Rated 4.0 out of 5 by 98
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Kaybla17 great value short stay
I stayed at the Markyate (M1 jnct 9) HolidayInn as a last minute break for myself and my 6yr old daughter . Positives: hotel very clean, really enjoyed using pool, staff in restaurant (only had breakfast) were lovely, especially an older lady who took our order. Breakfast was good value as my daughter ate for free, and there was plenty of choice. Negatives: room very small (much smaller than holiday inn express rooms I've stayed in.) A lot of noise ( music and revellers) late into the night
Despite the negatives, we enjoyed our stay and will probably stay there again as it still proved very good value for money.
August 29, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Bezzer A wonderful Service
We hired the Essex Suite for my 80th Birthday Celebrations. What a fantastict time we had. Due in no small part to the organisations skills of the staff . . She made sure everthing was as we wanted it to be her help eas so good.The food was excellent and the sevice was first class. We have already reckomende the venue to friends for ther forthcoming events. So thank you all at Holiday Inn
August 27, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Tinkerbell63 Very pleasant stay
Booked 2 nights as I was being 'a keeper for the day' at Whipsnade Zoo! We had a really lovely stay, it's in a great location, very easy to find off the M1, only about 5 miles from Whipsnade Zoo so perfect for our needs. The small villages of Markyate & Flamstead are very cute. The hotel is about 5 miles on a straight road from Dunstable if you want a bigger town. We had a very pleasant check-in, a very nice quiet, clean king size room on the top floor. The gym & pool area were fantastic. We didn't eat in the bar or restautant, but they looked nice areas & there were plenty of people using them. Overall we had a really enjoyable weekend & I would recommend this hotel for business or pleasure.
August 27, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by M7CFC Great Service from happy staff
Super stay. All staff extremely friendly and most helpful, including those at the gym. Was slightly disappointed with the room. It was very clean and functional but smaller than I have experienced with other Holiday Inn's, particularly the bathroom.
August 22, 2013
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 Nice location to relax, close to luton, nice pub close by 10min away
The rooms look in need of a freshen up, the beds are comfortable, the pillows of all holiday inns are the same,too hard and not soft enough.
The breakfast is sufficient and the food for dinner is terrible so the service.
But there is a nice pub with great food just about 10 min away, in a little hamlet.
If you want to try something else then Holiday Inn Express at Luton and be more at the coutryside with the great pub nearby, its worth a stay. I will swap between the two.
August 20, 2013
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by DisappointedNotComingBack Never Again - Lets the chain down
Reception slow, even at 1 o'clock in morning.
One room was not cleaned.
Other room: key did not work at first, not the King Size bed that we booked, only one set of towels for two people, poor decoration, shabby, no apologies from surly reception staff, coffee machine not working at first in breakfast room, breakfast not ready at advertised time of 7:30 am
Not typical of other Holiday Inn & Express we have stayed in.
Very disappointing experience.
August 15, 2013
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by betsi average stay
there was nothing special about my stay it was average, i picked the hotel for it's location. the staff were polite but didn't go out of their way to make you feel welcome.
August 13, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Downton4 Excellent service
We booked for 2 nights to attend a wedding. The rooms were clean and comfortable, the breakfast was available until 11.00 and was very good.
We realised when we left that my son had left his glasses in the room. The staff were extremely helpful in locating them and without any hesitation, offered to post them to us. They arrived within 24 hours.
August 9, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by MrMal Lovely hotel.
Staff great, rooms lovely, beds and pillows really comfortable. Buffet breakfast always well stocked and plenty of tables to sit at thanks to the busy staff. I would definitely stay here again.
August 3, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by carole64 very friendly and helpful staff
only small gripe was that I couldn't work out how to use the overhead shower. The dial is also very stiff - I wasn't the only guest who had problems with this, maybe a small sign or change the shower dials would help. That said there was a hand held shower head (I had to crouch a bit to use it as a shower and I am not a tall lady) and bath as a back up.
If it helps anyone it is the middle ring with the dimples that you turn anti clockwise lol.
swimming pool is lovely and warm too!
