Gatwick Airport is 3 miles north of the centre of Crawley, West Sussex and just 30 miles south of Central London. It is London’s second largest international airport and the second busiest (by total passenger traffic) in the UK. Gatwick is Europe’s leading airport for point-to-point flights. It is home to the world’s busiest single-use runway and is the 9th busiest airport in Europe.
A Brief History of Gatwick Airport
The land on which Gatwick Airport stands was first developed as an aerodrome back in the late 1920s.
The Air Ministry approved commercial flights from the site in 1933, and the first terminal, "The Beehive" was built in 1935. The first scheduled flight departed from the Beehive terminal on 17th May 1936 at 1:30 pm, bound for Paris Le Bourget.
Major development work at the airport took place during the 1950s having been chosen as an alternative to Heathrow (then known as London airport). The airport was closed from 1956-58 for a £7.8 million renovation.
Over the year’s new developments were made and the runway was extended. The airport is a base for scheduled airlines British Airways (BA), EasyJet, Monarch Airlines, Norwegian Air Shuttle and Virgin Atlantic and charter operators such as Thomas Cook Airlines and Thomson Airways.
Attractions near Gatwick
There is plenty for the family to see, do and explore including:
Chessington World of Adventures
This amazing place for families includes:
- Chessington Theme Park with 10 themed lands and over 40 rides and attractions
- Chessington Zoo- come face-to-face with over 1,000 exotic animals, including Lions, Tigers, Gorillas, Monkey's, Penguins and Sealions.
- Chessington Sea Life Centre- packed full of fun exhibitions, including interactive rock pools, daily talks and feeding sessions as well as a breathtaking walkthrough ocean tunnel.
Wakehurst Place has been managed by the Royal Botanic Kew Gardens since 1965. The collections are in general arranged geographically to create an 80-minute walk through the temperate forests of the world.
A visit at any time of the year to Wakehurst will be richly rewarded especially when the Winter Garden is in full colour and the other gardens are closed.
London and Brighton
We are also ideally located for a trip down to the seaside town of Brighton or within a 30 minute train ride you can be enjoying the bright lights and entertainment of London.
Why choose the Holiday Inn London-Gatwick?
If you’re looking for accommodation around Gatwick, then you need look no further. With Gatwick’s North & South terminals just a 5 minute-drive from the Holiday Inn London - Gatwick Airport hotel, we are ideally located to help make your travel arrangements simple and stress-free. Just leave your vehicle in our secure hotel car park and take the short shuttle bus journey to Gatwick Airport.
Here at the Holiday Inn, we look forward to giving you a warm welcome and pride ourselves on delivering the complete getaway or overnight stay experience.
The Holiday Inn London-Gatwick Airport hotel has 216 bedrooms over 5 floors with a choice of rooms. All of them, whether they are Standard, Executive, Family, or Accessible, are tastefully furnished, comfortable and feature all the amenities that our guests need for a relaxing stay.
During your stay at Holiday Inn Gatwick hotel, we hope that you will take advantage of our relaxing Hub Bar and Lounge, and enjoy a hearty, freshly cooked meal in our Traders Restaurant.
We offer various packages for our guests. You can either book a room or you can choose our Park, Stay and Go packages where you leave your car with us.
Our Academy Conference Centre can host your event for up to 360 people. We have air-conditioned meeting rooms with Wi-Fi. So whether you’re planning a large conference, business seminar or even small family celebration with a choice of various conference rooms in Gatwick, we have a space and service to match.
We have the right room at the right price for you.
All of our bedrooms have state of the art TV and High speed internet entertainment systems with Sky Sports in all bedrooms as well as a wide selection of recently released movies to choose from.
Our standard rooms give you a choice of single, twin or double bedded rooms plus a number of inter-connecting rooms. So if you're staying with us for a wedding or a family occasion and want to stay connected to your family then these are a great option.
Enjoy a restful night’s sleep in your Gatwick bedroom with a choice of pillows plus individually controlled air conditioning and double glazed windows throughout.
With your own en-suite facilities in every room, getting up and ready has never been easier.
- Pillow menu
- Complimentary tea & coffee making facilities
- Direct dial telephone
- High Speed Internet Access
- 24-hour room service menu
- Complimentary travel cots (on request)
- Sofa Beds or additional put-up beds (on request)
It’s not just the impeccable service that will make you feel welcome at The Holiday Inn. It is also the fact that we positively welcome muddy feet and sticky fingers!
We offer a range of great quality family sized rooms at distinctly affordable prices, including interconnecting family rooms. Each family room comes with a double bed and sofa bed and on request we can also provide extra put up beds and travel cots making sure the whole family is looked after.
