There are loads of reasons for staying overnight at the airport before a flight. Maybe you’re not sure of your exact arrival time (my drive to Gatwick can take anything from an hour and a half to three or four depending on traffic), and don’t want to miss a flight, or maybe your departure time is really early in the morning and you don’t fancy getting up at 2am… Sometimes it’s even a cheap way to get airport parking: a lot of the hotels do an overnight stay/parking deal. Every time I walk past the very stylish entrance to the BLOC Hotel at Gatwick South Terminal, it reminds me of how much I want to stay there. Finally, before a very early flight to Palma last week, I got to experience it for myself when the lovely people at BLOC very kindly put me up for the night. If you’re considering staying overnight at the airport, BLOC Hotel Gatwick is my new favourite. Here’s what to expect.
The unobtrusive entrance, just next door to Premium Security on level 3 at Gatwick South Terminal, hides a labyrinth of compact rooms, accessed from lifts operated only by your BLOC key card.
Rooms are compact (think Yotel-style pods), but very stylish, with crisp white bedlinen accentuated with textiles with gorgeous textures in deep pink and green. The walls and ceilings are clad in various dark wood, textured wallpaper and lush green/gold suede My room had a fabulous view over the airport too.
There’s a desk with a tiny pull-out suede chair if you need to work, with an iPad that controls the lights, aircon and blinds (my room had a stonking view straight out over the runway), plus a small hanging area. The luxury continues in the tiny, but very stylish wet room with sink and toilet.
Okay, so the huge bed takes up most of the room, but if you’re staying overnight at the airport, BLOC Hotel Gatwick is a convenient way to just do what you came for: to sleep and go. Service is unobtrusive and very sweet (I arrived way before my check-in time but was very kindly allowed straight up to my room), and 24 hour assistance is available at the reception and by phone or WhatsApp if needed. So whether you need to borrow an adaptor or a corkscrew, or want to know if you can iron something (yes you can, there’s an ironing room on each floor) someone is always around to help. As the sun goes down, calming purple light fills your room too.
Another bonus is that BLOC have secured some fab discounts at restaurants and bars both before and after security, including 20% at the Grain Store Café and Bar at the South Terminal (after security – perfect for a delicious breakfast), and free extras like drinks or pastries at places like Jamie’s Italian and Joe’s Coffee House.
After a peaceful slumber (you don’t hear the planes – just a soothing rumble as they take off), you can check out via the iPad and be on your way, either straight down to the South Terminal, or via the train to the North Terminal.
My verdict? If you’re staying overnight at the airport, BLOC Hotel Gatwick is a very stylish and convenient way of doing it. Thanks for having me!