Cambridge Hotel at Gatwick Airport

19 Bonehurst Road, Horley, Surrey, RH6 8PP

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Customers' rating: Rated 'Great' by 528 guests

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(3 star hotel)
including 8 days parking
2 miles
from the airport
customer rating

Everything within arm's reach

The Cambridge Hotel Gatwick has the feel of a family-run hotel. It is not so big that you have a sense of being anonymous and it's not one of those hotels where you are confronted with a bewildering succession of long corridors. The building is Grade II-listed and although it has been restored, it still offers bundles of Victorian character, which makes it unique from all of the larger hotels at Gatwick.

The hotel has 35 guests rooms, which are all en-suite. It’s more than large enough to find space to relax, have a drink, find a quiet corner, and get your breath back after a long journey or on return from your destination.

It’s the friendliness of those who work there that strikes you – the members of staff, from the owner down, take a real interest in your comfort, just like you’d imagine in a smaller family-run hotel.

Its historical connection with the Duke of Cambridge – that’s the 2nd Duke (1819-1904) not the present holder of the title, Prince William – sets it apart from other Gatwick hotels. Interestingly, it was the home of the Duke’s wife, whom he had married without Royal consent, and their children. The lobby area evokes the time when the Cambridge was a Victorian mansion frequented by nobility and royal personages. Its most distinguishing original features are a fine staircase and chandelier, which give the reception area a special charm.

Hotel was good. Friendly staff, good food and clean room. Parking rather difficult though. Will use hotel again. Thank you

Mrs Goddard (Gatwick Cambridge)

I was told at reception that I would find my car parked just outside the door when we departed. In fact, I was unable to find it, and it took the staff some time to locate it after a long search.
The breakfast was copious, but no one asked us whether we actually wanted the full English that we received.

Mr Fisher (Gatwick Cambridge)

Staff very helpful , food great , only thing we could of done with was a fan in the room as it was extremely hot in the room that evening

Mr Hadley (Gatwick Cambridge)

Comfortable acommodation, curteous and helpful staff. Good restaurant at sensible prices. Recommended.

Mr Craggs (Gatwick Cambridge)

it would help if the cars were looked after and not left to we returned to a 2 year old car soaked internally were we feel that a window or door were left open

Mr Swann (Gatwick Cambridge)

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Overall rating: 86% by 1686 guests

It’s a calm, well-ordered hotel with the co-owner ‘Chef-Patron’ Kemal very much in evidence. His name is on the hotel’s restaurant, which shows the importance he attaches to the hotel’s cuisine, and when not in the kitchen overseeing the food, he is buzzing about the hotel alongside his friendly team of staff, who pay close attention to the needs of the guests.

We recommend the Cambridge Hotel Gatwick for:

A sense of history - not many Gatwick Hotels can boast such prestigious connections. The Cambridge was originally a grand mansion, built by the 2nd Duke of Cambridge in 1852 for his wife Sarah Fairbrother and their children. He had married her, a commoner, for love, against his cousin Queen Victoria’s wishes, and stayed at the house whenever he could to be with his family. It’s a romantic story, and the house still retains a special charm.

Personal attention - The Cambridge is jointly owned and managed by Kemal, who has a very friendly and hands-on approach. He has been in the hotel trade for over 30 years and is not the type of man to lock himself away in his office. You feel he knows his staff well, and many of them have worked for him for years. So the hotel is well run and as Kemal is also the head chef, the restaurant is similarly well managed.

Food - Kemal, as the ‘Chef-Patron’, takes pride in his food, and his menu offers a wide range of international dishes, a full wine list, and a number of Turkish dishes, which are his speciality. His three personally trained chefs keep up a consistent standard, and the dining room has a quiet elegance, without being stuffy and formal. The eating experience is relaxed, but the service is speedy and efficient.

Convenience - The Cambridge is only one and a half miles away from Gatwick airport, easy to find just off the M23 between London and Brighton, and has plenty of space for parking. You can leave your car in the hotel compound with peace of mind, and find it waiting ready for you next to the hotel on your return. There is a 24-hour minibus service that is easily arranged, so you’ll have no problems catching your flight on time.


Earliest check-in time is 2pm, unless otherwise arranged. Latest check-out time is 11am, unless otherwise arranged.


19 Bonehurst Road,

Arrival at the Cambridge Standard Room

Earliest check in time at the Cambridge is 3pm.

Transfers operate to both terminals 24 hours a day, every 30 minutes, take just 10 minutes and cost £3 per person, each way.

Here are the hotel directions:
Exit the M23 at junction 9 and follow the signs for Gatwick airport. At the first roundabout go straight on. At the next roundabout take the last exit towards the A23. At the next roundabout turn right, sign-posted Redhill A23. At the large interchange with a Shell garage in the centre, follow the signs for Redhill A23. The Cambridge Hotel is on the left after a few hundred yards.

Checking Out

Latest check out time at the Cambridge Hotel is 11:00.

Transfers operate to both terminals 24 hours a day, every 30 minutes, and take just 10 minutes. They cost £3 per person for the return journey.

Getting to and from Gatwick airport

The hotel runs a bus to the airport and back 24 hours a day. The bus runs every 30 minutes, on the hour and on the half hour. The bus only has 8 seats and operates on a first come, first serve basis, so you may need to wait to get on. The journey takes around 10 minutes and will cost you £3, per person, each way.

From the airport to the hotel, the bus runs on request only. So when you get back, you'll need to call the hotel to ask for the bus and it'll meet you at the pickup point at the bus stop outside the terminal. If you're at the South terminal, it's bus stop 9 and if it's from the North terminal, it's bus stop 8. When you return, you just need to collect your car and go.

Cambridge Standard Room address

19 Bonehurst Road,

* Prices quoted are for stays on the 13-12-2015, valid as of 13-10-2015