Marriott International is to introduce its Four Points by Sheraton property to the UK, with a 131-room hotel located close to Gatwick airport.

The hotel – which in the past has also been marketed under the Thistle brand – has been closed since 2013.

The property is situated in Horley, around 2.6 miles from Gatwick, and will now be converted into a 131-room hotel, featuring eight event rooms, a restaurant and pub, and 200 parking spaces.

The hotel is owned by Nine Hotel Group, whose portfolio includes the Novotel London Heathrow Airport, the Holiday Inn Watford Junction, and the Doubletree by Hilton Reading.

Commenting on the news Vivek Chadha, managing director and founder of Nine Group, said:

“The Menzies Chequers Gatwick building has a long history dating back to the 1500s when it was a coaching inn during the Tudor period. It was serving travellers all that time ago, so we’re excited to be restoring it to its former glory and bringing the unique Nine Group approach to the design.

“The new hotel will boast premium facilities for guests travelling to and from Gatwick Airport, whether that be for business or pleasure.”

The Four Points brand was launched in the 1990s, and now has over 300 properties worldwide. This is how Marriott describes the brand on its website:

“Four Points by Sheraton is travel reinvented. Four Points serves as the centre of where business meets pleasure, enabling guests to kick back and relax on the road.

“Designed for the smart, independent traveller, Four Points offers the timeless style and comfort guests are looking for, coupled with genuine service and everything that matters most, all around the world.

“Four Points hotels can be found in sprawling urban centres, near the closest airport, on the beach, or nestled in the suburbs.

“Each hotel offers a familiar and authentic sense of the local, friendly service that allows guests to relax and unwind, watch local sports, and enjoy the brand’s Best Brews programme.”