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Ramada Crawley is reportedly haunted by the ghost of a former night watchman, known as Mark Hurston. He died by drinking poisoned wine, which was either planted to trap someone who kept breaking into the inn, or planted by a guest who was angry that Mark kept waking him. Following his death, numerous spooky goings-on have been reported at the hotel by both guests and staff alike. A broom cupboard is often found open, despite the door being locked, lights have been flicked on and off and strange figures have been seen in both the day and the night.
A hotel has stood on the site of Ramada Crawley since around the 16th century, and the first mention of the hotel (formerly known as the George) came in 1579. It’s thought that the very core of the inn dates back to the 16th century, with the rest of the inn dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries. Major changes took place in the hotel in 1930, and the existing annexe was knocked down in 1933. None of the exterior of the building is still original, although it is thought that some of the roof tiles may be.
Ramada Crawley is a former coaching inn, steeped in history and character, with a whopping 84 en-site bedrooms in a mixture of singles, doubles, twins, triples and family rooms. Rooms with balconies are also available. The hotel is decorated in a modern and comfortable style, with many facilities including a television with Freeview, tea and coffee making facilities, free Wi-Fi, free car- parking and more. Conference and meeting rooms are also available, able to accommodate up to 150 people, and there are also facilities for weddings and parties.
There are two themed restaurants at the hotel – a Chinese buffet restaurant and a Thai restaurant. The buffet restaurant, named Wusungdan, offers a huge mix of exciting oriental dishes in contemporary surroundings, whilst the Thai restaurant, named the Giggling Squid, offers a range of freshly cooked Thai meals with an emphasis on seafood. Ramada Crawley also has a Roman Empire themed bar, the Octopvs, which is a double bar offering cocktails, mocktails, beers, wines, ales, coffees and much more, with an aim to recreating the hedonistic pleasures of the Roman Empire. The bar also offers a lunchtime menu if all you want to eat is a light snack.
Whatever your reasons for coming to Ramada Crawley, you’re sure to have a unique, if spooky stay here.
As Ramada Crawley is ideally located just 5 miles from Gatwick airport, it’s the perfect place to stay if you are flying from Gatwick airport. There’s also lots to do in Crawley, if you’re staying here and not flying – nightclubs, pubs, bars, restaurants, cafes, a cinema and a major shopping centre are all within walking distance, and the city of London is within easy reach.