The Copthorne Gatwick hotel is ideally located, just minutes from Gatwick International Airport and the M23 motorway with easy access to the many attractions in the local area such as Wakehurst Place, Brighton Sea Life Centre, Leonarslee Gardens, Nymans Gardens and Lingfield Park Race Course.
For business reasons, I am a frequent guest at this hotel. On average, I stay 2 nights every other week. The property is about 10 minutes from Gatwick airport. First let me say, this hotel will not be for everyone. I love the quaint British charm of the buildings and gardens. There is nothing more relaxing than afternoon tea by the pond or out on the lawn, weather permitting, of course. This is an old farmhouse and stable that was converted to a hotel in 1976 I think. They have done a good job mainting it's charm and character clearly evident in all areas of the hotel. There are two bars, one on either side of the lobby. Both offer a fair selection of liquor, wine and beer/cider. There are a few items on the bar menu. My favorite is the Padana pizza. It is simply delicious and a good size for 2 to share. There are 3 restaurants, 4 if you count the library bar where I notice many people like to eat. I have not tried the formal restaurant, but the food at the others is of good quantity, quality and all at a fair price. I had the buffet 2 nights ago for the first time and really enjoyed that as well. The breakfast can be included if you buy the package. To be exact, there are sunny side up eggs, scrambled eggs, black pudding, hash brown potato patties, sausage, ham, tomato, mushrooms, baked beans, a selection of pastries and bread, apple/orange/grapefruit juice, coffee/tea, a limited selection of fruit(some of which is from a can), cheese and cold cut meats. The breakfast is buffet style. There is a gym if you desire with a small pool, spa and fitness classes. Very nice gym, but not a lot of equipment. I always find my room to be comfortable. It's all in your bed preference. These are on the firmer side, but not uncomfortable. Good water pressure makes for an invigorating shower. There are some toiletries in the bathroom. Hot towel racks are excellent. The windows in the rooms do open partially. There is coffee, tea and hot chocolate in the rooms. The hotel is a short taxi ride to the town of Crawley for some shopping and more dining options. The staff here is excellent. I've never, not once had any issue with anyone and it's been a few years I have been coming. My best to Joaquim, Rubel and Kinga stars among the best staff any organization could ask for.
Clean, good breakfast, friendly staff ( especially the Portuguese drivers !) Free access to LA gym, squash, etc ... Transport in and out of the airport works fine. 10 min from airport, 5 min from Crawley.
"Cozy English Charm"
I loved staying at this hotel! It used to be a farm house and our room had old beams. The grounds are lovely and there is a public walking path. Set in the countryside but still close to local shops and restaurants this hotel was perfect.
We wanted a great start to our holiday and as we had a long haul flight in the morning of August 28 th.2016 we also needed a good night's sleep. We could not have chosen better. Right from the start, parking the car for its 23 night stay , was made easy by the attentive staff in the car park. Reception were courteous and although our room was not ready while we enjoyed a drink in the bar a member of the reception team came to us informing us that we could get in early as our room was now ready. The room was clean and up to date. Our bathroom was great. My wife enjoyed her soak in a full size bath. We stayed on the grounds of the hotel wAlking around the excellent grounds on a lovely sunny day. In the evening we had the excellent self service buffet for a price which you would pay in the a normal town. Our room was on a ground floor and was quiet . With a comfortable bed and a quiet we both enjoyed a wonderful sleep. Our taxi which was booked through the hotel reception arrived dead at 7.15 am. We really could not have off to a better start. Thank you to all the staff for helping to get our holiday off to an excellent start.
We stayed here because it is close to Gatwick and offers secure parking. Being away ten days and with a late flight coming back (was supposed to arrive 10pm and wasn't in until nearly 1.00am) we stayed before and after. The parking was good, on site and secure... no complaints there. The room on the first night was average... having asked for a twin it was not a 'superior' room and pretty cramped but had everything one needed if all a bit shabby and uninspiring. Our daughter and son-in-law had a much nicer 'superior' room. We ate an evening meal which was really dire. It was overpriced and even for 'pub grub' it was, frankly, unacceptable. I had fish and chips (the usual short choice for non meat eaters)... it was an anaemic looking battered fish of the sort one might buy from Iceland with limp chips and a stodge of mushy peas. The rest of the family had very basic burgers. We were really hungry so ate most of it. We noticed that the other couple eating there took a few bites of their Pizzas and left the rest! We slept OK and went for the breakfast which we had pre-booked. (Under £10 if you prebook saving about £4 each). Lots of waiters buzzed around a busy breakfast room. My decaf coffee was weak and the orange juice tasted as if it was reconstituted. My breakfast was an even bigger disappointment than the dinner. Plastic fried eggs, catering beans, tasteless 'canned' mushrooms, and a rock hard hash brown meant I picked at it and left most of it. Maggie's bacon was overcooked and the rest as unappetising as mine. At £28 for two (full price) I cannot imagine how much is profit when my local 'greasy spoon' can produce twice as much at ten times the quality for half the price! On our return visit we had book the only 'disabled room'. The narrow twin beds are equipped with hard foam pillows that don't mould to your head. So we had less than five hours sleep. The shower over the bath (in a disabled room!) was a dribble and the narrowness of the bath made showering for someone like me with balance problems very precarious. I held on to the fold down seat which folded down! A large bathroom with plenty of room for a wheelchair should surely be a wet room! We ate the one tiny biscuit provided with the tiny packets of coffee and left, naturally forgoing the terrible breakfast.
Credit cards accepted by the hotel: Visa - MasterCard - American Express
Check-in: 2:00 PM , Check-out: 12:00 PM