Rated 4.2 out of 5 by 262
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 Holiday Inn,Ipswich 20th to 24th June 2014
Disappointed in the cost of using the internet facility and didn't take the option. I was told upon leaving that had I become a "club member" the facility would have been free. This should have been pointed out on arrival.
I have now signed up to become a member as I will use group hotels in the future, but I would think it a reasonable gesture to include the 4 nights as "nights stayed " at one of the group hotels,retrospectively.
June 28, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Carlo63 Lovelely evening meal and a big bathroom
Hotel appears a little dated from the outside although the grounds were immaculate. Easy convenient parking.
Large easy access ground floor room, could have done with a king size bed. Mattress was far too soft for us. Evening meal was lovely with plenty of choices and good value too, when booked in advance. Did not have time to make use of the pool or gym, but noted for next time. Breakfast excellent, but pork and leek sausages are not my favourite.
June 27, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Pop H First class all round hotel
Highly reccomended, I would definately return to his hotel for a short break or stop over.
June 26, 2014
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Jesus2014 Poor Food unfriendly Staff
Food was below standard, had no options for dinner just a Bombay Banquet of which half the choice was more like a gravy with some meat thrown in. Bar ran out of Gin quite early in the evening. Bathroom in the rooms were big enough for Tom Thumb, all in all a pretty disastrous stay
June 25, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by RogHul Great relaxing stay, good food and service
This was our 4th stay at this property and was a s good as ever. The room was comfortable and very clean. The food and service were great too, and the bonus here is the indoor swimming pool and health club facilities!
We'll be back!!
June 24, 2014
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by bluetoblue food poor
the hotel was reasonable the dining experience was poor
June 20, 2014
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Jeff432 Expensive executive room - don't waste your money
Booked an executive room here for one night, complete waste of money. Took three goes to get into any room at all and had to change room allocation because key did not work. Room was smaller than a much cheaper budget chain I stayed at the week after for 3 nights. Gold club member and booked this based on my experience elsewhere that the executive room would be bigger with comfortable seating etc, what I got was avery standard room one chair between two and paid way too much money for the loan of a dressing gown two bottles of water and a mars bar. Tesco is down the road and take your own dressing gown. Was called by reception to pay the restaurant bill because they did not realise I had not swiped my card for extras despite the fact they had the card details and as a gold member I had enough points to cover my entire stay, let alone the evening meal bill. Really poor experience overall of customer service. Have posted this response three times and finally received a response to say it could not be posted because I mentioned the name of the budget hotel chain in comparison and was told this was not the fault of IHG because they don't run the website. Rubbish customer service and now thinking of cashing in my rewards points and cutting up the card. Don't expect anything beyond basic service and accommodation and it took the manager over a week to come back to me with a response that basically reads ho-hum
June 19, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by wilko29 Good bed and breakfast
The booking in process was easy, as pre booked everything was ready on arrival. Made to feel very welcome and was given all information required. Staff only to pleased to help!
June 13, 2014
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Bertie27 Poor sleep due to wedding
Little sleep had due to a wedding taking place, and awful 'free' food for kids!
June 11, 2014
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by onemanand2dogs small room and tiny bathroom - no effort to make a platinum priority member 'feel special'
checked in asked for an upgraded room but told that none was available even though i knew that colleagues who were not priority club members arrived later and had superior rooms
when asked how my stay was on checking out, i was told that i had one of the smallest room and that i would have had to do the 'bathroom shuffle as it was so small - these were the receptionists words...
frankly the check in staff couldn't care less - weren't prepared to make any effort, but hey ho there are other places to stay ...
by the way the restaurant staff were very friendly and obliging as were the house maids who were exceptionally friendly
June 7, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Didy1 Great stay
Lovely staff, very welcoming, clean and comfortable. Overall a great stay.
June 6, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Chris 1 WIFI
It would be good to have free WIFI in all rooms.
Very pleasant stay and courteous staff.
June 6, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Tiggie Great Staff
We stayed over the Bank Holiday weekend. The staff here were great, very welcoming, and the restaurant staff very attentive. The food was excellent we couldn't fault it.
June 5, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Russ-59 Comfortable bed in quiet upstairs room. Good pool!
Although the hotel was busy, we had a comfortable one night stay. We were given a free upgrade to a nice quiet upstairs Executive Room, so that helped!
The room was large, warm with a very comfortable bed. We didn't have time to visit the restaurant or bar, but we had breakfast there and it was very good and excellent value for money.
The swimming pool, sauna and steam room was nice and relaxing.
Free Internet access in the rooms will be appreciated. I expect it will come in due course.
All the staff we met were welcoming and friendly.
Lots of free parking and close to supermarkets on the ring road.
An excellent stay and we'll stay there again.
June 3, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Jimmy3765 Peaceful location
Great place to stay if on business trip alone as there is actually other things to do to keep you busy. More than just 4 walls and a bed.
June 2, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Dave Nottingham Overall excellent
Good room, food, swimming pool and staff actioned my special room request. Good location for A14, A12.
June 2, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by rog99 A great nights sleep and very helpful staff
I stayed here because I had work in the area, and our firms preferred brand were all fully booked.
Although I have found Holiday Inn's to vary quite a bit on previous stays within the chain, I am happy to say that this location is definitely a good one, and I intend to stay here again when I am in the area, and will be considering Holiday Inn hotels more often in future based on this visit.
