I have stayed a couple of times for LGW. The Europa hotel is very good, its just full of airport stopovers, the room was clean and quiet and the transfers were very good. With a weeks parking I think we paid £80.
Whats twighlight check in? For a 10am flight just get up at 7am, get bus to LGW and you'll be there for 8am, happy days
Twilight check in is basically getting rid of your luggage the afternoon/night before your flight. IMO its quite handy if you have DCs, its one less thing to worry about and makes for a less stressful start to your hols and a longer lie in!
mckenzie - we are flying from Gatwick next Sunday and are going down the day before to do a park and stay. Our flight has changed to 11.20am, but we are going to do an online check in before we leave home on the Saturday and we only have to check on about 2 hours before then.
On-line check-in is somewhere in between 3 hours and 1 hour in fact, I am sure it is 1.30 mins before (I was only reading our e-tickets yesterday too , I have not yet printed them off and the main computer they are on isn't turned on so I can't have a look for you).
also, you can't be sure that you will be able to do online check-in. We were not able to do OLCI and I think it was because we had young children that had to be seated next to us. Do you have young DCs?
We always do the Twilight check-in the day before, then drive back home & celebrate the start of our holiday with a Frankie & Bennies meal. Tis a nice way to a relaxing start to the holiday. The next day we just taxi up to the airport with our handluggage and waltz straight through security as we already have our boarding cards. Can't recommend it highly enough.