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Haslett Ave East,
Crawley, RH10 1UA
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Fancy a day out of Crawley? Pack up the car or jump on the train and head down to the coast, and discover what the seaside town of Brighton has to offer. From the beach and pier to The Lanes and Marina, there is something for everyone.


In this blog, our affordable hotel in Crawley explores what to do on a day out by the seaside in Brighton...


Pitch up on the beach and explore Brighton Pier

Located on the coast, Brighton is known for its pebbled beach, lined with colourful beach huts and of course, let’s not forget the Pier! When the weather is fine, it’s the perfect opportunity pitch up a deck chair, catch some rays and enjoy a family beach day. Typical of a pleasure pier, Brighton Pier has arcades and stalls, and for the thrill seekers, a selection of rides – the perfect place for some good old family fun.

Brighton Beach

Take a stroll down ‘The Lanes’

The city’s historic quarter, with fabulous twisting alleyways, The Brighton Lanes are a shopper’s paradise, with dozens of independent and boutique shops. If you fancy a bite to eat, you won’t be short of places to go, as The Lanes is lined with plenty of quirky cafes, restaurants and coffee shops, serving British classics, as well as international dishes and treats. It is also home to the famous, Choccywoccydoodah shop, which you might recognise from TV!

Brighton The Lanes

[Photo credit: Gareth Williams, Flickr]

Enjoy fish and chips on the seafront

No trip to the seaside would be complete, without fish and chips on the beach! One of the oldest and most popular fish restaurants which is loved by locals and tourists alike is, The Regency serving everything from classic battered fish and chips, to mussels, oysters and lobster. Located right on the seafront, you can sit outside and admire the beach, whilst you tuck into your chippy tea.

Fish & Chips

Explore Brighton Marina

Want a relaxed day of mooching around at your own leisure, Brighton Marinais ideal place for you! Similar to the quirky Lanes, the Marina is a ideal place to shop, eat and drink with an array of boutique shops, delicious restaurants and relaxed bars. If you want to add a sprinkle of adventure to your visit, why not get involved in some watersports and sailing experiences held on the marina?

Brighton Marina

Holiday Inn Express Gatwick – Crawley is near to Gatwick Airport and offers a smart, affordable hotel in Crawley, sure to give you a great night’s sleep. 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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