From the comfort of your den-like bed you can control the blinds, choose your lighting, sort the temperature and even check out, although you should probably get out of the bed to do that one.
The Bloc Hotel at Gatwick is embracing technology and making the whole preparing to fly experience a lot slicker.
It’s located in the South Terminal at Gatwick Airport – right next to Departures. In fact if you’re just travelling with hand luggage you’re less than 30 seconds from the security gate – depending on your room and the lift traffic.
The Bloc Hotel and Me
I arrived at 1:30pm the day before my flight after being invited to try it out on the house. My over eagerness meant they weren’t quite ready for me yet but the receptionist radioed the cleaner to get mine done asap. She gave me an airport outlet discount book and I bundled my backpack off to Cafe Nero opposite to sit it out with a 10% off brew.
As soon as I saw the room I loved it. I was in room number 746 and had a huge window looking out to the runway. At one point I was mesmerised by the planes taking off and wondering where they were going – sure there’s an app for that somewhere but I enjoyed the mystery.
Everything I needed at the Bloc Hotel was in the perfectly-sized capsule room. There were plenty of plug sockets, a huge TV, a wardrobe, a bathroom with a shiny slick three-piece suite and best of all, the piece de resistance, the tablet of power and control. It was secured into the wall and made it easy for me to customise the room exactly how I wanted it.
For dinner I went to Giraffe just a minute away and enjoyed some chicken enchiladas. There’s also a Wetherspoons, a Boots, M&S and WHSmith within about two minutes too. I spent the evening sorting out my new laptop on the free Wi-Fi, watching the launching planes out of the corner of my eye and keeping up with the kids with the latest music videos on the big tellybox.
The next morning
After an amazing sleep buried deep in the duvet on the double bed I took my time to get ready knowing that the North Terminal where I was flying from was only ten minutes away. The monsoon shower room was difficult to leave behind. I used the tablet of power and control to check myself out and off I went. The Gatwick Bloc Hotel was a completely stress-free way to be ready for a flight.
I was a guest at the Bloc Hotel but I will happily pay for the service in the future, in fact next week.
Rooms start from £59 per night, or you can book them by the hours too.