Our stylish rooms offer 24-hour room service, tea and coffee making facilities, an LCD TV and free Wi-Fi. Our family rooms are also equipped with satellite TV with Cartoon Network to keep the kids entertained.
It’s not just our rooms that make us a great family hotel. Here at the Holiday Inn we have a great onsite restaurant – Traders Restaurant - which caters for even the fussiest of eaters All of the family will enjoy our award winning breakfast and there is a great selection of dishes for lunch and dinner.
Why not transform your stay to a luxurious one in our Executive Bedrooms? Including the same features as the standard room, the executive rooms at the Holiday Inn London-Gatwick are ideal for guests wanting a little more for their money.
Offering our guests only the best, our well-appointed executive rooms include complimentary bathrobes for relaxing or getting ready in.
You will find upgraded toiletries that can be used to freshen up with and a room safe to lock away your money, passports and other personal effects that you want to protect while you are out.
Our 24-hour room service is available to all guests, so you can have your breakfast, lunch or dinner delivered to you. If you'd prefer to get out, the Traders restaurant offers a selection of dishes to suite all taste buds.
Executive room facilities include:
- Complimentary tea & coffee making facilities
- Direct dial telephone
- High Speed Internet Access
- Satellite TV
- In-room safe
- Work desk with lamp
- Individually controlled air conditioning
- En-suite bathroom facilities with toiletries
Hub Bar and Lounge
Our modern Hub lounge and bar is perfect for catching up with friends or gathering before going out for the evening. A bar menu is available with a tasty selection to keep you going and a full range of chilled beers, wine and spirits is available. Sky Sports is shown on the widescreen TV so you can watch live events or catch up on the day’s action.
With access to high speed Wi-Fi, you can stay connected and sit back with a hot drink, beer or glass of wine.
We’re not just known for our amazing accommodation and great prices, we’re experts in delivering delicious food to our guests and visitors as well. Traders is one of the best restaurants in Gatwick offering an inspiring wine list.
Our new and improved menus give diners more choice than ever, with incredible flavours and great value prices. Kick off every day of your stay with one of our award-winning breakfasts, or enjoy tasty treats around the clock with our room service menu.
Don’t forget, kids stay and eat free when they’re accompanied by a paying adult. What’s more, our children’s menu has been specially developed to promote healthier eating, with tasty food free of additives, and bursting with fruits and veggies.
Fine dining doesn’t have to cost a premium. At the Holiday Inn London-Gatwick, we’re committed to bringing guests and diners a premier pick of cuisines, with five-star dishes without the overwhelming price tag.
Feast on freshly grilled steaks and savory favourites, all cooked to your personal specification for terrific tastes that’ll please every palate. Looking for something a little lighter? Try a classic Caesar salad or grilled salmon special. You’ll also find plenty of just-baked pizzas, flavourful curries and delicious desserts. Feast on your favourites, or try something new each time you visit.
If you’re staying with us for a special occasion or event then why not treat yourself to an extra special supper and take a seat at the Traders Restaurant. You might want to take advantage of our Stay and Dine Package.
Offering an amazing choice of delicious food designed to cater to all tastes, it’s the perfect place to dine for those looking for the extra special treatment. It’s a great place to eat if you’re staying with us for an anniversary or romantic getaway, you can discover new delicacies or sample our extensive wine selection.
Park, Stay & Go Gatwick Airport
Looking for parking at Gatwick Airport? Avoid the hassle and enjoy a good night's sleep before you travel with Holiday Inn's Park, Stay and Go.
We offer a range of competitive park and stay packages for 4, 8 or 15 days. With just a 5-minute shuttle ride to the South Terminal and 10 minutes to the North Terminal, parking at Gatwick Airport has never been easier. You can park, sleep and travel easy, whether you're on business, with friends or travelling with the family.
This plan allows you to travel down the night before, stay in the hotel and get to their early morning flights with plenty of time to spare, leaving your car parked securely in hotel facilities. When it comes to park and stay, Gatwick is one of the country's most convenient airports.
Please note: all guests leaving their car are required to leave their car keys as your car will be moved from the short term car park to our long term car park located at the back of the hotel.
There is shuttle bus service which runs on a fixed schedule 24 hours a day to and from the Airport. Shuttle bus pick up point is sign posted at Gatwick terminals to Hotel coaches. Our bus is G1 or G3 and it picks up every 15 minutes between the hours of 5am and midnight, and every 30 minutes from midnight to 05am.
The charge to use this service is £3.00 per adult and £1.50 per child payable to the bus driver. Buses G1/G3/G7 departing Gatwick South Terminal from Bus Stop No 9 (ground level) and Gatwick North Terminal from Bus Stop No 8 (ground level).
Park and stay with us and enjoy:
- Secure parking for the duration of your trip.
