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The Bloc Hotel Gatwick is a new tech hotel for the 21st century that first opened at the start of April 2014. A hotel where your smartphone can control the high–tech enabled bedrooms. Lock/unlock your door, change the room lighting, adjust the air–conditioning or simply change your TV channel, all via your own smartphone and the hotels ap. Don't have a smartphone? no worries, Bloc has that covered by embedding Samsung tablets into the bedroom wall to allow control of all these functions. The high tech ethos flows throughout the hotel so things such as billing and check–in/check–out are all automated via the app. Again if you don't have or want to use the app then the reception has self–serve kiosks for the check–in process. This means you can be sure your check–oput will never be delayed due to a long queue at reception. In the same vein conventional TV remotes and door keycards are provided as an alternative to the use of the app and smartphone.
All bedrooms feature sound proofing, king size bed, electric window blinds, Egyptian cotton linens, ambient lighting, water, and complimentary high–speed wifi. The bathrooms have a walk–in monsoon drench shower along with supplied towels and toiletries.
Corner rooms are larger than standard, have upgraded amenities and feature airport runway and surrounding countryside views.
There I a dedicated floor just for business rooms which have workdesks instead of drop–down bunks as in family rooms (although these transform into a workdesk when folded ).
Classic Double: This room does not have a window. 10 square metres
Double Room: 10 square metres
Superior Rooms and Family Rooms: Has a large window and an en–suite wet room. 12 square metres
Wireless internet access can be picked up throughout the hotel. Guests are able to check–in flight luggage the night before their flight when staying at the hotel. Guests wishing to park at the hotel can use the airports own parking facilities (charges apply). Smoking is not allowed. Hotel has a lift and is fully air–conditioned.
Hotel Vicinity:Nearest: Railway Station: Gatwick Airport 0.1 miles (0.2 km), Motorway: M23 Junction 9a 0.5 miles (0.8 km). Not much you can say about the Bloc Gatwick hotels location other than superb. The hotel is actually part of the South Terminal and occupies a former office block that sits on the top of the terminal. The hotel is right by the departures hall. Even better is that even if you are travelling from the north terminal there is a free monorail that runs between the terminals and stops actually inside each terminal. Have no fear about access as the hotel is on the landside of the terminal, so this is before customs allowing fully free movement into and out of Gatwick Airport. All of the landside facilities are open to guests which means near 24/7 restaurants and shops. If you want to venture out a little further than the towns of Horley (1 mile) and Crawley (2.5 miles) have a good range of facilities on offer (notably Crawley Leisure Complex).
Bedroom Numbers: 245
Check-in: 16.00 (4 pm)
Check-out: 11.00 am
Parking:Public parking is available in close proximity to the hotel and charges apply.
Internet:WiFi is available in the hotel rooms and is free of charge.
Compared to other London hotels: This hotel has been rated 84% by past guests. The London average is 80% and the average for 3 star hotels is 77%. Therefore this hotel is above average for its sector (star rating) and for London as a whole.
Compared to surrounding hotels: The hotels rating of 84% is 7% above the 77% average guest rating for the area around Gatwick. The hotel is thus rated above average for hotels close to the airport.
Milesfaster ranking: 287th from 866 London hotels, 9th of 38 Gatwick hotels, and 71st of 328 three star rated hotels.
Another to Consider: A similar type of hotel (size, rating) nearby (0.5 miles, 0.8 km) would be the 3 star Courtyard By Marriott London Gatwick Airport, with rates that start from about £90 and which has a 75% guest satisfaction rating.Looking for lower base rates? Then another option might be the Travelodge Gatwick Airport Central. 1.0 miles away (1.5 km), has scored 80% from former guests and whose lowest rates start at about £57.
Would you prefer to go with something that has scored higher in guest satisfaction ratings? If that is what your after then the 5 Star Windfalls Boutique Hotel Crawley seems like a possible option being 2.7 miles (4.4 km) from the Bloc Hotel Gatwick. The Windfalls Boutique Hotel Crawley has a perfect unblemished customer rating 99%, a truly stunning achievement.