Anyone staying at the Sofitel and relying on using the covered walkway from the hotel to the North Terminal needs to be aware that the walkway is closed whilst the building works at the terminal are ongoing. The hotel's website does not mention that the walkway is not open.
To get to the North Terminal you need to take the lift from the Podium (Reception) floor of the hotel (the lifts are inside the beginning of the walkway, on the left hand side) down to the ground floor (carpark) and then cross the road from the carpark to the terminal. It doesn't take long to get to the terminal - around 5 mins or so - and you are under cover except when crossing the road. Of course, it is not as convenient as using the walkway but not as bad as it sounds!
This was our second stay at the Sofitel and, once again, we were pleased we chose to stay here rather than at the Hilton (which I find expensive and rather gloomy). We got a good deal on room + parking which was great - very convenient parking right next to the hotel, 2 mins walk away. Our room was very comfortable (love that bed!) and quiet. Yes, drinks and food are expensive, as you would expect, but it's so nice to be able to get your holiday off to relaxing start. The hotel was very busy the night we stayed (18 Sept) but check in was quick. We had to wait around 20 mins for a table at Le Cafe but we waited in the bar (no problem with service) and the restaurant manager came to get us when our table was ready. We would definitely stay again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- An established, four-star luxury hotel uniquely located within Gatwick Airport, Sofitel London Gatwick boasts world-class services and amenities, which include various dining options and extensive meeting and event facilities. The hotel offers eight-day or fifteen-day Park & Fly packages available at the airport the day before check in. The hotel is 30 minutes by Gatwick Express from central London and all its attractions. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sofitel London Gatwick Hotel Crawley
- Sofitel Hotel London Gatwick
- Sofitel Hotel Crawley
- Sofitel Crawley
- Crawley Sofitel
- Gatwick London Sofitel
- Gatwick Hotel Sofitel
- Sofitel London Gatwick Crawley, West Sussex