Having read the reviews on Tripadvisor I felt I was well prepared when I stayed at Holiday Inn Garden Court Aylesbury.
The hotel is situated on a road into Aylesbury opposite a new-build housing estate and has their sister gym business next door as well.
There is free parking and the hotel is very small so I imagine that parking is never an issue.
I found the staff to be very friendly and helpful during my stay which does help negate some of the negatives of this property.
My room was very large with a desk, chest of drawers, wardrobe, sofa, separate table and chair. However as other reviewers have noted the furnishings are very dated and in all honesty are now beyond their useable life. The same is true of the bathroom - although clean it really does need to be gutted and replaced.
The dining room is a small area behind reception (probably about the same size as the bedroom) with about fifteen covers and a limited menu. I had the lasagne which was obviously a supermarket ready meal which had been microwaved - I don't have an issue with this in principle as it is clear they have limited facilities but I do object to the pricing not being reflective of this.
It is clear that the original idea of a "Garden Court" Holiday Inn would have been quite appealing - a semi-rural retreat for a quiet break with limited no-fuss services. However in the modern market with excellent quality budget hotels and most average full service hotels with gym/spa services, the Garden Court concept feels lost and redundant.
The spacious rooms and friendly staff save this review from being two stars but I do wish the hotel's pricing was reviewed to match what they are offering.
So long as you know what to expect before you stay here, and go in with an open mind, it's fine.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to the BEST WESTERN Garden Court Aylesbury, a conveniently located 40 bedroom hotel in a suburban location within easy reach of the M25, A41, M1 and M40 for business and leisure travelers alike. The hotel is within easy reach of an abundance of historic sights including Waddesdon Manor, Hartwell House and Blenheim Palace with places of interest such as Silverstone Race Circuit, Whipsnade Zoo and the Roald Dahl Museum. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Garden Court Hotel Aylesbury
- Holiday Inn Aylesbury
- Aylesbury Holiday Inn