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The ultimate in convenience
The Sofitel Gatwick is the most luxurious hotel on the airport. What's more, it's connected to the North Terminal. Our customers love the two-minute stroll to check-in, award-winning food and extremely comfy beds - no wonder it's our most popular hotel.
We sent our hotel reviewer, Kate Jarvis, to find out what makes it so special and if its still the most luxurious hotel at the North Terminal. Check out her video review:
The Sofitel hotel at Gatwick airport is the most luxurious hotel at the North terminal. Connected by a covered walkway, the main North terminal building is just a two-minute stroll from the hotel.
- Sofitel London Gatwick - North Terminal Gatwick Airport, Gatwick, West Sussex, RH6 0PH.
- North terminal: 2 minutes
- South terminal: 5 minutes
- Train station: 6 minutes
I think the location is without a doubt, the best thing about the Sofitel. You'll be waking up at the North terminal, so you won't need to worry about transferring to the airport or getting stuck in traffic. It makes everything simpler and far less stressful, allowing you to focus on your holiday. Convenience is king, and this hotel has it in spades, but it does make it a pricier option for your airport stopover.
The convenience of waking up at Gatwick's North terminal has to be the winning feature of the Sofitel - it's just a two-minute walk into the North terminal. Not only that, it's just five minutes to the South terminal, and Gatwick's train station, by the free monorail. If you dont get everything you need from the Sofitel, Id be surprised, but you have the airport at your fingertips and London is just a short train ride away.
When it's time to hit the hay you're sure of a great night's sleep. The bedrooms are spectacular: spacious and stylishly designed, with a Sofitel So Bed that is so comfy some people buy them to have at home. You may even be treated to a runway view, but don't worry about the noise of planes overhead: the windows are triple-glazed and superbly soundproofed.
- Check-in: 14:00
- Check-out: 12:00
- Double room: one queen-size bed
- Superior room upgrade: free premium wifi, bottled water, 10% off food and drinks in the hotel
- Executive room upgrade: free premium wifi, bottled water, chocolate bars, access to the Club lounge and 10% off food and drinks in the hotel
- Interconnecting rooms available for families of 3 or more
- Smaller family rooms have an extra double or single bed
Simply put, the bedrooms are lovely. Theyre all spacious and spotless, and have, what I think are, the comfiest beds of any Gatwick airport hotel. Theyre soundproofed as well, so even though youll be staying right at the terminal, as soon as you draw the curtains, you wont hear a peep. The location has its perks if youre a fan of aviation too. Rooms on the seventh floor are prime spots for plane watchers, since youll get a great view of the runway.
Theres free basic wifi in the rooms and throughout the hotel. Its fast enough to check your emails, but Id recommend upgrading to premium wifi which runs much faster (fast enough to stream Netflix). Or you can just use your mobile data.
When it comes to dinner, you won't find more choice under one Gatwick hotel roof than at the Sofitel. Try La Brasserie for breakfast or supper, The Urban Cafe; for snacks and light lunches, or the cool and classy Gatwick Oriental, at the other end of the lobby, which serves Far Eastern and Asian cuisine.
- Gatwick Oriental: open from 12:00-14:30 and 18:00-23:00 daily
- Urban Cafe: open from 11:00-23:30 daily
- La Brasserie: open from 18:30-22:30 daily
- Urban Cafe two-course add-on: £35.90 for 2 adults (£17.95 each)
Other than its location, the Sofitels other secret weapon is its food - perhaps not so secret anymore. There are not one, not two, but three restaurants to choose from, all serving beautifully-designed dishes, using locally-sourced ingredients. All three restaurants are a bit on the pricey side, but I think its well worth the treat.
