My wife and I had a two day stop over in England. Our general experience with hotels in England has been less than impressive so we were delighted at the Sofitel especially given that it was within the airport complex.
Comfortable room with every expectation full filled in our modern era. However we thought that our duvet was a bit small for 2 aduLts. We could hear a person next door. We wondered why the free wi if is only available for hilton honors members.
Otherwise very convenient for an early start to catch a plane at south terminal.
We loved the Arora Gatwick! It was beyond what we expected for an airport hotel. It was in a quiet neighborhood that it was very restful, but had quick airport shuttle service. We actually went back the following week when our travel plans changed, simply because it was so comfortable there.
We have found that the Copthorne Hotel provides us with a final bonus to our trips to visit relatives in England. We return our rented car to the airport, check in to the hotel for a final night in pleasant surroundings, and catch our return flight home without the anxiety of trying to do it all the day of our return. The peaceful atmosphere of the hotel gives no indication of its closeness to Gatwick airport.