Being a Gold Priority member I was upgraded to an Executive room, which was definitely larger than the standard one I stayed in last time, so that was nice.
The only downside was an occassional moldy smell in the bathroom after a shower but I didn't alert housekeeping so can't complain too much on that score.
The breakfast spread was excellent, good value for only £13.95. There was a selection of hot items - sausages, baked beans, fried eggs, scrambled eggs, bacon (too fatty for me, I'm afraid), tomatoes and I think mushrooms - and cold items including fruit, yoghurt and cereals. So you can eat healthy or not, your choice...or do as I did and eat both!
I had lunch and two dinners during my stay and the chips and chips on peas was good; the burger was OK, well cooked but I was unfamiliar with the cheese and did not like the smell. The large chardonney was excellent value, two of them and you'd have trouble driving straight :-)
The staff were excellent, nothing was a bother and they all seemed happy in their jobs. There was no issue allowing me a late check out and even with an event one night that saw a great many businessmen in the lounge, I was not overlooked standing waiting for a seat for dinner. I was told the post office is "a ten minute walk" away and I'm no slouch but anyone who can walk up to the shops in Shenley Road that quickly will win Gold at the London Olympics. It was more like 30 minutes, so a good walk and it warmed me up, no doubt about that but that was the only dud advice from the staff.
Speaking of warmth, this was a winter trip and my room maintained a pleasant temperature my whole stay and at no point was I cold. The lounge near reception was colder, but that's a much bigger space and obviously has doors leading outside, and it was not chilly, just obviously less warm than the room.
Parking is free and the car park is huge so there was never a problem getting a spot, and most times it was near the front door.
In terms of location, it really depends on where you need to be. I was zipping around the M25 so it was very convenient for that, but if you need to be in London city itself you're quite a ways out, even with the tube reasonably close.
In summary, this is a stress free hotel - no trouble parking, no aggro from the staff, a good location if that's the area you need to be in and servicable rooms that are comfortable to be in.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Holiday Inn-London Elstree is situated just off the A1, close to both the M25 & M1 motorways and is only 8 miles from the newly rebuilt Wembley Stadium. Elstree and Borehamwood Railway Station is just 2 miles from the hotel making us the ideal base for both the business and leisure traveller, with London Heathrow and London Luton airportswithin just 30 miles of the hotel. The onsite leisure club boasts a range of facilities including an indoor pool, equipped gym, steam room, spa and luxury beauty treatments. All 135 air-conditioned bedrooms at Holiday Inn Elstree provide television with in-house movies, tea and coffee-making facilities, private dial out telephones, laptop safe, trouser press and hairdryer. The meeting facilities are second to none with reliable support services and conference rooms designed for your comfort with 13 meeting and conference rooms with the flexibility to hold either social or business meetings for 2 to 400 persons. All meeting rooms at Holiday Inn Elstree have natural daylight.O'Sullivans Restaurant is an outstanding place to dine, with a variety of tasty dishes to suit all. Alternatively you can chill out in the bar and lounge area. The car park at Holiday Inn London-Elstree has space for up to 300 cars with specialist disabled facilities. In compliance with English Law smoking is only permitted in designated smoking bedrooms in this hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn London - Elstree Hotel London
- Holiday Inn Borehamwood
- Borehamwood Holiday Inn