La Brasserie is an award-winning, fine-dining option. In fact, its never been without an AA rosette. The menu is full of British classics, with a French twist. Then theres the Gatwick Oriental, which, might I add, is my favourite of the three. The chilled-out atmosphere is perfect for tucking into the delicious eastern delights. The stir-fries and spring rolls were to die for. These two luxurious restaurants do come with a luxurious price-tag, so if saving money is important to you, Id suggest eating at the Urban Cafe. Plan ahead and pre-book a two-course dinner at the Urban Cafe with Holiday Extras. Youll get two courses for less than youd normally pay for one, so this is a great deal. The decor feels chic and Parisian, and the food is just as continental.
Breakfast is something to savour and you'll have the time since you're already in the airport. Have as much as you like of every breakfast item imaginable, and if you book your breakfast with us you'll pay a special discounted price.
- Served in La Brasserie: open 06:30-10:30 on weekdays, 06:30-11:00 on weekends
- Breakfast add-on: £30 for 2 adults (£15 each)
Its so nice to be able to sit and enjoy an unhurried breakfast, without worrying about missing your flight. Since the breakfast is a buffet, I tried pretty much everything: sausages, eggs made to order, hash browns, beans, bacon, cold cuts, pastries fruit, cereal, toast. Every kind of breakfast food I could imagine was there - they had to roll me to the terminal.
The breakfast buffet is a set price, no matter how much you eat. So if you know youll only eat a bowl of cereal, it might be better to grab something from the terminal. If youre like me, and have a hearty appetite, the buffet is a great option. You can even save around £4 each when you pre-book it with Holiday Extras.
- Kua bar: open from 17:30-23:00 daily
- La Terrasse bar: open from 07:00-01:00 daily
Where do I start with the bars? Or should I say, which bar do I start the night in! The Kua balcony bar is exotic and lively - its all about the atmosphere. Youll definitely want to don your stilettos. I have to say the Nude Cosmopolitan I had here was one of the most delicious drinks Ive ever had - cranberry juice, cointreau, lime and tequila. Yum! I spent a good couple of hours sampling the cocktails, spinning around on the stylish bar stools and people-watching over the balcony.
La Terrasse bar takes things down a notch - its cosier and more low-key bar. In fact, its a bar of two parts. The first part is a chilled-out Parisian-style cafe in the atrium. The second part is easy to miss, so heres a heads up, the Library is tucked behind the bar. Its the perfect little hideaway where you can stretch out with your drink and a book. La Terrasse also serves light bites throughout the day, like sandwiches, chips and nachos.
- Meet and Greet parking: drop car and collect from outside terminal
- Meet and Greet & Secured parking: hand over keys
- Secured parking: drop car and collect from hotel
Both parking choices are super simple, so youll win either way. Honestly, its splitting hairs to find the differences between meet and greet and secured parking. Id always go for the meet and greet option, though, because convenience and ease is number one for me. Theyll drop your car to you right outside the terminal, and deliver it back there for you - no waiting involved.
The secured parking option is sometimes slightly cheaper, if youre looking to save a few holiday spends. Youll be leaving your car in the hotels car park, ready for the team to take it to their secured car park. Its a fraction further away than meet and greet.
Everything was good - facilities were as described and the staff were very pleasant and helpful. The evening meal that I'd ordered was excellent, very tasty and beautifully presented.
We have travelled many times using Holiday Extras for hotel booking and have always been very satisfied with the service received
I was given a double bed, whilst it was lovely and soft, the mattress its self needs to be changed. As you fall into the dips , so not so comfortable. I arrived at 3 am , that was all fine. the waitress got the wrong door at 7.30 and woke me by banging on the door with breakfast meant for the the next room. An hour later I was woken by housekeeping walking in, so not very happy with them!!
We had a lovely relaxing night before we flew. The hotel was great and the staff friendly and helpful. Access to the Terminal was so easy.
The room and reception were very good but I found the staff in the urban cafe very slow/non-existant in the early afternoon.
Gatwick Sofitel customer reviews
Overall rating: 90% by 2272 guests
Prices starting from just £103.20 per night