Airports aren’t luxurious or comfy places. They’re just not. And when catching an early flight people generally have two options – one) get up unnecessarily early for a train running at a time they didn’t know existed, or two) stay at an airport hotel.
On a recent trip to Portugal I chose the latter and stayed at the four star Sofitel London Gatwick in the North Terminal. Goodbye 3am start and helllllooo soft bed and a 5 minute journey to security. I know who won that day.
Our room was on one of the higher floors and had all the usual bits and bobs. While it wasn’t anything unusual it had a massive cosy bed and a cracking view over the runway which lit up come night time. I drifted off like a baby and heard not one plane land or take off. Zzzzz…
The atrium at the centre of the hotel serves as a great meeting place for a nightcap before hitting the hay so after we arrived and dropped our bags we settled in for the evening with a Caribbean Breeze and a champagne cocktail ordered from the cocktail menu which I noticed was a collection of drinks named after places; a great little touch for an airport hotel which may not be the most glam of locations but a location that is embraced nonetheless. Very smart. Gatwick is so far the only Sofitel property I’ve stayed at (I visited the spa at Sofitel London St James) but this creative touch has really made me want to stay at others to see how/if they embrace their locations in a similar way.
I like to get as much sleep as possible, minutes can make all the difference, so with the security only 5 minutes from the hotel and a speedy check out, Sofitel London Gatwick makes life very easy for guests wanting to maximise their sleep time but still be on time for their flight. No agro here. Just perfect.
Yotel and BLOC are fun airport hotels with quirks, both of which I’ve stayed at prior to early flights and really enjoyed, but Sofitel is a very much more traditional hotel experience. Guests sleep in normal sized beds, there are two bars, three restaurants, a gym, and 24 hour room service while between the others this isn’t always the case. It’s not cheap, rates start at £119 per room per night based on two people sharing, but if you’re looking for a traditional hotel with all the necessary accoutrements for a pleasant stay, Sofitel London Gatwick is your man.
(I stayed at Sofitel London Gatwick on a media rate)