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Gatwick Airport - tip for overnighters

We have stayed at Gatwick Airport three times now , usually before an early transatlantic flight home .

Two days ago we arrived at 7:30 am from west coast Canada , a very long flight and journey ( as we live on island so travel to our departure airport takes at least 4 hours including a ferry ride ) . The next day at 8 am we had a flight to Prague - so decided to stay at an airport hotel and just store our luggage pre check in and then take off for the day to Brighton ( super easy direct 25 min train ride ).

We booked at the Hampton Suites by Hilton . Never stayed there before but got a good rate that included breakfast . 110 gbp .

Guess what , they will not store luggage before check in . So ok , we figured luggage storage .

Wanted 12.50 gbp per bag - so our two cases ( 22 , 24 inch ) and two carry on bags - would have cost us 100 gbp !!! Ridiculous .

So we go to our hotel and ask for early check in fee .

79 gbp !!!!!!

Insane .

So we go to the Bloc hotel ( and we have stayed there before so knew rooms were small ) - 39 gbp for day rate (9-4) - booked it !

Have our luggage “ storage “ - a quick shower , and a place to stretch out for an hour to rest before we went to Brighton !

Even if you just use it as luggage storage it’s better than paying 12:50 per bag !

Posted by
8632 posts

An example of 'outside the box' creative solution.

Good going!

Posted by
7607 posts

Oh my gosh Pat that is absolutely outrageous that your hotel would not store luggage for you. I am very impressed you found an excellent solution!!

Hope you are now happily enjoying Prague.

Posted by
11450 posts

Sorry Emma I was already thinking in dollars - 50 £ being about 100 Canadian !