The Squareabout
Haslett Ave East,
Crawley, RH10 1UA
England, UK

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Travelling with young children can at times be a struggle, but there is plenty you can do to prepare and make life a little bit easier. Check out these top tips from our hotel near Gatwick airport.

Plan your packing

It’s better to have and not need, than need and not have. Make sure you pack plenty of all your essentials, including lots of baby wipes and a couple of changes of clothes in your carrier bag if you’re flying, a handful of plastic bags always comes in handy too. If you’ve forgotten anything, our Gatwick airport hotel staff would be happy to help.

top tips for travelling with childrenInvest in a tablet

If you have a long flight or car journey, a tablet or iPad is really going to be your best friend. Rather than having to pack your bags full of a variety of different toys and games to keep the kids entertained, load up the tablet with movies, games, music and e-books. Don’t forget to do this in advance and not as you are heading out the front door! You can even use our Gatwick hotel’s free Wi-Fi to download some last bits!

tops for travelling with kidsGo slowly

Travelling with little ones means travelling at a very different pace to when you’re on your own. If you’re on a schedule for a flight or activity, make sure to leave extra time for travelling and allocate extra time for any destination itself. You will always need longer than you think! Don’t forget, our hotel is near Gatwick airport, so you can relax knowing you’re only a short drive away from the airport.

top tips for travelling with kids this summer Be creative

When going on a long drive, print off a map of your route from Google Maps and give it to your little one with some marker pens. Have them follow the route as you go, drawing pictures for key landmarks or towns as you pass them. If you’re on a long flight, stick up post it notes with intermittent times on them and when you reach that time, reward your child with a snack, new game or toy; give them things to look forward to. Our Gatwick Airport hotel team love this tip!

Top tips for travelling with kids this summer Make it easy

If you have a particularly early flight or late arrival, this can affect your children’s sleeping routine and can result in grumpy moods and tantrums, which is the last thing you want. Choosing our hotel near Gatwick airport can be a smart choice and take that element of stress out of your journey, as the whole family will have a great nights sleep and feel fully rested.

Top tips for travelling with kids this summer

Holiday Inn Express Gatwick – Crawley hotel offers a smart, affordable choice, sure to give you a great night’s sleep.

Contact the Gatwick airport hotel team now to check availability or call 01293 525 523.


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Holiday Inn Express Gatwick Crawley Reviews



Absolutely fantastic hotel... Booked it as a package, a very economical package with Purple Parking via Holiday Extras on our way to California via Gatwick Airport. One of the cleanest, hassle free hotels I have ever stayed in and I completely, 100% will recommend them to anyone travelling via Gatwick and will certainly use this hotel again myself. Breakfast was awesome, just what we needed to set us up for our 10 hour flight.



Very comfortable stay. Breakfast very good and staff very attentive. Easy to find and great value for money. Very welcoming and nice quiet hotel. Staff great could not fault anything. Nice and handy for Gatwick.



We stayed here before our flight to Crete and got a Hotel & Parking package. It was easy to find, the staff were very efficient & friendly and we had a ground floor room, which was lovely & clean. Overall a nice relaxing stay before our trip, we would definitely stay again.



This hotel was lovely and had a lovely vibe as lots of the holiday customers were excited . The hotel staff were very chatty and friendly. We arrived at the hotel too late for food but were told we could get sandwiches made up. However, we were shattered so we didn't bother taking up this generous offer. Our room was lovely and had complementary free WiFi so the kids were happy. We left our car at the hotel for a week which was secure and looked after. When we returned at 2am the following week, the staff were just as lovely and helpful. We were very happy with the service and we look forward to doing it all again next year.



Just stayed in the Holiday Inn Express at Crawley before flying out of Gatwick Airport. We booked our stay via APH car parks. We had a really good stay and the hotel had nice, clean and modern rooms with a good comfy bed. We had the added bonus of a breakfast included & check in was nice and simple with overnight parking. Well worth it to be nice and fresh for the airport.


Buckie, Scotland

Stayed at Holiday Inn Express Crawley for 3 nights during an in-between London/Brighton break. The breakfast was good and had a variety of foods on offer. The hotel was very clean as were the bathroom/bedrooms!


Amsterdam, Netherlands

The hotel, the breakfast, the rooms, staff are great! Hotel is located near the centre of Crawley and offers various services! We were here with a large group and the service were great! Breakfast was fine and offered several things!



We stayed at Holiday Inn Express Crawley and paid for the Stay & Park package as we had an early flight the next day. I have stayed here on business before, however I forgot how good it was. Quick check in and everything was clean. We had dinner at the bar and the food was excellent, I could not fault a thing. Worth every penny!



We originally booked for one night but decided to extend our stay for another night. The staff were extremely helpful and only charged us the same rate for the second night as the first. The Hotel reception and lounge (where breakfast is) is lovely and modern. The rooms are clean and well designed and we couldn't hear any noise from the airport or roads. Breakfast was good and it wasn't too busy. Overall a nice hotel that's good value for money.


Cardiff, Wales

We picked this hotel again to park the car during our holiday and stay overnight when we got back as our flight did not arrive until early morning. 1st class service, excellent value and very helpful staff. Would highly recommend this hotel.

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