For me a holiday starts way before your plane lands in your destination, and even before you set foot in the airport on departure. I’ve always been an advocate of extending the holiday experience as much as possible so when it dawned on me that I’d need to be in Gatwick departures at 3am for my flight to New York I knew getting an airport hotel was going to be the best option. If we had driven we’d have had to leave by 1.30am to allow time to drive there, park up and get a shuttle from the car park to the airport.
Thankfully Holiday Extras have plenty of services which are there to help ease everything to do with your holiday which includes meet and greet parking service with Maple Manor alongside your hotel.
We were booked into the Hilton at Gatwick’s South Terminal which is a 3-minute walk away from the terminal connected by an indoor walkway so there’s no shuttle buses or long walks which at 3am was a huge blessing. Around 20 minutes before we arrived we called the Maple Manor Meet and Greet parking team who sent along a chauffeur to the hotel to meet us, inspect the car and take it away to securely park so we didn’t even have to worry about parking, we just grabbed our bags and checked into the huge hotel.
I don’t think I’ve seen a larger airport hotel than the Gatwick Hilton it was absolutely massive and after a very quick check it we turned around a million and one corridors and finally landed at our room, luggage in tow. The rooms themselves were a great size which is much appreciated when you have your full on holiday luggage, and they were really cosy for somewhere you’re likely to just sleep in.
We sat back, relaxed and ordered room service as I wanted to save time and shower while we waited for our food and the bathroom was exactly what I wanted. With a seperate spacious shower cubicle and bath it was a great choice of bathing, and if we had had time I’d definitely have had a bath. There were enough bath essentials that I didn’t need to scramble around in my suitcase to find my toiletries, something you’ll appreciate if you’ve spent ages organizing the cases.
Pretty much the second I got out of the shower and dressed our food arrived and it was dimolished in record time, I don’t think we realised how hungry we were. I opted for grilled chicken breast with vegetables and chips and Luke opted for a hamburger and chips, both of which were completed with garlic bread. The food tasted so fresh and the room service charge of £5 is pretty much standard across the board when ordering to the room.
Thankfully we nodded off to sleep in no time and it seemed like we had just shut our eyes when my 2.15am alarm rang out in the room to groans, but getting up at that time never feels quite as bad when you’re going on holiday and so our journey to New York began.
Fast forward five quick days and our trip was over far too quickly and we were back in Gatwick airport. A quick call to Maple Manor once we had our luggage saw us head to the Orange short stay car park to reciev our car back. The chauffeur brought the car straight to us so we could just drive out and back home which was so smooth.