Airport hotels are the kind of places you stay for a really short space of time before heading off again so they’d be forgiven for providing the minimal amount of comfort and space when guests are only there for a quick snooze or shower.
But Yotel in Gatwick’s South Terminal proved me wrong and a couple of weeks ago BLOC did too.
Have a look at this.
This is room 844, an 8th floor corner Aspire room looking over the runway in two directions. A complete boys paradise and surely one of the best vantage points in the airport. We arrived late one evening before an early flight to Nice and I’m a complete monster if I don’t get enough sleep so it was important that this room was quiet, but being on the runway I had my doubts.
Didn’t hear a thing. I slept like a dream. It was so quiet and the bed soft as a cloud. And to add to the beauty of this very quiet room there were also blackout blinds ensuring the room was in complete darkness. Brilliant.
Which brings me on to my favourite part of the room. The technology. Everything in the room is controlled by a Samsung Galaxy tablet. No need to faff about looking for light switches or get out of bed to close the blinds. In fact no need to even go to reception and check out, just hit the check out button on the tablet and off you trot. There’s also a flatscreen Samsung LED Smart TV at the end of the bed and Executive level rooms include full Sky in-room packages. Lovely.
The bathroom has a great powerful shower but I will tell you one thing. The bathroom becomes a wet room when the shower is in use so if you have a shower then need to go back in later to brush your teeth or whatnot you’ll be standing in puddles. But if you take off your shoes and socks that’s that problem sorted.
I love the little touches when it comes to hotels and the results of creative and innovative thinking. And I ADORE the BLOC hotel key cards. Airport + hotel obviously = luggage tag room keys. It’s so obvious but I hadn’t seen it before or even thought about it and I think it’s great.
Another brilliant idea that works in this type of hotel although maybe not others, is the ironing room. Again, I hadn’t seen it before, but logistically and operationally it’s a really great idea as it eliminates the need to call housekeeping and for them to bring the ironing board to you, as well as them having to keep track of the ironing boards and go knocking on your door when another guest needs it. You can just walk down the corridor, iron your clothes and go back to your room.
It’s not the most beautiful of rooms but it does the job.
BLOC sits right inside the terminal building with security seconds away. You couldn’t get closer if you tried. Even if you did you wouldn’t find anything so turn around and go back to BLOC.
(I was a guest of BLOC Gatwick)