- 24-hour shuttle bus to London Gatwick Airport – both north and south terminals
- Range of rooms available – including Executive, Standard, Family and Accessible rooms.
- In-room high definition LCD TV and wireless high speed internet access.
- Kids stay and eat free.
- Excellent Traders restaurant and lively Hub bar.
- 24-hour room service.
- Within easy reach of London City centre.
Book online now or call us on 0871 942 9094.
Gatwick conference venues don’t get much better than the Holiday Inn Gatwick Airport. Combining a dedicated business centre, great service and a superb location close to Gatwick Airport, your business event is certain to be a success.
Whether you’re planning a large conference or business seminar, with a choice of different sized conference rooms in Gatwick, we have a space and service to match. Plus, with our spacious break-out areas your guests have lots of room to network and relax while enjoying the light refreshments available throughout the day.
And it’s not just the guests who get to relax. With our events team ensuring the day runs smoothly, you get to relax too. Your business event couldn’t be in safer hands – take a look at our Meetings Service Guarantee to find out more.
Our Gatwick meeting room packages includes everything you need for a successful event:
- Internet access for the meeting organiser
- Hire of your meeting room
- A delicious lunch
- Coffee and tea breaks
- Use of LCD projector and screen
- Flip charts and stationery
- A dedicated team to support you throughout your event
- Check-in early with an overnight stay
Why fight through traffic to get to your meeting? With an overnight stay at the Holiday Inn Gatwick Airport hotel you’re guaranteed to be at your event on time, refreshed and ready to go.
We have a range of offers for everyone.
Kids Stay and Eat Free
Kids up to the age of 18 stay FREE when sharing a family room, and kids under 13 also eat free from our special kid’s menu, when accompanied by at least one full paying adult*.
We understand that your children's health always comes first. With this in mind, we've developed the "Grow Healthy Club". We believe that the earlier we plant the seed that healthy food can be good food, the more your children will enjoy healthy and delicious dishes as they grow up, they grow healthy.
Wherever possible our dishes are free from additives and lower in salt and sugar, plus our clever chefs have ensured they include lots of fruit and vegetables in such a way that your children will look forward to eating their five a day.
*Meal offers apply only to the hotel in which the family is staying and during normal hours of food provision. Not available for room service or with room rates negotiated for groups of 10 or more rooms, travel industry rates or employee rates.
2 Night Special Occasion- Wedding Package
This is the perfect package for those attending a wedding or even the bride and groom. Fly in or arrive the night before the wedding, enjoy the big day and then stay overnight before returning home the next day. Simple. This great package includes:
- 2-night’s accommodation
- Superior executive room upgrade*
- Champagne and chocolates in room
- Award winning breakfast on both mornings
- Luxury toiletries and bathrobes in room
- Late check-out until 6pm*
- Packages start from £88
- Book online now or call 0871 942 9030 quoting IKSOP.
*Terms and conditions apply. Offer is based on two people sharing rooms. Two night’s accommodation must be booked. Upgrade subject to availability.
Stay and Dine this Weekend
The Holiday Inn London Gatwick Airport has everything you need in one package, leaving the rest of your money available to spend on other things. The 2-night Dinner, Bed and Breakfast Package* includes:
- 2 Night Stay in our Standard Bedroom
- Dinner on one evening in any of our restaurants, lounges or bars*
- Award-winning breakfast on both mornings
Book online today or alternatively, call our dedicated reservations team on 0871 942 9030 and quote reference "ISUBD"
*Dine in any of our hotel's restaurants, lounges or bars and spend up to £18 per person per room. Terms and conditions apply.
Upgrade to an Executive Room
For a relatively small fee, this package is also available in our Executive Bedrooms. Make an enquiry with our reservations team today on 0871 942 9030 and quote reference "EXECUTIVE ROOM UPGRADE".
*Terms and Conditions Apply. Based on 2 people sharing. Rooms are subject to availability.
Advanced Saver Deals
If you book over 21 days in advance you can make some fantastic savings on our Bed and Breakfast rates. You can also make good savings by booking up to just 7 days in advance to get one of our saver rates.
We are the perfect choice for those flying out from Gatwick- you can stay the night before the flight and leave your car with us.
We’re also a good option for those wanting to visit the area. Our offers are great for those staying for a wedding or couples who just want a getaway weekend. The whole family (including kids with sticky fingers and muddy feet) will get a warm welcome and we’re in easy travelling distance of Chessington’s World of Adventures.
We are also great for business- with a range of meeting rooms and conference facilities. If people are travelling from overseas for a conference or meeting with you then Holiday Inn London-Gatwick is the perfect location to meet them and for them to stay.
You can book your rooms on-line or why not give us a call on 0871 942 9030 and we’ll sort out your next visit.