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Bloc Plans Second Hotel In Gatwick This Fall

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  Site Where: Gatwick Airport, London, United Kingdom
February 5, 2013 at 9:18 AM | by | ()

The other day we singled out what might be our most favorite airport hotel yet. Having stayed in a few of them ourselves, we know a good airport hotel—straightforward, modern, clean, a place where we can lay low until our plane whisks us away—isn't always easy to find.

As it happens, Gatwick South Terminal in the UK is due for an exciting addition this fall with the opening of Bloc Hotel Gatwick. Last we heard from Bloc, they'd just opened their first-ever property in Birmingham, and the Japanese pod-inspired rooms have so far been a hit, with TripAdvisor reviewers praising the hotel's affordability, style, and helpful staff.

Just like before, the new 245-room Gatwick hotel will be tech-savvy (free WiFi, 32" HD TVs, Artemide ambient lighting) with chic Missoni-designed carpets, monsoon showers in Italian-tiled "wet rooms," and, of course, super affordable rates.

For the kind of amenities you'd normally expect in a four-star hotel, Bloc Gatwick rooms will start at just £60/night. That's a slight step up from the nearby Yotel Gatwick, where rooms start at around £27/night, but, just like with Yotel, Bloc is about the whole experience—not just a compact, pod-style room with cool lighting, but an efficient budget hotel that makes you forget you're sleeping at an airport in the first place.

Another standout feature of Bloc is the method in which the hotels themselves are manufactures. As Monocle reported recently:

"UK firm Bloc has taken inspiration from Japanese pod hotels to develop a clever way of cutting construction costs and buoying its budget for luxury fittings: rooms are made off site and then stacked like large pieces of Lego."

Cool! The report goes on to say that the company is considering a future site in Brooklyn, NY. More to come on that, we hope.

[Photo: Bloc Hotels]

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