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£103.20*
room-only
£199.00*
including 8 days parking
Connected
to the airport
9/10
customer rating

The ultimate in convenience

The Sofitel Gatwick is the most luxurious hotel on the airport. What's more, it's connected to the North Terminal. Our customers love the two-minute stroll to check-in, award-winning food and extremely comfy beds - no wonder it's our most popular hotel.

We sent our hotel reviewer, Kate Jarvis, to find out what makes it so special and if it's still the most luxurious hotel at the North Terminal. Check out her video review:


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Location

The Sofitel hotel at Gatwick airport is the most luxurious hotel at the North terminal. Connected by a covered walkway, the main North terminal building is just a two-minute stroll from the hotel.

    Key Facts:

  • Sofitel London Gatwick - North Terminal Gatwick Airport, Gatwick, West Sussex, RH6 0PH.
  • North terminal: 2 minutes
  • South terminal: 5 minutes
  • Train station: 6 minutes

Kate's thoughts:

I think the location is without a doubt, the best thing about the Sofitel. You'll be waking up at the North terminal, so you won't need to worry about transferring to the airport or getting stuck in traffic. It makes everything simpler and far less stressful, allowing you to focus on your holiday. Convenience is king, and this hotel has it in spades, but it does make it a pricier option for your airport stopover.

The convenience of waking up at Gatwick's North terminal has to be the winning feature of the Sofitel - it's just a two-minute walk into the North terminal. Not only that, it's just five minutes to the South terminal, and Gatwick's train station, by the free monorail. If you don't get everything you need from the Sofitel, I'd be surprised, but you have the airport at your fingertips and London is just a short train ride away.

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Rooms

When it's time to hit the hay you're sure of a great night's sleep. The bedrooms are spectacular: spacious and stylishly designed, with a Sofitel So Bed™ that is so comfy some people buy them to have at home. You may even be treated to a runway view, but don't worry about the noise of planes overhead: the windows are triple-glazed and superbly soundproofed.

    Key Facts:

  • Check-in: 14:00
  • Check-out: 12:00
  • Double room: one queen-size bed
  • Superior room upgrade: free premium wifi, bottled water, 10% off food and drinks in the hotel
  • Executive room upgrade: free premium wifi, bottled water, chocolate bars, access to the Club lounge and 10% off food and drinks in the hotel
  • Interconnecting rooms available for families of 3 or more
  • Smaller family rooms have an extra double or single bed

Kate's thoughts:

Simply put, the bedrooms are lovely. They're all spacious and spotless, and have, what I think are, the comfiest beds of any Gatwick airport hotel. They're soundproofed as well, so even though you'll be staying right at the terminal, as soon as you draw the curtains, you won't hear a peep. The location has its perks if you're a fan of aviation too. Rooms on the seventh floor are prime spots for plane watchers, since you'll get a great view of the runway.

There's free basic wifi in the rooms and throughout the hotel. It's fast enough to check your emails, but I'd recommend upgrading to premium wifi which runs much faster (fast enough to stream Netflix). Or you can just use your mobile data.

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Restaurants

When it comes to dinner, you won't find more choice under one Gatwick hotel roof than at the Sofitel. Try La Brasserie for breakfast or supper, The Urban Cafe; for snacks and light lunches, or the cool and classy Vanda Restaurant, at the other end of the lobby, which serves Far Eastern and Asian cuisine.

    Key Facts:

  • Vanda Restaurant: open from 12:00-14:30 and 18:00-23:00 daily
  • Urban Cafe: open from 11:00-23:30 daily
  • La Brasserie: open from 18:30-22:30 daily
  • Urban Cafe two-course add-on: £35.90 for 2 adults (£17.95 each)

Kate's thoughts:

Other than its location, the Sofitel's other secret weapon is its food - perhaps not so secret anymore. There are not one, not two, but three restaurants to choose from, all serving beautifully-designed dishes, using locally-sourced ingredients. All three restaurants are a bit on the pricey side, but I think it's well worth the treat.

La Brasserie is an award-winning, fine-dining option. In fact, it's never been without an AA rosette. The menu is full of British classics, with a French twist. Then there's the Vanda Restaurant, which, might I add, is my favourite of the three. The chilled-out atmosphere is perfect for tucking into the delicious eastern delights. The stir-fries and spring rolls were to die for. These two luxurious restaurants do come with a luxurious price-tag, so if saving money is important to you, I'd suggest eating at the Urban Cafe. Plan ahead and pre-book a two-course dinner at the Urban Cafe with Holiday Extras. You'll get two courses for less than you'd normally pay for one, so this is a great deal. The decor feels chic and Parisian, and the food is just as continental.

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Breakfast

Breakfast is something to savour and you'll have the time since you're already in the airport. Have as much as you like of every breakfast item imaginable, and if you book your breakfast with us you'll pay a special discounted price.

    Key Facts:

  • Served in La Brasserie: open 06:30-10:30 on weekdays, 06:30-11:00 on weekends
  • Breakfast add-on: £30 for 2 adults (£15 each)

Kate's thoughts:

It's so nice to be able to sit and enjoy an unhurried breakfast, without worrying about missing your flight. Since the breakfast is a buffet, I tried pretty much everything: sausages, eggs made to order, hash browns, beans, bacon, cold cuts, pastries fruit, cereal, toast. Every kind of breakfast food I could imagine was there - they had to roll me to the terminal.

The breakfast buffet is a set price, no matter how much you eat. So if you know you'll only eat a bowl of cereal, it might be better to grab something from the terminal. If you're like me, and have a hearty appetite, the buffet is a great option. You can even save around £4 each when you pre-book it with Holiday Extras.

