Rob had sent me to Bordeaux to review the InterContinental Bordeaux – Le Grand Hotel – that article should run next Tuesday. As I had an early morning flight, the logical conclusion was for me to have a look at the Hampton by Hilton London Gatwick Airport the night before.
It’s so easy to find that I had problems finding it. Let me explain.
I took the train from central London to Gatwick’s south terminal and then the transit to the north terminal. I couldn’t see any signs for the Hampton by Hilton and somehow ended up in the departure area (and decided to have my flight ticket printed as BA was having issues with their app).
When I went back down, I finally saw signs (in between a lot of easyJet orange) pointing towards the end of the easyJet check-in. The hotel website could have simply said ‘follow the orange’.
Check-in was quick and simple and the staff were friendly.
The room had everything you need when spending just a few hours awake in a hotel:
A bathroom with shower. Toiletries were limited to shampoo, conditioner, shower gel and soap.
A window facing construction works.
A kettle and instant coffee – oh how I love instant coffee …..
A decent sized TV.
A desk – I bought a new small laptop for travel reasons so the size was ok.
And most importantly a comfortable bed.
The 2 hours I was awake, I spent at the bar.
I really wanted to eat a salad but ‘unfortunately’ I ordered food after 10pm, was therefore too late for the healthy option and my dinner looked like this:
I had to get up at 5:30am – way too early for me to eat breakfast. But did have a look at the breakfast room which looked ok. The red plastic trays however were bothering me a bit …..
Continental breakfast is being served from 4am. After 6am you can get proper English breakfast which, judging by the number of serving containers, should not have left you hungry. Breakfast is FREE at Hampton by Hilton hotels which is a major selling point.
There was no time for that though. I decided to have a bite in the ‘BA alternative’ No 1 Traveller lounge instead …. not my greatest idea ever as you will see.
As a Hilton HHonors redemption you are looking at 30,000 points per night. Based on Rob’s valuation of 0.3p per point, this is not a bad place to spend them. A room is typically £100 midweek and £90 at the weekend.
The Hampton by Hilton Gatwick Airport did its job. It was new, it was clean, the room was an acceptable size and, most importantly, it was an easy walk to and from the north terminal. I didn’t want to be messing around with shuttle buses at 5.30am and with the Hampton it wasn’t necessary. Job done.
You can find out more about the hotel, and book, on this page of the Hilton website.
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