This hotel is reasonably priced, although it should be, because it's nothing special and is basically stuck at the back of a petrol station.
I have stayed at the proper Holiday Inn in Colchester before and the Express is an economy version of it. Every expense is spared, even down to having two tea bags (for 4 people!) in the room. The sofa bed for the children was like sleeping on chicken wire. I know, because I used it and they slept with my wife in the proper bed.
The (admittedly free) breakfast consists of a machine dispensing instant coffee (or real coffee so weak it tastes instant) and another one with watered down fruit juices. Hot options are limited to poor quality sausages, scrambled egg and beans, with toast machine which you use once for underdone and twice for burnt. Croissants aren't much better and the pan au chocolat was uneatable. Pay a little more and go to the proper Holiday Inn. Better coffee, real fruit juices and they even cooked my wife a piece of smoked haddock for breakfast there.
The more I write the more I feel like downgrading it to two stars instead of my original three. Oh yes, the 'free' internet connection (wired Ethernet) in the room didn't work. There you go, two stars it is.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Holiday Inn Express Colchester has 101 air-conditioned bedrooms all with wireless internet access, invigorating power shower and tea & coffee making facilities. Complimentary Hot Buffet Breakfast sets you up for a day exploring Colchester sights. Children under 18 stay free when sharing parents’ family room. This newly opened Colchester hotel is located just off A12 north off the Colchester Town Centre, with excellent links to Ipswich and Chelmsford. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Express Colchester Hotel Dedham
- Holiday Inn Express Colchester Dedham