Early flights are the bane of travelling, especially if your departure airport is far away.
Travelling a lot often means late departures, crazy early starts, long layovers and the worst of all, delayed flights.
YOTELAIR London Gatwick
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What is YOTELAIR London Gatwick?
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 delectable 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.
This means 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.
YOTELAIR London Gatwick South Terminal
YOTELAir [the use it’s full and proper name] is based in the South Terminal London Gatwick Airport. It is conveniently located moments away from the departure and arrival gates.
It is one of the best hotels in Gatwick Airport if you are looking for a hotel that is located in the airport and is reasonably priced.
The quirky hotel is also just a short ride from Gatwick’s North Terminal. this means that 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 at Yotel. All the cabins come with an array of smart, innovative and compact facilities.
Yotel check-in is completed via their ‘Mission Control’, the hotel’s reception.
The check-in process was super fast and really straight forward and the staff were friendly and helpful.
When we checked in, we were offered a complimentary hot drink and we were informed that there were a range of items for sale if we needed anything extra?
Extra amenities include toothbrushes, coffee cups, alarm clocks, earplugs and fans. Mission Control is available and ready to help 24/7.
How much does Yotel cost?
How to book
Yotel has a set of day rates with a minimum of 4 hours stay. This is perfect if you just need somewhere to crash for a few hours.
Yotel Standard Cabin Rates start from:
- 4-hour usage from £42
- 6-hour usage from £52
- 8-hour usage from £62
We stayed in a Premium Queen Cabin that sleeps 2 for our stay at Gatwick Airport and the rate was £79.00 for an overnight stay.
You can search for the best Gatwick hotel deals on Booking.com.
Our premium cabin was extremely futuristic looking and compact. “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.
Yotel Gatwick cabins
I have to admit, I was quite impressed with space in our premium cabin. Our cabin had a flatscreen TV, super-fast WiFi and an ensuite bathroom with monsoon shower.
The small but efficient cabin featured a 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.
Your lighting choices 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. Thankfully, I have grown accustomed to his night time oddities over the years.
Yotel Gatwick food
There is also unlimited tea, coffee and hot chocolate included in your Yotel stay, available from ‘mission control’
If you are hungry Yotel has a hot and cold food menu and drinks menu to order from, for an extra charge.
The YOTELAIR menu includes:
- Pizzas: Margarita, Pepperoni and Chicken & Bacon
- Panini: Mozzarella, Sundried Tomato & Pesto and Chicken & Pesto
- Chicken Tikka Masala with rice
- Vegetable Lasagne
- Ben & Jerry’s ice-cream pots
- Noodle pots: Vegetable or Chicken
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.
Yotel breakfast Gatwick Airport
If you ate in a hurry to catch your flight, you can order a super speedy continental breakfast at Yotel, which will be ready for you upon check out.
Yotel has a great selection of convenient breakfast items including:
- Eat Natural muesli bar
- Freshly baked croissant
- Fruit yoghurt
- Fair-trade apple or orange juice
- Any hot drink – coffee, tea or hot chocolate
Did you know that for just £6.95 per person Yotel can add a continental breakfast directly to your hotel booking.
You can also order your continental breakfast directly from Mission Control when you arrive, they are open 24/7.
Gatwick airport extras
Why not book your Gatwick airport extras in advance? You can book your Gatwick airport parking online and save up to 70% by booking in advance.
If you want to make money by parking at Gatwick airport, you can also book your parking with Car & Away.
Car & Away is a person car-sharing service that matches car renters to car owners in a very simple and transparent way.
Start your journey the right way by booking a Gatwick airport longe online and save money by booking in advance!
Gatwick is a crazy busy airport, so after a rested night at Yotelair, why not continue relaxing at a VIP lounge and avoid the busy terminals?
Buy a Gatwick lounge pass for access to one of their fabulous VIP Lounges where you can unwind with free drinks and snacks before you fly.
Why stay at Yotel?
YOTELAIR is certainly a convenient and modern sleeping space and an ideal place to crash before a trip.
I often have super early flights departing from Gatwick airport as part of my work as a travel writer.
It is actually great to arrive at the airport the night before and get some sleep, rather than travelling through the night as I normally do.
This means I don’t arrive at a new destination sleep-deprived and frankly, not smelling particularly great after a non-stop journey.
I find that Yotel is the best budget hotel at Gatwick airport considering that it is located right inside the airport.
The cabins are modern and efficient and provide everything you need for a good night’s rest that won’t break the bank.
Would you book a stay at Yotelair Gatwick? Let me know in the comments below!
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