We stayed here to ride in the London-Surrey 100 Sportive. The staff could not have been more helpful, with bikes all over the place; clearly the 16-place car park was never going to suffice, so we parked at Westfield (15 mins walk), and stored our 2 x £1500 Bianchis in the bedroom (as did all other riders. What they'd do if all the bikes were soaked and oily after bad weather, I haven't a clue!). Bedroom bike storage is very handy for pre-ride bike prep. It was obvious the staff were taken aback by the 20,000-strong field, and the place suffered as it tried to cope with an overwhelming tide of cyclists.
I asked for a quite room and didn't get one: the traffic noise from Stratford Hight Street was truly awful, and 3hrs kip before a 100-mile ride ain't good. Second night after a severe complaint, we were moved to a much nicer room in the newly-built extension at the back, and slept OK.
The staff were really good, and did their best, but even the kitchen was overwhelmed by the amount of food that hungry cyclists need to consume, and closed early. Breakfast was barely sufficient, though to their enormous credit on the day, they did open up at 5am.
Really great staff, hit-and-miss rooms, very average food, decent location.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Holiday Inn-Express London-Stratford Hotel. Located just 7 minutes walk from Stratford Station, with great links taking you to O2 Arena, Excel Exhibition Centre & Canary Wharf in just 15 minutes. Central London, The City & West End, are easily reached by Central and Jubilee tube lines. Express by Holiday Inn London Stratford is situated in the heart of East London, site of the 2012 LONDON OLYMPICS. Stratford Regional and International Station with the Eurostar Rail Link is due to be opened in Sep 2011. Stratford has excellent connections, making it easy to get to Holiday Inn-Express London Stratford. The hotel is 3 miles from A13 with its excellent links to A406 North Circular Road, A127, M25 & M11. Proximity of London City Airport via Docklands Light Railway and Stansted Airport via National Express Coach makes Holiday Inn-Express London Stratford an ideal base for business or pleasure. Complimentary Express Hot Breakfast is served every morning in our Great Room. Evening meals are served Monday-Sunday 18:00 22:00. Car Park booking is FIRST COME FIRST SERVE only. Charges £20 PER NIGHT PER CAR. ... more less
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