Today I am taking a long haul flight by budget airline, Norwegian Air. Since it leaves midday, I wanted to be at the airport with plenty of time to spare. So, I decided to hop on the National Express the day before and spend the night at the Bloc Hotel, located at Gatwick’s south terminal on level 3, before security.
I’ve stayed here twice before, so I decided to write about it as it’s a great option if you find yourself needing a bed to lay on whilst at Gatwick. Now, let’s not avoid the obvious, let’s talk about price! I paid £79 on hotels.com and the average price on that site seems to be around £88. It’s about the same directly on Bloc’s site as well. There are a few hotels located at Gatwick’s terminals, and this is the second cheapest. If you want a cheaper price, you can opt for a windowless room at Bloc, or at Yotel located on level 2. I chose a window as I like to see the planes.
The idea behind Bloc Hotel is simple – it’s a place to rest at the terminal which is price conscious but also stylish in a minimalist setting. Now, it is a small space at 108 sq ft for the room I have. But since I’m only resting here for around 12 hours, I’m one of those people who just needs a shower and a place to lay my head.
The bed has a semi firm mattress which may suit a lot of people, and the duvet and pillows were super soft which I loved.
There’s a light switch by the door, but you can also control the lighting via the touch pad above the bedside table, next to the complimentary water. You can also use it to control the electronic window blind.
The bathroom is very sleek, and they provide aromatic hand soap and shampoo/body soap made by The Scottish Fine Soaps Company. There’s also a hair dryer provided in the room .
It is small, so I couldn’t get a full shot. The toilet shower combo can be tricky as there’s not a separate shower space; it’s all next to the toilet, so it all gets wet. I do love the rainforest shower head, which makes up for the awkward space.
All in all, I really enjoy staying here. It’s small and no frills, but comfortable and a refreshing place to rest before your onward journey. If you need a place to stay whilst at Gatwick, this is a great option and one I’ll use again. Thanks for reading and Happy Traveling!