Review: Yotel Gatwick
Accommodation - Hotel
Gatwick Airport, United Kingdom
Yotel - a bed in Gatwick Airport
If, like me, you have to spend several hours at Gatwick, between arriving, say, from North America and departing for Greece, then the thought of leaving the airport and going to a hotel is a little daunting. I am, let’s say, not as young or as mobile as I once was, I often travel alone, and I hate the thought of being stranded – well, you get the picture.
The answer is the Yotel – a nifty concept based on the Japanese ‘capsule’ hotel, but with the accommodation in the shape of cabins rather than pods. Individual ‘cabins’ feature double, twin or single beds, and are remarkable for the practicality of their design. Disabled facilities are also available in some cabins. Within a compact size, everything you could want for an overnight stay is slotted in with the beautiful precision applied to yacht and aircraft first-class cabin design. Each cabin has luxury bedding, flat-screen TV, music, free WiFi, air-conditioning, mood lighting and a workstation. The en suite bathrooms have monsoon rain showers, quality toiletries and towels.
The Yotel is inside the airport terminal area with access from the public areas. 24 hour cabin service is available for food and drinks.
There are of course no windows, so real claustrophobics should think twice, but the atmosphere is fresh and airy and the soundproofing ensures a quiet sleep. Alarm clocks are thoughtfully provided if desired.
Bear in mind that the pod design means some beds are like bunks and on a higher level so awkward to climb into if you are like me! Specify when booking that you want a lower level bed.
Check-in and room service were quick and efficient and the staff friendly. The neat design means there is ample storage space for small and large objects, but the Left Luggage is right next door if needed.
Prices start at about 25 pounds for a four hour stay, so a full night would cost around 50 pounds.
Full information visit www.yotel.com
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