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Bloc Hotels may not have made its initial planned arrival at London’s Gatwick Airport last fall, but it looks like it has beat our expectation of May 1 by a month – Bloc Hotel at LGW opened on March 31 next to the departure gates at the airport’s South Terminal.
Inside the black-and-gold hued building (see below for a rendering), you’ll find 245 rooms that focus on comfort, technology, and amenities rather than space. Beds are covered in Egyptian cotton, there are monsoon showers in the bathroom, and HD TVs on the wall. Everything is controlled by a tablet, and WiFi – we’d almost like to say, of course – is free.
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.
There's yet another new hotel chain on the, ahem, "bloc", offering small but high-designed guestrooms--Bloc Hotels.
The first Bloc Hotel has opened in Birmingham, England with 73 rooms all with flat-screen TVs, Wi-Fi, soft lighting and Nespresso coffee machines. The rooms look compact, to say the least and remind us a little of Tune Hotels Westminster rooms as well as Yotels Japanese-capsule inspired rooms.
With rooms this small the focus is of course on the bed and Bloc hotels claim to offer the perfect night's sleep by creating the exact temperature and humidity required for maximum Zzzzz’s defined by the Scandinavian sleep institute.
The cheapest rooms cost from £55 a night for a room without a window (yet another feature of the Tune Westminster). Thankfully, there is no talk of add on charges like Tune. While Bloc has a long ways to go before they catch up with Tune or Yotel, they are adding two important new locations soon, Manchester and London. Let's just hope more of these rooms have windows.