Hotel Overview:The Sofitel Gatwick is a purpose built hotel originally built in 1990. The hotel is directly attached to the airport's North Terminal by a short covered walkway. From the North terminal the free monorail train service connects the south and north terminals. The South terminal is where the airport train station is based and where services such as the Gatwick Express non-stop rail link to London Victoria station run from. While its the airports landside facilities that are the only real facilities within the immediate vicinity, the nearest major towns are Horley at 1 mile and Crawley at 2.5 miles from the hotel. There is a McDonalds drive through restaurant within half a mile within the airport grounds and a large Tesco supermarket within 0.7 miles at Hookwood.
Hotel in Detail:Modern and contemporary hotel and features the highest glass ceiling atrium in Europe. As you enter the Sofitel Gatwick lobby you are greeted by a Parisienne street scene complete with boulevards, sidewalk, cafes and bars. Physically adjoined to the Gatwick North Terminal.
All bedrooms offer en-suite facilities (bath and shower) with a phone, hairdryer and radio. Inside your room amenities include air conditioning, satellite television with pay movies, mini-bar, safety deposit box, direct dial telephone with voicemail, radio, dataport, RJ25 Ethernet plug connection, iron/ironing board, high speed internet access, refreshment tray and trouser press. Windows are double glazed.
Some bedrooms have views out over the airport runway and airside grounds.
Room configurations come in Classic, deluxe and Executive standard rooms along with some suites. The Club bedrooms are all on the 8th floor and give access to the exclusive Club lounge.
Room service is available 24 hours for hot and cold dishes.
Kua Bar: Unique balcony setting. An upmarket glamorous cocktail bar, ambience with a hint of the Orient, serves wide range of cocktails, drinks and a range of snacks.
Open : 17.30 till midnight.
La Terrasse: Parisian street-style bar. This is the busiest of all the dining areas. Cafe and restaurant, serves breakfast, light snacks and overlooks the Atrium. Next to the library with its relaxing atmosphere.
Restaurant Open 11:00 till 23:45. Snacks served 07.00 till 01.00.
Gatwick Oriental Restaurant: Air conditioned and no-smoking environment. Serves a range of dishes from the Orient and an international menu.
Open : noon till 14:00, 18:30 till 23:00.
La Brasserie: A La Carte dining. Contemporary in style serving contemporary European dishes using fresh ingredients from the local area and also regional ingredients.
Open: 05:30 till10:30, 18:30 till 22:30.
Le Cafe: A cafe style terrace serving light meals and snacks in a setting evoking feelings of a Parisian street.
Open : 11:00 till 23:00.
Business travellers are well catered for as the Sofitel London Gatwick hotel offers 14 meeting rooms can accommodate anything between 2 to 300 delegates. These rooms are all air-conditioned and kitted with the latest A/V equipment.
Additionally there is a dedicated business centre onsite with computer rental facilities, fax, secretarial and copy services and an executive lounge.
The Sofitel Gatwick hotel offers WIFI internet access in its public areas. 24 hour reception with safety deposit box facilities.
Also onsite is a leisure and fitness club. Porterage and full concierge services provided.
Fully non-smoking throughout.
Compared to other London hotels: This hotel has been rated 86% by past guests. The London average is 59% and the average for 4 star hotels is 66%. Therefore this hotel is well above average for its sector (star rating) and for London as a whole. Sofitel Hotels across the chain average 89% so this hotel is slightly below the guest rating for most Sofitel hotels.
Below average for a Sofitel hotel but still a hotel to consider. The hotel remains better rated than most London hotels and additionally ranks above the average guest rating for 4 star hotels.
Compared to surrounding hotels: The hotels rating of 86% is 10% above the 76% average guest rating for the area around Gatwick. Guests therefore rate the hotel well above average for the surrounding area.
Milesfaster ranking: 133rd from 751 London hotels, 3rd of 3 Sofitel Hotels, 4th of 38 Gatwick hotels, and 52nd of 284 four star rated hotels.
Another to Consider: A similar hotel nearby (2.5 miles, 4.1 km) would be the 4 star Crowne Plaza Hotel Gatwick Crawley, where rates start from around £51 and which has an 81% guest satisfaction rating.
Parking:Public parking is possible in close proximity to the hotel and costs £30 per day.
Internet:Complimentary wireless internet access throughout.
Shuttle:Service: No, located by North Terminal, monorail service from North terminal to South Terminal
Bedroom Numbers: 518 / 8 floors
Check-in: 14.00 (2 pm)
Check-out: 12.00 noon
Past Names: Le Meridien Gatwick (till 2005), Forte Crest Gatwick, Stirling Gatwick Hotel (till 1992)