Rated 4.4 out of 5 by 419
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Capt4541 Perfect pit stop
A lovely, clean hotel. Room was spacious. Great for a little stop over on our road trip. It was better than expected and value for money so really impressed. Breakfast selection not bad but was nice.
Hadn't realised we had booked at the start of the school holidays until we went for breakfast which seemed like a chimps tea party! Kids everywhere
July 24, 2015
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by garry1066 uncomfortable
We were a family of four, we had to let the children sleep in the double bed, which was very uncomfortable, the bed settee was even worse! Non of us got a good nights sleep
The breakfast was very poor, seemed like powdered scrambled egg and over cooked sausages!
The staff were friendly and the reception area okay. You can order pizza and eat in reception area using their plates ETC, which was good
Overall, if the beds were more comfortable, would of been better. But as it is we all got no sleep at all!
July 24, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by starfish2 Nice & clean room good value
We only stayed one night but were very pleased with the room for 4.
Very clean and with comfortable beds. Bathroom space well designed.
Only niggle was duvets very noisy/rustling when anyone rolled over and with 4 people sharing it took us all a little while to get off to sleep.
July 22, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by V70Pete An Excellent Stay
Couldn't really fault it. The staff were very friendly and attentive. The only 'down' side (if any) was the behaviour of some of the other guests' children - beyond the control of the parents and not the concern of the staff, really!
July 22, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Sunshine Blessing Great Weekend
Staff extremely helpful even though we were early.
Bed was. Little hard but an extra duvet was quickly provided to enable me to sleep, which I did do.
The hotel was full on both nights but there was plenty to eat at breakfast time with lots of staff including the duty manager making sure that the tables were cleared and clean.
Will stay again.
Would recommend this hotel
July 18, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Essex Magpie Good location for business
Straightforward and comfortable hotel. Very convenient for my purposes
July 18, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by bazza84 very happy
I stayed here on my 7th wedding anniversary. it could not have been better the staff was very helpful and understanding. and made our special day better by just going that little bit further. they were kind and easy to chat to and always working they never stopped to make our stay as easy and as pleasant as possible.
July 16, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Fergthecelt Not a good nights sleep
When we arrived at the hotel we where booked in quickly enough and it was busy. We went to our room to find that the family room for 4 was very small and that the bed for our children was a bed settee. We decided to change and go for dinner in the restaurant next door. We then returned for an early night, as we had a long drive the next day and we where tired after being at a local theme park that day and we considered this to be a safer alternative. As we have two boys we could not put them in the same bed as either they would play in to the middle of the night or world war three would break out. Every other hotel we have stayed in, even economy hotels have provided separate beds, even if it is the sort where a slide out bed from under a couch is utilised. This at least means that they are on separate levels and this seems to be sufficient. So my wife decided to sleep with our youngest in the settee bed and I with our oldest on the main bed. The beds proved to be very uncomfortable.
This was made worse by the air conditioning unit, located directly above the left hand side of the main bed (due to the room being so small). This blew very cold air over both beds. Due to the triple glazing you could not open windows, or if you could it was not immediately obvious how to and being next to a main road would have been to noisy. So the options where roast or freeze. Even when the air conditioning was adjusted to high temperatures the freezing air continued. In other Holiday Inn express I have stayed in these units are located in the recess going towards the door. This provides enough circulation before reaching the main room area to allow for a more even room temperature.
We eventually got to sleep but at 1 AM we where awoken by running up and down the corridor. This continued most of the night. I would have got up and complained but if you have ever awoken a child in the middle of the night you will appreciate the difficulties of getting them back to sleep and naively we thought it would not last long.
Finally morning arrived and we got dressed and went for breakfast. This was not good. The sausages swam in fat, the scrambled egg swam in what appeared to be water and just warmed beans. The orange juice came from a vending machine that appeared to reconstitute it from concentrate. It was no better than tasteless, coloured water with bits floating in it to make you think it was fresh. The apple juice from the same machine, was conversely so concentrated it was undrinkable. The buffet, comprising of sliced cheese, no cold meat, croissants, mini muffins, toast (with jams and butter) could not really have been messed up but ran out frequently and was slow to be replaced. Once finished we returned to our room, got everything packed in to the car and I returned to book out. When asked how our stay was I let them know. I must have miss understood as they said they would compensate me in the way off IHG points as this is what I had used to book the accommodation. I was in the belief that they would refund me the points I had used to book the room and provide me with an additional 2000 for the poor service. I received the 2000. I was also told that I would receive an email from them when the points went back on my account. This has never arrived.
Our 5 hour drive was extended as we where so tired that we had stop frequently for breaks, to make the journey safe, and we both felt that this totally negated the reason for our stay and that we would have been safer just making the drive home directly from the park. The staff although polite where very busy and we felt that we where just numbers being processed. I have only recently joined the IHG reward scheme but have stayed in many IHG partner hotels and their competitors. I feel this was one of the worst and if it was not for the services and experience I have had in other I would have been going to an other chain as my hotel of choice. If however I have repeat experiences like this I will more than likely do that.
July 15, 2015