Gatwick, located roughly 40km to the south of London, isn’t exactly what you would call a holidaymaker’s dream destination, but that being said, it still plays host to millions of travellers each year. With an estimated 32.8 million people flying to and from destinations around the world in 2022, Gatwick is the second busiest airport in the UK, second only to Heathrow. Although most of these almost 33 million people probably didn’t spend a lot of time in Gatwick, either moving on directly or staying at one of the many nearby hotels for a couple of nights, that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to do.
Some of the more popular attractions in Gatwick include the British Wildlife Centre, a dairy farm converted into a zoo where you can get up close and personal with approximately 40 different species of British wildlife; Hawth Theatre, an arts and entertainment complex that hosts some of the largest UK productions; and in October, visitors are all invited to a night of screams and terror at Tulleys Farm Shocktober Fest, the UK’s largest Halloween-themed festival with haunted houses, scary mazes, and tonnes of frighteningly good entertainment.
All that being said, the vast majority of people travelling through Gatwick are either on their way to or from Gatwick Airport. While there are tonnes of good public and private transport options available, there are times when you might choose to go with your own vehicle. While we’ve already covered free and paid parking near Gatwick Airport , people travelling in their own cars might well be on the lookout for good accommodation with reasonably priced and convenient parking options. If that is the case, read on to find out how ParkingScout can help save you a few pounds on your next trip to Gatwick.
If you’re travelling onwards from Gatwick, check out ParkingScout’s guide to free parking in the south, or if you’re heading to London, make sure not to overpay on ULEZ or CC charges by checking out this handy guide.
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Gatwick hotels with free or discounted parking
After paying for your flight and a soggy £30 egg-salad airport sandwich, the last thing you want is to be overcharged for parking at your hotel. This guide will help you find those hidden accommodation gems near Gatwick Airport that not only offer good parking –that’s definitely not the way to choose accommodation– but are also well-liked and rated by their guests according to their reviews. This guide will include hotels, guest houses, and B&Bs but exclude AirBnB self-service apartments. Although we don’t list any prices as they change so often, we’ve broken down the options into budget, mid-range, and higher-end options. We included accommodations with both free parking and parking at a significantly lower-than-average rate.
Gatwick Deluxe En-suite Rooms
Gatwick Deluxe En-suite Rooms offers a top-notch value proposition when it comes to price, comfort, and convenience. It’s located just 0.6 miles from the airport and 0.4 miles from Horley Train Station, making it easy to reach by car or public transport. You can enjoy a relaxing stay in one of the stylish and spacious rooms, each with an en-suite bathroom and complimentary toiletries. You’ll also have access to a fully equipped kitchen, a flat-screen TV with cable channels, and free high-speed Wi-Fi at the property. With an overall rating of 8.8 on Booking.com, you’ll be hard-pressed to find better accommodation at this price point. Gatwick Deluxe En-suite Rooms offers free on-site parking for its guests.
Oakhurst Gatwick B&B
Oakhurst Gatwick B&B is a charming and cosy guest house that offers you a warm welcome and a comfortable stay near Gatwick Airport. It’s situated just 1.2 miles from the airport and 2.3 miles from Crawley town centre, making it an ideal base of operations to explore the area. You can choose from a variety of rooms, each with a flat-screen TV with cable channels, a kettle, and a private bathroom with a shower. Breakfast is included in the price, and you get to choose from their delicious full English, vegetarian, and even gluten-free options. In the warmer months, consider having breakfast in the garden. They offer free onsite parking for the duration of your stay, as well as options that make travelling easier, such as paid shuttle services to the airport, and reasonably priced long-stay parking options (£49/week)
Trumbles Gatwick B&B
Trumbles Gatwick B&B offers 4-star accommodation set in a Victorian house in the charming Charlwood Village. At a rating of 9.5, you’ll struggle to find more highly praised accommodation near Gatwick Airport, only 2 miles away. Guests can relax in the conservatory, guest lounge, or lush and beautifully kept garden. There are also a host of popular local pubs located within a 10-minute walk of Trumbles. They offer on-site parking for guests at a reasonable rate of £7 per day, and airport transfer services at £10 each way.
The Lawn Guest House Gatwick
The Lawn Guest House Gatwick is another 4-star guest house that offers Victorian-style accommodation. This family-run guest house is no more than a 1-minute walk from Horley town centre and a 5-minute drive from the airport. According to their reviews, guests really like their breakfasts, the comfort and cleanliness of the rooms, and the friendly hosts. It’s also a good option if you’re travelling with kids, as they have a great lawn that is perfect for kicking a ball around. They offer private on-site parking at a rate of £9 per day, and long-term parking can be arranged with management. Airport shuttles can also be arranged at a nominal fee.
Windfalls Boutique Hotel
Windfalls Boutique Hotel is a 5-star hotel in the scenic Sussex countryside, just 10 minutes from Gatwick Airport. This hotel offers unique design bedrooms with stunning decor, en-suite bathrooms, and flat-screen TVs with Netflix. You can enjoy a gourmet-cooked breakfast in the dining room, or relax in the guest lounge with an open fireplace. Windfalls Boutique Hotel is set in the famous Crabbet Park Estate, surrounded by 35 acres of woodland and gardens. The hotel is close to Horley Railway Station, with easy access to London Victoria. Windfalls Boutique Hotel is your ultimate choice for a romantic and indulgent stay. Their guests can enjoy free onsite parking,
The Old House Inn
The Old House Inn offers amazing 4-star rustic accommodation in old-English style. It’s located in the picturesque village of Burstow, just 10 minutes from Gatwick Airport. This inn offers cosy and charming rooms in a converted barn, with super king-size beds, flat-screen TVs with Netflix, and tea/coffee-making facilities. You can enjoy a continental or full English breakfast in the morning, or a delicious meal and a drink in the country pub atmosphere. Guests love the meals served from their stunning on-site restaurant and the rustic and relaxing vibes. They offer free parking for their guests.
Sandman Signature London Gatwick
Sandman Signature London Gatwick provides 4-star accommodation with more than just the usual host of features. In addition to exceptionally comfortable rooms, delicious food served at the stylish Brasserie Restaurant, and great drinks from the Club Bar, guests can enjoy the well-equipped fitness centre, take a dip in their indoor pool, or spend some time in the steam room. It’s located about 15 minutes from the airport, and reception will help you book transfers at a discounted rate. Parking is charged at a rate of £10 per day.
Crowne Plaza London – Gatwick Airport
Crowne Plaza London – Gatwick Airport offers modern, comfortable accommodation primarily, but not exclusively, focused on business travellers. The hotel is located next to Manor Royal Business District and is just a 10-minute walk to the Crawley Leisure Park. They offer all the features and amenities you’d expect from a large international hotel chain, including buffet meals, a fitness centre, and tonnes of hosting and conference facilities. They offer onsite parking at a daily rate of £10 per day, and while they don’t operate their own shuttle service to the airport, reception will gladly help you organise a taxi.
Alexander House Hotel & Utopia Spa
Alexander House Hotel & Utopia Spa is by far the most luxurious option on this list. While there are options closer to the airport, this is the one to consider if luxury and decadence are priorities. Alexander House features award-winning spa facilities, and multiple restaurants, including a 3-Rosette winner, terraces, various lounges, a gym, a fitness suite, an indoor swimming pool, and tennis courts. It represents the finest in British 5-star luxury accommodation. They also offer free parking for their guests, and will gladly assist anyone with making further travel arrangements. It’s located about 10km from Gatwick Airport.