I had a very early morning flight so rather than pay expensive taxi fares or risk missing the flight due to a cutting it fine train journey, I had the opportunity to stay at the Bloc Hotel Gatwick. Conveniently situated right in the south terminal you can’t really get any closer to the check in desks. It is also about a 30 second walk from Gatwick train station.
On arrival at the Bloc hotel Gatwick, make sure you allow a total of shall we say , a whole 20 seconds to check in…yep, assuming you have booked the room online it is just a case of saying your name and reception will hand over your key card, and a convenient free wifi code and then you can go and jump into bed.
My room was on the fifth floor and when I stepped out of the lift I was pleasantly surprised at the gorgeous smell wafting along the corridor. I certainly wasn’t expecting that in an airport hotel.
Prices at the Bloc hotel Gatwick start at £59 and I stayed in a double windowless ‘Sleep’ room, 9.5 sq m in size. Although this is a windowless room I was arriving at night and leaving very early when it would still be dark, and not having a window didn’t matter at all.
A Samsung Galaxy tablet attached to the wall controls the lights and air conditioning. I loved the ambient lighting, but as much as I kept trying to lower the temperature it was very warm in the room, so maybe I was doing something wrong but I’m not sure what.
A nice touch, considering the low cost of the room, was two complimentary small bottles of evian on the small bedside/desk table.
All the rooms have a Samsung LED smart television with cable/satellite television. My room had a king size bed and it was very comfortable with four good sized pillows and a duvet.
The bathroom at the Bloc hotel Gatwick is a wet room so be prepared for the whole room to get wet when using the shower. The shower was very powerful so that ticked an important box for me. The towels provided were very fluffy and there were even bath sheets.
Zenology hair and body wash, and a hand soap were provided. One very small gripe was the fierce toilet roll holder which would only allow me one square of toilet paper at a time, extremely frustrating, and if I tried to get any more it had ‘teeth’ that kept catching my fingers.
There isn’t a wardrobe in the room but considering these are supposed to be handy pit stops I really wouldn’t expect anything else, a couple of hangers were provided with hooks so I could get out a few bits if I wanted to.
You may think that because you are in the heart of Gatwick’s south terminal it would be noisy, but absolutely not, in fact it was very quiet and I didn’t hear one plane. The only noise I heard was in the morning when people were wheeling their suitcases past my door.
Full marks to Bloc Hotel Gatwick
I would highly recommend the Bloc hotel Gatwick, it is somewhere I would stay again to avoid a middle of the night mad dash to the airport. I was very impressed with the high standard, the cleanliness of the bedroom and wet room, the comfortable bed, the shower and above the ease of checking in and out in seconds and being on the doorstep of the check in desks. I certainly didn’t expect such luxury at these prices so full marks to Bloc.