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Gatwick and Beyond

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A March 2007 trip to Horley by MichaelJM

The Air Balloon public house Photo, More Photos
Quote: All international holidays have to start somewhere, usually an airport, but we like to start ours by relaxing a few miles off site.

White House Hotel

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Hotel | "The White House"

White House Hotel Photo,
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We’ve booked in here a couple of time on route to foreign parts and although it’s not heavy on ambience it proved to be cheap (although not particularly cheerful) and extremely convenient for Gatwick airport. We paid around £80 for a night’s accommodation and breakfast with 15 nights parking thrown in for good measure. The first time we stayed there we were struck with the strong smell of curry as we entered the hotel lobby, but on this occasion we were heading straight off to the airport and returning for our overnight stay at the end of our holiday. There was an air of slight inefficiency, probably caused by the fact that it is more normal to stay in the room before the holiday starts rat...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on April 18, 2007

White House Hotel
50/52 Church Road
Gatwick, United Kingdom
+44 (1293) 402 777

Cambridge Hotel

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Hotel | "The Cambridge Hotel"

Cambridge Hotel Photo,
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We were looking for a cheap hotel within easy reach of the airport and most of the Internet sites threw up the Cambridge Hotel as the best in the price range. We only wanted somewhere that would give us an overnight base and look after our car for the 15 days that we were off on holiday. The Cambridge is a mere three miles from Gatwick, offers free transfers and up to 15 days "free car parking" for under £80. That had to be too good an opportunity to miss as the cost of car parking alone at the airport was well over £100 for the same time period. The hotel is in the town of Horley and we were pleasantly surprised by its outward appearance. Internally it has clearly seen better days, but we guesse...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 18, 2007

Cambridge Hotel

Gatwick, United Kingdom

The Air Balloon

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Restaurant

The Air Balloon public house Photo,
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By the time we’d made our journey to Gatwick and had a bit of a relax, we were ready to eat. It was still fairly early and so we decided to eat in a local pub offering two meals for the price of one. It turned out to be part of a local chain, “the spirit group”, with its headquarters in the west midlands (Staffordshire to be precise). We’d actually eaten in one of its sister pubs (the Nottingham Knight) in our hometown, so we knew that it offered real value for money. The layout of the pub was virtually identical, with raised areas, quiet corners, a children’s outdoor play area, a games section (TV and pool table), and a smoking area; although that will change in July when smoking will be proh...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 18, 2007

Gatwick Airport

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Attraction

Gatwick Airport Photo,
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So what’s exciting about an airport? Nothing really other than the fact that it’s a inescapable venue when travelling abroad, and thanks to improved security we all have to spend a little bit longer in the environment of the airport lounge or shopping centre. So what we want from an airport is a good variety of restaurants and cafés, some shops to browse, "sensible" service shops for all of those last minute purchases of magazine, toiletries, etc.,  and plenty of seats to relax in (as best you can whilst waiting for the flight to be called). Gatwick is said to be the busiest single runway airport in the world, the second largest airport in the UK, and the seventh busiest internat...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on April 23, 2007

Gatwick Airport
Gatwick
Gatwick, United Kingdom

Cuba Here we Come (via GATWICK)

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Story/Tip

Photo of Cuba, Caribbean
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Somehow the holiday to Cuba felt really exciting. It was a country that had been on my "must visit list for sometime" and I guess there’s a bit of romanticism attached to the place linked to the almost legendary qualities of Che Guevara and Fidel Castro. I hear tales of salsa dancing, Cuban cigars, and the roads full of '50s cars and an island that is well worth a visit. So we decide Cuba will be our next holiday. Guide books are checked out, holiday brochures thumbed through and the Internet thoroughly trawled. It seems OK to us so the final decision is made and the holiday booked. When our eldest son gets wind of the holiday he suggests that Oliver Stone’s 2003 film-doc, Comandante, would m...Read More

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MichaelJM

MichaelJM
Nottingham, England

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