Staying At The Airport Inn (Gatwick) For One Night.

Just a heads up, this post will consist of very few images and mainly of my opinions which I think are appropriate for this post.

As I am sure many of you know, I recently went on a little vacation to Barcelona, Spain. Prior to getting our flight, we decided to stay at a close-by hotel for the night as our flight was early morning. And by early, I mean we had to get to the airport at 04:50am.

We went to Airport Inn (Gatwick) on Sunday 28th July 2019 at around 19:00pm. The good thing about this hotel is that it is very easy to travel to and from the airport and/or train station. We just had to hop on a bus which took you straight to the hotel and then hop on the bus in the morning which takes you back to the airport. There is a bus approximately every 20 minutes, so it is very convenient even if you miss the bus. The price of the bus is £2.50 per ride, so was £5.00 per person to and from.

What Did The Accommodation Look Like?

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These photos are taken from Booking.com.

The hotel itself and the rooms looked exactly like the photographs provided on Booking.com. It was clear to us that we would only be getting a room and a bathroom/toilet room. The only difference was that we didn’t have the blue and/or red runner across the bottom of the beds. Other than that, it was everything that we had expected it to be.

For this trip, there was 5 of us in total, including me, Kevin, Tiff, Aaron, and Charlie. I booked this on Booking.com and to be honest it was so quick and easy to make a reservation. I originally booked a double room and a triple room. This was because we wanted a double bed, and then 3 single beds in the triple room. When I was making this reservation, I can confirm that the pictures and what appeared on my screen were exactly that. However, when we got to the hotel, they had changed the arrangement. We ended up getting 2 double rooms which had a double bed and a single bed in each one. We weren’t at all too bothered about this, but it was a little bit annoying because it wasn’t what we had expected and for that reason, we had to change the sleeping arrangement.

The prices for the rooms were at a very good price. The double room was £67.00, and the triple room was £87.00.

Would I Ever Recommend This Hotel?

100% YES!

The staff were incredibly friendly and were very helpful, especially when I was asking a lot of questions about what I had to do. It had multiple smoking areas, one being near the reception and the other outside in a little garden with plenty of tables and chairs. I really liked the idea of having it near a petrol station as I was able to go there in less than an minute to get some snacks and drinks for the duration of the stay, as well as for the flight the next morning.

I would definitely recommend this hotel to anyone wanting to stay near Gatwick Airport and I would 100% stay here myself again. It was very much worth the money we paid.

 

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Staying At Villages Nature In Paris.

Just a heads up, this post will mainly consist of photographs as I think they speak well for themselves…

As you are all completely aware, I went to Disney Land Paris with Kevin and his family a couple of weeks ago. This accommodation was booked by Kevin’s parents which is the NEW resort introduced by Center Parcs, known as Villages Nature Paris. We stayed in this beautiful resort for 3 nights, whilst we visited Disney Land for two days – see post here. The dates of travel were Saturday 20 April 2019 – Tuesday 24 April 2019. This resort is in partnership with Disney Land Paris and is one of their recommended accommodations. The good thing was that we were able to collect our park tickets at the reception here at Villages Nature and hop on the number 47 bus which took us to Disney Land for 2 euros.

What Did The Accommodation Look Like? 

Our accommodation was absolutely beautiful! We had a 3 bedroom apartment that was designed for 6 people. This worked out well as there was 5 of us, so we had no issues there. There was one bedroom upstairs with two single beds, as well as a second bathroom. Then, downstairs had a king size bed which led to the other bathroom and jacuzzi. The final double bed was in the lounge area. I absolutely loved the layout of the apartment and I thought it was very spacious considering there was 5 of us. My favorite part was, of course, the jacuzzi and the balcony with the most incredible view. I have never stayed somewhere with a jacuzzi, nor somewhere with an incredible view like this before. I was very surprised to have been given towels, dressing gowns, and slippers which are complementary to all guests. I loved the whole atmosphere and the vibe this apartment gave. I cannot fault it at all…I mean it’s PERFECT!

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What Activities Can You Do?

There are many activities that you can do at the Villages Nature Paris resort, such as:

  • Bowling
  • Swimming
  • Golf
  • Bike Riding
  • Karaoke Nights
  • Arcade
  • Farm

A majority of these activities are free, although there are some which you do need to pay for. I think the prices are reasonable considering it is a popular tourist resort. During our stay there, we went to the farm, bike riding, arcade, and swimming pool which was so much fun. There are many pools indoors and outdoors with floats, slides, and many things for you to do in there. I had so much fun in this swimming pool and I 100% can recommend it. In my opinion, I think that it was a little over-whelming staying in a resort like this with so much to do, but then having to leave to go to the Disney Land resort. There are so many activities to do in Villages Nature, so if you’re visiting for a week – I would 100% recommend, purely because you can spend two days in Disney Land, and then explore the beautiful Villages Nature resort – which is totally worth it!

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Tips & Advise 

  1. If you are staying in a similar apartment that I stayed in, then I would suggest that you either bring your own snacks and food or purchase food from the Supermarket on site. The reason for this is that the food restaurants on site are extremely expensive. I had small macaroni cheese and diet coke for £15 which is just way too much. If you can afford to eat out every night then that is up to you. I would recommend eating out one of the nights, and then make your dinner for the other nights. In our apartment, we had a fridge/freezer, cooker, microwave, and cutlery, etc., so you have everything you’ll need in that area.
  2. For the dates that you are traveling, I think it would be wise to check what times the buses run from Villages Nature to Disney Land. On our way there, we got lucky as it arrived when we got there, but the second time, we had to wait around 30 minutes for the bus. There is a timetable of what times they arrive, so double check it so you aren’t wasting time just hanging around.

I hope you enjoyed this little accommodation review. If you would like to see more of these on my blog, then please let me know. Also, if you are considering visiting this resort and you have any bursting questions, do not hesitate to get in touch.

Have a great week!