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Cambridge Hotel at Gatwick Airport

(3 star hotel)
including 8 days parking
10 mins
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.

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Overall rating: 86% based on 1487 Ratings

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.

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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,

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The grade II listed Cambridge hotel will serve you a little slice of history before you fly. The decor is in keeping with the age of the building but with a modern twist. The public areas are bright and airy with floor to ceiling windows and breathtaking chandeliers. Despite the impressive decor, it's quite modestly sized, making sure it's still utterly cosy and charming.

You can check in from 14:00 and there's plenty to keep you entertained until bed...

Dine on British and European classics in the hotel's restaurant, which serves from 18:00 to 22.30pm daily. All of the dishes are homemade and well thought out. It's not a typical low-cost hotel menu - they really take pride and care in the food that they serve.

You can have three courses for a special price when you book with us, so be sure to add dinner to your booking before you check out. You can have a browse of the set menu once you've booked too; it will really get your taste buds tingling.

The well-stocked bar is charming and cosy, serving typical pub favourites. The prices are reasonable too.

When it comes to the bedrooms, think family-run guest house - clean, comfortable, light and airy. The family rooms are particularly generous with some rooms sleeping up to six people.

You can log onto the internet easily as wifi is free throughout the entire hotel. Ask for the code at reception when you check in.

In the morning, sit down to a home-cooked, traditional English breakfast, which you can get at a discount if you book it through us in advance. Breakfast starts at 07:00 and finishes at 09:00 but you can get lighter, Continental items from 06:00. Add breakfast to your booking before you check out. You'll get a special price and it's one less thing to pay for on the day.

Hints, tips and extra bits:
The Cambridge Hotel is made up of two different buildings; the old hotel and a new building. This package is for a room in the old hotel. If you have mobility problems this is not the hotel for you, all the rooms are upstairs and there is no lift. The hotel are aiming to make the rooms more accessible soon, so watch this space!

* Prices quoted are for stays on the 03-05-2015, valid as of 28-02-2015