July 26, 2013
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Thanet23Rainbow English hotels really need to kick themselves into touch
We have stayed at this hotel several times due to location and never been totally satisfied. It's an average hotel with very small rooms and some of the furniture needs updating. We couldn't get into the bar one of the days due to a wedding (though it was interesting watching the guests from the seating in reception) and the breakfast experience was dreadful due to 2 coaches of guests 'booking the restaurant' for it's opening time - yet other guests weren't warned about this. On our way out I remarked to my husband that it had been total chaos in there and a receptionist overheard and called across that it was because "your lot booked it" - I was appalled at being interrupted in that way and felt like saying I wasn't talking to her, I was talking to my husband but instead I said we weren't part of 'a lot' and had nothing to do with those people. Weekdays there was a lady in charge of the breakfast and no buffet so we had to order what we wanted and got a plate full when we would have chosen smaller portions if we had served ourselves. It's not somewhere I feel I want to return to but would cross my fingers and hope for a better experience if I had business in the area again and book 'through gritted teeth.
July 25, 2013
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 Wedding party disturbed sleep
I've sent 2 emails to Holiday Inn about this (one to the manager of the hotel and one to Holiday Inn Customer Services) and I've had no response hence the reason for this bad review.
Here are my comments ...
My wife and I checked into the hotel at 9:30 pm on 13th July 2013 after a very tiring journey/day.
We were given room 207 which we found was close to your function room.
We found that we couldn't sleep due to the disco music from the wedding reception that was being held down the corridor.
I rang reception after midnight and was told that the disco wouldn't end until 1:00 am. The receptionist apologised but we weren't offered an alternative room.
I complained to your reception manager in the morning and she apologised again and said that we shouldn't have been placed in that room in the first place.
I feel that Holiday Inn has failed me this time and has affected my trust in your organisation.
July 22, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by quiche25 another weekend
I stayed last weekend as well, when they had a wedding on and the receptionist was so helpful and gave me a quite room away from the music at no extra cost, the bar staff was so busy and still managed a smile. I didnt eat in as from past experiance the food is awful, not sure if you have a new chef. The rooms are a bit glum because the rooms are in the eves, but for £49.00 Great access to the motor way, but you should have a sign put up. Im back in September for a week. This weekend the receptionist was a different person really friendly helped me put my points on to my new IHG card, but didnt upgrade me, which i thought was part of being in the priority club ? Didnt get internet access either.
Very quite this weekend not many people in, had a drink at the bar, then went to my room.
July 20, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by AnnieBod confusion with room booking
I booked two rooms for a wedding celebration in Flamsttead on Saturday 22 June 2013. In fact I then tried to cancel one room as my husband could not attend and my sister and I were prepared to share rooms. I was told that the booking could not be cancelled which I accepted. On arrival at the Hotel I was told that there was only one room available for me. I explained that I had originally booked two rooms and I produced the paperwork. I also explained that because my sister and I were prepared to share a room that this was not a problem, but was slightly worrying in the event of my husband having been able to attend. The receptionist explained that she would have been able to find another room for me. We were given a room key for room 113. We had a fantastic stay at the hotel and the food was exceptional. On returning home I discovered that I had been charged for two rooms. I rang to complain about this. I was told that unfortunately I would be charged for two rooms! After five telephone conversations back and forth it was agreed that I would be reimbursed for one room. I felt that this latter aspect of the hotel service was poor and that the reimbursement should not have been so difficult for me. My husband and son are in the hotel business and I feel that this is a poor representation of your otherwise excellent service.
July 2, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Weddinguest Comfortable bed and good breakfast
Nice hotel with good facilities, & helpful letting us check in early, small mistake over lunch but these things happen the sleep was good & breakfast excellent which were the important bits. I would stay here again.
June 28, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by spoony17 staff on entry was perfect and very helpful
we only stayed one night but it made us feel like staying more nights comforftable clean and quiet will use again and really value
June 28, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Barb1960 Comfortable great service
Excellent service all round... Really can't fault our stay.
June 27, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Staind A Place to relax once you escape London
After fighting to get n then fighting to get out of London this hotel provided the perfect stopping off point for our long trek home to east Yorkshire. Nothing was too much for the staff and they were very welcoming.
