I have travelled extensively over the years, I’ve hiked through the Australian outback, scuba dived off Thai islands, backpacked across Canada, road tripped in America, got lost in rural Bosnia and sipped cocktails on a rooftop bar in Palestine. I spent the entirety of my 20’s as a broke backpacker and I slept on many an airport floor to save a few pounds. Now i’m a little older, a little less broke and a full-time travel writer, I am far less inclined to crash out in the departure lounge.
Travelling a lot often means late departures, crazy early starts, long layovers and the worst of all, delayed flights. So what’s a girl to do to get some much-needed rest at the airport? Luckily, I had the opportunity to experience YOTEL Hotel Cabin at Gatwick airport before our ridiculously early flight to Finland, so I have written a review of YOTEL, so you can learn more about this innovative hotel chain.
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If you’re thinking that YOTEL sounds familiar, it’s because this hotel chain was founded by the YO! Company, the guys that brought us sushi on a conveyer belt. YOTEL’s have 3 city hotels but are largely located in airports including Paris Charles De Gaulle, London Heathrow, Schipol Amsterdam and London Gatwick. The YOTELAIR hotels are located right inside airport terminals and are bookable by the hour, so you can get a whole night’s rest or just have somewhere luxuriously cosy to curl up in for a few hours. There are also extra amenities such as complimentary hot drinks and water available at the 24/7 reception, or ‘mission control’ as they adorably call it.
YOTEL London Gatwick Airport is in the South Terminal of the airport, moments away from the departure and arrival gates and a short ride from the North Terminal, meaning you can roll out of your cabin and onto your flight in a very short space of time. You can choose from standard, premium and premium twin cabins, all with an array of smart and compact facilities.
As a price guide, you can expect to pay from £39 for 4 hours or more and £62 for an overnight stay in Standard Cabin for 1. £52 for 4 hours or more and £85 for an overnight stay in a Premium Cabin, or Premium Cabin Twin for 2. We stayed in a Premium Cabin for our stay at Gatwick Airport. Our cabin was extremely futuristic looking, “It’s like being in a sci-fi film” husband Luke excitedly proclaimed, “like we’re on a posh spaceship”. Thank Thor he is cute.
I have to admit, I am quite impressed with space, Our cabin had a flatscreen TV, WiFi, ensuite bathroom with monsoon shower, pull out table, adjustable lighting, under bed storage for your bags and best of all, a retractable bed that turns into a sofa. My inner child was simply delighted that you could press a button to move the bed back and forth. I am very easily amused.
You can also choose from a range of lighting, from full brightness right through to funky purple, depending on if you need to do some work or if you want to relax. I was a big fan of the purple mood lighting for drifting off to sleep. It was a very comfortable sleep in our room and it was so quiet considering we were right in the middle of a busy, international airport. In fact, the only noise was Luke’s snoring and occasional shouting in his sleep, which I have grown accustomed to over the years.
There is also unlimited tea, coffee and hot chocolate included, as well as a hot and cold food menu and drinks menu to order from, for an extra charge. You can pick from Singapore Noodles, Thai king prawn curry and from a selection of pizzas and paninis. You can order from ‘mission control’ and they will bring your food to you, to enjoy in your cabin. You can either eat on the fold-out table or, if you are feeling a little indulgent, why not have yourself a little bed picnic? After all, you’re on your holidays.
YOTELAIR is certainly a convenient and modern sleeping space and an ideal place to crash before a trip. Given that our flight to Finland was at 5:45 am, it was great to arrive at the airport the night before and get some sleep, rather than travelling through the night as we normally do and arriving at our destination sleep deprived and frankly, not smelling particularly great after a non-stop journey.
I’ve teamed up with YOTELAIR to offer one lucky reader the chance to win one night’s accommodation in a cabin of their choice at the airport location of their choice, from Paris Charles De Gaulle, London Heathrow, Schipol Amsterdam or London Gatwick. I will be running the Competition on my Twitter account from March 3rd, 2018 until March 22nd, 2018, where a winner will be announced at 12 noon. To enter, simply follow me @pip_says and @YotelHQ on Twitter and RT the competition tweet, or use the #CleverTravel hashtag and share a travel tip with@YotelHQ in order to enter. It’s that simple. Good luck and get tweeting to win a great night’s sleep in luxury airport accommodation.