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

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Step into Christmas with our hotel near Gatwick airport! As the festive season comes again, there’s plenty of things for you to do in and around Crawley. We’ve picked out some of the top things for you to do. Read on to find out more…


Ice Skating

Don your skates and head to Tilgate Park where their festive ice rink returns! From Saturday 23rd November until Sunday 5th January 2020, you can find out if you’re like Torvill and Dean on the ice...or perhaps Bambi! Skating is open to anyone over the age of 4, with skating aids on hand to help any wobbly skaters! When you’re done, why not pop next door to the Smith and Western restaurant for a hot drink and some food to warm you up. 

Ice Skating

Head to the Panto

Panto season is just around the corner – Oh yes it is! We don’t think there’s anything better than getting the whole family together for a night at the theatre to watch a Pantomime. This year, The Hawth in Crawley has Dick Whittington as their panto of choice. With a star-studded cast, including Charlie Brooks (Eastenders) and Gemma Hunt (CBeebies) this hilarious and fun-packed show is sure to get you in the festive spirit.

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Dick Whittington

(Photo Credit: The Hawth, Facebook)


Drusillas Park at Christmas

Head to Drusillas Park this festive season, only 40-minutes from our hotel near Gatwick airport. Visiting here is sure to get you in the festive spirit, whether you love this time of year or are a bit of a Scrooge! The kids will love visiting Santa in his grotto as well as receiving an early Christmas gift from him or perhaps visit the cuddly Huskies, back again for another year! Whatever you choose to do, you’re sure to walk away with a spring in your step and tinsel in your hair! 

Santa sleigh

There are many reasons to stay at the Holiday Inn Express Gatwick – Crawley. As well as its close proximity to Gatwick Airport, the hotel also provides a stay-and-fly offer and kids get to stay for free! Contact the 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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