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Bars

    Key Facts:

  • Le Ciel bar: open from 17:30-23:00 daily
  • La Terrasse bar: open from 07:00-01:00 daily

Kate's thoughts:

Where do I start with the bars? Or should I say, which bar do I start the night in! La Ciel balcony bar is exotic and lively - it's all about the atmosphere. You'll definitely want to don your stilettos. I have to say the Nude Cosmopolitan I had here was one of the most delicious drinks I've ever had - cranberry juice, cointreau, lime and tequila. Yum! I spent a good couple of hours sampling the cocktails, spinning around on the stylish bar stools and people-watching over the balcony.

La Terrasse bar takes things down a notch - it's cosier and more low-key bar. In fact, it's a bar of two parts. The first part is a chilled-out Parisian-style cafe in the atrium. The second part is easy to miss, so here's a heads up, the Library is tucked behind the bar. It's the perfect little hideaway where you can stretch out with your drink and a book. La Terrasse also serves light bites throughout the day, like sandwiches, chips and nachos.

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Parking

    Key Facts:

  • Meet and Greet parking: drop car and collect from outside terminal
  • Meet and Greet & Secured parking: hand over keys
  • Secured parking: drop car and collect from hotel

Kate's thoughts:

Both parking choices are super simple, so you'll win either way. Honestly, it's splitting hairs to find the differences between meet and greet and secured parking. I'd always go for the meet and greet option, though, because convenience and ease is number one for me. They'll drop your car to you right outside the terminal, and deliver it back there for you - no waiting involved.

The secured parking option is sometimes slightly cheaper, if you're looking to save a few holiday spends. You'll be leaving your car in the hotel's car park, ready for the team to take it to their secured car park. It's a fraction further away than meet and greet.

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Customer Reviews

Our customers rated Sofitel on average 9/10 (3735 reviews).

Sofitel with parking at the hotel

On the day of your stay

Drive to the North Terminal where the hotel is. Your booking confirmation will include driving directions and a postcode for satnavs.

Park in the hotel's car park and hand over your keys at the reception desk on the ground floor of the hotel.

A fully-insured driver will move your car to a secured car park close to the hotel for the duration of your holiday.

Getting from the hotel to the airport

Use the exclusive walkway from the hotel to the North Terminal - it's a 3-minute walk.

To get to the South Terminal, use the walkway to the North Terminal and follow signs to the free monorail. It runs every 3 minutes and takes 3 minutes.

Coming home

Make your way back to the hotel through the walkway. Collect your keys from the reception desk and head outside to pick up your car.

If you return early, let the hotel know so they can make sure your car is ready when you get back.

Sofitel with Long Stay Plus parking

Drop your car off at the Long Stay South car park first. Then take one of the transfer buses to the terminal - they take just 5 minutes and run every 10 minutes, night or day. When you get to the terminal, hop on the free monorail to the North terminal, which will take you to the hotel. In the morning, it's just a two-minute stroll to check-in under a covered walkway.

If you're flying from the South terminal, jump on the free monorail again, which runs every 3 minutes, takes just 2 minutes and runs 24 hours a day.

Sofitel with Long Stay North parking

Drop your car off at the Long Stay North car park first. Then take one of the transfer buses to the terminal - they take just 5 minutes and run every 10 minutes, night or day. Then after a two-minute walk, you'll be at the hotel.

In the morning, it's just a two-minute stroll to check-in under a covered walkway.

If you're flying from the South terminal, jump on the free monorail, which runs every 3 minutes, takes just 2 minutes and runs 24 hours a day.

Sofitel with secured parking

On the day of your stay

Make your way to the hotel. Directions and a postcode for satnavs will be on your booking confirmation if you need them.

Overnight parking is available for £22.50 per car.

Getting from the hotel to the airport

Use the walkway from the hotel to the North Terminal - it's a 3-minute walk.

To get to the South Terminal, use the walkway to the North Terminal and follow signs to the free monorail. It runs every 3 minutes and takes 2 minutes to get to the South Terminal.

Sofitel with Meet & Greet parking

On the day of your stay

When you are about 20 minutes away, call Maple Parking to let them know you are coming.

Drive to the North Terminal where you will find the Sofitel hotel - you'll find the number and driving directions on your booking confirmation.

Meet your Maple Parking driver in one of the Approved Operator bays and hand over your keys. Your return parking instructions will be provided at this point.

Your car will be moved to a secured car park up to six miles away for the duration of your holiday.

Getting from the hotel to the airport

There's a walkway from the hotel to the North Terminal - it's a 2-minute walk.

To get to the South Terminal, use the walkway to the North Terminal and follow signs to the free monorail. It runs every 3 minutes and takes 2 minutes to get to the South Terminal.

Coming home

Collect your luggage and call the car park on the number given on your booking confirmation. On your return you will need to call Maple Parking. Your chauffeur will arrange where exactly to meet you.

Sofitel with Superior Room and Meet & Greet Parking

On the day of your stay

When you are about 20 minutes away, call Maple Parking to let them know you are coming.

Drive to the North Terminal where you will find the Sofitel hotel - you'll find the number and driving directions on your booking confirmation email.

Meet your Maple Parking driver in one of the Approved Operator bays and hand over your keys. Your return parking instructions will be provided at this point.

Your car will be moved to a secured car park up to six miles away for the duration of your holiday.

Getting from the hotel to the airport

There's a walkway from the hotel to the North Terminal - it's a 2-minute walk.

To get to the South Terminal, use the walkway to the North Terminal and follow signs to the free monorail. It runs every 3 minutes and takes 2 minutes to get to the South Terminal.

Coming home

Collect your luggage and call the car park on the number given on your booking confirmation. On your return you will need to call Maple Parking. Your chauffeur will arrange where exactly to meet you.