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My review of the Hampton by Hilton London Gatwick Airport hotel

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This is my review of the Hampton by Hilton London Gatwick Airport hotel.

Rob had sent me to Bordeaux to review the InterContinental Bordeaux – Le Grand Hotel. 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.

Hampton Gatwick

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’.

review of the Hampton by Hilton London Gatwick Airport

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.

review of the Hampton by Hilton London Gatwick Airport

A window facing construction works.

review of the Hampton by Hilton London Gatwick Airport

A kettle and instant coffee – oh how I love instant coffee …..

review of the Hampton by Hilton London Gatwick Airport

A decent sized TV.

review of the Hampton by Hilton London Gatwick Airport

A desk – I bought a new small laptop for travel reasons so the size was ok.

review of the Hampton by Hilton London Gatwick Airport

And most importantly a comfortable bed.

review of the Hampton by Hilton London Gatwick Airport

The 2 hours I was awake, I spent at the bar.

review of the Hampton by Hilton London Gatwick Airport

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:

review of the Hampton by Hilton London Gatwick Airport

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 …..

review of the Hampton by Hilton London Gatwick Airport

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.

review of the Hampton by Hilton London Gatwick Airport

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.

My verdict on the Hampton Gatwick Airport hotel

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 hotel 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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Comments (49)

  • AndyGWP says:

    I’m curious as to how much the pizza cost, and did it do the job? 🙂

    • Raffles says:

      I need to dig out her expenses claim!

    • Brian says:

      Yes, I was rather surprised that there was no mention of how good (or bad) the food was, given that this is supposed to be a review! To be honest, this article reads more like a list than a review – it says that there is a bed (which is good, just in case we thought there wasn’t one…), but doesn’t mention if the bed is comfortable or not, it mentions that Anika spent two hours in the bar, but doesn’t say whether the range of drinks is good, or if they are reasonably-priced, etc etc. There is very little in this article to give the reader much of an idea as to whether it’s worth paying to stay here.

      • Rob says:

        Not sure I’ve ever covered a bar list! It is not dissimilar to my Helsinki Airport Hilton review – straight in, straight out, all you need to know is that it is next to the terminal and it won’t kill you!

        Difficult to review a pizza imho.

        • Brian says:

          Fair point! :))

        • Susan says:

          “difficult to review a pizza” ?????? Come to Rome and we’ll give you a masterclass 😉

          • Fenny says:

            To paraphrase the 2 sentences my friend thinks everyone should learn in as many languages as possible –
            “Two pizzas and a bottle of red, please. My friend is paying.”

  • Johnnycl says:

    Great hotel for convenience, would stay here over the Hilton any day.

  • Corrine says:

    We stayed here in December 15, paid 12,000 pts plus £30ish. For 2a and 2ch, we were upgraded to a corner room. Lovely room, great service and I personally really recommend.

  • Dale says:

    Not the most comprehensive review, and agree certainly not the best use of 30k hhonors points, if you have status then the short trip across to the Hilton at South Terminal is much better value, and often cheaper even for cash than this Hampton. having said that, it is new, clean and convenient.

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