In the excitement of booking our trip to Berlin, I stupidly booked a 6 am flight in order to make the most of our first day in the city, rookie error. What I didn’t consider was how we would get to the airport that early on a Saturday morning as there was no way I was going to convince anyone to give up their weekend lay in for an early morning airport run. While researching I found there are so many hotels surrounding Gatwick airport, but in the end I decided to pay a bit extra and stay in one of the hotels located inside the South terminal, a little bit more luxury and a lot more convenience (and an extra thirty minutes sleep!).
Located inside Gatwick’s south terminal the Bloc hotel is easily located by following the signs from the entrance to the terminal. After a swift friendly check in we were given our room key then took the lift up to our room on the fifth floor. The Bloc hotel offers a variety of different rooms to suit your needs, from family rooms to VIP rooms. As we needed a double room we had the choice between booking a ‘sleeping double room’ or the ‘Vista double room’, the difference was the Vista has a window in the room where as the sleeping room doesn’t. All Vista rooms have a large window which gives you incredible views over the runaway, although this means it is more expensive I ended up booking the Vista room just to experience this.
The room itself was compact but efficient and was everything we needed for a one night stay. Beautifully designed with incredible attention to detail, a Samsung tablet is used to give you full control of the lights, window blinds and room temperature from the comfort of your bed, and as a person who is always incredibly cold I can safely say the heating is amazing. Another great feature of the room, if not the best feature, the most comfy king size bed ever! Seriously I need to find out where they purchase their mattresses as it is honestly like sleeping on a cloud.
Another highlight of staying at The Bloc is that all guests receive a discount book in their room, which includes a variety of offers and discounts in the restaurants and bars located in the South Terminal. As we arrived early evening we made the most of this by going for a meal in Giraffe, having never eaten in Giraffe before I was also pleasantly surprised by the wide range of vegetarian options in their menu. After dinner it was so nice to only have to walk a few minutes to be back at our room to get some sleep for our 4am wake up, even better was waking up and taking a casual stroll down to passport control to then board our plane.
While I won’t be staying in an airport hotel for every trip I now will consider it more often for those early morning flights, as it really does ease the stress and tiredness before a plane journey. It also started the holiday earlier as well making a weekend city break seem that bit longer. As I mentioned before there are various hotel options located in and around Gatwick airport but after my experience I would not hesitate to recommend and stay in the Bloc hotel again.