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(3 star hotel)
including 8 days parking
3.6 miles
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A Mediterranean start to your holiday

It might be just five miles from Gatwick airport in West Sussex, but the great-value, friendly Gatwick Europa hotel has a distinctly Mediterranean flavour. Its unusual architecture, palm trees and geometric floor tiles give it a North African feel - as you relax in the cool courtyard, you wouldn't believe you were just five miles from the airport at this Gatwick hotel. Unwind in the health club, with its pool, gym and sauna, or tuck into an all-you-can-eat roast dinner in the Mediterranee restaurant.

As well as all this Mediterranean luxury, your car will be as comfortable as you are in the on-site Europa car park, which has 450 spaces, so you can be sure of finding a spot for your car. The car park is protected by CCTV, so your car will also be safe. The shuttlebus to the airport leaves every 45 minutes at peak times, and costs £5 per adult for a return. See our Getting there tab for more information and directions.

Relax in the pool, the bar, the restaurant or the courtyards

Our customers rated Europa on average 7/10 (1061 reviews). Read Europa reviews.

Keeping with the theme, the Mediterranee restaurant, overlooking the hotel’s beautiful courtyard garden, offers a breakfast buffet to get your day off to a hale and hearty start, and a self-service carvery in the evenings. The cosy Rafters bar offers light meals from noon till late, as well as a selection of wines, beers and soft drinks.

The hotel also has a Spindles health club on site that has a light, spacious gym with free and fixed weights, bikes and treadmills, and an extravagant, heated indoor swimming pool, designed to flow around Spanish-style archways. There's even a sauna, a steam room and a hot tub.

We recommend the Europa for:

Exotic atmosphere - Its unique decor makes it feel more like a Spanish hacienda than an airport hotel.

Health and leisure - Take care of yourself in the fully-equipped gym, indoor pool, hot tub, sauna and steam room, and get a head-start on your holiday tan in the solarium.

Families and groups - The hotel has more than 60 family rooms, and can provide a cot if you need one; even pets are welcome.

  • Practical, budget-friendly 3* hotel
  • Delicious buffet-style restaurant
  • Relaxed, friendly bar
  • Health Club pool, sauna and gym

The Europa is simple but practical with a big pool, hot tub, sauna and gym. Once you've worked up an appetite, there's a great value buffet-style restaurant, as well as a bar to unwind in. A convenient way to start your trip!

Getting to the airport

The Europa is about a 15-minute drive to both North and South terminals.

A taxi to the airport costs £17.50 for a standard car, £20 for a 6-seater and £30 for an 8-seat minibus each way. Book your taxi at reception when you check in.

Check-in from 4pm. Check-out by 10am.


Parking overnight at the hotel is free if you need it..

This package doesn't include parking while you're away. If you need parking for the duration of your trip, search for an airport hotel with parking instead.


Rooms at the Europa are simple but practical, with everything you need to unwind and relax before your trip.

Rooms include:

  • Tea and coffee
  • TV
  • En suite bathroom
  • Room service (£3 tray charge)
  • Hair dryer
  • Phone

Triple rooms have 3 single beds.

Family rooms for four have one double bed and bunk beds, suitable for 2 adults and 2 children 14 and under.

Family rooms for five have one double bed and three single beds, suitable for 2 adults and 3 children 14 and under.


Wifi is free in public areas oft the hotel. It's also free in your room for up to 20 minutes. You can upgrade to 24-hour' access for £7.


The hotel has:

  • Accessible parking spaces
  • Ramp to entrance
  • Induction loop
  • Accessible rooms on ground floor

The hotel has 3 accessible rooms which include:

  • Emergency pull cords
  • Grab rails
  • Wet rooms


Mediterranean Restaurant – 6.30pm to 9.30pm

Fill your boots with the restaurant's buffet-style carvery, which is served everyday. They also have a salad bar, soups and a tempting selection of desserts to choose from.

The restaurant will be closed from 23rd December 2022 to 2nd January 2023. However, bar food will be available at Rafters Bar during this period.


Rafters Bar – 3.30pm to 11pm (food served 5pm to 10pm)

Serves a range of soft drinks, beer, wines and spirits, as well as light lunches and snacks.


Mediterranean Restaurant – 7am to 9.30am

Fuel up before your flight with a English and continental breakfast. You can expect all the typical items, as well as teas, coffees and juices.

The restaurant will be closed for breakfast from 23rd December 2022 to 2nd January 2023.

Things to do

The hotel has a fitness centre, complete with a gym, sauna and pool. It's £4 per adult per session, £2 per child per session and £1 for towel hire. Children need to be supervised at all times.

The fitness centre is open 6.30am to 8pm on weekdays and 8am to 6pm on weekends.

Good to know

Request a room on the ground floor if you've got lots of luggage, as there isn't a lift.

For even more space in your room, upgrade to an Executive room for £10 on the next page.

Forgotten something? The hotel has a limited supply of basic essentials such as toothpaste, toothbrushes and first aid equipment. Ask at reception for availability.

Europa address

Balcombe Road,
RH10 7ZR

Europa Additional Information

Star rating
AddressBalcombe Road,
RH10 7ZR
Breakfast priceThe Continental breakfast is £9.95 per person.
Disabled facilitiesThe hotel has accessible parking spaces, a ramp to the entrance and induction loops. Accessible rooms are also available on the ground floor, which includes emergency pull cords, grab rails and wet rooms.
Room service
Swimming pool
En-suite bathroom
Trouser press
Phone in room
Satellite TV