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Review of Hotel YOTEL Gatwick

Last week I’ve (finaly) made it to Berlin…

To get there and to make the most of my holiday time ( I went at night after work and arrived early morning,the day after) I had to catch 2 flights, one to London and from there another one to Berlin.

I’ve always loved travelling but I must say I don’t like the stress of connections and flights.

This is where instead of this ….

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I found this….

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Welcome to YOTEL London , a japanese-style capsule hotel at Gatwick airport, right inside the south terminal, it took me about 5 minutes after passport control to reach; Great location.

fotografia 5   The hotel has 46 rooms wich you can rent by hour (with a minimum 4 hours payment ) with luxury beds, ensuite bathroom with monsoon shower , jukebox music system, TV, free wifi, relaxing mood lighting and a workstation.

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It’s also a good solution for family with kids.

From previous experiences, I know how stressful it can be waiting for hours in an airport with small children.They have cots on request and 2 wheelchair-accessible rooms.


The story

The idea was conceived British entrepreneur Simon Woodroffe after he was upgraded into first class on a British Airways flight.

He decided to translate the language of airline travel and a touch of the Japanese influence into a small luxurious cabin.

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Yotel Staff were very friendly and showed me around.

They have 3 room types:

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Standard cabin, £32 for 4 hours and £5 each extra hour



Premium cabin, 49 £ for 4 hours and 9£ each extra hour

Premium cabin, £49 for 4 hours and £9 each extra hour


Premium Twin Cabin

Premium Twin cabin


This was mine, watch how my couch converts into a bed at the touch of a button…

Food to go is available 24/7 on demand at the reception and you can have free coffee/tea.

I ordered a meal for dinner, on arrival.

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Sweet Sour Chicken with Jasmine Rice, £4,95


It was nice to have some hot food while watching  TV.

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The shower was really nice and warm and I ‘ve also asked for a hairdryer (powerful one) an alarm clock, and an adaptor to be able to charge my phone.

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Some free extras

Fresh white towels were available in the room.

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Ensuite Bathroom with shower

As to the mood purple lights I thought it was something different, I had never experienced these before in any other hotel, felt relaxing/sexy at the same time. 🙂


The morning after I had breakfast in bed and checked the news on my phone…the pleasures of free wifi available at YOTEL.


Speedy Continental Breakfast at YOTEL, 6,95£

Continental Breakfast at YOTEL, £6,95


It was an easy relaxed start of my day, as I walked to my boarding gate.


To conclude that I really enjoyed the YOTEL concept and would recomend it, if you ever:

  • lose your flight ( It happens…)
  • have a few hours to kill in an airport
  • are travelling with children and need a break
  • have an early morning flight
  • or just want to have an Airport Adventure.


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My stay was sponsored by Yotel but the views expressed are my own.

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This blog talks about the island where I was born and live - Madeira, and my endless journey to discover the world until (one day, who knows) I get to visit Mars.

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