do you always stay over night in an airport hotel? I must admit we always do now because of worry about missing the plane due to traffic. Plus to allow for traffic we'd have to leave before we went to bed
If Donna and I are taking international or long haul flights it is not unusual for us to overnight at a hotel near the airport. We aren't much more than an hour from any of our airports here but traffic has been known to be nightmarish.
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I live about 1h15m away from Gatwick, which is plenty close enough to drive there the morning of the flight.
Two trips ago, however, I had a scary experience trying to navigate some very heavy traffic. By the time I had parked the car and taken the bus to the terminal, I was late for the flight! By the grace of God, the flight was delayed 20mins, which was just enough for the lady at check-in to allow me on.
That whole trip I started considering whether it would be best to go the night before but instead, I just decided to leave at silly o'clock, which has not only been successful but also really comfortable.
Always, even though we're less than an hour from Gatwick.
Last year we stayed at Gatwick Manor the night before. It's a Premier Inn so it's a chain hotel but it's more than adequate for us. The pub next door has a fantastic restaurant - you need to book in advance.
We just wanted somewhere to stay the night before and we ended up with an extremely pleasant stay and this is our first choice now without a doubt. It's about a 10 minute drive from the south terminal (or 20 if Adrian's driving and doesn't read the signs).
Living in Scotland it makes really good sense to go the day before. We always stay at the Hilton and do twilight check in the night before. Just a 5 minute walk to the terminal and it's only once on the place I begin to relax a bit. Going the day before adds another day to your holiday and is really exciting (I know I'm sad aren't I?)