It will soon become obvious that the Bloc Hotel in Gatwick Airport, London, is not a hostel.
Not even close.
But the majority of the flights I take to Europe are with budget airlines like RyanAir and easyJet, which often leave at very awkward times of the morning.
Awkward for me is 7am, as no trains leave from my hometown to arrive in time. Which means the closer to Gatwick I can get before my flight the next morning, the better.
And it doesn’t get much closer than the Bloc Hotel.
Bloc Hotel Gatwick Airport, London
Located in the departures lounge of South Terminal Gatwick, the Bloc Hotel has enabled me to literally roll out of bed in the morning and arrive at my departure gate within the space of half an hour.
The entrance is situated between the male and female toilets opposite WHSmith, and once through the automated doors take the lifts on your left to the second floor to the check-in desk.
I’ll be honest, I feel like a bit of a princess every time I enter the purple tinted room of the Bloc Hotel and sink into the crisp white, thick duvet of the double bed.
There are a choice of rooms at Bloc ranging from twin bunk bed rooms, double rooms without a window, double rooms with a vista view, and the VIP room.
I have taken doubles with and without the window and it didn’t make much difference to me – although it is fun to watch the lights of the Gatwick runway after dark!
Whilst half of the room is taken up by the huge bed, the other half is split between a small corridor to hang your jackets, and a glass wet-room with a warm and powerful shower.
Always spotlessly clean and with a huge mirror, the use of space in the Bloc Hotel rooms is really great!
Finally, all the lights in the room are controlled by a tablet set into the wall next to the bed, as is the air conditioning.
Essentially, the rooms are modern and small enough so that you really have everything you need at your fingertips – whilst still being super cosy and comfortable!
With the ability to control the room from the tablet in the wall – which is also what you use to check out in the morning – the only interaction you really have with the staff is to check-in and then when you hand your key in the following morning.
And I have to say that I have always been very impressed with the customer service at the reception desk! The staff are very welcoming, making sure to explain how everything works in the room and I’d have no problem going to them with questions.
Needless to say, the rooms at Bloc are a little pricier than your average hostel. You can get a double room in advance from £66 – which I don’t mind paying every once in a while. Especially considering that I have to sleep at the airport because I have booked a budget flight for early in the morning.
If there are two of you – the cost averages at around £33 which is well worth it for a good night’s sleep!
It should be noted that I wasn’t compensated in any way for this review.
I’ve just come to depend so much on the great service and good night’s sleep I get at the Bloc Hotel Gatwick that I thought you guys should know about it too!
Lots of love,