and you're there - it took about 10 minutes to get from the room to North Terminal);
Excellent value (£60 for the room, another £8 per person for full breakfast);
Decent sized car park (didn't use this as I arrived by train);
Efficient check-in staff.
I could hear the footsteps of the person in the room above everytime he or she moved;
Smelly shower curtain (this seems often to be the case in hotels)
In summer I can imagine that without Air Conditioning, the rooms would become unbearably hot so would not personally use the hotel between May and September.
I've stayed in all three hotels at Gatwick, which are within reasonable walking distance of the terminals - Hilton, Sofitel and Travel In. This is definitely the best value if you only need a bed prior to catching a morning flight. I would, however, use one of the others in summer to avoid the inevitable heat.
Tolerable for the price - but avoid if you can afford better!
Our family (young couple and year-old child) stayed for one night at the Gatwick Travel Inn on Feb. 23, 2007. We booked the hotel in order to catch a very early international flight from Gatwick on Saturday, Feb. 24. We arrived at the airport via local train at 10:30 pm on the Friday night, thoroughly exhausted from a day sightseeing in London. Nobody in the airport could direct us to the hotel, which we had been told was within walking distance. We called the hotel and they recommended taking the Premier Inn shuttle, which departs every 15 minutes and costs 2.5 pounds each person (!!) for a 3-minute ride. The driver of the bus was extremely grumpy, but allowed us on without the exact change.
The check-in was relatively slow but friendly. The staff-member confirmed the price (60 pounds, very reasonable) and told us that the baby cot we had requested would be in the room. The restraunt was still open and serving the snack menu - convenient, but we were too tired. We had a room at the end of a very long hall. It was quite spacious and clean, but there was no baby cot and it took an hour and two phone calls to reception to get one. The bed was comfortable and the air traffic noise very minimal, but we could hear the people next door and the foot traffic in the hall. We used their automated service to set a wake-up call, which we never received. Luckily, we had set our own alarm and arrived in time for our flight. Overall, this was the least impressive hotel of our three-week, nine-accomodation trip, but we had chosen it for its proximity to the airport and reasonable rates and, according to these criteria, it was acceptable.
We stayed here with our teenage children during a one night stopover in London. It was an excellent choice. The room was clean, comfortable and quiet. Not only was the price right, it is also one of the few hotels in Europe to allow four to a room and have sleeping accomodations for all four! It's just plain excellent value for money.
Getting to the hotel seems tricky at first but it is very easy walk from the North Terminal along a paved sidewalk. The walk along a busy road and roundabout might put some off but, really, it's worth it.
You just can't find a better deal anywhere near the airport nor in London.
We fly several times a year and often stay for a night in a hotel before we fly. We usually use either hotels connected directly to the terminals. This time we decided to spend a little less. However, the Premier Inn may have been cheaper but overall it was equally as comfortable. We had a very relaxed evening and a good night's sleep in a very comfortable room. They were decorating the hotel when we stayed, but the workmen were quiet and we never knew they were there. The dining room lacked the ambience of the expensive hotels, but having said that, the service was very good and the food was excellent.
The transport to and from the airport was very easy. There was a coach every 20 minutes through 24 hours and it stopped right outside reception.
I have already booked our next stay.
OK for the money
Stayed 1 night,before an early morning flight.My initial thought was how small the reception and lifts were,wouldn't like to be there when they had a rush on!.The room was clean enough,but a little dated,as was most of hotel.The night we stayed they didn't have any draught beer of any kind,only bottles which was a bit of a downer.Overall if you just want a bed for the night in a handy location then this hotel fits the bill.
A good choice (if it's not a hot day..)
Stayed here overnight as I had an early flight out the next morning.
Like most Premier Travel Inn's, the hotel was pretty basic and functional. Check-in was friendly and efficient and the room clean and comfortable. A feeder bus service runs from both terminals and costs £2 a trip.
The only downsides to the hotel were the bathroom towels - which were threadbare and very hard. The second, more ephemeral downside was the heat. That day was particularly warm, and with my window open the room temperature was still showing at 26 degrees Celsius. The hotel doesn't have air conditioning so a fan had been left in the room by the management. It was so old and noisy (think small propeller plane) that it was unusable when trying to sleep.
Not a major point, but coming into another notoriously warm UK summer, it's worth mentioning and considering.
Other than that, it's a good value hotel that is worth considering when in need of somewhere convenient to Gatwick Airport.
OK - but don't stay April - September!
Stayed here for just one night in May before flying out of Gatwick North Terminal (which is walking distance from the hotel - save on the £2 they charge you for the bus!)
Was very busy but was checked in nicely. Room was a very long walk from reception but was adequate for the price.
BIG PROBLEM is the temperature (as mentioned many times here by other people). I was staying in May and it wasn't very warm outside so thought it would be ok - BIG MISTAKE!
It was sweltering in the rooms!! There was no air con and the desk fan they give you is neither use nor ornament.
To add to that, I left the window open and was awoken every 20 minutes throughout the night by the airport bus which parked outside the room!
A real shame - the hotel are obviously trying to do something about it and there are notices everywhere but I got a total of around an hour's sleep.
Good hotel for the price...
This hotel is a stone's throw from the North Terminal but we weren't disrupted by any aircraft noise. We took the courtesy bus, which the hotel website didn't tell us, costs £2.00 each. If we knew that (along with other disgruntled arrivals) we would have walked the 100 yards or so! Hadn't realised the hotel was quite so close because it's hidden by a few buildings.
Reception staff very friendly and welcoming. Explained everything well and advised us to book for dinner as it was going to be very busy in the evening. We decided to take the option of ordering at the bar and taking our food to our room (a sort of DIY room service) and had no complaints at all. Food was hot and fresh and there was a reasonable selection. Prices not too bad either.
The room was on the ground floor quite a walk from reception but we took an early check-in option so this was possibly one of the first rooms to be cleaned. I agree with other comments, the room can be quite stuffy and being on the ground floor from a security point of view you feel a bit wary leaving the window open overnight. The bed was clean and comfortable and the bathroom was typical to this type of hotel, clean and fairly modern.
Overall, a good hotel for the money. It is not luxury but is comfortable, clean and reasonably priced for the location. Perfect for a one night stay or so. Would use again if required. Only recommendation would be for the hotel to state the courtesy bus has to be paid for. I'm sure a lot of people arrive with only foreign currency and are caught unawares.
I would stay again
My wife and I, along with our two year old twins stayed at the hotel prior to catching a flight to the US the following day. No complaints at all the hotel was very busy and it met our usual high standards. The twins were in beds instead of cots which did not turn out to be huge problem. Space was a bit tight but it was only for one night. It is ideally located for the North terminal and we will use it again.