Subject: Hotels near Gatwick Airport + sights
Beth, I'd stay at the Copthorne Hotel (it has a longer name--maybe a second name in front of it--it keeps changing as it changes ownership) that is near the airport, but on many, many acres of its own grounds, with lovely gardens, paths, ponds, swans, etc. Part of the hotel is very old (Elizabethan??) and part very new---if possible, ask for a room in old part (beautifully renovated with beams and such). It is very very lovely and a marvelous respite from the hecticness of the airport--yet, there is transportation to hotel from airport. We have happy memories of it after missing a flight and having an unwanted (but delightful) 24-hr. delay a number of years ago. Gatwick is near Crawley in W. Sussex. After you have a chance to nap a bit, there are so many things to see in the area, very close by--stately homes and such (if they are open--due to hoof and mouth disease, many are closed). We have friends in the area and stay there often. The concierage at the hotel can suggest things within just a short drive that will fill up your day. The Copthorne has lovely dining rooms for a peaceful, quiet way to end a busy travel day. You do not have to settle for a bustling airport hotel. (Yet, somehow, the Copthorne is considered an airport hotel because of its proximity but is absolutely nothing like one!) Enjoy--Pat in Baltimore