This is a relatively new hotel so my expectations were high for a well-maintained, spacious, comfortable hotel.
Like the saying goes - two out of three ain't bad!
Unfortunately, our first room
had a problem with the Air Conditioning panel which couldn't be solved, so we were offered an alternative room on the top floor.
But there was a strong damp smell and the bottom row of tiles were coming off the wall in the shower.
However, all credit to the reception team, we were offered a third room, which was absolutely fine.
The hotel is in a good location for the town centre and ideal for the train station.
Parking is at an additional charge for stays of longer than 30 mins.
However there is a public car park right next to the hotel car park.
The hotel has a reasonably priced bar, with lots of seating in the open bar/lounge/restaurant area.
Rooms are well furnished and comfortable.
There's the usual tea/coffee tray - I highly recommend the Lyons coffee bags - ground coffee in a teabag style sachet. Unfortunately the usual LongLife milk rather spoils the flavour.
Nice touch that USB power sockets are included next to the bed above the bedside shelf.
I found it odd that there wasn't any hooks or towel rack in the bathroom. But the shower was huge.
Being a Holiday Inn Express it doesn't have a full range of breakfast options - the usual Croissants and Muffins, Bread for toasting, cereals, yoghurts, porridge, and a couple of hot options - Scrambled Eggs, Sausages and Beans.
On the face of it, there's plenty of options but when you want a cooked breakfast and are presented with scrambled eggs that have been warming for an hour, it doesn't give you many options left.
With all of that said, I'd definitely stay again, it's a great location if you want proximity to the Town centre. The staff were great. Our final room was fine. The cold breakfast options were good.
Overall, exactly what I'd expect with HIE [Less]