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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)

  • Danksy says:

    Thanks for the review… Always interesting to get some views on different options. I normally use the Hilton from LGW. Its good to see a few more offerings opening up!

  • mark2 says:

    I have booked it for 12,000 points + £32.85 in September.

  • Scott says:

    I was looking at this for next month and it’s £84 (advance rate) for a Saturday night stay.
    Can book the Premier Inn for £49.

    Do stay in Hamptons a lot when in the US. Like the similar style they have and not having to pay £15-£30 extra for breakfast.

  • Stuart says:

    I’ve used this hotel several times over the last year o so and always found it a great per-flight stay. The staff are as friendly as any I’ve encountered, the food adequate and the rooms light, airy and well appointed.
    Lets face it, it’s unlikely you’re staying here to use as a base for visiting the highlights of West Sussex, but it is a great option for an early flight.

    • Raffles says:

      Oddly, the hotel website DOES recommend it as a base for visiting the highlights of West Sussex!

      • Pr99 says:

        It is very convenient for…….Reigate town centre with its archy building, a couple of famous gardens along the A23, Pease Pottage services, which always is more enjoyable if you insist on saying it with a French accent.

    • blinky says:

      ‘The staff are as friendly as any I’ve encountered, the food adequate and the rooms light, airy and well appointed.’

      Adequate food etc is a pretty good recommendation for the UK, it’s about as good as you are likely to find.

  • Helen says:

    We have used this hotel many times when we had early morning BA flights, very convenient & quick to get to check-in. Great value for 2 people, breakfast is good with loads of choice. Somewhat limited on food in the evening but we just nip over the road to The Premier Inn who have a better menu.

  • Nick M says:

    For some reason I kept reading Gatwick as “Glasgow”… I think I need more sleep!

    Does anyone know if you can add parking to a HHonours redemption? And if so, what prices are like?

    • pauldb says:

      If it helps, most LGW meet & greet services operate from outside the Premier Inn but a few (we used ACE) meet you in the Hampton car park; technically a fenced area of the same car park. So you can drop your car with them and you are 20m from the Hampton back door (across the service road north of the hotel by lift/bridge).
      Combined with easyJet’s night-before checkin and quick grab-it breakfast we found this very hotel perfect reducing the pain of an early departure.

      • Ian says:

        Far better to use long stay parking with the Hilton at Gatwick.

        Much better hotel and nice lounge.

        • pauldb says:

          For a 8hr overnight, more expensive hotel, more expensive parking (possibly) and more hassle/time with the car. As the Hampton is perfectly pleasant, not thanks.

  • Jen T says:

    Have you tried the Bloc hotel? We think it’s excellent but would be good to know how you would rate the Hampton against it. Like another poster, we’ve stayed in plenty of Hampton properties in the US but the European offering is normally quite different!

  • mark2 says:

    I see that there is a ‘get 60% extra HHonors points’ add at the top and my wife has received an email to that effect, but my email offers 80%.

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