Review: Sofitel London Gatwick
The Sofitel Luxury Hotel group is a hotel chain that is widely renowned for its elegance, class and sophistication. The Sofitel London Gatwick is merely a step outside of Gatwick’s North Terminal, connected directly via a chic atrium. The hotel is also conveniently located if you need to catch an early morning flight out of the South Terminal, as automated shuttles are operated just outside the atrium.
After a beautiful vacation in France, I flew into London via Heathrow Airport, and stayed for one night at the Sofitel London Gatwick in preparation for an early morning flight back to Trinidad. I was pleased to have spent the extra investment in this type of lodging, as the choices around Gatwick airport are plentiful, however none can really rival the Sofitel’s comfort, style or attention to detail.
Check in was simple and quick. I opted to pay the extra 30 pounds for an early check in, as I was not willing to wait until the stipulated check in time at 2pm. The entire hotel is tastefully decorated and designed with the customer in mind. The flowing water feature that greats you in the reception area creates a Zen environment, and automatically takes you away from the bustling airport just outside.
This feeling of relaxation transfers throughout the entire hotel and climaxes once you enter the spacious and luxurious bedrooms. The on suite bathrooms with dual bathtubs and showers are large and stocked with your essential items. The bedroom itself features a large work desk, comfy couch for reading, eating or merely catching up on your favorite TV serials or news programming via the digitized television/entertainment system which is easy to operate. This system also allows guests access to multiple functions such as wake-up calls or even to authorize an easy check out. My room offered a beautiful view of Gatwick’s runway, and it was quite fun to admire from the large bay windows whilst enjoying a simple dinner before a long night’s rest.
The hotel features a hip café which serves food until 11pm, and a formal restaurant for which reservations are recommended. If you prefer a simpler and much cheaper option, I suggest taking a short stroll to the North Terminal and picking up some goodies from the Mark’s and Spencer’s outlet.
Tips: If you have enough energy reserves, instead of an early check in, why not store your luggage in the hotel’s luggage room, and explore London via the easily accessible National Express Coach services.
If you are flying with British Airways, it is possible to pool your miles with the points you accumulate from staying at this hotel to receive added benefits!
Overall, I am more than pleased with the service offered by the Softiel London Gatwick, and will recommend it to all!