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Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by JamesFromLondon A Great Holiday Inn Express
I just spent two nights at The Holiday Inn Express Harlow, as a combination of a work appointment, and leisure - visiting friends. It's about a mile from Harlow Town train station, easily walkable, but there are cabs at the station if you prefer.
I've got nothing but the highest praise for the hotel. It feels very new and modern. Check in was quick and easy. The room was standard HI Express fare, but immaculate - large sofa, comfortable bed, decent TV, and bathroom with power shower. The room keys are modern and work by simply touching the card on the room door pad, a bit like an Oyster card on London transport. I don't know if I was particularly tired on these nights but I had two brilliant nights sleep. I was on the 3rd (of 4) floors and it was beautifully quiet. I couldn't hear anything from outside.
I dined in the hotel bar on the first night, and the food was excellent. Decent selection of alcoholic and no doubt also soft drinks on tap.
The review wouldn't be complete without a mention of the staff. Kamal, who checked me in, and served me for dinner was excellent. He was welcoming and friendly, I've often found that a good experience with the hotel front desk staff sets the tone for the rest of the stay (and vice-versa) and this was no exception. Jolanta, who checked me out was also very nice. In fact, everyone I dealt with was very professional.
Price-wise, it was also extremely reasonable as well as being very convenient for various large shops and amenities and I would have no problem recommending this hotel for a stay in Harlow.
October 5, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Apprentice Hobbit return to Harlow
Stayed here before. Handy for people I was visiting in Harlow.
Only issue is with parking. There is nowhere legal to park while checking in/unloading luggage if the small carpark is full (which it usually is). A few limitied waiting bays would be helpful so you don't risk getting a parking fine while checking in/gettng the parking toicket for the mulitstory.
Rest of stay was up to usual standard.
September 28, 2015