Quite often HIE gets caught out. This hotel offers nothing more than a Travelodge (there is a decent one half a mile nearer the centre of Bristol) but HIE will dip you for £90 rather than £50. Doesn't make sense.
The hotel is next to a derelict garage and seems to have been infected by the general decay of the area. If you are lucky you might find the car park behind the hotel at the first attempt as it involves a sharp left turn into what appears to be a bomb site. Otherwise you will have to 'go around again' as the hotel is directly opposite Temple Meads train station and the traffic is permanently chaotic. When you do locate the car park and work put how to operate the security gates and, with a bit of luck, find one of the very limited 'reserved' HIE parking bays you will be stung for another £7 for the privilege of leaving your car there overnight.
The hotel itself is tired and depressing and has probably been the victim of a few stag and hen parties over the years. The staff do their best and I feel for them. In fact I admire them for their stoicism. I also admire the barman who tried to switch sell a customer who asked for Guiness to Boddingtons only to discover they had actually run out of draught beer anyway, and then to offer tonic water as a substitute to another customer who asked for a dash of lemonade in his whiskey.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Holiday Inn Express Bristol City Centre offers good value, modern hotel accommodation in the heart of Bristol. Located directly opposite Temple Meads Train Station, our modern hotel offers rates including breakfast and free Wi-Fi. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Express Bristol City Centre Hotel Bristol
- Holiday Inn Bristol
- Bristol Holiday Inn