The Arora is right next to Crawley Station, from where you can get a direct train to Gatwick Airport in 10 minutes or Central London in less than an hour. There's a back entrance to the hotel which literally opens on to the platform. So it's a very convenient place to stay. It's well presented and as they claim it has an Airport Hotel feel with a lot of people moving in and out at all times of day. Rooms were a good size and very clean. There's a large atrium lounge area, with a coffee area and bar, and an outdoor terrace for good weather. Staff were good and the place felt family friendly. The Restaurant was excellent, both for breakfast and dinner. There is a second bar, called Morgans, which is a bit of a sports bar and not to my taste but seemed quite popular.Only hesitation was the price of drinks. It is a hotel so you expect price to be higher than average, but £8.50 for a large glass of Pinot seemed a bit high. This is Crawley after all! Also be aware that the window of a lot of bedrooms looks straight into the central indoor atrium. They're sufficiently high that it isn't a problem but if you want an outside view you should ask. Fair to say that I think their website gives a good feel for the place. We spent three nights here over a Bank Holiday weekend and it was a very relaxing place to stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Arora Hotel in Crawley is a modern hotel that offers great accommodation in the town centre, with Gatwick airport just 10 minutes away. The hotel offers 432 en-suite bedrooms, an Italian Restaurant as well as English Pub. In the expansive Atrium, WIFI is available free of charge. Combine this with ample on-site car parking and superb train links to Brighton and London and you have the perfect base for your business or leisure travel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Arora International Gatwick Crawley