June 9, 2013
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Pennyire Cold Room, No View, Think we were in the cupboard
The breakfast was really good with plenty choice and the staff were helpful and friendly. We were there for a family reunion nearby and the location was very good for this. What was not good was the room, it was cold, we had no radiator, a high window that was hard to look through as there was a desk in front of it and curtains that did not close properly. The expelair also did not work in the bathroom. We did report the expelair and were advised someone would come and fix it but it still did not work. The heating was mentioned but we agreed to check if it was working but as it was late on our 2nd night we just went to bed. This could have been a really good experience but we felt like the poor cousins. Other family members who booked after us got far superior rooms with a radiator, blackout blinds etc. The only bonus was it did not spoil what we were there for.
June 3, 2013
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by John539 Disappointed.
I think this was my worst experience of a Holiday Inn - despite it being the second visit to this property. The bed was comfortable and the location was convenient. That's about the only good things I can say. I don't think I shall be visiting again.
June 2, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by SueMT Sue
recently really enjoyed a two night stay at this hotel> Excellent all round .
May 24, 2013
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by captainbling Slightly below the new standard
10-15 years ago this hotel would have been regarded as top notch but now the older holiday inns are looking shabby. Which is a shame as the newer ones are absolutely top class with very little difference in price. My quarrel is just with the room and not much else, it was on the small side, no Platinum upgrade (staff seemed confused when I asked) and looked a little dated. I can't complain too much though as the last minute price was reasonable.
May 22, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Phil37A Excellent Hotel
A comfortable hotel with leisure facilities great location for Luton airport or for travelling into London by rail.
May 12, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by JMBJWMW Great value
My son and I spent a night here during bank holiday weekend. We made extensive use of the pool and spa. It was great value with a competitive cost for drinks/dinner and bed and breakfast. We will be back. Only comment is the room was a tad small. The staff were all happy and helpful.
May 10, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by stevbals Nice hotel,
Having access the the pool area was a nice bonus. We had the pool to ourselves on Sat eve. Very warm. There's a sauna and steam room too.
The hotel is clean, tidy and comfortable. The staff are polite and they're very 'attractive' at reception!
Value for money was 'good'. Of course you get what you pay for.
I found our room a little small #upstairs one# where the bay window is built into the roof space.
Fine for a weekend or one night stay.
I can't comment on the downstairs rooms as we've only stayed here once.
Two alcoholic drinks will cost you #8.00.
No real conplaints.
May 7, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by figra Pleasant stay
A very comfortable stay. Clean and tidy, Pleasant staff and nice food.
would stay again.
April 29, 2013
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Jonnyboy European Holiday Inn's continue to be an embarrassment to the brand.
Paying for the WIFI - if a hotel charges for WIFI - i don't charge anything to the room - ate out that night.
US HI Express models are far better then European HI! Free WIFI, Scrambled Eggs and take away coffee please.
April 28, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Vytas Good room
Good room and service, however did not have an option to have early breakfast which I had prepaid for (no warning on website that breakfast is only available from 06:30 onward)
Also free wifi available to Priority Platinum members was not offered and was only given 1 free hour after pointing this out.
April 11, 2013
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by SkiSunday small cold room overlooking motorway
As a Priority Club Gold member I was surprised that this hotel didn't offer any tangible Priority Club member benefits. The room upgrade was unavailable due to the hotel being 'full', not the first time this has happened to me at a Holiday Inn, with the website showing Executive rooms available...even a free bottle of water or an apple would have been a nice gesture.
I only ate breakfast there, not a great choice but no problems.
No complaints about the leisure club.
Try to avoid this one if you can...
April 10, 2013
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by SARAH41 Poor service
Used the hotel night before flying from Luton. I ordered room service for my two children and after 1 hour 15 minutes called to ask when it would be delivered to find they had no record of my order. Also, when we checked in, we asked reception to book a taxi for 4.30am the next morning. We requested they confirmed this when we checked out and the taxi had not been booked. There appears to be a lack of communication at this hotel. To add almost £40 for the return taxi journey for the airport makes it poor value.
April 8, 2013