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London Stansted Airport Review

by web-administrator (March, 2015)

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(Guest Review) London Stansted always appears to be 'under construction' but I have a feeling this is just the way it looks and the tarps are indeed the walls. After dealing with slow staff and waiting your turn to get your documents stamped with the singular visa stamp all desks share (i know its budget but come on) and a long que through security, you come to a packed room with virtually no seating for the amount of people. Stansted only puts gate numbers up as the flight is opening so hundreds of people cramped looking up at a single tiny screen... when it changed you have about 15 mins to get through the mess and stampede to your gate on time... good luck if you have to catch the train to another terminal.

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A somewhat average first experience

by npmontgomery (April, 2015)

Reason for Stay: Early flight departure
Where: Landside
Pros: A couple of hours of quiet, plenty of other people sleeping there
Cons: No seating at all Landside

I had never spent a whole night in an airport before tonight, so some of the things I write might be very naive... Arrived at midnight from another flight, hoping to go out to one of the airside gates where I knew there were heaps of benches. The rest of the airport was closed so I found a spot under one of the tables people use for getting their liquids out. At least it was dark and quiet (although not warm). Things started to get going at 3am, and at 3:30 the gates opened, so I packed up and found a bench. Once on a bench I actually slept pretty well; they are quite comfortable if you can get one. Unfortunately I was sort of in the corridor so by 5am there was a pretty heavy stream of people walking past. Food options are pretty good with an M&S landside which has good salads, plus plenty of reasonable stuff airside. No cold wate continued >>

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First night in an airport... unforgetable

by zzwicky (November, 2014)

Reason for Stay: Early flight departure
Where: Landside
Pros: 24/7 coffee shop, fast food, free wi-fi (limited time)
Cons: not so many places, wake up call around 0400

When I arrived at Stansted using the Easybus transfer, a lot of people were there, waiting for the night to pass. At 2200, there were more than 100 people and I feel like in a pub or hostel. I was lucky and got a place on a sofa at Costa Coffee, which is the best seating area in the landside part of the terminal. At 0100 I was hungry and I ate from Burger King which is nearby, another big PRO for this airport. Also, you can connect to the free wi-fi network for 60 minutes, so the night will pass more quickly. There are a few power outlets at the coffee shop, but you will fight with other tourist for them. The bathroom looks nice and tidy, no problem at all. Also, in the morning, after I pass through security, I saw a lot of people sleeping in the airside area, on the floor, in front of duty free shops. Overall, a good experience.

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Not the best night of my life

by Clarice87 (July, 2012)

Reason for Stay: Early flight departure
Where: Landside
Pros: It's open
Cons: Busy/quite noisy

I slept in this airport a couple of nights in three years time and it was the same: busy, not too much noisy. You can sleep everywhere, on the ground, on a bench... everywhere, but you have to be lucky to find a spot. I am a female solo traveller and I found it safe, but the quality of my sleep was poor.

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2 nights, 0 sleep

by Danimost (November, 2014)

Reason for Stay: Too cheap for a hotel room
Where: Landside
Pros: No announcements, good temperature
Cons: No outlets, no seating, poor wi-fi, just hot water in the bathroom

I had to sleep here two nights because Ryanair decides to fly too late to Stansted and too early from Stansted. They were decorating the terminal with christmas stuff (the 13th of november, please), so working noise was constant the first night. I just saw two outlets in the whole area, the rest were locked or covered 'only for staff use'. The only time I managed to sleep for a short time, a worker kicked me very politely and told me they had to decorate my bedroom with christmas lights, so I had to move out and never managed to sleep again. Don't think about filling up your water in the bathroom. The sink is automatic and only has hot water, so you have to buy an expensive bottle in the store if you're thirsty. There's free wifi for an hour, and it's hard to get the signal. So probably you'll waste most of the free hour trying to fin continued >>

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