If I had to pick faults I would say the corridors on the (long) walk to the rooms are extremely plain and tired looking, however that is not a major issue as the room itself was very good.
The swimming pool/gym is a nice bonus to staying in this hotel and was an excellent way to relax after a long day (I had a 5 hr drive to get to Ipswich, then had work to do in the evening before heading to the hotel, so was ready for a rest!). The bed and pillows were lovely and I had a great nights sleep.
May 31, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Sarsar Overnight stay
Very comfortable and clean. Advance booking extremely good value.
May 28, 2014
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Linzi74 Very Bad Nights Sleep
I arrived at the hotel around 7.30pm and checked in. My colleague and I decided to eat elsewhere.
Upon retuning to the room I used the complimentary tea (no biscuits). I managed to get to sleep quickly due to the 6 hour drive it had taken to get to the hotel. I was woken at 1.20am by a loud hammering sound which I presumed was the door. Once I had woken sufficiently I realised the noise was coming from the radiator. The hammering continued for around 5 mins and eventually slowed to a sound every 4-5 secs. Thinking this would stop I put up with it for 10 mins and then called reception. The night manager attended and fettled the radiator valves (turning the heating on in the process). He said he didn't think there was anything he could do. He apologised and said the hotel was full and couldn't offer me an alternative room. After only having 3 hours sleep I was very tired and asked if he could provide any ear plugs. I waited for a further 40 mins and 2 subsequent visits before swimming plugs were given to me. They were not great but did the job but by this time it was 2.30am and I was beyond tired.The night porter offered to get the manager and apologised again but I just wanted to get to sleep.
The following morning I showered in the hot and powerful shower and there were plenty of clean white towels.
Breakfast was the usual fare. Bacon looked fatty so I avoided it and stuck to scrambled eggs and toast.
Upon checking out I asked to speak to the manager who came to the front desk quickly and immediately apologised and advised me she was fully aware of the disturbance I had experienced. She asked me for more detail so she could get maintenance to see to the issue immediately. She also offered to provide me with a free nights stay at any IHG hotel as compensation.
Whilst they reacted well to the issue I had another 5 hour journey ahead of me that day which was very difficult. It would put me off studying at a holiday inn for business in future.
May 25, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by PGV4 staffing levals
The wedding party made the number of people in the hotel higher than normal. The hotel seemed quite busy, so one extra bar staff member would have saved all the waiting to be served.
May 24, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 Excellent stay
Very impressed from the moment we walked into the reception area where we were greeted with a smile and very friendly receptionist.
We were there for the following day a cabinet meeting with Lions International and did not want the early morning drive. Following our welcome and experience at the hotel we will be doing it for the other 4 meetings over the next year the first at Norwich and 3 more at Ipswich.
May 23, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by sjo74 nothing too much trouble for the staff
I had a number of rooms booked for family members travelling from across the uk for a family occasion, all the rooms were initially booked in my own name to make the bookings easier, the staff at the hotel were very helpful in sorting out who was having which room. And gave us all rooms close to one another on the 2nd floor. One of our party, however, was less mobile and with no lift she would of had trouble climbing the stairs, when this was raised with the staff it was no trouble to switch to a ground floor room straight away which was much appreciated. The breakfast was tasty and hot and having access to the pool and gym facilities killed a few hours. The 12 noon check out was also a benefit for us all. The bathroom was very clean, a little on the small and compact side, and the shower wasnt the most powerful I have experienced, but for one night perfectly adequate. All the staff were friendly and helpful. Only downside I can think of is that the hotel could do with a lift for less mobile customers.
May 22, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Easyrider39 Ipswich
An excellent overall experience,my second visit and I wouldn't stay anywhere else if staying in this area.
May 21, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Peter47 Good but small bathroom
This hotel met my expectations of Holiday Inn, except the bathroom was very small (I was in an Executive Suite) and, despite being a Rewards member, did not get free WiFi. I was given a voucher for 4 hours when I complained. It seems if you use your points, you get downgraded and so don't get free WiFi, so beware! Otherwise, it is a good hotel and was convenient for my requirements. The swimming pool is good and plenty of choice at breakfast
May 20, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Helen22 comfortable hotel
Was disappointed however to be put in a twin room rather than a double room, also the bathroom was tiny!
May 19, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by dandjm Wedding Ceremony stay. Well organised.
Stayed for one night with several family members for sons wedding. Organisation perfect. Service excellent. Drinks in wedding reception extortionate. Bottle of house wine over £17.
Rooms clean and adequate without being special. Bathroom and toiletries reasonable.
Overall reasonably pleased apart from prices of drinks at wedding reception.
May 18, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by snajw super friendly helpful staff
had a great stay staff were excellent. pillows a bit hard but room fine otherwise. food was ok but some days better than other. a bit expensive for what you get in the bar. i would go back any problem you have the staff sort it out for you. overall a good stay
May 14, 2014
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Traveller w Very Shabby
This hotel needs upgrading and decorating, some of the staff are not helpful at all !!
May 10, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by keithted weekend stay
Hotel was very quiet and the staff were very helpful and friendly not to far from town
May 10, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by RAO,S Comfortable room and friendly staff
Room was comfortable, being vegetarian the breakfast was not as good as other Holiday Inn hotels.
May 8, 2014