A room at Yotel Gatwick.
A room at Yotel Gatwick.

A Review of Yotel, Gatwick Airport

A funky Japanese-capsule-style (windowless) hotel within Gatwick Airport's South Terminal, with futuristic touches such as beds that slide down at the touch of a button (in Premium rooms) and fold-away furniture that hangs from the walls, Yotels feel more of an adventure than conventional hotel rooms. But the biggest draw is that you book in hourly time-slots lasting anything upwards of four hours, paying only for the time you need.

'Yotel also has rooms with two bunks, the bottom one halfway between a single and double, making it an appealing option for two parents travelling with one child, a parent travelling alone with two children, or those with teens.'

Indeed, it's for those who just need a shower and a few hours' kip between flights, or who have a really early flight, that Yotel's sleeping pods come into their own. And despite the very fair pricing, little touches such as free ear-plugs and alarm-clock loan show that real thought has gone into making guests feel comfortable and relaxed during their brief stay. The toiletries aren't stinting, either, and you can order in-room food at, including breakfast,

Yotel doesn't have interconnecting or family rooms, but I've found it very useful when travelling with my kids individually – sharing a Standard cabin with a bed halfway between a single and a double with my (small) seven-year-old, and this second time booking a Premium cabin with a full-size double for me and my (large) nine-year-old. Yotel also has rooms with two bunks, the bottom one halfway between a single and double, making it an appealing option for two parents travelling with one child, a parent travelling alone with two children, or those with teens.

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