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Sep 19th, 2005, 04:11 AM
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Just a quick note on where NOT to stay - Aurora International hotels. My DH and I stayed at the one near Gatwick (and there is one by LHR also) thinking that it would make it convenient (I originally found it b/c it is one of the priceline hotels but when all my priceline bids were rejected I found a special and booked it directly). It was AWFUL. There was no shuttle when we arrived at LGW like 11:00 p.m. so we had to take a taxi. We were starving so we had a sandwich and a pizza at the hotel - disgusting and inedible. I know hotel food isn't the highlight of the trip but this is supposed to be a four star hotel! Then the next night I wanted to use the computer to check in for our flight - well you have to pay to use it by buying an access card (and they were out of 1/2 hour access cards so I had to pay for a 2 hour one I didn't even need), the computers are old and clunky and dirty and they don't even print, so of course I couldn't check in.

The final insult was when we asked what time the shuttle was in the morning to take us to the airport - oh, sorry, the 6:45 shuttle is full (apparently it fits like 6 people) and they only do one shuttle per hour. So DH and I pay for another taxi to go to the airport (you can take the train but at 3 euros each for tickets you only save like 2 euro over a cab, not worth it). Sorry to put my rant on this on your post, I just don't want anyone else falling into the trap of thinking this is a nice, convenient airport hotel!
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Sep 19th, 2005, 05:17 PM
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Thank you to all who replied to my post. It has been so very helpful. I think we're pretty close to finalizing our plans. Looks like bus tour in the afternoon to see the sights, we will wait to buy show tickets until later to see how we feel, if we don't go, perhaps the Eye at night (?). We'll see. Anyone out there know if the theaters do rush tickets? That would be helpful to know.
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Sep 19th, 2005, 05:25 PM
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some theatres do a rush, and most will have returns for sale, usually about 2 hours before curtain.

But IMHO going to the TKTS booth is a better idea. If you go to the theatre to queue for returns you will have to stay in line for ages -- depending on how popular the show is.

But at TKTS - especially if you go in the afternoon, there will be a short line or none at all. You will have a choice of 20 or more shows in one location. And you will get the best available seats at 1/2 price.
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