Tuesday, 7 January 2014
Gatwick Airport Hotel with Parking
Gatwick Airport Hotel with Parking Gatwick Airport Hotel with Parking A little over 20 years ago Trevor Bryan saw an opportunity in the market place to improve the airport parking arrangements that was generally offered to the public at Gatwick Airport. Having been in the travel business for over a decade he could see the many advantages of valet parking had over it's park and ride competition. The problem was that the cost of valet parking was prohibitive and unavailable to most peoples pockets. From a Tudor farmhouse a couple of miles from Gatwick Airport Trevor offered a nights stay with a personal chauffeur service to the airport. The Customers vehicle was then safely stored until his return when it was personally delivered to the Customer on the terminal forecourt. Tudor Rose Airport Parking was born. Business grew to a point where all rooms were taken but Customers still wanted to avail themselves of the unique parking service. Trevor rented a site only 2/3 minutes from both terminals and it wasn't long before the car park became full and business was thriving. In 1999 Trevor was given an opportunity to purchase the old Reigate Road Garage site north of the airport and after a year of negotiations and a hefty loan managed to purchase the site. The site was perfect as it was only a couple of minutes from both terminals and had the advantage of an office in the centre meaning that security was easy to manage. With considerable investment in the refurbishment of the site it lent itself easily to providing a meet and greet parking service at a reasonable cost. Valet Parking (or meet and greet as it is sometimes known) was offered at the airport but it had always been at a considerable premium for the well off, sometimes costing three times as much as park and ride. Collecting and delivering vehicles on the terminal forecourt meant that Customers could knock as much as 2 hours off their travelling time and eliminate the hassle and worry of getting to check-in on time. The advantages of a Gatwick Meet and Greet Parking service is obvious. Business expanded quickly and it was not long before Trevor was looking round for a small hotel to compliment the valet parking service he offered. He didn't have to wait long as in 2005 and as luck would have it the large Victorian lodge house directly opposite the car park came onto the market. He threw every single resource into acquiring the farmhouse and even though he realised he was over stretched he knew that it was a sound business decision. After considerable refurbishment the hotel now called the Hookwood Lodge Hotel offers spacious, tastefully decorated en-suite bedrooms. Set in 20 acres of parkland it offers the peace and quiet of a small rural estate yet is only 3 - 4 minutes from both North and South Terminals. The same fast valet parking service that the company prides itself on is still the mainstay of the business. 2013 saw the introduction of a regulated valet parking industry at Gatwick Airport. Rogue operators and bad practice within the industry were undermining the trust between Customers and good bona fide operators. All valet parking operators were given the opportunity to achieve approved status by co-operating with Trading Standards, the Safer Parking Award and Gatwick Airport Ltd. Only a handful of operators achieved approved status and these can be found on the Official Gatwick Airport web site. Tudor Rose is an Approved Operator with Gatwick Airport, the car park holds the coveted ParkMark® award from the Association of Chief Police Officers and is 'Buy with Confidence' approved by Trading Standards.