With three Walt Disney World holidays under our belts, we have learnt that living two hours away from the airport, anything can happen to delay us reaching our destination on time. Part of our holiday budget now includes an overnight stay at a hotel near the airport mixed with airport parking. This helps save on airport parking costs, and also takes the stress away from worrying about traffic or accidents on the roads. This year the Travelodge Gatwick airport came out the best on price and location.
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We were flying from Gatwick North terminal and using Purple Parking for our car. Travelodge Gatwick airport is located at Povey Cross Road, Gatwick, Horley RH6 0BE. This is literally a four-minute drive from Purple Parking and also very close to both terminals at Gatwick if you’re thinking of using a taxi, or parking at the airport.
As we have the overnight stay at Gatwick airport booked, then our holiday always starts a day earlier. We will usually travel up mid afternoon trying to avoid the rush hour traffic, check in before venturing out to find somewhere for dinner. I had noticed that Travelodge Gatwick airport had an onsite restaurant so we decided to see what it was like before getting back in the car.
Arriving at the hotel, we noticed there is a large car park, and it’s well away from the road which is always a bonus. The car park is a private car park, and parking costs £8 for 24 hours. This isn’t too bad for London, and it was factored into the price when I was booking.
As we checked in, we noticed a lot of it is self-service. This is great however as we soon discovered, booking via a third-party site meant that we had to be manually checked in. Onto our room on the first floor. There are plenty of lifts and stairs available, and I thought the security was great needing the room card to open the doors leading to the rooms.
We had booked a triple room, however I think you would get the same for a family of four. There was plenty of space with all the amenities and facilities you would expect. The bathroom was a little small and looked like it had been added on as an afterthought, but it was clean and functional. We were only using the room as a base for one night, so it wasn’t a problem.
We ventured down to the restaurant to see whether we would stay for dinner. Immediately we were very impressed, the prices were average, the menu varied and there was so much space. We ordered from the bar and settled down to a lovely evening, watching the TV, drinking wine, beer and eating food.
Hubby and I ordered a pizza each, which costs £12 and it was very filling and tasty. It was so nice to be able to relax instead of getting back in the car to find somewhere to get some food from.
An early night was needed for our early start in the morning. I never sleep very well in a strange bed on the first night, but the beds were comfortable, clean and there wasn’t too much noise considering we were so close to the airport. We could hear planes in the distance in the morning, but we were expecting so much worse.
We opted not to have breakfast at the hotel, although it was a possibility. We preferred to get to the airport, drop the bags off and then sit down and enjoy breakfast as we wait for the flight.
Travelodge Gatwick airport is definitely a hotel I would book again in the future when needing a base for the night. It’s very convenient.