Cambridge Hotel at Gatwick Airport

19 Bonehurst Road, Horley, Surrey, RH6 8PP

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Customers' rating: Rated 'Great' by 849 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.

Stay went very smoothly. The room was fine, the food was good and the staff were helpful. Could not ask for anything more.

Mrs Blackburn (Gatwick Cambridge)

My car was damaged on return. There was no one there (other than a receptionist who couldn't help) when we picked the car up at midnight and no call back since then

Mrs Potter (Gatwick Cambridge)

Everything was much better than we imagined it would be compared with previous stay/park establishments.

Mr Ashman (Gatwick Cambridge)

Great hotel as always nice and convenient for the airport, helpful staff and the restaurant is great with good quality food at a reasonable cost.

Mr Boddey (Gatwick Cambridge)

Facilities were safe and secure. A little congested but okay. Service could do with improvement where keys are concerned but we had no problem.

Mr Coombes (Gatwick Cambridge)

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Overall rating: 86% by 2288 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

Check-in is from 3pm.


- 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.
- Turn right at the next roundabout, 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.

A shuttle bus operates to both terminals 24 hours a day, every 30 minutes, take just 10 minutes and cost £3 per person, each way.

Checking Out

Check-out is by 11am.

Get the shuttle bus to the terminal. Buses run to both terminals 24 hours a day, every 30 minutes, and take 10 minutes. They cost £3 per person, each way.

Getting to and from Gatwick airport

On the day of your stay:

  • Drive to the Cambridge - your confirmation email will include driving directions and a postcode for satnavs.
  • Park in the hotel car park and head inside to check in.
  • You’ll need to leave your keys with the hotel so your car can be moved to a secured car park close to the hotel while you’re away.

Getting from the hotel to the airport:

  • The hotel runs a 24-hour shuttle bus to and from both terminals which takes around 10 minutes.
  • The journey costs £3 per person each way.
  • We recommend leaving plenty of time to get to the airport in the morning as the bus only has 8 seats and operates on a first come, first served basis.

Coming Home:

  • Collect your luggage, then head outside to the pick-up point - it’s bus stop 9 at the south terminal and bus stop 8 at the north terminal.
  • Call the hotel and request the shuttle bus to take you back to your car; the number will be on your confirmation.
  • Pick up your keys from reception and drive home.

Cambridge address

19 Bonehurst Road,

* Prices quoted are for stays on the 22-04-2018, valid as of 20-02-2018